Lip gloss? Lip stick? Can’t tell!

This season, Shiseido launches their new Lacquer Rouge which boasts luscious lip colours with a rich, polished shine. Like a hybrid of lipstick and lip gloss. On the other hand, in line with its latest makeup collection, Lancôme introduces the L’Absolu Mat Cashmere, which resembles a lip gloss but provides intense colour and a matte velvety finish.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (S$43)

With a wide selection of 12 colours that consists of  bold shades and wearable beige colours suited for Asian skin tones, the new Lacquer Rouge is an opaque lip product with strong colour payoff and glossy finish.

While the product is slim and resemble the brand’s Perfect Rouge, the doe foot application is supposed to help create a well-defined shape without the need to use a lip brush.

The above is the Nocturne shade (RD607), which according to Shiseido is an “intense dark red, suggestive of evening”. I would prefer to blot out the shine (refer to photo on the right) and enjoy a more subdued, matte look.

Disco (RD404), on the other hand, is a fun psychedelic shade of magenta that I really like. The colour is intense, but very wearable and I was comfortable with the lacquer finish. I have been wearing this shade out for a couple of times and rest assured, the rouge is able to last for a good three to four hours although the shine might dissipate if you were to eat and drink.

Lancôme L’Absolu Mat Cashmere in 300 Magie Pourpre (S$40)

In line with its Fall/Winter makeup collection that will be available from 1 September 2012, Lancôme introduced a new L’Absolu Mat Cashmere in a limited shade 300 Magie Pourpre. What is intriguing about this lip gloss look-alike is that not only is the colour opaque, the finish is matte.

The colour is closely similar to Shiseido’s Disco, but of a deeper magenta shade with a decent smooth velvety finish. What I really about this product is its slanted doe-foot applicator, which makes application a real breeze. However, one downside is that this rouge stains the lips. This means if you do not want your natural lip colour to be magenta – which can be a rather appealing thought – you should use an eye-makeup remover to take away this lip colour before cleansing.

资生堂以及兰寇今年秋冬皆推出犹如唇蜜的深邃唇彩。 资生堂Lacquer Rouge系列共有12种颜色,除了有持久的色调,也提供极致光泽。本人选择试用Nocturne 以及 Disco颜色。与一般唇蜜的不同之处是,这唇彩色泽不透明,产品含有的唇棒,能够让您打造精细的唇型。另一方面, 兰寇配合秋冬Midnight Roses彩妆系列所推出的L’Absolu Mat Cashmere是限量品,色泽一样深邃,但是有柔软哑光效果,不像一般唇蜜拥有大量光泽。300 Magie Pourpre 这颜色的效果令人惊艳,唇棒设有一些弧度,让您能够轻易取得准确的唇型。

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