Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Clarins Rosewood Rouge Prodige Lipstick
Clarins Rosewood Rouge Prodige Lipstick

Going Beyond Nude with Rosewood

Clarins Rosewood Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rosy nude with a glistening shine.  This is my kind of nude–it doesn’t wash you out or make you look like a corpse.  It’s soft and muted, the way a good nude should be, but it still brightens up the face.  This is the kind of shade that works well for everyday or paired with a heavier eye/cheek look.  I find it more neutral-cool, which makes it a very wearable shade.

It does have that shiny, glossy finish the description boasts, and it doesn’t feel like the traditional long-wearing lipstick does. There is nothing drying about it when you apply it, because it applies like a thin gloss or a gloss/lipstick hybrid. The color pay off is excellent, though, and really delivers opaque color with a lightweight feel. It doesn’t transfer much when drinking from a glass, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t extend past four hours.

The Rouge Prodige is a comfortable lipstick to wear, because it doesn’t cling or dry lips out (but while it has a glossy feel when applied, I do not find it moisturizing). There is a faint sweetened berry scent that is detectable but not overpowering (and doesn’t read synthetic or syrupy sweet), and there was no noticeable taste.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I always welcome a new line with opaque lip color (because it’s easier to sheer out an opaque color than it is to build up the color of a sheer shade!), and Rouge Prodige is a nice lipstick overall–it just falls short of its long-wearing claims for me. If it didn’t have that claim, I would have given it a higher score.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Friday, November 26th, 2010

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick
Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick

An Orange Good Enough to Eat

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, bright orange with a very fine dusting of yellow-gold shimmer.  I get five hours of wear with this shade, so this shade wore better than Blackberry by an hour.  I did like that it didn’t seem to leave a stain though.  An orange this bright is a shade I would recommend wearing with more minimal makeup, just because it will be the centerpiece of your look given its vibrancy.  It is not quite as blindingly neon as MAC’s Morange or Neon Orange, but it sure comes close.

It does have that shiny, glossy finish the description boasts, and it doesn’t feel like the traditional long-wearing lipstick does. There is nothing drying about it when you apply it, because it applies like a thin gloss or a gloss/lipstick hybrid. The color pay off is excellent, though, and really delivers opaque color with a lightweight feel.  It doesn’t transfer much when drinking from a glass, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t extend past four hours.

The Rouge Prodige is a comfortable lipstick to wear, because it doesn’t cling or dry lips out (but while it has a glossy feel when applied, I do not find it moisturizing). There is a faint sweetened berry scent that is detectable but not overpowering (and doesn’t read synthetic or syrupy sweet), and there was no noticeable taste.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I always welcome a new line with opaque lip color (because it’s easier to sheer out an opaque color than it is to build up the color of a sheer shade!), and Rouge Prodige is a nice lipstick overall–it just falls short of its long-wearing claims for me. If it didn’t have that claim, I would have given it a higher score.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Holiday 2010: Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for the holidays. It contains three eyeshadows and is housed in an elegant gold-lidded case with a black “scroll’ on the left side. The packaging, though, is extremely prone to capturing fingerprints.

The palette contains a matte charcoal black; antique-gold bronze (almost flashes green); and gilded peach-champagne with a metallic sheen. The first two shade really need to be used wet to get smooth, even color that’s true-to-pan. The peachy shade can be used dry and still provides nice color pay off. These feel very much like a mineralize or baked shadow, but more like Chanel’s than MAC’s. The texture doesn’t feel as silky smooth as Chanel eyeshadows, but the results when applied are similar.

I love the packaging, even though it does hold fingerprints, but I think it’s very elegant and luxurious. I think the inclusion of the double-sided sponge-tip applicator brings it down a bit, though. I’m also concerned over the amount of eyeshadow here — 0.05 oz. I double-checked the box and the palette, and it lists “net weight” of 0.05 oz. There is no “3 x 0.05 oz.” written. What? Are you serious?

It’s a lovely palette with three shades that work well together for a gold-themed smoky eye–perfect for the holidays–and it looks beautiful from the packaging to the shadows themselves. I don’t love the eyeshadows, though; they could be a little more intense (even when they are used wet) and smoother. But I’m really not digging the itty bitty amount of product you are getting. Even for high-end, it falls below average.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If quantity isn’t important to you, the product itself is more of a B product. It’s nice–not the greatest palette ever–and worth a look-see if you favor bronzes and golds.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Clarins Blackberry Rouge Prodige Lipstick
Clarins Blackberry Rouge Prodige Lipstick

First Look at Clarins Rouge Prodige

Clarins Blackberry Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is Clarins’ latest in lipstick formulas–it’s supposed to be a long-wearing lipstick with intense color that smooths away lip lines with high shine. Blackberry is an opaque, muted, pinked plum with a glossy shine. It’s actually a lovely shade for fall and winter that’s perfect for the season without being overwhelming.

It does have that shiny, glossy finish the description boasts, and it doesn’t feel like the traditional long-wearing lipstick does. There is nothing drying about it when you apply it, because it applies like a thin gloss or a gloss/lipstick hybrid. The color pay off is excellent, though, and really delivers opaque color with a lightweight feel. I only get four hours of wear with this shade, and for me, that’s the average time a lipstick wears on me–it’s just not that long-wearing. It doesn’t transfer much when drinking from a glass, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t extend past four hours.

The Rouge Prodige is a comfortable lipstick to wear, because it doesn’t cling or dry lips out (but while it has a glossy feel when applied, I do not find it moisturizing).  There is a faint sweetened berry scent that is detectable but not overpowering (and doesn’t read synthetic or syrupy sweet), and there was no noticeable taste.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I always welcome a new line with opaque lip color (because it’s easier to sheer out an opaque color than it is to build up the color of a sheer shade!), and Rouge Prodige is a nice lipstick overall–it just falls short of its long-wearing claims for me.  If it didn’t have that claim, I would have given it a higher score.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter
Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter

Clarins Instant Sun Light Highlighters: Bronze

Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter ($32.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a creamy–almost gel-like in consistency and texture–golden bronze with soft flecks of gold shimmer that glides onto skin and gives a warmer, luminous look. Though rather deep bronze in the compact, it applies rather sheerly and much lighter on the skin. On both paler and deeper skin tones, this is more of a highlighter than a contouring shade–on the palest of skin, I could see this working as a subtle bronzer. I like this best as a natural highlighter on medium to deep skin tones.

I do wish this product lasted longer on the skin, though; it seems to slide off within three to four hours, even on my normal skin, so I would imagine even shorter wear time on oilier skin types. It doesn’t dry down to a powdery finish, which is good news for those with drier skin types, because it won’t emphasize any dryness or flaking skin. I definitely recommend using a translucent setting powder to help this stay in place longer.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I think those of light-medium to medium skin tones will find this most flattering, because it will add some warmth as well as sheen. It’s not ultra long wearing, though.

AVAILABILITY: Clarins

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Clarins Rouge Prodige

Clarins Rouge Prodige for Fall 2010

The first objective of a lipstick is to attract attention with its colour and shine. The second is to remain flawless throughout the day. Rouge Prodige is the new true-hold lipstick from Clarins, with a high performance formula that offers rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort. Gone are the dry, long wear lipsticks that made lips look feathered and chapped. Rouge Prodige stays put from your morning coffee cup to evening cocktail glass. With a wide range of shades and finishes, there is a colour for every woman to tout her pout all day long.

To introduce this new line to women across the country, Clarins is giving away 5000 sample cards with 4 flattering shades of Rouge Prodige. Be one of the first 5000 people to register at the Clarins Facebook page to win!

Benefits & Ingredients

  • Long-lasting, intense colour that doesn’t run
  • High Fidelity Pearl, a high tech polymer, captures colour pigments and enhances their radiance. Pigments remain on the lip surface for colour hold.
  • An enhanced shine top coat
  • A combination of vegetal oils helps enhance shine and colour hold. These oils leave a transparent film on lip surface to protect colour and enhance shine.
  • Brittany algae extract provides a high content of omega fatty acids to moisturize and soothe lips.
  • A combination of ceramides and waxes smooths lips and helps colour stay put. Helps smooth away lines and protect lips from dehydration.

Rouge Prodige True Colour Hold & Shine Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pinks to Plums: Lilac Pink, Rosewood, Litchi, Raspberry Sorbet, Pretty Plum, Mystic Plum, Blackberry
  • Corals to Reds: Coral Tulip, Sunset, Clementine, Fusion Red, Red Prodige
  • Beiges to Browns: Nude, Redwood, Copper Brown, Dark Chocolate

Palette Prodige: Face & Blush Powder ($35.00)

A soft, powder compact which adapts to all types of makeup and enhances all complexions. A universal harmony composed of 4 radiant shades: pale pink, sun kissed beige, sparkling coral and natural beige.

Instant Blush Magic Colour ($26.00)

A blush which instantly brings colour to the cheeks with a soft, glossy texture that melts in your fingers. It glows iridescent in the jar, but upon application becomes a translucent pink that instantly boosts one’s natural colour and radiance. One shade to suit all complexions!

Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Line ($23.00)

  • Intense Black (No. 1)

Availability: August 2010