Lipstick Comparisons: $26 to $34 (Part 2)
Though often lumped into high-end, this is a tier made up of designer brands like Chanel, Dior, and YSL. Most higher-end/designer lipsticks are scented, usually with floral or fruit. Rose seems to be the most prevalent scent found in brands across the board; sometimes it’s subtle (Chanel), while other times it’s heavy (Dolce & Gabbana). I find designer range lipsticks to be non-drying to moisturizing with more opaque formulas overall. Packaging is often nicer, but it’s not always the case and is, inevitably, very personal.
- PROS: Creamy, semi-opaque to opaque, long-wearing (4 to 6 hours)
- NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz., scent-free, somewhat moisturizing
- CONS: May feather/bleed on slightly dry to dry lips
- MY REC: I don’t find them super moisturizing, though they don’t dry lips out. Typically, I don’t find lipsticks bleed on me easily, but I did have some issues with this one feathering on me when I tested them originally (my lips were a bit drier than they normally are during those tests). Like Burberry lipsticks, there is a magnetic clasp that keeps the lid on.
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($31.00)
- PROS: Creamy, glossy finish, moisturizing, smooth, opaque, wears for an average of 4 hours
- NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., fruit-scented
- CONS: Basic shade range of pinks/reds
- MY REC: After being spoiled by Guerlain’s Rouge G lipstick line, despite being $16 more, I feel like if I’m going to go Guerlain, I better go Rouge G. KissKiss is actually a nice formula on its own; it’s creamy, usually pigmented, and moisturizing enough for normal to dry lips.
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick ($29.00)
- PROS: Creamy, opaque, moisturizing, long-wearing (4 to 6 hours), minimizes lip lines
- NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz, rose-scented
- CONS: Mostly cream/satin finishes
- MY REC: I love how creamy it is without being slippery; it won’t slide all over the place, so it actually wears well and on the longer side. It is also a bit pricier than other Lancome lipsticks, which makes it it their top tier lipstick, but at least they give you 0.14 oz., while the average lipstick is 0.12 oz.
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00)
- PROS: Creamy, opaque, good shade range, moisturizing, wears an average of 4 hours
- NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., mango-scented
- CONS: Slippery, shades can be stark, heavy
- MY REC: YSL has expanded their Rouge Volupte line quite a bit since I originally reviewed the range, and more importantly, I’ve expanded the range of lipsticks I’ve tested as well. I actually find these don’t wear as well as other lipsticks–they’re just too slippery. It’s moisturizing but not overly so, but it is also one of the heavier lipsticks I’ve worn. If your lips are prone to bleeding, you might experience that with the darker shades, since it has a lot of slip.
YSL Gloss Volupte Lipstick ($30.00)
- PROS: Creamy, sheer (supposed to be), glossy finish
- NEUTRAL: 0.07 oz., mango-scented
- CONS: Not very moisturizing, requires frequent reapplication
- MY REC: Apparently, I’ve never done an official review for this, but I distinctly remember being unimpressed by it. It’s a very sheer formula, which is fine, but I didn’t even see any color on my lips, which goes beyond sheer to me. My lips felt drier after wearing this, and I found myself having to reapply every hour or two. Also, did you note how little you get for $30?
The Lipstick Comparisons series is designed to provide a quick reference summary sheet for some of the many available lipstick formulas. It seems like most brands have at least a couple of formulas, if not half a dozen, and it can be difficult to find the formulas that will work best for your budget, coloring, style, or taste.
This is not necessarily a best of list, and it’s not exhaustive–it is based on actual lipsticks that I’ve tried; they are all, however, decent to excellent lipsticks. (And perhaps, some day, it will be an exhaustive list.) I have summarized my experience based on pros and cons, but also some “neutral” factors that may be pros or cons, depending on your preferences. I will update this series as I try new lipstick formulas.
Guerlain Les Ors Holiday 2010 Collection
Or Imperial Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body ($85.00)
A silky loose powder creating a light-reflecting veil with a subtle golden iridescent finish. This year, this irresistible face and body powder comes in an iridescent gold copper shade, beautifully packaged in a reinterpretation of the mythical Guerlain Bee Bottle (50 ml).
Midnight Star ($73.00)
The perfect ally for all evenings out! Midnight Star helps to dispel signs of fatigue and stress built up during the day. Use 1 mini capsule after a long day to revive the complexion and refresh your look — a skincare primer for the busy holiday season.
Meteorites Perles d’Or ($56.00)
A new enchanting color composition of the Meteorites Pearls that illuminates skin with an irresistible pure glow. Enriched with a golden shade to light up the complexion and a violet specially created for the season to catch the light and soften shadowy areas.
Meteorites Poudre d’Or ($170.00)
A stunning collector compact decorated with real black Swarovski crystals. A surprising new powder design featuring imperial bees: 6 pearly shades for a fresh & luminous finish.
Ombre Elcat 4 Shades in 410 Velours d’Or ($59.00)
A new harmony of Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eyeshadow Palette with new royal colors, embossed with a honeycomb pattern and a royal bee.
Le 2 Volume in 13 Or 2 Nuit ($36.00)
Le 2 Volume mascara with the baic brush 1 in black and a special brush 2 in a gold copper lacquer.
Rouge G Le Brilliant in B64 Bee ($46.00)
A new royal shade of Rouge G le Brilliant in an intense and subtly shiny, violet shade.
Kiss Kiss Strass ($31.00) (Limited Edition)
- Rouge Imperial (323) Vibrant dark red
- Rose de la Reine (363) Luminous rosy beige
Availability: October 2010