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Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft tangerine orange with hints of pink around the edges. It is a really frustrating color to describe, because there’s a translucency to the color that makes this look just a little different depending on your natural lip color, no matter whether you have very pigmented lips or not. It ended up translating to this warm pink-coral once applied. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose reminded me of this in color, but it’s a bit darker and opaque. MAC Flamingo is lighter, less pink. Chanel Flirt is very similar. MAC Blossom Culture is pinker.

I’ve mentioned this before when reviewing another shade from the spring collection, but the formula of this Rouge G doesn’t feel like the typical Rouge G. It feels more like a cross between the Rouge G and Rouge G de Brilliant formulas. It’s too glossy, too translucent to be a genuine Rouge G, which has a creamier, more opaque formula. Rouge G de Brilliant is all about a really high shine finish combined with a pretty little translucent color and a fair amount of shimmer. Rose Ensoleille is more pigmented than the Brilliants, but it’s not nearly as pigmented as the regular Rouge Gs. This has a fair amount of slip to it, and the finish is much glossier. It seems to wear away faster, too, because Rouge Gs are more long-wearing (four to six hours, sometimes longer, if it’s a deeper hue), but Rose Ensoleille only lasted for three and a half hours during a wear test.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rose Ensoleille
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Spring Break Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Spring Break Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Spring Break Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Spring Break Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Spring Break Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale golden beige sheen.” This shade is exclusive to Sephora. It’s a pale, light beige with peach-gold micro-shimmer. MAC C-Thru is very similar, perhaps a smidgen darker. MAC Scottish Lilt is warmer. MAC Jest for Fun is more peach-pink. MAC On the Scene is warmer, no shimmer. MAC Fashion Whim is just slightly warmer. Urban Decay Max is darker, peachier.

I actually really like the way this looks on the lips; for such a pale, light color, it applies fairly evenly and doesn’t settle too noticeably into lips (at least not from a normal viewing distance). The soft peach-gold shimmer gives it necessary warmth and dimension. The color coverage is not quite opaque but close.  When I tested this shade for wear, it did surprisingly well for such a pale shade–a solid five hours.  It was also hydrating enough that my lips didn’t feel any worse for the wear while I wore it.

Larger Than Life Lipglosses have a gel-like texture, which slides across lips well and enables mostly even application.  Though it doesn’t feel sticky when you first apply it, it does get noticeably tacky after a half hour and gets tackier while it wears.  It never approaches super sticky territory, but it’s definitely not non-sticky. The only downside to this product is the really, really tiny brush-type applicator.  It could be about double the size and still be several sizes smaller than the average lipgloss applicator while retaining the ability to apply precisely.

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Spring Break

Lancome Bronze Diva Collection for Summer 2012


Lancome Bronze Diva Collection for Summer 2012

Star Bronzer Bamboo Bronzer ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Spice Island All over powder bronzer for the face and body adorned with a limited-edition bamboo design

Star Bronzer Aqua Stick ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Solaris Creamy gel stick bronzing foundation in Solaris that delivers long lasting sheer coverage also providing a soothing effect to the skin for a radiant sun kissed glow

Color Design Palette ($49.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Safari 6 pan eye shadow palette with shades of pink, orange, copper and brown

Artliner ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold Passion Gold
  • Bronze Desire Bronze
  • Pink Luxe Pink

Color Design Hydra Balm SPF 15 ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lotus Blossom Pink
  • Cactus Flower Coral
  • Desert Primrose Pale ink

Juicy Tube ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vanilla Sand Nude
  • Peach Nectar Peach
  • Pink Hibiscus Pink
  • Bronze Cocoa Bronze

Mini Le Vernis ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cosmopolitan Pink Pink
  • Tangerine Tint Tangerine

availability: April 2012 at Lancome locations (though available now @ Neiman Marcus

P.S. — Anyone else feel like they’re seeing a rehash from Lancome Bronze Riviera? The bronzer looks dead-on and the palette seems similar (but hard to say if it’s the same from a promo image).

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