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Guerlain Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a lovely semi-sheer shade of plummy brown with gold and plum shimmer throughout from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection. KissKiss Gloss is one of my favorite gloss formulas, so I’m always excited to see what new, limited edition shades are launched by Guerlain. It’s a non-sticky, moisturizing gloss that runs sheerer rather than ultra pigmented, but some shades are ultra sheer while others are semi-sheer and provide decent color to lips. Rubis Rose is one of the latter types — it’s dark without being too dark, so you can wear it alone or over another color to add more depth.
It has a rose-floral scent, a slightly perfume-y scent, which I know some people really dislike, but I like it (I don’t love it, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t bother me). What I like about the KissKiss Gloss is that it lasts a good amount of time for a lipgloss when its worn on its own — I get about four to five hours of wear before it starts to fade/disappear. I’ve always loved the sparkle factor, too, which is noticeable and bright and fun.
Price-wise, these aren’t the best bang for your buck, and by their nature, they’re not something everyone is going to rush out to buy. To each their own, I say! Price analysis tells us that Guerlain’s KissKiss Glosses are some of the pricier high-end lipglosses, being more expensive than many of its direct competitors like Dior and YSL, but still less expensive than Stila and Smashbox, by the ounce.
Bottom Line: The packaging is pretty and elegant, the formula is stellar, and the color itself is perfect for the fall/winter seasons. The only downside is the price, and I think Guerlain fans won’t find the price to be much of an obstacle.
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara (Waterproof) ($7.50) is designed to give you full, curled lashes. It purports to give you “70% curlier” lashes, and lashes look “lusciously curled, plumped and defined.” Rimmel also advertises that you’ll see 7 times your natural volume and the curl will hold for a full twelve hours. I gotta say, Rimmel is making a lot of very big claims about this mascara!
Unfortunately, my experience didn’t really live up to Rimmel’s claims of fuller, well-curled lashes–at least not to the degree that they advertised. I’d say that my lashes are, perhaps, have a slight lift to them, but it’s not much–it’s just more pronounced by the lengthening of the mascara and slight volume it adds. It just neither gives me fuller nor more curled lashes really. I’d still feel like I needed to use an eyelash curler to really get the curl I’m looking for, and the mascara performs pretty average in all other aspects.
Out of personal taste, I tend to like incredibly rich black shades–the darker the better–so Rimmel’s level of blackness in pigmentation just doesn’t do it for me. My lashes do look better when I use it, they just don’t stand out like they do with other mascaras that I have loved. To be honest, I can be a harsh critic when it comes to mascara, because I always judge a mascara on how well it performs relative to the claims the brand makes about what it should do. It’s great if it still turns out to be awesome in some other way, but usually if they fall flat on their claims, then it’s just so-so and nothing stellar. This is definitely the case with Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara.
I will say that one thing I did really like about this mascara is the brush separated lashes really well and kept them from clumping despite layering on three coats of mascara. The brush is relatively easy to use, and the packaging is definitely eye-catching in that bright, metallic teal tube. (It does, however, hold finger prints, so big boo from me.)
MAC Wild ‘Bout You Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) was a limited edition shade of amazingness launched with the Rockocco Collection back in fall of 2006. MAC described it as a “rich raspberry with pink pearlized pigments” with a matte frost finish (who knew you could have a matte frost!). This shade is almost not quite a red, but I couldn’t resist including it, because 1) it does have a red tinge to it, and 2) I tend to reach for it when I’m feeling like wearing red.
It’s a very amped up raspberry red with kind of an icy pearl fuchsia-pink sheen, but otherwise, the lipstick itself is matte. I will also say that Wild ‘Bout You is a particularly dry matte, so it’s not the easiest to use on imperfect lips. Because it does have a tendency to be quite dry, I usually wear it with a gloss on top, which makes it look and feel the way I like it to. Don’t forget – you can see looks/lip combinations of me wearing this lipstick here.
The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!
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