Thursday, March 8, 2012

I'm In Love: Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipstick in Miss Coquelicot

After falling head over heels in love with packaging and quality of Lancôme’s Le French Touch lipstick earlier this year I couldn’t resist checking out their newest lipstick release, Rouge in Love. I had the opportunity to swatch almost all of them and was immediately struck by their texture: smooth as suede like a matte lipstick yet simultaneously appearing creamy and moisturizing. 

Though many of the shades were well within my comfort zone, I opted to strike out once again in the spirit of spring and purchased Miss Coquelicot (which means Miss Poppy) a fearlessly bright orange red.

The packaging is hard to beat. Housed in a sleek classic tube made of frosted metal and garnished with glossy red accents this is just the kind of lipstick that I like to pull out of my hand bag for touch ups.

The back of the tube evokes nylon stockings of a bygone era with a seam running up the back. There’s something unmistakably feminine and subtly reminiscent of lingerie about this specific detail that I quite like. I have the impression, between the lovely design for the name of the lipstick on the front and this line detail on the back, that no decorative detail has been added without careful consideration.

In the swatch below (in direct sunlight) you will see just how smooth yet glossy this product is. The texture of this lipstick is quite classic; however, and is very thick and opaque. Unlike some of the newer ranges being released this is not a hybrid gloss lipstick or gel lipstick: Rouge in Love seems to be a reinterpretation of the heavy, “opaque in one coat” lipsticks of another time that have begun to fall out of favor with the lip gloss generation.

Though I’ve proudly declared that such brazen orange red shades out of my comfort zone, I seem to be creating yet another pattern for myself as Miss Coquelicot closely resembles other lipsticks that I’ve rather recently acquired. I will say that though the colors are similar, Rouge in Love bears no resemblance to Laura Mercier’s Gel Lip Colour in terms of texture, and is far less shimmery and illuminated than YSL’s Rouge Volupté Perle.

(Left to right): Lancôme Rouge In Love Miss Coquelicot, Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour Clementine, YSL Rouge Volupté Perle Orange Incandescent

Lancôme’s Rouge in Love lipsticks are very flattering on the lips, and much to my surprise and joy do not emphasize dry spots. I wore this shade for quite some time following this lip swatch and have worn it all day today and I’m quite impressed both with wear time and with how moisturized my lips remain even after wearing for hours. The best part of this product? The rich orange stain left behind by this lipstick is just as beautiful as the lipstick itself. A definite plus in terms of versatility.

Have you tried any of Lancôme’s new Rouge in Love lipsticks? I’m quite impressed with Miss Coquelicot, and though I certainly don’t need any more lipsticks I could be prevailed upon to sample a few additional shades. Any recommendations?