But! They have just launched a new, pigmented, modern demi-matte lipstick formula with a sweet floral scent and a sexy-as-all-get-out black nubbly leather-trimmed bullet. I went, I swatched, I totally came home with one.
Swatches -- one swipe onto bare arm
|in weak London winter sun|
|overcast -- this gives a truer idea of the colour saturation|
For product pics and swatches on a different skintone, see Mostly Sunny.
These lipsticks are extremely smooth and hug the lips in a flattering way, filling in lip lines without that slightly plasticky 'hi, I'm a plumping product' look. For me, they are most similar to the By Terry Rouge Terrybly formula in their satin-matte finish, lightweight feel, high pigmentation and slip (silky rather than creamy), and boast impressive lasting power (pristine for at least 6 hours, through drinks, fading to an even stain after a greedy meal). On my extremely dry lips, they do require balm underneath, but I would call them neutral rather than positively drying.
201 Rose Taffetas
I was on the hunt for a warm pink to replace my go-to My Lips But Better lipstick, the long-discontinued Chanel Rouge Allure Darling. Which currently looks like this and therefore will imminently count as "one out":
|....yeah, I may not depot this right away. *strokes packaging*|
With some more of my mid-toned warm pinky things:
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Chamade
Suqqu Noble Nuance lipstick EX-03 Shumomo (LE Spring 2010)
Chanel Rouge Allure Darling (discontinued)
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Confidence
One swipe swatches to show different opacities
Built up swatches (2 layers)
Chamade has the strongest rosy-red tones and is noticeably in a different family once on my lips. The other four shades are definitely kissing cousins, though in my defence they look more distinct from each other on my lips than on my arm. Shumomo sits at lighter end, with clear yellow tones [perfect for enlivening my naturally corpse-mauve lips]; Darling and Confidence add a deeper rose and slight brown tones to the mix. Rose Taffetas is balanced between and clearly the most opaque; its demi-matte finish proves surprisingly flattering -- dare I say, 'fresh' and/or 'modern' -- in this kind of tone.
Shamelessly reposting two recent looks:
Givenchy Rose Taffetas
Pretty decent as a replacement for Chanel Darling, I think?
Givenchy "Le Rouge" retail for £24 each and are a permanent addition to the core line.