Guerlain Cherry Blossom, Burberry Primrose Hill, Lavshuca RD-1
Pink seems to be the colour of spring 2013, this colour can be very versatile, with different undertones, leaning more fuchsia, red, orange, yellow, sheer, opaque etc. In this post I will feature my favourite lipstick formulas for dry lips and three different shades of a wearable pink.
Burberry Lip Cover Primrose Hill - a warm pink with an almost satin texture (still feeling creamy), floral-powdery scent, medium pigmented (for my swatch I used two swipes), contains sparse sparkles (only visible in direct sunlight). The staying power is about an hour on me, leaving a soft stain. I wasn’t expecting much from yet another fashion brand, that finally has released their own makeup line – I was wrong. Burberry has surprised me in so many ways: their products have very good quality and the whole range features a nice variation of shades and textures. No matter how loud or vibrant a colour may seem, it still is subject to the brand’s philosophy of natural, wearable, toned down, earthy colours.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Cherry Blossom - a light pink, with a soft rose undertone, semi sheer (I used two swipes for my swatches), with a solid gel texture, this formula gets very soft in warm weather (which you can actually see in the pic, last summer it melted a bit). It has a soft rose scent, contains shimmer (it may appear frosty, depending on the lighting, but not the 80s kind of frost, rather subtle with a sheen). The staying power is about one hour on me, it leaves an almost there stain, I have to reapply every one and half hour to have a visible colour on my lips. The Rouge Automatique range is my favourite lipstick formula of all times ever since they have released it. My first lipstick was Rouge Automatique in Champs-Elysées and it still is one of the most worn colours of mine. No matter how dry my lips are, I don’t have to worry about how the finish will be, with a bit of lip balm underneath, those lipsticks have never failed me. The shades with a bit more sparkles in them (like Lou-Ling) are a bit more drying though.
Kanebo Lavshuca Dramatical Memory Rouge RD-1 – is a sheer pinkish red colour with a creamy gel texture and glossy finish (I used four swipes for my swatches). Japanese drugstore brands in general are offering a wide spectrum of very good quality products (a lot of the products actually beat western high-end brands). What makes this particular lipstick range interesting is the jelly texture (never being drying or accentuating liplines). If you compare those to Dior’s Serum de Rouge lipsticks (which are drying on me and a lot of colours just look the same once applied) – I always would pick Lavshuca (the girly, plastic packaging may not be up your alley though). RD-1 never failed me, when I had a lazy day and just needed a bit of colour on my lips. I also have OR-1 (which is such a wearable orange tone, brightens every makeup look).
Having the ability to pull everything a bit more pink makes Cherry Blossom not as rosy looking as it may be on darker skintones. I think this picture shows the different textures quite well, Guerlain Rouge Automatique being forgiving on skin texture, Burberry Lip Cover having a creamy satin finish and Lavshuca Dramatical Memory Rouge having an exquisite gel formulation with a glossy finish.