We girls need to have that one tube of red lipstick that can speak volumes. That one red that you can just put on your lips regardless if your face is full of makeup or devoid of any. The one that can match any outfit whether you’re out with your friends or out on a date.
The one red that can boost your self-esteem to the sky.
Yes, you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
Well, I think I found one that fits my neutral skin tone.
A luxurious and hydrating cream formula that infuses lips with rich, silky and lasting color. Available in 16 shades.
Features and Benefits:
• Imparts a radiant crème sheen in medium to full finishes.
• Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients provide skin-smoothing properties.
• The custom metal component is refillable – refills may be purchased here.
The Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick comes in a posh and luxurious tube similar to the colour and feel of their Ambient Lighting Powders, . The brand name is embossed on the lipstick tube and an hourglass icon can be distinctly seen once the lipstick itself is twisted up. The total packaging is genius in my opinion. The hourglass gives it a sleek feel no? The lipstick has 3.5g/0.12oz of gorgeous redness in its tube.
Now unto the shade. Icon is described as a classic, true red. Against my skin tone, it remains neutral neither leaning warm nor cool with a glossy finish. I think this is the first red in my stash that doesn’t have any yellow (not that I have a lot of those to begin with) or blue tones in it. It applies really well on its own, really creamy and with much more slip than I expected. It feels light too and the moisture it provides lasts until the color has faded which is somewhere along 4-5 hours of wear. Any food or drinks in between will sadly, lessen its longevity.
There are quite a few things bothering me about the formula though. I noticed early on how clingy it can get to every dry patch on my lips, emphasising every flakiness, and how it settles on the lip lines. As such, I need to exfoliate thoroughly before I even think of putting it on. Then there are migration and transfer issues. Having a more-than-creamy formula, the color tends to go outside the lips after a few hours and oh boy, does it transfer everywhere. Like everywhere. Coffee cups, spoons and forks, straws — I think it is safe to say there is a possibility that I might mention every dining utensil if I go on. The problem can be simple solved with the use of a lip pencil but adding another step to my routine these days is can be bothersome especially if I’m in a hurry.
I love the absolute boldness of Icon. It’s a red I can see myself wearing anytime the need arises. I know it’s not a specific color for spring or summer. But tell me, is there really a season or an event that you cannot wear red?
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