(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)
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I would like to introduce my second favourite lipstick (the first being Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour) to you: Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge. The first time I tried the L’Absolu Rouge collection, I was very impressed. As happy as I am with Bobbi Brown’s creamy Lip Colour, I liked how easily the lipstick glided across my lips, almost as if I were applying Kiehl’s Lip Balm. I went with 186 Rouge Désir from the Autumn 2013 collection, which is a more blue-red but is not too deep to be mistaken for vampire lips. As you can see, it features the Eiffel Tower! The cap is also magnetic, so you won’t have to worry about losing the cap in your handbag.
Although this lipstick cost C$35 (US$30), my main incentive for splurging on a brand-name lipstick was so I could receive the Lancôme gift bag. (It came with a full-size eyeshadow palette, and mini-lip colour, Hypnôse Star mascara, Bi-Facil, amongst other samples. So it was worth it in the end.) 😉
The description on the website claims that the lipstick has a staying and hydrating power of up to 8 hours. I can verify that the colour stays put on the lips throughout the day, though my lips eventually felt a little chapped, probably due to the fact that I did not drink enough water. Nevertheless, I am impressed that as lipsticks, both Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge and Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour are able to keep the lips fairly smooth for a longer period of time compared to other brands. There are many other benefits listed on the Lancôme webpage though I can’t prove if the claims are true. For instance, I don’t know if the lipstick can actually protect against ‘environmental damage, UVA and UBA rays.’ It’s reassuring, certainly.
If $30-35 is too much to spend, I’ve read that L’Oréal’s Colour Riche lipsticks are the drugstore dupes for less than $10. I have yet to try one because most of the ones I find in stores have all been turned into testers. If I do try one in the future, I will be sure to let all of you know if it’s worth it!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Glosse Girls!