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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shiseido Perfect Rouge - Red for Spring?

You're probably already reading right along with Blogdorf Goodman's 40 Days and 40 Nights of Lip Service, right? As a lipstick/lip gloss fiend, you bet I'm enjoying the series.

Well, one of the lipsticks she and her merry crew have been talking about the most has been the Shiseido Perfect Rouge line, created by make-up artist and artistic director for Shiseido, Dick Page.

So when I found myself wandering into Bloomingdale's to spritz a perfume on my wrist and needed time to let it settle onto my skin, I glanced over at the Shiseido counter and took a peek at the Perfect Rouge lipsticks. I wound up in the chair (don't I always wind up in the chair?), then bought the lipstick and matching lipliner (it comes with a lipbrush on the end!) in "Salon", an extremely pretty red. (Yes, I'm always a sucker for a great red lipstick. You all know this already!)

I did, however, find it a little harder to find a good spring-y pink, and while the salesgirl tested "Ariel" on me, I wasn't totally thrilled with it. Plus, since I already have a ton of neutral-pink or pinky-pink or coral-pink or other-kind-of-pink lipsticks and lip glosses, including the ones I just got from MAC Hello Kitty, I didn't really need to drop the money on another pink, especially if I wasn't super-stoked about it.

That said, I am still really excited about "Salon". Yeah, maybe it's not super-springy, but a great red is a great red is a great red, no matter what time of the year! Don't you think? I haven't really had the opportunity to wear it out just yet, but I'm looking forward to making plans just so I *have* to wear it...

image from nordstrom.com


Anonymous said...

Is Salon a true red or a bluish-red? Also, what is your favorite red lipstick?

I'm still trying to find one I love. I have MAC's Ruby Woo, and I like it, but most people think it's too bright for me (pale skin, pink undertones, black hair, brown eyes). Any suggestions?

Jeanne said...


You know, I would say it's a little more blue-red, but it's definitely a wearable red. You can see it on me here: http://wbjewelry.blogspot.com/2009/04/san-francisco-treat.html (I'm the one in the glasses!). Compared to Wendy's red, Salon looks very blue-red.

As for my favorite red lipsticks, oh my gosh. I really like Lipstick Queen's Medieval for a sheer red, MAC Viva Glam I (matte) and IV (warm plummy red) and Russian Red (very similar to Ruby Woo), Urban Decay Gash lipstick (similar to VGIV, but more red), Laura Mercier Mistress (a pinky-red)... And I have a bunch of MAC reds from limited editions collections, too.

You know, Entertainment Weekly just revealed what Blair Waldorf's awesome, awesome red lips were a few weeks ago -- it's NARS Jungle Red pencil and Bad Education lip gloss. So I'm curious to try that out, and I think that would probably look really good on you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanne! I forgot to mention that I love your blog and read it through LJ via a RSS feed... anywho...

Salon looks great on you! I like how blue/red is a slightly muted compared to your friend's.

Thanks for the recommendation! I just might try the Jungle Red/Bad Education combination. Yay!

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