Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Friends like you are very few!!
Remember this from your school days? Well, we grew up and realized that roses are no longer only red, they come in infinite shades of red, right from pale pink rose to intense maroon rose. The shade which caught my attention recently is from Bourjois Rouge Edition – #17 Rose Millesime.
Ever since I saw these lipsticks, I had to have it! The price point was acting as a deterrent, but I finally gave in!
Bourjois has launched these in 18 shades ranging from nude colors to pinks and plummy tones and shades of red.
Tested and Approved by Fashion Editors! Shine Wrapped color with 10 hour hydration! Calling all Fashionista’s out there….the new lipstick is for you! It’s ready to wear formula is enriched with ¼ of pure laque for radiant, glossy finish and orchid blossom extract so it glides onto the lips leaving them feeling smooth, hydrated and protected for up to 10 hours. A “must-have” lipstick for every woman’s make-up bag. Tested and approved by fashion lovers. Available in 18 fashionable shades from natural nudes to pretty pinks, colour-blocking corals and classic reds, there are so many to choose from! A shade for every outfit and style. Stylish and sleek in design, it is the perfect fashion accessory for that trendsetting smile!
Obviously, it was the packaging which caught the eye. It’s a square tube, like most upscale brands like Estee Lauder, YSL, Bobbi Brown, etc. It’s entirely black with a glass bottom through which you can see the color of the lipstick. Fabulous design? Yes!! Not only is it eye catching but also practical to identify shade, in case you have more than one of these babies. Innovative – not really! Estee Lauder Pure color range has the same glass bottom design but with gold packaging.
Honestly, in terms of package design, the product looks fairly plush and is probably one of the best drugstore packaging I have come across in recent times – way better than the packaging of the newest products from Maybelline or Revlon.
So, for packaging we get 5 stars. But then we come to the price!
INR 775 for 3.5 gm.
What’s happening to the drugstore brands! It seems like everyone is vying against each other to reach the 1K mark for lipsticks quickly! Frankly, it makes one think, I should just put in 200 more and pick up a MAC lipstick instead! And I think MAC might actually be monitoring this and thinking – okay, the customers are willing to shell big bucks for drugstore brands, I should charge more – because their latest line of Mineralize lipsticks have been priced at 1650 INR!!!! At that price, won’t I pick an Estee Lauder instead!! OMG – I hope Estee Lauder is not listening to this and hikes its prices further!!!! 😛
Anyway, I digress….
When it comes to lipsticks, we all buy them for different reasons – sometimes we like the shade, sometimes the packaging (ahem….yes, we do!! Why else would you shell out Rs. 800 for certain pop tints??), sometimes it is to match attire or even the season (read corals/fuchsia all summer!!), sometimes it is a new product (so we have to try), sometimes we just like to hoard! In my case, I already accept the desire for packaging but it was also the shade. I am so tired of reading and swatching the enumerable shades of coral and fuchsia this summer – its exhausting and getting a tad boring!
Rose Millesime is an English rose tinged pink – bright enough to light up the face but wearable enough that will not look out of place in a corporate office atmosphere either. Is it a unique color – yes, I think in the 18 shades put up by Bourjois, there are only 2-3 unique shades and this is definitely one of them.
The texture of the lipstick is light and smooth, almost like a balm. It glides on easily and there is no pull or drag. The coverage is medium but can be built to fully opaque. It has a light glossiness, not shimmer or sheen.
The disappointing part about the lipstick was its stay. When tried directly from the bullet and without any lip liner (for the benefit of the readers so you can see the real color) – it hardly stayed for 2-3 hours. It disappeared with my meal! Leaving NO stain! Well, this could be a pro for some and a con for others. Considering the shade, I guess it is understandable that there was no stain – the red shades in the range may leave a stain – however, I have not tested it, so cannot really comment.
When applied with a liner, the stay was slightly better and it pulled through till about 4 hours.
Let’s sum it up for you:
Pros of Bourjois Rouge Edition – Rose Millesime:
- Unique color.
- Bright color which brightens the face – yet, easily wearable.
- Will suit most skin tones and not look over the top.
- Light, smooth, balm-like texture.
- Easy application.
- Fabulous packaging.
- Hydrating on the lips. Lips felt soft for a couple of hours even post the lipstick disappearing (yeah….the 10-hour claim is bit of a stretch)!
Cons of Bourjois Rouge Edition – Rose Millesime:
- The price point – considering it’s a drugstore brand.
- Staying power.
- Does not leave a stain (I kind of like my lipsticks to stick around for some time!)
- Transfers – on every surface it comes in contact with!
It’s definitely a product worth trying. Love the colors being offered, specially Rose Millesime – it’s a beautiful shade of pink (one which I did not have). However, do keep in mind the lasting power of the product – which can be extended by using a liner below the lipstick.
Well, if it does disappear from your lips, it gives you another chance to pull out this beautiful lipstick in public and reapply!!
So which shade interests you? Would you pick this up? Do share your views through comments.
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