we review the latest Packaging Porn from our favorite luxury line…
I love lipstick. Some love glosses, some love balms, I love lipstick. There are many avenues to travel in the lipcolor metro area, and I am here today to encourage fellow lipstick fanatics to make a stop for Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in the Hourglass district of lipcolors for a distinctly modern view of the venerable classic stick.
Lipstick hasn’t always been the popular choice; gloss wearers will insist that many glosses retain the pigment of a stick while going that extra mile for a youthful, megawatt shine. Balm wearers will point to their subtly tinted sticks and pots and profess that is all anyone needs. But me? I fancy myself a sex-symbol wannabe (emphasis on “wannabe”), and to that end I can only see myself identifying with a lipstick. Did Marilyn use gloss? Certainly not. Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth? Bite your tongue. Would Jayne Mansfield be caught naked in only balm? Never. For this reason I am always riding that Retro Lip Line, looking for that new stop offering something better than my previously visited upon lipsticks.
Hourglass is hyped as a cosmetics line that “embodies modern luxury.” Well, “modern luxury” may not be a lipstick term that’s understood until one experiences it firsthand. Firstly, modern speaks to me in design terms—crisp, clean, simple—this is modern. Hourglass Femme Rouge is encased in a long, weighty, darkly metallic metal tube with a Deco-esque “hourglass” stamp. I knew at this moment that if the product inside measured up to its exterior that this lipstick would be one for the ages.
Open the tube and twist to find another design surprise—the lipstick is not rounded with the classically tapered tip—it’s squared off like a new set of acrylic nails. I’ve read elsewhere that the reason for this is to provide superior, even coverage for lip brush users. I’m not a lip brush user (except when I’ve got a product I LOVE and have to get every last bit out of the container) and can’t say I see how this makes one apply color to the brush or the lips any better. What I can say though is that this tip makes it a little difficult to apply without a brush—even on my rather pouty, largish lip surface area. Besides the square tip, a stylized hourglass is stamped on the side of the lipstick. Nice touch—it feels expensive already—but now it’s about to get luxurious…
The color I received for review is Embrace, a bronze shimmer. The scent of the lipstick is nearly neutral with the faintest hint of sugar. Once the color hits the lips the scent is no longer detectable, but the color sure is! One application deposits a nice amount of color, shimmer and shine, going on smooth and balm-like. Two more layers give a color as deep, shimmery and true as the stick itself. Packed with vitamin E and super antioxidants (and without yucky parabens and sulfates), this formula smooths the skin as promised. Did I mention how long my multiple layers lasted? Forever (well, through mac and cheese and a glass of chardonnay)!
Velvet Crème, you are more than a name—you are a definition. Super lipstick I have found you! But why do you have to live so far uptown (and why are you so square)? Femme Rouge is a rather expensive $30. I guess modern luxury doesn’t hang out in the up-and-coming areas. There is good news for those of us whose tastes don’t always equal their means—Femme Rouge is refillable. I have yet to find the refills or their prices, but it gives me hope.
Fellow sex symbol wannabes (and wht review team members) does Femme Rouge make you want to give up the search for the perfect lipcolor or keep on looking?[ratings]
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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