*This is a guest post, check Emma’s work out here!
If you’re a beauty junkie like I am, your first association with Clarins as a brand would, undoubtedly, be skincare. But when I got the opportunity to try their Joli Rouge lipsticks, I realised that they could quickly become my favourite go-to daily lippies.
I got myself three shades; Grenadine, Tea Rose and Rosewood. Now I simply want to try them all. Grenadine is a bold maroon shade that’s just perfect for the fall season. However, I can’t decide whether I like Tea Rose or Rosewood more. They are of gorgeous nude shades. While Tea Rose is lighter and has peachy undertones, Rosewood is a deeper mix of pink, peach and brown and I think that it would flatter most skin tones.
The application is very smooth, and the lipstick simply glides on the lips. Even though this range of lipsticks are marketed as moisturising lip products, which are generally on the sheer side, Joli Rouge packs a lot of pigment and can easily be built up to the exact colour from the tube. In all honesty, Clarins makeup seems to be just as good as their skincare, which should be enough for me to explain how impressed I am with the quality of these lipsticks.
The company promises up to six hours of moisturising properties, and I must say that I completely agree. I didn’t need to apply any lip balm before the lipstick, but my lips were still soft after many hours of wear. After the matt lipsticks craze that required a lot of lip prep and still dried out my lips, these lipsticks came as a breath of fresh air.
As far as the longevity goes, I must admit that the 6 hours claim is not entirely true. But, and this is crucial but, I’m still going to give 5 out of 5 stars to Joli Rouge simply because it fades beautifully. I just love it! While after few hours the colour is not as bold and bright as it was when I first applied it, the lipsticks stain my lips and gradually fade out throughout the day without bleeding or leaving unsightly patches of colour. Of course, reapplying after around 3 hours would bring back the full-on colour and effect.
I’m not too concerned about the packaging, but for those of you who are, I’ll mention that the lipstick tube is of stunning gold colour that makes the product look very luxurious. It’s sleek, sturdy but still lightweight enough, which is vital, as you all know, if you have the habit of bringing your lipsticks with you in your purse. I won’t be exaggerating if I tell you that I’m obsessed with these lipsticks. Have you already tried any Joli Rouge lipsticks? What’s your favourite shade?