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making faces :: little red book, part 5


get your drag-on
picture the ultimate, glamourous, screen-siren red lips you can imagine. what you're thinking of is probably chanel's rouge allure laque in "dragon". part of a line of liquid lipsticks- meaning they apply like a glossy [with a lacquer-shiny finish] and set as a full-coverage lipstick- "dragon" is a cult favourite red far and wide, including with me. i think that chanel hit all the right notes with this one and as soon as i got my greedy little paws on it, it quickly became my ultimate red.

the colour is extremely wearable, since it pulls neither warm nor cool. it's aptly named, in that it does remind me of a typical "chinese red", the colour of new year's dragons, or pottery or the lanterns that festoon chinatown restaurants and shops. it's a bold colour without being eye-poppingly bright, dramatic but very classy.

the formula is very nice as well. it stays quite moisturising, even after it's set and although it does tend to feather a little around the edges, that's easily controlled with a liner. [in fact, i find the feathering faint enough that i can usually just smooth it away with my finger.] it's pretty idiot-proof to apply [and trust me, that means something coming from me] and it lasts for hours, requiring only minor touch-ups after eating or drinking.

and now the bad news.



chanel has apparently decided to discontinue the entire rouge allure laque line, with the possible exception of one colour. and that colour isn't "dragon". so while it's currently available wherever chanel is sold, it won't be replenished once it runs out. so your opportunity to buy the world's most perfect red lipstick is running short. let us take a moment to mourn.

i find that this is the sort of shade that demands to be the star, so i like to keep everything around it fairly neutral. it's also a great choice for a "big night out", since it really does have star power all on its own. the last time i wore it out, i opted to go with complementary makeup that was very neutral, but with lots of shimmer [since "dragon" has a creamy finish with no visible shimmer, i figured it would make a nice counterpoint]. i think that this is a definite soiree-friendly look, dressy and classic but fun. it's not something i'd necessarily recommend for a venue that's brightly lit.

must be seen in person
i'd also like to take this opportunity to talk about one of the eye shadows that chanel has released with their holiday collection, "beige lamé". i'm normally quick to dismiss anything that dares call itself beige, but in this case, that would be a huge mistake. while it does have a warm beige base [deeper than my skin tone by a few shades], it is replete with soft pink and teal shimmer, which, for once, is quite visible on application [although difficult to capture in photographs]. the effect is really quite breathtaking, because the colour is neutral, but with incredible dimension. i also find that the sparkly quality really brightens my eyes when i wear it. it's limited edition, so it might be a good idea to grab that when you're out hunting the endangered "dragon".

i went for even a little more sparkle by using nars' "new order" blush on my cheeks and decolleté, just for extra "oomph". because a girl needs her oomph. [see my original review here.]

of course, since i did this look for a night out, i had to use a flash for the photographs, which always annoys me. i don't find that the colours show up as true to life as i want them and there's a sort of gold haze cast over everything. so the photos are a little warmer in tone than in real life, but hopefully you get the idea.

here's what i used:

face ::
gosh foundation primer
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates"

eyes ::
chanel e/s "beige lamé" [sparkly warm beige]
mac e/s "mulled cider"* [warm medium brown]
mac greasepaint stick "french quarter"* [dark golden brown]
mac e/s "creamy bisque"* [soft white]
benefit they're real mascara

cheeks ::
mac magically cool liquid powder "truth & light" [peachy highlighter]
nars blush "new order" [sparkly light pink]
mac blush "darkly my dear"* [ruddy plum]

lips ::
chanel rouge allure laque "dragon" [cardinal red]

*suggested alternates :: mulled cider = mac "swiss chocolate"; french quarter = makeup forever aqua eyes 4l; creamy bisque = mac "dazzlelight"; darkly my dear = mac "blushbaby" [lighter, pinker]

Comments

littlepickle said…
Dragon looks amazing on you, Kate! Unfortunately it just didn't work for me, so I sold it :( it pulled a tad dark and feathered badly, even with lipliner. I adore the colour & wish I could have made it work!
flora_mundi said…
Aw... Sorry to hear it didn't work. I guess there really is no thing as a perfect, universal red. Hope you've found one that's perfect for you, though!

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