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making faces :: red light

guerlain says stop
guerlain have released a limited edition red lipstick with their holiday collection.

it is in their rouge g formula, the ones with the bulky but amazing packaging that includes a mirror. in this case, the casing is raspberry red rather than silver.

the shade is called rouge parade and it is red. bright red. bold red. almost frighteningly red. so very red. a red's red.

the question of tone is a bit complicated; when i swatched it on my hand in a store, it looked warmish. then i saw sara's review on colo[u]r me loud and thought it looked even warmer than i'd initially thought. then i brought it home and put it on and it wasn't really very warm at all. in fact, it leaned cool rather than warm. now i'm confused. for such an incredibly opaque shade, it seems to change considerably from one person to another.

rouge parade

there are lots and lots and lots of red lipsticks. unfathomable numbers of red lipsticks. how many red lipsticks does one woman even need? that is a rhetorical question that no one should attempt to answer. but in case your bank account forces you to answer it, you should know that "rouge parade" is brighter, cooler and has a glossier finish than givenchy "rouge ├ęgerie" and that it's lighter and brighter than guerlain "garconne", but both are fairly close.

t to b :: guerlain garconne, rouge parade
 
l to r :: givenchy rouge egerie, rouge parade, guerlain garconne



the rouge g formula is creamy, intense and extremely comfortable. "rouge parade" is among their longer-lasting shades, which is impressive. it'll go on for days if you let it, although you might want to tap a little extra on after you eat.

that's it. i can't say more. i want to, but i've already used all the words to express how much i love these lipsticks. so i could either say very little, or just copy and paste from previous reviews.

god this is lovely.

so lovely.

this is like someone captured the wildest, happiest, most optimistic moments of your entire life and formed them into a lipstick.

it's like the platonic ideal of lipstick.

people should write passionate, romantic, dazzling poetry about this lipstick.

this lipstick could be used as a weapon to counter some of the ugliness that fills this world.

it's like a magic spell, because potions and incantations are old-fashioned.

this is the gift you give when you want to a woman to realise that only the very best is worthy of her- especially if that woman is you.

this is a link to synonyms of "magnificent".

some might feel that you need an occasion to wear this stunning colour. i think that when you wear this colour, it makes whatever you're doing an occasion.

 


clearly, this is something that doesn't need a lot of support. a very neutral eye is a much better idea than shades that try to compete. in this case, i know i've used a couple of shades from ysl'd "saharienne" palette and chanel "complice" is on the inner corners and along the lower lash lines, but i'm not entirely sure what else is going on in there. the liner is illamasqua "wisdom", layered over a black pencil liner in order to make the base stronger.

i thought a bold cheek would be a nice touch, so i went with armani "eccentrico", which is the boldest of the bold. i also used hourglass "diffused light" on my cheeks and the lower part of my forehead.

even applied lightly, "rouge parade" is a ridiculously saturated shade. it's something for women who are comfortable with their brights and who want to avoid anything earthy. there is certainly some warmth in it, but it's a light, yellowy warmth, not the golden brown you get with brick reds. the clarity of the shade borders on the unreal.

"rouge parade" is limited, but still available wherever guerlain is sold. it is rouge g #820 and not all displays show both the name and number. if you think you want it, you're probably right.

Comments

Subway Dreaming said…
Looks fabulous on you!

My lips are too thin to wear this colour, so I'll just live vicariosuly through you.
Kate MacDonald said…
Aw :-(

I can see where this wouldn't be for everyone, although I do find that it makes my lips look somewhat fuller...
Wow, that IS the platonic ideal of lipstick. It's perfect. I do often feel that I need an occasion to wear colors like that, but you're absolutely right: a perfect red lipstick makes an occasion wherever it goes. (Or it makes you the occasion, which is even better!)

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