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making faces :: berry picking

leaves are turning! gusts of chill air are arriving! evening is longer than daytime! i get excited just typing those things. it helps that, compared to last year, the first part of autumn as been glorious. the temperature has been slowly creeping downward [although we did have a shocking run of heat last week], making it comfortable to wear light layers during the day and a jacket at night. my toes are getting ready to hibernate in boots and my lips are lusting after delicious berries and plums like at no other time of the year.

i always love a deep lip, from classically sophisticated to outright vamp and i'll wear them pretty much any time i want, but there is something to the pairing of such shades with the golden autumn light, just as bold, juicy shades come into their own on the most brilliant summer days. as a result, when this time of year rolls around, i'm magnetically drawn to try any new lipstick that has "berry" in its name or description, the fuller and richer the coverage the better.

you might recall that earlier this year, i finally got around to trying givenchy's le rouge formula for the first time. i'd passed on the opportunity to try them earlier, because none of the colours seemed unique, but having tried one, i knew i was going to keep my eye out for more. i got lucky in that they added more new shades, including one promisingly named "framboise velours", which translates to "raspberry velvet". that sounds like so many thrilling things- an edwardian gown, a quietly deadly cocktail and, yes, a kick-ass lipstick colour.



in fact, it absolutely lives up to that name. the finish is velvety smooth and almost matte [more so, i thought, that rouge égerie] with just a little lustre. and the colour is a perfect raspberry, a reddish deep pink with a slightly muted, dusty quality to it. it wears comfortably and lasts a good long time. as it fades, it leaves a light stain, or it can be applied and blotted to achieve that effect from the outset. it's a quick, single-pass application for full colour payoff, since it goes on very saturated and completely evenly.

   
framboise velours
framboise velours
there are a lot of shades out there, which is something i knew when i purchased it, but i find that the dustiness i mentioned above makes this one look a little different. it's just a wee bit greyer than other shades that are close to it and therefore quite distinctive. bite "crimson" is deeper and a little redder. guerlain "gladys" is brighter, pinker and shimmery.

l to r :: bite crimson [l.e.], frmaboise velours, guerlain gladys
i think that "framboise velours" would be an excellent option for people who are drawn to shades like "gladys", but who are worried that they might be too loud. for me, this is a shade that i find a little easier to pull off in more conservative settings, when i don't necessarily want to stand out, like in police lineups.

this shade lends itself to pretty simple makeup, since it's strong enough to carry a look on its own. i've been favouring neutral eyes with the same sort of greyish cast as the lipstick and a deep pink or berry shade on the cheeks. to whit:

 


products used

the base ::
ysl teint touche éclat foundation "b10"
dior star concealer "01"
mac paint pot "painterly"
mac fluidline brow gel "deep dark brunette"

the eyes ::
mac e/s "my fantasy" [light grey-gold]
mac e/s "fall in lust" [misty taupe]
mac e/s "dance in the dark" [sooty greenish grey with gold shimmer]
mac e/s "rising passions" [black brown]
gosh pen liner "brown"
guerlain cils d'enfer maxi lash mascara

the cheeks ::
marc jacobs blush "tantalizing" [deep cool raspberry]

the lips ::
givenchy le rouge l/s "framboise velours"

the givenchy line is available exclusively through sephora, which is where i purchased mine. weirdly, there are two versions of the shade: a regular version, which appears to be part of the permanent assortment and costs $38cad; and a limited edition version in a burgundy [rather than black] case, which costs $5 more. i don't get hugely excited about limited packaging, so i opted for the former, but both are still available on sephora's [canadian] web site as of today.

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