14 July 2011

Clarins Autumn 2011 Lipsticks: Rouge Prodige and Joli Rouge Review and Swatches

The Universe giveth and the Universe taketh away alright: on the very morning that I tearfully retired my beloved tube of soon-to-be-discontinued* Wonder Perfect mascara from Clarins, I received an unexpected and delightful parcel of joy from the brand. Now as I’ve said a time or two before, I absolutely love Clarins and my bathroom shelves are never without a selection of products from this French beauty powerhouse. [*Stop press! Wonderful news! Wonder Perfect is not, repeat NOT being discontinued. This news has genuinely lightened my heart - I love the stuff.]

That's Joli Rouge in the centre of the two pics on the bottom row, flanked by the two bullets of  Rouge Prodige

I was sent two of the three new Rouge Prodige colours to try out, in Creamy toffee and Peach Sorbet, along with one of the two new Joli Rouge shades in Fig. (Joli Rouge will also be available in Grenadine, and the final Rouge Prodige shade will be Rose Coral.)


Joli Rouge in Fig, centre, with Peach sorbet back left and Creamy toffee, back right


Rouge Prodige was launched last year and I’m a big fan of the sleek, elegant gold tube. This is Clarins long-wear lipstick, promising “rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort.” I’m wearing Creamy toffee right now and it really lives up to its name: it’s creamy in colour and consistency, has quite a rich, thick texture, feels nourishing and smells great, too (alas, not of toffee, but of a light, fruity scent). I’ve been lusting after this shade since Kirstie told us over on beaut.ie that the man they call Handsome Claude described it as the perfect nude.  He wasn’t wrong.


Peach sorbet on the left; Creamy toffee on the right


Creamy toffee: the 'perfect nude'


Joli Rouge, by contrast, comes in a silver bullet and has a light, smooth texture that delivers a shiny glossy colour. It also has a lovely fruity smell and it tastes good, too.


Joli Rouge in Fig


L-R: Rouge Prodige in Creamy toffee; Joli Rouge in Fig; Rouge Prodige in Peach Sorbet


While Creamy toffee is my favourite, to be honest I am loving all three: they are pretty, wearable shades that would be good staples in any woman’s makeup bag. They’re really well priced at €20 each and I’m planning to pick up Rose Coral when it’s out in August, too.

What do you think, will you be adding any of the Rouge Prodige or Joli Rouge lippies to your collection? Tell me in the comments!
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