Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Review & Swatches: Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick


Ah, lipstick, how I love thee.  Particularly gorgeously packaged, shiny looking ones like these Rouge Prodige lipsticks from Clarins.  According to the blurb, they give long-hold, comfortable colour, with intense pigmentation and shine.  Packaged in Clarins' signature gold, they're slim in the hand, but weighty and solid. 

Now, on to some swatches. 

Natural light
Left to right: Tender Rose, Miami Pink, Peach Sorbet, Rosy Coral

With flash
Left to right: Tender Rose, Miami Pink, Peach Sorbet, Rosy Coral


Natural light
Left to right: Clementine, Red Prodige, Nude, Creamy Toffee


With flash
Left to right: Clementine, Red Prodige, Nude, Creamy Toffee

With the promise of great pigmentation, I was slightly surprised to find that most of the shades required a couple of passes to get the depth of colour shown in the swatches above.  I suspect that the reason for this is more down to the texture than it is the level of pigmentation in the lipstick itself.  The texture makes these beautifully comfortable lipsticks, and not in the typical slippy-silky manner.  These are thicker, a little more waxy, more akin to a thick balm - and like a thick lip balm, you do have to warm them a bit before they apply smoothly to the lips.

Tender Rose - natural light

  Red Prodige - natural light

As for the hold, I can't say I entirely agree that these are long-wearing.  I managed to get around 3 hours out of Red Prodige, which is the strongest and thus most likely to show bad wear.  It's not awful, but it's not all that impressive, either - I've got a number of similar reds in my collection which wear much better.  I also found that the wear was a little uneven, with hints of the dreaded lipliner look appearing towards the end of the 3 hour wear period.  The more neutral colours perform better, with about 4 to 5 hours wear, and a more even fade.

All in all, I find myself liking some of the more neutral shades - particularly Tender Rose, which cancels out the blue in my lips - and feeling that the uneven fade puts me off the stronger shades.  I like the thick, waxy texture, and I like the comfort level whilst wearing these - I'd just love it if they wore a little better.  They are also pretty strongly scented - I personally love it, but if you don't like sweet, juicy, fruity scents, you might not.

Rouge Prodige lipsticks are available from Clarins counters and concessions, and via their website, where each lipstick will cost £17.  

Disclosure: PR samples

1 comment:

  1. They look so gorgeous! Thanks for the swatches. xx

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