Kilian Le Rouge Parfum lipstick collection is the first makeup collection from Kilian and is a wardrobe of iconic red lipsticks, all available in Matte and Satin finishes and deliciously scented by Kilian – which makes it a special and beautiful combination of perfume artistry and makeup. I am very sure every luxury beauty lover is as excited as I am for this launch.
Le Rouge Parfum is like a talisman to carry close from day to night to early dawn. The lipstick is covered entirely in the brand’s emblematic Achilles shield motif engraved into black lacquer. The packaging of Le Rouge Parfum is a weighted, sensual accessory in your hand.
The inspiration behind the fragrance, “The quest of every woman to find their perfect Rouge is exactly the same as the quest to find the perfect scent. Once they find it, it becomes their signature.” – Kilian Hennessy
The lipstick is available in both matte and satin finish – each of them provides intense colour in one stroke. The matte lipstick creates ultra-matte lips with a powdery velvet finish while the satin finish is more like balmy nourishing lipstick with beautiful pigment and intensity. Both are easy to apply and comfortable during their wear time. Both the formula work well for even the dry lips, does not dry them out – I would prefer satin finish more during the winters when my lips are more dry than normal. When I want bold pigment and finish with good wear time – I prefer the matte version. The formulas are lightweight and glide on effortlessly on the lips. The matte version can go even without a lip liner – the precise shape of the bullet is perfect to apply and define at the same time. The same is the case with the satin finish lipstick, only that it has a balmy feeling to it, might feel a little bleeding due to the formula – in this case, a lip liner makes it work perfectly.
The shades I have swatched in the picture below are described as:
130 Dangerous Rouge: sophisticated red, with neutral, cool undertones, that complements most skin tones.
“There is no greater danger than playing it safe.” An elegant red, composed of rich, blue undertones. Designed for women who are not afraid to take risks; deeply flirtatious and irresistibly captivating.
140 Intoxicating Rouge: an elegant red, composed of rich, blue undertones.
“Intoxicate: to make someone unable to think or behave normally.” A sophisticated red, with neutral, cool undertones, that compliments most skin tones. Versatile, alluring and infinitely mesmerizing.
220 Prohibited Rouge: the most luxurious red with vibrant blue undertones, an invitation for the most daring games.
“Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.” The most luxurious red with vibrant blue undertones, an invitation for the most daring games.
250 Devil Rouge: the deepest red, build with rich, plum undertones.
“There are devilish thoughts even in the most angelic minds.” The deepest red, build with rich, plum undertones. Designed for the enigmatic woman who is on a mission to seduce.
The lipstick is fragranced – it is obvious though – as it is something coming from a niche luxury brand. If you are a fan of KILIAN’s ‘Don’t Be Shy’ fragrance, you will love the scent of Le Rouge Parfum. The experience of sensuality is enhanced by embellishing Le Rouge Parfum in an enticing blend of gourmand and floral notes, a specially-created harmony of marshmallow and orange blossom. The scent of the lipstick once applied, keeps reminding you of its presence but is not overpowering.
Overall, I am really loving everything about this lipstick, be it the packaging, the formula, the shades, the performance, the scent – it is a total luxurious indulgence that smells as well as looks splendid and exceptional. Kilian Le Rouge Parfum Lipstick is available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora Canada, and Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples
Givenchy Beauty has launched a new eye mask – or I may say a new addition to its Le Soin Noir range called the Le Soin Noir Eye Lace Mask. With a history and connection to its couture, lace is a symbol of elegance and refinement that brings out women’s beauty, it is a timeless, precious material that has always had a special place in the heart of the Givenchy House since it was founded. On the strength of this couture legacy, the Le Soin Noir Lace Face Mask joined the Le Soin Noir range in 2012. An artisanal masterpiece at the cutting edge of innovation in the service of
an exceptional skincare product. And now the new Le Soin Noir Eye Lace Mask joins the range, delicate black lace is now reinvented as the support for an exquisitely refined eye contour skincare product. This couture skincare mask is crafted in the authentic French tradition of Calais as a tribute to the House of Givenchy legacy.
“For thousands of years, all over the world, algae have shown an exceptional capacity to develop and thrive in the most extreme conditions. The Givenchy laboratories have been exploring this prodigious life force for many years and have succeeded in bringing to light their secrets of resistance, drawing on the original power of the algae. By combining them with a new ingredient extracted at the precise moment when the algae awaken to life – when their survival strength is at its peak – researchers have formulated a complex of exceptional vitality.
Rich in algae with protective properties, Le Soin Noir is able to offer complete age-defying benefits. Its black sap helps boost the skin’s balance while its ingredients help revitalize its natural defences to provide active protection. All the skin’s vital forces appear preserved and rebooted.”
The mask has a specific way to open and apply – it is very well explained on the backside of the mask with pictures of how-to. This precious lace eye mask, stretchy and saturated in Le Soin Noir technology, clings to the skin, from the forehead to the delicate eye contour area, to impart its age-defying properties within 10 to 15 minutes of intensive infusion. Massage any excess product into the skin with the fingertips or remove it with a cotton pad moistened with lotion. It can be used once a week for an intensive infusion of skincare.
The packaging has four eye masks and I have used three of them before writing this article. After using the eye masks, I have noticed my eyes look well-rested and fresh – like full of life. It has definitely helped with puffiness and tiredness around my eye area. The eye contour and forehead appear smoothed and firmed, visibly diminished and signs of fatigue seem to fade. The eyes appear rested, more open, and radiant with youth – the algae’s secret of survival is transmitted to the skin. With the combination of the delicate lace and the transformational technology – this mask is a beauty that is not just limited to the eyes to see and to the skin to touch but also luminous from inside out wherever it touches.
Givenchy Skincare and Makeup is available at Sephora and Holt Renfrew*Press samples
Nars has launched a beautiful collection for the spring and I am all over it – the products and shades are all any makeup lover – whether for everyday wear or for special events – would love. Nars Afterglow Collection includes Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette, Afterglow Overlust Cheek Palette, and Afterglow Lip Balm.
Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition eyeshadow palette with 12 shades in matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes. The palette is a vividly warm spectrum of finishes in heated tones. The high-pigment matte formula deposits captivating colour, ultra-fine blends of shimmer and pearl reflect light for eye-catching effects, Glitter glides on easily.
The formula delivers incredible payoff and rich, high-impact colour. The shades layer on well with each other. I like how the apply well with fingers or with a brush, they blend easily to give the desired effect. The shades work pretty well to create a multitude of looks from everyday natural wear to bold and daring.
Below are the shades:
Top Row (left to right):
First Taste – shimmering pale gold
Shadow Hill – matte saddle
Hot Line – metallic tangerine
Whipped – matte warm brown
Second Row (left to right):
Crushed – matte apricot
Mad Love – matte peach
Push It – iridescent golden pink
Riding High – shimmering rose
Bottom Row (left to right):
Bayadere I – sparkling bronze
Trouble – shimmering coral
Deep Cut – metallic fuchsia
Guayaquil – bright metallic rust
Afterglow Overlust Cheek Palette is a limited-edition cheek palette featuring three blushes and three gel-to-powder highlighters. The palette has a trio of powder blushes in beautiful versatile shades to create a natural-looking rush of colour, while innovative gel-to-powder highlighters impart a pearlescent lustre that glides effortlessly and layers seamlessly for a second-skin finish.
I am liking the formula and shades in this palette – so perfect to use every day. The formula is so smooth and creamy – blends like a dream. It looks so natural on the skin – and will great as-such on most of the skin tones.
The shades in this palette are described below:
Top Row (left to right):
Tied Up – shimmering champagne
Deep Down – shimmering golden bronze
Drift – shimmering rose bronze
Bottom Row (left to right):
Let It Burn – satin soft rose
Get Lost – satin nude peach
Body Talk – satin dusty mauve
Afterglow Lip Balm is a moisturizing lip balm with a blend of antioxidants to condition and protects lips. It is not new for me but the shades are. I have loved this formula for a long time now – very moisturizing and keep the lips soft and supple. There are six new shades launched in this cult-favourite lip product.
The lip balm gives shine and a hint of tint. It also features Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth, supple comfort and a blend of antioxidants to help protect and condition lips. One swipe gives a hint of high-shine colour along with a sheer sensation and long-lasting hydration.
Below is the description of the lip shades:
Dolce Vita – Sheer Dusty Rose
Turbo – Sheer Cherry Red
Wicked Ways – Sheer Mulberry
Torrid – Sheer Warm Coral
Fast Lane – Sheer Mauve Nude
Deep Throat – Sheer Pink with Shimmer