Monday, May 14, 2018

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks - review, photos, swatches!

I've spoken at length over the years how much I love the Joli Rouge range from Clarins and now.... Now they've brought out a matte version of some of their existing Joli Rouge shades and I am obsessed.  See I do like a matte lip, but I don't always like the faff that comes with it and as someone with perpetually dry lips, I'm really picky about what kind of mattes I like.  The Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks are out now and I was sent four of the ten shades available to test out.  Wanna see?


Of the four I've tried, the colour payoff is seriously intense and the formula... well that's every dry lipped person's dream because it feels like butter on the lips!  Organic marsh samphire extract gives 6 hour hydration and the formula is enriched with apricot oil to help them feel comfortable on.

When applied, there's no pulling or tugging on the lips and it takes no time at all to get a gorgeous, even, opaque finish like in the photos below.  They don't give the typical flat finish you'd expect from a traditional matte lipstick, but there's a hint of satin luminosity to them, which I love.  There's movement and slip with them when I press my lips together and they do transfer on glasses and move when you eat, so if longevity is what you're after, maybe apply after you've had a nosh.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Grenadine
Grenadine is a lovely rosy pink shade that's still quite neutral and wearable, despite being a slightly darker shade.  It's the type of colour that makes me look and feel like a lady, adding warmth to my complexion but still giving impact.  It's beautiful altogether.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Pink Cranberry
Pink Cranberry was the surprise of the bunch!  If you know me, you'll know I don't usually go for brighter pinks when it comes to lipsticks, but this one wowed me loads!  It's totally in your face, but is perfect for summer and for bringing away on holidays.  This is one for the brave bridies!

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Soft Berry
Soft Berry is one of those everyday shades that's easy to wear and is a great spring/summer shade.  This is one I've been keeping in my handbag, ready to be whipped out at a moment's notice.  It's a great colour for the no makeup makeup days and is smack bang in my comfort zone!

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Joli Rouge
I. Can't. Cope!  The matte version of Clarin's famous Joli Rouge is just beautiful...  What I will say though is that it's a shade I'd use a lip liner with, just because it's so intense and any mistakes along the lip line are more obvious.  But in the photo above, I just used the lipstick from the bullet and took my time.  There's nowt like stripes and a red lip!

I think mattes like these are fantastic for those with dry lips, those with smaller lips and for those who enjoy a really comfortable lipstick, while wanting to carry on with the matte lip trend.  The Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks are €24 each and are available now.  Will you be picking any up?

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