After patiently waiting for word after the US launch of it, Rouge in Love is finally available island-wide on our shores!
Though, as I had mentioned in the introductry entry, our shades are not the same as the US in terms of formulation and color selection.
I would admit, I was initially bummed-at-first-swatch due to the expectation I had of a vividly creamy and opaque color, only to be met with a glossy and slightly translucent swatch.
Though after giving this a chance, my mind has been changed and I am starting to enjoy how these lipsticks look and feel on.
I have 2 shades to share but before I delve into the shades, I first want to showcase the elegant-looking lipstick bullet.
The 'panel' with Rouge in Love inscripted on is meant to mirror a... mirror! The idea is hinting at the romantism of scribbling a note on the mirror for your lover who hasn't risen from slumber.
There are also stocking holstery designs along the side (how sexy) and a very classic looking lipstick base design.
Quickly recapping, Lancôme's Rouge in Love lipsticks aim to capture 3 different moods and times of the day - Morning, Evening and Night.
It was incredibly hard settling for just one or two when you have 27 beautiful shades in front of you but after much swatching, I ended up with one for the morning and one for the night.
In order of time, let's start with 132M, Corail in Love.
Coincidentally, when I was checking out the US Rouge in Love swatches, I zoomed in on their version of Corail in Love (which isn't entirely the same as ours).
The version we get appears to be more coral, less pink (I think?) and with a natural edge due to the translucent glossiness.
This is a perfect perk-me-up lip color without looking too stark despite the inclusion of coral - refreshing yet subtle for the day!
Moving on to the night, this was honestly the hardest as I was choosing between 3 shades. After much deliberation and re-swatching, I settled for 365N, Rose Grenadine.
I don't know how to describe this color but it's not quite a red, has hints of corals from the tube yet seems to pull pink when swatched on me.
On my hands, this swatched a little more coral than my other picks but on my lips, it seems to have morphed into a rosey pink tone.
The pinky tone it took on my lips was unexpected because I made sure to choose the one that swatched least pink amidst my options thus I think these lipsticks are those you really have to try on and see for yourself!
Kas has Rose Grenadine too and check out how it wears on her!
Hand swatches can only do so much and in most cases it doesn't do the lipsticks justice either because they may appear 'blah' and 'similar' that way.
Corail in Love and Rose Grenadine appeared quite close when swatched on my hands yet once applied, they are indeed like night and day.
On my lips, I find these to wear good for about 4 hours without eating. They glide on the lips effortlessly and feel light-weight on, almost reminiscent of my Maquillage Glossy Lip Rouge, except with more color to them.
They did not feel drying on nor do they supplement balm-like hydration but it was good enough for me.
I find that the Night color seems to leave a soft stain on the lips even after it wears (light dabbing after meals) off, leaving a natural altered liptone. Though this can be removed by wiping it off properly.
In all I have grown to love the textures of these lipsticks, especially Corail in Love, and while they may not have been what I expected, it didn't disappoint me either. While I love the jaw-dropping pigmentation of opaque cream lipsticks, I do realize that I tend to reach for glossy lipstick finishes that wear comfortably on - especially so for a day look.
Even if lipsticks aren't your thing, I urge you to give these 27 shades a look, a swatch and maybe a try. If you are a lipstick fiend... well, what are you waiting for, 27 shades are calling out to you!
Lancôme Rouge in Love retails for S$40 and is available at all Lancôme counters.
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.