How To Hide A Bruise Without Makeup I attribute my current fascination with colors to my recent return to embroidery after a long hiatus. As I play with fabric and thread, seeking the perfect shade of ivory to complement white linen, I find myself pondering the colors that surround me, sometimes even excessively so. “Wouldn’t that be a marvelous pairing?” I muse while walking over a chocolate-brown grate imprinted with my Brussels commune’s lemon-yellow emblem. When I’m not admiring the intricate details of local plumbing, I indulge my passion for color through my makeup collection.
Makeup offers a natural avenue for exploring color. Face products such as lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, and powders provide an endless array of shades and tonal variations. Depending on the texture and opacity, the same hue can take on a different character, influenced by one’s skin tone. And, of course, it serves as an excuse to expand my makeup repertoire. As I immerse myself in embroidery and witness the summer roses blooming with increasing abandon, my makeup collection grows steadily. One shade of pink is no longer sufficient; I desire to adorn my lips with all the hues of roses.
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However, my infatuation with roses presents a challenge. While reds and berries complement my fair complexion beautifully, rose and pink tones can accentuate the yellowish undertones of my skin, making me appear as though I haven’t slept in days. The swatching exercise that follows was primarily an attempt to organize my makeup stash. The result is a compilation of brief reviews. While I typically prefer unscented cosmetics, some of my favorite formulas boast a distinctive fragrance. I’ve included brief scent descriptions for those who are particular about this aspect of lipstick.
Soft Pale Rose
Pale rose and delicate pinks are challenging shades for me to wear; they tend to make me look washed out instantly. All four lipsticks in this category were either impulse purchases or overly optimistic acquisitions. While I often advocate against blind perfume purchases, it seems I don’t always practice what I preach when it comes to lipsticks. These will be passed on to my mother, who looks stunning in pale pink. If you share her ability to pull off these shades, I have no reservations about recommending these selections for their exquisite formulas. Beyond colors, I’m fervently obsessed with textures.
- Guerlain KissKiss Baby Rose 368: A tea rose petal pink with generous golden microshimmer. The shimmer lends it a lighter appearance on the lips than in the swatch. The formula is balmy and creamy, with a slight heft due to the shimmer. Scent: Retro raspberry-rose, pleasantly nostalgic.
- Lavshuca Moist Melting Rouge PK 5: A pink with a warm undertone, featuring silvery shimmer. While creamy and luscious, it appears overly pale on my lips, with pronounced shimmer. Scent: None.
- Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Sky Pink: A lovely pale cool pink with just the right amount of vibrancy. The Lustrous Matte formula can be slightly drying, so I layer it over a thin balm. While Revlon consistently ranks among my favorite lipsticks, it’s mainly for its reds—Fire & Ice, Cherries in the Snow, Revlon Red. Scent: None.
- Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick 03 Tsuyazakura: Tsuyazakura, from the Japanese brand Suqqu, is cooler on my lips than in the swatch but lives up to its name, meaning “cherry blossoms.” I was drawn to it with the optimistic notion that it might work on my sallow, fair complexion, allowing me to achieve the cherry blossom-tinted lips often featured in Japanese beauty magazines. Unfortunately, cherry blossoms are not in the cards for me in this case. However, the texture is exquisite—creamy without feeling heavy, gliding on effortlessly, without settling into fine lines or bleeding. Scent: None.
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