What Are Rose Petal Lips My current fascination with colors can be attributed to my recent return to embroidery after a long hiatus. While I work with fabric, thread, and search for the perfect shade of ivory against white linen, I find myself contemplating colors more than ever before, sometimes even excessively so. As I stroll over a chocolate brown grate imprinted with my Brussels commune’s lemon yellow seal, I can’t help but think, “Wouldn’t that be a splendid pairing?” When I’m not marveling at the intricate details of local plumbing, I indulge my obsession with color through my makeup collection.
Makeup provides a natural avenue for exploring color. Face products like lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, and powders offer an endless array of shades and tonal gradations. Depending on their texture and opacity, these hues can take on different characteristics, not to mention the interplay with one’s own skin. Makeup also serves as a perfect excuse to expand my beauty repertoire. As I delve deeper into embroidery and witness the summer roses blooming with unrestrained abandon, my makeup collection continues to grow. One shade of pink is simply not sufficient; I crave all the shades of roses for my lips.
However, the quest for the perfect rose proved to be a challenging endeavor. While reds and berries complement my fair complexion, roses and pinks can accentuate the yellow undertones in my skin, leaving me looking as if I’ve had no sleep for days. The swatching exercise below primarily aimed to organize my makeup stash, resulting in a collection of mini-reviews. I prefer my cosmetics to be unscented, but some of my favorite formulas happen to be fragrant. I’ve included brief fragrance notes for those who are particular about this aspect of their lipstick.
Soft Pale Rose
Pale rose and delicate pinks pose a challenge for me as these shades tend to make me appear washed out instantly. All four lipsticks in this category were either impulse purchases or optimistic acquisitions. Despite my frequent advice against blind perfume purchases, I clearly do not adhere to my own wisdom when it comes to lipsticks. These will be passed on to my mother, who looks stunning in pale pink. If you share her complexion, I have no reservations in recommending these selections for their exquisite formulas. Beyond colors, I have an insatiable fascination with textures.
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Guerlain KissKiss Baby Rose 368:
Guerlain’s KissKiss Baby Rose 368 boasts a tea rose petal pink shade infused with a generous amount of golden micro-shimmer. The shimmer imparts a lighter appearance on the lips than what is evident in the swatch. The formula is both balmy and creamy, with the shimmer adding a touch of weight.
Lavshuca Moist Melting Rouge PK 5:
Lavshuca, a Japanese drugstore brand under Kanebo, offers the Moist Melting Rouge, a comfortable option for those with dry lips. PK 5 exhibits a pink hue on a warm base, accented by silvery shimmer. On my lips, it appears overly pale, with the shimmer making a pronounced statement. The texture, however, is creamy and luscious.
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Sky Pink:
This beautiful pale cool pink has just the right amount of white. The Lustrous Matte formula can be slightly drying, so I recommend applying it over a thin layer of lip balm. Revlon consistently ranks among my favorite lipstick brands, especially for its red shades such as Fire & Ice, Cherries in the Snow, and Revlon Red.
Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick 03 Tsuyazakura:
Tsuyazakura, hailing from the Japanese brand Suqqu, appears cooler on my skin than it does in the swatch. Nevertheless, it lives up to its name, meaning “cherry blossoms.” I succumbed to it in the hopes that it would work with my sallow, fair complexion, inspired by the cherry blossom-tinted lips featured in Japanese beauty magazines. Unfortunately, cherry blossoms are not in my future. Nevertheless, the texture is exquisite—creamy without being heavy. The lipstick glides on effortlessly, doesn’t settle into fine lines, and doesn’t bleed.