Review and discussion of Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle. It Smells Like Lancôme.
Lipstick Rose evolves so quickly on my skin. It begins as violet pastilles mixed with rosewater that almost immediately becomes a soapy, powdery rose reminiscent of Penhaligons Elisabethan Rose before settling down five minutes later into the scent of a Lancôme lipstick mixed with a touch of vanilla. On some days I smell the vanilla more than on others because it's barely perceptible to begin with. My skin tends to draw out vanilla notes, but vanilla is never a strong note when I wear Lipstick Rose. It has been many years since I wore Lancôme, but in the 90's they had a rose imprinted into the lipstick, and they smelled like rose too, which I liked so much back then. Feminine, chic, and fun!
I went to Nordstrom and sniffed a Lancôme lipstick, and sure enough, it matched the scent of Lipstick Rose almost perfectly. It was rosy, just a little waxy due to the lipstick itself, and then it had a tangy note in it just like the perfume that keeps the scent from smelling too stuffy and old-fashioned. But I was amazed that I was right on the money.
The thing is: I love Lipstick Rose, but it only smells like Lancôme lipstick. It is not my "go-to" for the powdery cosmetics and lipstick scent that I love. My own personal favorites are the newest version of YSL's Rive Gauche, Chanel's new Misia, and Maria Candida Gentile's Burlesque, the latter of which is underrated and overshadowed by Sideris.
I love to wear Lipstick Rose while simultaneously wearing my new Lancôme lipstick. Then I absolutely wreak of the whole Lancôme makeup scent, and, frankly, I think it's awesome!
In case inquiring minds need to know, I bought Lancôme's L'Absolue Rouge in Champagne, which I would describe as a medium berry-pink with a pearly sheen that looks like a leftover shade from the 70's until you apply it. Then it's very flattering. So the lipstick seems vintage-glam, kind of like the scent of Lipstick Rose! SO MUCH FUN! My skin tone is one of the most difficult ones out there--a medium olive with cool undertones, which has perplexed makeup artists my entire life, but Champagne looks beautiful and effortless on me. The formula is very moisturizing too.
Come to think of it, matching lipstick and perfume is something I like to do on occasion. I also like wearing my Chanel lipsticks on days that I wear a Chanel perfume. I'd love to hear from other ladies out there as to whether you do the same thing and what your favorite combos are.
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