The Aerin Rose Balm Lipsticks are the highlight of the new Aerin collection. They’re a balm/lipstick hybrid but you’d never really know there was a balm element I don’t think, unless you were specifically told. I’m not sure how much of the formula is balm (I’ll go onto the balm in a moment) but these lipsticks glide on like any other with a very decent level of pigment without being power-packed.
The shades I have are a mix of more pigmented and true nudes – I’m not great with lipsticks that literally wipe out the colour of your lips (I think I am seeing what I might look like dead!) but I realise it’s a trend. Generally, I love a nude lip but not the same-colour-as-my-foundation lip!
So, the shades above are Geranium, Cabana (the dead one!) and Whisper. For liptsick afficionados, I think there is a textural difference to other Lauder lippies and they feel very premium – which they should at £25 a pop!
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I’ve really been looking forward to this – it’s been very hyped as a backstage essential for it’s rose extracts that can be used on anything from lips to cuticles. BUT given that the big sell is that it contains the essence of 350 rose petals and it doesn’t even smell of rose, I’m a little disappointed. It feels like quite a hard, waxy balm as well (although it is a cold day so maybe I’m not getting the full effect). All in all, I couldn’t see myself spending £40 on it, rose petals or not.
The final showpiece in the Aerin line-up for spring is the Kaleidolight Palette – a highlighting and general ‘bonne mine’ palette to give the skin an even toned finish. It’s beautiful, undeniably, and a very luxurious palette – the powder picks up easily and you can self-diagnose what your skin finish needs to be by picking out various shades with a kabuki. The Kaleidolight Palette is £40.
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