Question: Why does a Serge Lutens Lipstick cost £58? Answer: I have NO idea! Especially when its half the size – literally – of a regular lipstick. However, looking at his biography, far from being solely a fragrancer, which is what we most associate him with, Serge Lutens has a very strong pedigree when it comes to make-up, designing a Christian Dior cosmetic range in 1967. His photography has shown at the Guggenheim, his short films were shown at Cannes, and his fragrance line, which began in 2000, has won numerous perfume awards. Is there nothing this man can’t do?
He claims a humble beginning as a hairdresser’s apprentice in Lille at the age of 14 as giving him the ability to appreciate beauty three dimensionally, his concept for beauty and fragrance is one of not being limited – in price, quality or artistry. I suppose that means that whatever it takes to make the idea come to life, happens.
I’m not sure you could say that the two new shades of lipstick have been hotly anticipated – this is a line that most people don’t really know about – but one thing is obvious: pigment. I could easily say that this is pigment saturated – and it doesn’t leave your lips until you make it go. I had such a job even getting it off my arm when I swatched this and on my lips, it’s the same (use an oily remover). The one I have swatched is Fuchsia, and there’s another, more violet hue, called Vivid Violet. Vivid is what you’ll get with both, and I can quite see how these might be intensely covetable for lipstick afficionados.
I’m not sure I would…. but on the right day, you never know! You can find both the new Serge lipstick shades HERE.
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Although pigment us obviously rich I don’t think I would pay £58 for a lipstick…
A good more affordable dupe for this is the Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground lipstick and it’s super long lasting. I’s rather splurge on one of his amazing books or perfumes.
I love Love LOVE lipstick! But not in my wildest dreams would I splash that much cash on a bullet of wax & pigment, no matter how pretty.
It’s definitely not for everyone, but I love that you posted about this. It is all but impossible to find swatches of these anywhere- probably because the target audience is minuscule.
I have two of the lipsticks- one in a darker pink and another in red and they are incredible- light weight, non-drying and last for hours. It is an incredible experience every time I use them. To me, it is worth it (even at half the size of an average lipstick) because I love them and will use them. I personally would prefer that to 10 other items of mediocre quality at a fraction of the price.
I never understood the price of his cosmetics. I loved his Shiseido ads in magazines. Those were memorable moments and what magazine beauty ads were meant to be. I also liked Christian Dior’s Tyen but he never had his own makeup line like Serge.
That lipstick color reminds me of the late 80’s.