I spotted these while browsing in Boots about a month ago and seeing as they were on 3 for 2 I picked three of the shades up. Risky I know for an unknown product, but from what I could tell from in store swatches I just knew I'd love them.
Luckily the risk paid off, and all three haven't left my make-up bag since. As far as hybrid lipsticks go these are certainly one of the best I've tried and I've tried many, most much pricier.
So what is a hybrid lipstick?
It isn't their official title I don't think, but to me it makes sense to label this new species as that, seeing as they're the result of some jolly good cosmetic cross-breeding in my opinion. Think the hydration of a lip balm, the colour of a light lipstick and the shine of a lip gloss all in one.
For a lazy girl like me who likes to get ready with as little fuss or faff as possible they are perfect and the easiest lipstick formula to wear on a day to day basis. Although they don't offer the colour coverage of a traditional lipstick they do impart a subtle shade that enables you to look polished in seconds.
Application wise these really are foolproof, no mirror necessary. The formula is meltingly soft and they glide on like silk, very similar to the feeling of YSL's Rouge Voluptes in fact, when applied.
Due to this lightweight formula they don't last the longest time on the lips but for me a smooth application always outweighs the longevity of a lipstick, it makes me actually want to reapply it throughout the day, something I don't often want to do usually (I told you I was lazy)!
For an affordable product, they cost £7.99 each btw, the packaging really is very nice. The modern clear/silver casing is almost reminiscent of a cross between the Dior Addict lipsticks and the Shu Uemura Shine Supremes, both of which are also great hybrid lippies.
The casing is well made, cleverly designed (the lid won't budge) and feels much more expensive than it is, a big thumbs up from me!
How about the shades?
I thought I'd leave the best till last in this review, because for me the best aspect of the Rouge Caresse lipsticks is the colour range which made choosing only a few almost impossible. I'm sure my next visit to Boots will no doubt end in more purchases of these as a result.
03- Lovely RoseProbably the most wearable of the bunch, Lovely Rose is a mid-tone girly pink. Although it looks quite bright in the tube when applied it is more subdued leaving a glossy rose wash on the lips.
FYI if you'd ever considered purchasing the Dior Addict lipstick in Singuliere (here) this is almost identical in shade.
101- Tempting LilacMuch darker than I would usually go for, something about Tempting Lilac appealed to me. In the tube the deep mauve shade doesn't look like anything special but when applied it transforms into the prettiest 'my lips but better' shade and I love it. The shine and shade leave my lips looking healthy and natural.
401-Rebel RedI've been looking for an easy to wear true red for ages, I'm colour shy as you know but I do enjoy wearing more daring shades when I'm feeling brave. The great thing about hybrid lipsticks like these is that you can get a wash of colour without it feeling/looking too OTT. Rebel Red is perfect for me and leaves a cherry red stain when applied.
Obligatory hairy handed swatch!
Considering these are on the lighter side as far as lipstick formulas go they aren't as sheer as you'd think, all the shades I swatched offered a good amount of pigmentation. Not as full as a traditional lipstick but more than a tinted lip balm, a great inbetweener!
I'd really recommend checking the Caresse range out if your looking for something lighter for the summer months or are after an introduction to colour, they'd be a great place to start.
Have you Caressed your lips yet?