Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Berry Noir

It's been a while since I bought a Lancôme lipstick. Some of my old favorites were discontinued, others just forgotten. I've been distracted by newer and shinier things and didn't get myself acquainted with the specifics of the L'Absolu Rouge lipsticks, probably because the name was too similar to the classic Le Rouge Absolu and didn't capture my attention (note to the naming people: get creative).

I found a tube of L'Absolu Rouge Berry Noir in a gift with purchase bag I got from Saks a few weeks ago, and discovered it has a very pleasant texture. It feels rich and moisturizing while having all the pigment and color depth one can ask for. It also stays on for quite a while as long as you don't challenge the lipstick with its arch-nemesis, hot tea.

Berry Noir is a raspberry-ish color (the swatch from the official website is as close as it gets), not so much "noir" as deep pink which was unexpectedly flattering. It's a bold color and dark enough to warrant all the steps you must take before wearing assertive lipsticks: exfoliate, hydrate and use a lip liner to keep everything in place. It's quite perfect for the upcoming season which continues the comeback of real lipsticks. I plan to wear it on Valentine's Day.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge ($29) is available online and in store wherever Lancôme makeup is sold, which means just about every department store, Sephora and Lancôme boutique. I got it as a GWP.

Image: Snow Berries by ktpup on flickr


  1. I'm so happy to hear about the return of real lipsticks. While I prefer natural color during daytime, my lips need all the help they can get for night!

    Lipstick in a tube makes so much more sense. Teenagers hate it though; they prefer those pots of gloss. I also like stains, but not those in pots. I was horrified that my Bobbi Brown stain didn't even come with an applicator. Pots are just unsanitary. We weren' allowed to use them in medical school.

    Lancome made some lovely creme eyeshadows. Not sure if they still stock them. I can't wear powder eyeshadows as I have sensitive eyes.

    Thanks for letting us know about this lovely colour. Nice for us non-blondes!

  2. Shirley, I fully agree about the horror of pots. I only oyn a couple and rarely use them because of this. I either end up with a red finger or have to locate a lip brush.

  3. I got a berry noir too, love it! It's a great color for us non-blondes.


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