I was shopping in the city, testing several new makeup items and got my eye makeup done somewhere using some really intense colors when I realized my lip color didn't match and none of the lipsticks or glosses I was carrying seemed right. I was already heading to Barneys, so I stopped at the first makeup counter that caught my eye for a quick fix. That was how I discovered Venetian Rose from Shiseido Perfect Rouge line.
I tried it on and it was perfect: a cool rose that altered my natural color just enough so it didn't clash with my eye makeup. The pigment was intense and provided full coverage, and while it's a shade or two lighter than my normal rosy lipsticks, it is not so pale as to look weird. It looks quite natural, actually, which was the whole point that day.
Venetian Rose (RS 711) has a creamy finish and a moisturizing feeling even on a cold November day. Looking at the mirror and admiring the color, I realized I had nothing quite similar in my ever-expanding stash, so it went home with me. It was a really good choice as discovered later that day, since the lipstick stayed on for several hours with no need to reapply (it was already after lunch. The color survives a quick drink but not a full meal).
Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipsticks ($25) are available from most decent department stores as well as from Sephora.
Photos by me.