Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Sheer Burgundy No.6

Sisley offers two lipstick formulas,  Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick which I'll review soon, and the more sheer Phyto Lip Shine. Supposedly, the latter is a glossy treatment-focused product, but don't let this confuse you. At least in the darker shades, Sisley Phyto Shine packs on the pigment like any other lipstick (I only bought Burgundy #6, but also played with other red and plum colors).

You can see how one coat of this lipstick could be quite enough, but applying two intensifies the effect. The finish is satiny but not really glossy. It's a very grownup shine, I guess, and would always look polished and appropriate. The formula is very comfortable. It's not balmy and doesn't look or feel thick. I can't say it adds any moisture to my lips (=no hydro-plumping. I think I just invented this word), but they do feel protected. Also, after several hours of use and two re-applications there is a smoothing and softening effect, so I guess the mango butter is effective.

In terms of lasting power, Sisley Phyto Shine is pretty average for a lipstick (and good for glossy ones). The Burgundy color leaves a stain after a snack or a drink (and more if I use it over a lip liner), but reapplication is probably needed after 3-4 hours to maintain the finish. Sheer Burgundy #6 is exactly what you'd expect from the name- it's somewhere between wine and red, a bit purple, would look deliciously dramatic on paler skin tones and just right when you have dark pigmented lips like mine.

Bottom Line: Looks, feels and packaged like a true luxury.

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine ($50) is available from top department stores and online- Bloomingdale's, Saks and Neiman/Bergdorf websites.

Photos and veiny wrists are all mine.

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