At Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royale, I purchased a lipstick in #6, Mauve de Swann ($70).  I tried on another color, a deep red, and was very tempted, but decided to go with this neutral instead.

The bullet is encased in a deep red-brown hexagon, and refills can be purchased separately ($55).  The line has a range of ten colors:

My wonderful contacts at the boutique were kind enough to provide this sample card to me, which includes six of the shades to swatch for you:

As you can see, these six shades include three reds and three neutrals:

  • Mise a Mort:  A warm red
  • Roman Rouge:  A deep, cool red
  • Pourpre Maure:  A deep plum
  • Or Perle: A sheer gold cream that is very moisturizing
  • Rose des Glaces:  A soft cream-rose
  • Mauve de Swann:  A soft mauve-pink

To see the swatches, click “continue reading”….

All six shades:

The darker shades:




Here are the lighter shades, which have beautiful pearl texture.  I thought that the white shade of Or Pearle would be too much, but after I applied it I wanted to own it. It softened the color of my natural lip, and gave a very soft light gold sheen.  Unlike the dark shades, the lighter shades are more sheer.  Your natural lip color (if you have any) show through.  The formula of Or Perle is very moisturizing–I would say more so than a Chanel Rouge Allure.

The dark shades deliver opaque pigment in a very thin layer–whatever is in the pigment, it’s powerful.  In a good way.  If you want to rule the street (party, board room, roost–it’s your call, beauty!), the deep shades get the job done.  The lighter shades feel more moisturizing.

The packaging on this is minimalist and functional.  My sense is that the price is all in the product and exclusivity.  These are lipstick “signatures”–they derive value from wearability and the ability to make a color your own.  Unlike a MAC release where one might spend $70 buying several different lipsticks to explore various options and variety, these are the type of lipsticks that become part of your life and look.

My favorite colors: Or Perle, Mauve de Swann and Roman Rouge.  My coloring is warm, but with a slight mauve undertone.  Keep in mind that these are designed to work universally, but your mileage and taste will vary from my own.

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