I picked up Kevyn Aucoin’s lustful Blood Roses on L’s recommendation early last year, almost a full 12-months ago and I’m ashamed to admit that I’m only just blogging about it now. This happens more than I’d like, often to the point where I just throw my hands up and declare “well, there’s no point blogging about it now!”
Still, in this case, it really is better late than never… thanks to SpaceNK – you can now find Kevyn Aucoin products in the UK with much less stress than the first time I tried to get hold of this lipstick.
Kevyn Aucoin’s Blood Roses falls into that once-upon-a-time unlikely genre of an incredibly creamy vamp. Haven’t lipstick formulas improved 100-fold over the past five years? It’s nothing short of miraculous. That being said, you need a steady hand or a lip brush to achieve precision with this one.
Alternatively, you could own a pair of full lips and give the bullet a gentle smoosh around for a post-modern, ironic take on how to wear the perfect lipstick, imperfectly. Sadly, that kind of irony is wasted on my face, it just makes me look like a bit of an unfotunate. For this one, I’ll stick to the tried-and-tested lipstick and liner look.
With a lipstick this full-bodied, it’s probably worth mentioning that any excrutiatingly pale chicks out there will look even more wan with a layer of Blood Roses. Not necessarily a bad thing you understand, but you may want to consider a little contour, bronzing, or all of the above if you prefer to avoid the consumptive look. Me? Well, I quite like it.
For such depth of colour, the formula feels light and does a stellar job at resisting the bleed without the addition of a liner. I usually wear this in a casual setting, I don’t mind the odd touch-up or grabbing a tissue part way through the afternoon to replace my lip colour. If I were considering this shade for an evening out, I’d probably make more of an effort to bullet-proof it for longlasting wear.
This is a lovely video about the relaunch of Blood Roses, which incidentally, was Kevyn’s favourite shade. Is there any better reason to treat yourself to this lipstick? I think not.