I was trolling Dillards last week in my continuing quest to find the perfect shade of red lipstick when my new BF came up to me and said, "Okay, I'm just gonna blurt it out here - your look? Your coloring? It's working for you..." I mean, how could you not love this man?? I wanted to hijack him and take him shopping with me immediately. He was in town from NYC setting up the new Keihl's counter, for which my real BF is now in charge of. (Oh, and by the way? Cameos are totally 'in' this spring. So bring on Granny's brooch).
I had just returned the disastrous Estee Lauder "12 hour" red lipstick I had bought weeks before. I had put in on, taken a sip of tea, and found all of it on the mug. I made a few more stabs at it, but it would either feather or end up on my teeth. Grrrr.
When I got to the counter, the lady there said, "Really? I have to remove it at the end of the day with a makeup remover!" Knowing she was lying through her teeth I dispensed with my usual show of Southern graciousness and said, "Good for you! Return, please." She asked if I wanted to try a different color. God help me.
On Mr. Congeniality's recommendation, I tried the Giorgio Armani counter, where I met a wonderful French woman. The lipsticks were so new, samples weren't even out yet -- thus not stolen...I requested the shades of red that went with my shade of coloring and we decided on two. I selected one to try on, and she insisted she put in on me herself. I reluctantly and awkwardly climbed up on those high chairs they force adult women into (which aren't, incidentally, convenient for the disabled). She made a show of lining my Clara Bow and filled it in with the stick and flourished a hand mirror before me.
Have you ever wanted to wipe off product immediately upon seeing it? I choked back a laugh. Seriously? That's what you think my lips look like? They were twice their normal size -- I looked like Goldie Hawn in The First Wife's Club. Duck lips. Clown face. This child had never colored between the lines. I wanted to wipe most of it away but did not want to hurt her feelings. People were watching. (Hopefully in sympathy, but maybe they were just mildly curious to see how I'd react). The color, however, was great, so I promised her this was a test drive and if it lived up to the claims I'd be back to pick it up - she assured me it had so much staying power it'd last until dinner (this was mid-afternoon).
I decided to stretch my lips as wide as I could in a grin until I got to the car to make adjustments as best I could. Several people commented on my lip color as I made my way through the store, which made me sweat a bit. Once in the car I whipped out the kleenex and went to work. Dang! It really did have staying power....
After the grocery I headed home. When he saw me, Excy cocked his head and stared at my face several long seconds and then announced that I looked like The Joker from Batman and it was creeping him out.
He didn't even want me to wait until I had put away the groceries.
Product: Giorgio Armani
Red #400 Liner #4
Wears great, feels wonderful.
Did go back to buy it