Dear Marcel and Francois:
A couple of weeks ago, I submitted a question for your virtual Personal Appearance on Twitter and Facebook. I desperately wanted to know what color red lipstick, if any, really goes with fair, freckled skin. You tweeted back, without hesitation: the new for Fall 2010 NARS “Rouge Basque.” I also learned that Rouge Basque was inspired by the red brick and inside cover of a book from the Basque region of the French countryside.
Although I have reviewed cosmetics for well over a decade now, finding a red lipstick that works with my skin tone has been a failed quest. Instead of creating an elegant look, most reds make me look a little like Ronald McDonald. When a sample of Rouge Basque arrived on my desk, and I saw the deeply pigmented, red brick color, I sighed. I wondered how this was going to work on my lips. While red is a must-have color, who wants to risk looking gaudy, ugly, or clown-like?
I took a deep breath, I swiped on Rouge Basque, and I looked in the mirror.
Behold! My lips were moistly matte, and more stained than shiny or pouty They were a deeply-stained warm red, but not a ridiculous red.Honestly, I couldn’t believe it…my quest ended right then an there! Rouge Basque made my lips gorgeous, sexy, alive and amazing! The color is red, but it works. Of course you don’t have to have fair skin and freckles to love it, but if you are one of those people for whom red/orange is harsh, and most other reds are disturbingly bad with your skin, Rouge Basque is lipstick salvation!
I am sure you can tell that I am now in love with my new, one and only red: Rouge Basque
Of course, your lipsticks are all wonderful. They arrive in the now-iconic, matte black case with pristine with NARS lettering. They are luxurious on the lips, nourishing, and hydrating, with Vitamin E. They slide on like silk and blend beautifully, in three different formulas. And, they’re just $24.00 for all that serious, luxury.
So thank you for bringing hope to red lipstick lovers everywhere. I am telling my readers to visit the NARS web site and pick the colors they can’t live without. I know there’s more than one for everyone.
Alison Blackman of the Advice Sisters
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