When most savvy people hear the name “Elizabeth Arden” they immediately think of Elizabeth Arden’s quality, luxury products, and the company’s iconic, red door. But Elizabeth Arden isn’t just a name, she is a real person. Florence Nightingale Graham was a Canadian-American entrepreneur who used the name “Elizabeth Arden” and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. At the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world. Over the past 100 years, the brand has remained committed to Miss Arden’s original mission – to address the total beauty needs of women around the world – with groundbreaking products that offer the ultimate beauty experience, encompassing luxury, product innovation, quality and service.
One of the most beloved products any woman has at any age, is lipstick. Classic Elizabeth Arden Red Lips never go out of style. A red lipstick instantly transforms you! For the holidays, get a classic red lipstick for yourself, or gift someone with a nicely boxed and beautifully presented, Elizabeth Arden lipstick in one of three best selling formulas. Each of these classic reds are slightly different in color, but true to the basic tone. It was great fun to try each of these, for each has unique beauty and unique benefits:
The Exceptional Lipstick in Red Diamond $19.50 is the most “pink” of the reds, but it is still red-centric. It also has some perle in it, so it slides on creamy and long wearing, but soft. The color is full coverage but the finish is subtly moist. If you want to add a slick of gloss, it gets poutier and sexier. For the somewhat risk-averse red lipstick wearer, this is a great color because it is red, but not harsh. It is also the most warm of the Elizabeth Arden classic red trio. The lipstick case is really elegant. It is like a modern deco case, featuring a shiny black compact that is squared off, with a simple gold band in the middle.
Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream $19.50 arrives in a striking, charcoal, squared-off compact with a silver plaque on the top embossed with the iconic, red door logo. The lipstick inside is a clear, deep, cool red. This elegant red is bold but in a neutral red tone, not harsh or “trampy.” It also has a “Triple Emollient Technology,” featuring vitamins A, C and E and aloe to instantly moisturize and soften lips. It feels pampering and lovely to apply.
Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge $22.50 I have to admit, is my favorite. It has the most interesting and glamorous lipstick case of all, a shiny, metallic gold case embossed all over with Elizabeth Arden’s iconic red door logo. This moist red lipstick is intense and glamorous, with long-lasting, lustrous color, but it it also infused with Volulip™, to give your lips a smooth, moist, comfortable feel while offering lasting color and ultimately, a plumper, fuller, younger looking lip. Although it is the most intense of the reds, and the most cool, it just seems “right” on every complexion. It is the perfect party lipstick even if red isn’t usually your first choice, and makes a fabulous choice for the lipstick-obsessed on your gift list.
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From beloved classics to something new and novel is Exude Lipstick. This is a semi-solid lipstick that is dispensed through a unique, a clear, plastic slant-tipped nozzle that you twist u The tip lets you precisely smooth it on your lips. Itis not only eye catching and easy to use, since it isn’t a lipstick but instead, an elastic gel instead of a waxy stick in a bullet-shape, it won’t ever lose its shape. If, perchance, you swivel up too much product, it simply sink back into the tube. For such a stylish lipstick, none other than celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe is the brand ambassador. For her and her clients, quality and presentation must be top notch — and it is. For starters, every Exude lipstick arrives like it is a fragile, precious gem, nestled into a foam form, in a hard sided, pristine white box. Inside is a stark, white, slightly rubberized tube with the subtle “Exude” logo in soft silver, the “X’ in hot pink. Exude is available in 9 creme and 5 lip gloss shades, housed in a white lipstick tube.
For the holidays, you can’t go wrong with bold, rich, intense “Cranberry” that seems to exude a universally flattering, berry red. My swatch shows a lot of gold shimmer and the color isn;t that orange, it is a deep cranberry, but you can see that these colors look glossy and shimmery and flattering, even on my warm toned skin. It is elegant (not harsh) day or evening, and the color is moist, not sticky or so shiny you feel like a stripper. This is Rachel Zoe’s favorite color. For a shimmery wash of color, The Advice Sisters like “Dusty Pink.” It is feminine but not so bare or natural that you feel like you haven’t any color on your lips. Speaking of which, your lips will be pampered by the Exude creamy and luxurious formula, ,thanks to a nourishing, good-for-your-skin, anti-aging complex of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, and Goji Berry and vitamin C and E and the added pleasure of a breezy hint of mint scent. The lip crème is available in flattering, fashion-forward colors of: coral, cranberry, rosy brown, nude, brown, bronze, plum, red, and pink. The lip gloss is available in 5 colors: crimson, brown, clear, dusty pink, and scarlet red, Both lipstick and gloss keep your lips moist, and you will be very surprised that formulas this lip pampering still last for hours without having to re-apply. Be forewarned: you will find reasons to re-apply Exude lipsticks and glosses, because of the envious looks you will get! At $29.00 each is a luxury lipstick, but with it’s WOW! factor you will certainly exude beauty and fashion sense. It also makes a killer gift for that very special friend/sister, etc.
Exude Lipstick can be found exclusively at www.exudelipstick.com.