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Review: Skin by Alison Raffaele Soft Gloss

This is almost the last of my Alison Raffaele purchase from Hautelook from a bit ago. Skin by Alison Raffaele Soft Glosses ($19.50 on, I got mine for ~$5 on Hautelook; 0.21 oz.) are meant to be a moisturising, long-lasting, non-sticky gloss according to the Alison Raffaele website. It comes in six colors; the two shades I purchased are Demure (light pink) and Elegant (a dark rosy brown).


The packaging these come is is pretty standard. They are long, thin, clear plastic tubes with purple caps (the color consistant with the rest of the line). The tops of the lids have the Alison Raffaele flower motif stamped on the lid. There are no ingredients or even shade names on this packaging (it was on the exterior packaging; the box it came in), which is mildly irritating. These have a standard doe foot applicator.



These glosses were surprising to me in many ways. First of all, when I received them, I thought to myself, why in the world did I order these colors? Demure seemed to cool and bright for me, and Elegant was just so brown! They redeemed themselves upon trying, though, because while they look scary in the tube, their colors are somewhat sheer on the lips. In fact, they look rather nice! Demure cooled down my lip color to a lovely baby pink and gave a nice shine. Elegant darkened my lip color to a medium browned rose.  So — these are sheer, which is good to keep in mind! I consider this a neutral point in relation to the product because the official product website doesn’t claim any kind of coverage about them.

The formula is surprisingly as claimed! It goes on a bit thin, is completely non-sticky, and stays that way. It lasts a good few hours on me, and it is non-drying — even a bit moisturizing. It has a light vanilla scent that is almost unnoticeable, and that disappears quickly. A little bit goes a long way with these; too much product will goop up your lips. They are a bit on the extra-slip side, too, but I haven’t had a problem with them not staying put.

The gloss line itself is a bit limited. Only six shades are listed on the Alison Raffaele website. For this kind of gloss, though, I think this is acceptable — sheer glosses can look the same if they aren’t different enough from each other.

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I was very pleasantly surprised with these glosses, since I wasn’t really expecting much after the other products. These live up to their claims, and I enjoyed them besides. The price is a bit high when full-price (more than MAC tinted lipglass), but you do get a good bit of product (0.21 oz compared to MAC’s lipglass at 0.17 oz.).


Elegant, Demure




I gave them a 4/5. I wouldn’t consider them the BEST glosses I’ve ever tried, but they are pretty good, especially for a non-sticky gloss. I wear these often, and I liked them enough that I MAY purchase them at full price, if I purchase them again, though I’m glad for the price I got them for ($19.50 puts these between MAC and Chanel pricewise)!


Dior Creme de Rose Review

Dior Creme de Rose ($25, 0.25 oz.) is an SPF 10 lip balm by Dior. I purchased it a month or so ago in one of my Sephora hauls.

This is what Dior says of the product:

Crème de Rose is an essential nourishing and smoothing lip balm with a delicate rose fragrance. It is enriched with a rare and precious Damask Rose essential oil extract, an anti-aging complex, energizing vitamins (A and E) and Shea Butter for a long-lasting, smoothing effect. It leaves the lips soothed, moisturized and nourished. Soft and beautifully plump, the lips are more radiant than ever!


This comes in a substantial white plastic  balm container with the Dior logo on the top. It is a screw lid, but the lid and base never touch when it is screwed all the way down, which is odd to me because I never feel like it’s really closed. It also comes with a clear plastic disc that keeps the balm inside the base (you can sort of see it in the photo above in the lid, where I keep it). The packaging is nice, but it doesn’t seem to “go” with the rest of the makeup or skincare line (FYI, this is listed under makeup on the Dior website, not skincare). I do think it looks nice and is quite sturdy for plastic.


Well, first things first — it’s called Creme de Rose, so it comes as no surprise that that is precisely what it smells like. I personally love it, but not all will. The scent is not too overpowering and doesn’t really have a taste (which I’m glad for). The scent wears off after about 10-15 minutes after application for me.

The balm itself is quite hard in the pot, but once it is warmed up it is easier to work with. It has a nice texture; it is very creamy and smooth and not too thick (I actually found it a bit thinner than I expected!).  It has a lot of slip, but stays on the lips. It is not sticky in the least. A little bit goes a long way with this one. It feels very hydrating on and last a while (2-3 hours) on my lips unless I’m eating or drinking.

The color of this is a light warm pink in the pot, but on I don’t notice much color once it is on the lips, it just makes mine a touch lighter. It’s a sheer one! I bought it for the balm aspect, though, not the color, so this wasn’t a negative for me.

As for plumper looking lips mentioned in the product description; I haven’t noticed that at all, so if you are looking to purchase this balm, I wouldn’t count on that aspect necessarily.


I gave this a 4/5 because while I do really like it (the smell! the moisture!), it does cost a pretty penny. Will I repurchase this? Maybe, but we’ll see how long it lasts. I feel like I’ve had it a while and still have a lot of product to go through. I’ll probably try something else after I’m through with this, though, to find something more affordable.

Have you tried Dior’s Creme de Rose Balm? What do you think?

Disclaimer: All products in this review were purchased by me.

Chanel Rouge Coco Review + Swatches (finally!)

Chanel’s Rouge Coco Lipstick line came out a bit ago (Feb. 2010), and I’ve been meaning to do this review since then! I’m just glad I have a good camera now to share swatches (at bottom of post)!

Here is the description from the Chanel website:

CHANEL introduces a modern interpretation of classic creme lip colour as an homage to the rich life and legacy of ‘Coco’ Chanel. New lightweight lip colour glides on for easy application, and features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe and condition lips – even boosting their ability to hold in moisture – for a plumper, smoother and healthier-looking appearance. A range of wearable shades with full-coverage finishes, from matte to pearl to soft shimmer.

These replaced the Rouge Hydrabase lipsticks and run $30 per tube. The colors I purchased were 19 Gabrielle, 20 Rose Comete, and 56 Teheran (LE from the Chanel website).

Gabrielle is a lovely bright satiny red with a subtle shimmer. Rose Comete is a cool light pink with some shimmer. Teheran is a pink-y coral that even runs a bit orange-y in some lighting on me; this one also has that subtle shimmer that makes it look pearly.


The packaging is metal; solid and heavy, just how I would expect a luxury lipstick to be. I was very pleased with the heft and the aesthetics of the case. The new “click” that people have been talking about when you close the lipstick is also very satisfying. Overall, the packaging is excellent — well made, elegant, and functional.


The lipstick itself is harder to review because each shade is a bit different to me. First, what they all share is a nice smooth texture with nice slip, but not too much. It is a very light lipstick, and doesn’t feel like you are wearing much even with a heavy handed application on these. They are very easy to apply; I don’t even need a lip brush if I don’t feel like bothering, and have no problems with feathering or anything.

As for the hydrating bit, I wouldn’t say they are necessarily hydrating, but I also wouldn’t say they are drying.

They are all scented, which can be a plus or a minus for some; I personally like the rose-y floral scent they have, though it is a bit strong.

Wear time is where I think the largest difference in shades is. Gabrielle lasts a solid 4-6 hours on my lips (depending on what I’m doing), and even leaves a nice color after eating and drinking. Teheran is almost as long lasting, if not the same, and Rose Comete lasts a little less time on me and is also a bit sheerer than the other two.

It is a little pricey, but it is also a luxury brand, so I feel like it comes with the territory. Are they worth $30 for one tube? Well, I bought three, so it was a “yes” for me, and I still feel that way. I get a lot of wear out of these colors and love the formula.


I gave it 4.5 out of 5. Not Holy Grail in general, though I do feel like Gabrielle is HG in the red department for me; it is the only red I’ve ever felt comfortable in formula and color-wise. Great lipstick overall, though.

Lip Swatches (indoors with flash):


Rose Comete

Teheran – I can’t believe how pink it looks in this picture! Also – whoa coloring outside the lines!

How do you feel about the Rouge Coco lipstick line?

Disclaimer: All products in this review were purchased by me.