Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Clarins Joli Rouge in 737 Spicy Cinnamon - Review & Swatches

Clarins make some of my favorite lipsticks. I'm already a fan of their Joli Rouge and this fall offering is no exception. The packaging of the Joli Rouge is gorgeous. I love the weight silver metal and that the shade color is reflected on the bottom - it's just so fun to even photograph it!

The Clarins Joli Rouge is meant to have a long-wearing, but moisturizing formula. I've reviewed the shade Baby Rose on the blog before in case you're interested.

Swatched heavily on my hand.

I wasn't sure I'd like Spicy Cinnamon at first - the color is not something I'd pick out for myself, mostly because it looks a bit brown in the bullet. It even looks quite brown on my hand swatch! However, upon application on my lips I was smitten. Just look a this perfect autumn shade!

Please excuse the post-work face.

I'd describe the color as a rusty warm (shimmerless) red. Somehow, even if warm colors don't generally suit my skin tone, I think it's pretty flattering! I can see myself wearing this with a simple cat eye liner and a taupe blush. It's quite a unique shade - I definitely don't have anything like it in my collection. It kind of reminds me of NARS Autumn Leaves from last year's fall collection, except warmer and less shimmery. I don't have it to compare sadly!

The formula of the Joli Rouge is moisturizing, and applies quite glossy. However, because of this formula, it's not very long lasting, which is something this lipstick claims to be. It lost some points here. However, I do appreciate that the formula wears off evenly and doesn't leave a stain of color around my lips. Personally, I almost never look for long wearing lipsticks anyway, so it didn't bother me that this lipstick didn't wear too long. I'd rather re-apply than get the dry-lip effect of most long-wearing lipsticks, ya know?

I'll definitely keep this baby in my fall lip stash along with my berries and reds! I think it's a nice twist on the usual colors you see for fall. Are you into these types of lipstick colors?

* I have received this product for consideration but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.


  1. I really like this colour on you! I'm actually looking forward to this 90s revival of brown-y/coral lipsticks, I think they're so flattering.

  2. I like these warm rusty reds for fall, too, and I agree - makes a nice change up from the berries!

  3. nice color! it looks great on you!