I recently placed an order with Serge Lutens, I received my parcel with the Blush #2 and the Teint si Fin in shade B40 refils. How can you not love the quote :
Choosing to be yourself is not without its perils.
Thank you for taking the risk with us.
Is it a risk ? Serge Lutens are statement products, often very bold therefore I admit that in a way, it’s a risk for me specially when I am wearing their “Mise à Mort” lipstick, feeling a bit out of my comfort zone with that one but enjoying every minute of it.
The Blusher #2 is a peach that has some pink in it, the finish is near matte but not quite, you can see tiny micro sparkles going on in the sunlight and a very very subtle glow, a bit velvety looking.
I am NW20-25, this blush shows well on my skintone, it is sheer so you may be tempted to build it a few times, just be very careful, although it’s sheer I often manage to apply too much of it, that is due to the bad lighting where I apply my makeup at the moment. I like to use a goat brush to buff it but don’t get me wrong, you can use a squirrel brush or the softest brush you own to apply it, the texture is powdery-velvety, very easily “pick-able” with any type of brush but with sheerer blushes I simply use goat brushes for a more blended and polished finish.
These blushes come in compacts or refills. I buy the refills because they are cheaper and then I store them in a Unii palette.
You get 8 grams of product for 80$ just for the refill, with also the compact you would pay the insane price of 160$ ! It’s already very expensive getting only the refill so there is no way I will buy the compact!
The texture is very unique, I haven’t found another blush with the same texture although I have some similar colors in my collection :
The Nars Sex Appeal is so powdery and chalky in comparison, it’s very sheer and although it still shows on my skin it has absolutely no lasting power at all.
The By Terry feels also powdery in comparison, it’s a darker peach shade with less pink.
The Bobby Brown is a wonderful blush for a nude look, it has more brown in it I’d say but it’s not powdery and has a natural shiny finish. A no-brainer that I enjoy using on a regular basis with stronger eye looks.
The Armani #2 is the closest option to the SL #2, the Armani has slightly more pink in it and a more glowy finish, both have the tiny micro sparkles but again both very subtle. If I really want to be difficult, the SL is more gentle with my fine lines and doesn’t emphasize them as much but the Armani is still amazing, I use it and enjoy it a lot. The Armani costs approx 44$ and contains 6g, if you really want to compare quantity vs price, for the same quantity you’ll pay nearly 20$ more if you pick the SL.
This is quite a heavy application but otherwise it was not showing on the pictures, just to prove that although it’s sheer you can still “over apply” it 😀
Sorry to show you my terrible facial hair 😀 it will be gone after my Japan trip but in the meantime I have to live with it 🙁
This is the Armani #2, you’ll see that the glow is more intense and the color slightly more pink but despite the tiny little sparkles, both are totally wearable for an office look :
I was waiting for a good day to take a pic but I am afraid every day is a tough day so I’ll have to deal with it. Very excited to go to Japan so I can barely sleep, when I sleep I do it like a baby but recently my brain is just all over the place 😀
Paying 80$ is of course insanely expensive for a blush, way too much if you consider that this is the price just for the refill, but if you are into high quality luxury items this is a must-have. I could live without it though, having RMK blushes, the Armani #2 plus the Bobby Brown are a bit more fun if you prefer to have great quality items but with more choice for the price.
I was hesitating since I don’t usually wear dark lipsticks but I just couldn’t resist and part of it due to its name… I also got the Mise à Mort lipstick.
You asked me recently in the comments how the texture compared between the Serge Lutens and similar options but it depends on the shades you chose, I found both Votre Sienne and Mise à Mort to be a bit different in terms of pigmentation and moisture they provide, the Mise à Mort being better.
Compared to the Guerlain Rouge Automatique here, the Mise à Mort is much more opaque, more pigmented, more moisturizing. This SL lipstick formula is just insane although in my opinion it doesn’t justify the high price tag. The Lancome Rouge in Love are very pigmented too, long-lasting but they are not as comfortable as the SL, I wouldn’t call the SL moisturizing lipsticks but in terms of comfort, they excel. Some dark and long-lasting lipstick formulas are just better than others even within the same line.
The SL Votre Sienne is very close to the Sue Devitt Phinda, the SD is a bit more brown and the SL a bit more brick but if you loved the SL shade and want to save a bit, you have at least a similar option. Of course the SL has more impact and shine and is more unique but this time the SD is more long-lasting. I think it’s more in the fading that they differ, the SD turns more into a rose-brown hue and the SL stays more true to its original color while fading.
Will I repurchase the SL lipsticks ? Yes I would if they had less risky shades 🙂