A while ago I got into a Twitter conversation with a fellow Lipstick Bandit, Tracy, about chocolate. Just in case you wonder what beauty bloggers talk about when they’re not talking about makeup, food in general is a pretty popular topic (cats too if they have them). We decided to do a chocolate swap, and look what I found in a pile of chocolate! Marcelle Paris Rose Rouge Xpression Lipstick!
I have heard of the legendary Canadian drugstore brand many times before, but it is painfully unavailable outside of North America. I was so excited to finally try one of these lipsticks, and Tracy for sure picked a shade that I would pick for myself! The best part (assuming you have access to it)? It costs 11,95 CAD (9 euros)!
Marcelle Paris Rose Rouge Xpression Lipstick is a creamy coral pink. The texture is very very creamy and smooth, and at the same time it feels a bit moussy on the lips. It glides on easily for opaque coverage, and despite the creamy moussy texture, it is not a lipstick that migrates out of natural lip line!
Marcelle made a smart move to leave the formula unscented (and unflavored. I never lick my lips so I never comment on taste here, but this time I got curious and tried). Paris Rose also has awesome lasting power. It can survive as much as I want to drink (big water/herbal infusion drinker). It will be mostly gone after a meal, but it does leave a light, even stain (no awkward ring around the lips). Basically, you won’t need to reapply unless you’ve had a meal! And guess what? it’s comfortable to wear and very hydrating!
Here is how Paris Rose swatches. Left: one swipe. Right: built up
A couple more with Paris Rose on me:
(Yup, I yanked a poor rose out of the vase from my birthday bouquet)
Bottom line: Marcelle Paris Rose Rouge Xpression Lipstick is a great everyday color that will be flatter those with a warmer skin tone and pop against more neutral/cooler skin tones. The formula is impressive. I can’t think of anything quite as comparable (it feels a bit wet and moussy), but I for sure love the fact that it stays in place, hydrates well, and hangs on for a good while! The Canadians should be really proud of Marcelle (please consider exporting the fabulous stuff, please)!
Have you tried anything from Marcelle? I know the Canadian readers might give the most enthusiastic response here! If you have, what do you think I should try next?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: The bangle you see in the picture is from Sal y Limon. I am not big on bangles because I am so clumsy and I bump around all the time, but the colors and designs of this brand always get to me! A coral bangle with gold flowers? It practically has my name written all over it!