Even more hits--the fourth one!--from Julia's giant care package from last fall was this Cezanne Lasting Gloss Lip in RD1, and I liked it so much I went and bought a few more colors from Rakuten JP! Can't thank you enough for introducing me to all these new lippie-loves, Julia!
All pictures taken in natural light without flash.
One of the things I like best about this Cezanne lipstick is the packaging. Yes, it's plastic, but it doesn't feel at all cheap. In fact, it's pretty weighty and substantial in my hand. Yes, it's a regular lipstick size, but it looks sleek and clean, thanks to the clear cap and outer case of the bullet. Can you believe these lippies retail for all of some 600yen? I got my other colors for 480yen each! In contrast, higher end lippies like Decorte and Addiction retail for some 3,000-3,200yen a piece and their packaging is just offensively fugly.
And you know what's crazier? Cezanne has a formula that rivals Decorte and Addiction as well. In fact, the moment I tried it on, I immediately hopped up to get a tube of Chicca Mesmeric Lipstick for comparison. I applied Cezanne to one side of my lips, top and bottom, and Chicca on the other side. What do you know, they feel almost identical, with Chicca being slightly thinner, slipperier, and meltier. They even have the similar pigmentation level, with Cezanne being a touch more pigmented actually! And yet Chicca retails for some 3,800yen plus tax, more than six times Cezanne's! Can someone please explain this to me, because I sure don't get it. In the meantime, if you're feeling sad Chicca's going away, don't be. Unless you're really attached to Chicca's packaging, give Cezanne a try.
- RD1: a warm, shimmer-free red. For some reason, this swatched sheerer on the back of my hand than on my lips, where the color shows really well. Love it!