September 2nd, 2018
Greetings from Cologne, Germany! I’m here for my annual pilgrimage to my company’s headquarters… and of all the times I’ve visited Cologne, I think this is the nicest season to be here. The air is cool and crisp but very comfortable, and the sky is sunny and clear.
Whenever I travel, I prefer to go with easy to wear lip colors that are gentle on my lips, and preferably long lasting or at least wears off gradually so I do not look too untidy without constant touch-ups. And out of all the new lipsticks that I have recently received, my newfound favourite is the Laneige Stained Glasstick!
The Koreans favour a natural-looking lip and a high-shine glossy finish, which is also my personal weapon of choice for easy daily wear. The new Laneige Stained Glasstick comes in a long-ish sleek reflective silver tube that clearly shows the color contained inside at the end. The tips of the lipstick itself is beautifully bevelled like a precious gem, giving you an indication of the jewel-like shine of the formula. It is a pity though that the design goes away with the first use as the lipstick is soft and creamy.
It is really quite a unique formula, at first touch to the lips, the Laneige Stained Glasstick practically melts, gently coating the lips with a lightweight yet nourishing feeling without tugging. The pigment is just enough to leave a clear coat of color, but yet there is a watercolour-like translucency that looks fresh and youthful. Paired with a glossy finish, the effect is like layering a creamy lipstick with clear gloss, yet effortlessly achieved with just a single swipe.
There are 10 shades, all available on a perman1ent basis. As you can see from the arm swatches above, all of the shades numbered 3 to 10 are really flattering hues that will suit just about anybody. Shades 1 and 2 are special layering shades – No. 1 Blue Topaz cools down whilst No. 2 Rose Quartz warms up any lip color it is applied over. They may also be worn on their own for a subtle glossy touch to the natural lip. Both contain hidden micro-shimmers for an added complexity as you can see from the angled close-up below:
Of course, depending on your natural lip color, these subtle hues may play up differently. I have rather dark lips, so here are the corresponding lip swatches for your reference.
As you can see, even the somewhat darker shades like No. 10 Red Jasper turn out rather MLBB when worn. My favourite shades are actually the brighter hues – No. 3 Fuchsia Ruby, No. 6 Red Spinel and No. 8 Peach Moonstone. But really, I can confidently pop any of these into my handbag and be quite certain they won’t look out of place! For such a creamy and glossy lipstick, I am really impressed by their longevity. These easily survive a cup of coffee, and leave a soft stain after a meal. Of course, the natural hues also mean that even if they wear off in parts, it is so imperceptible you don’t need to rush to retouch right away.
These Laneige Stained Glassticks are out already, and affordably priced at SGD34 each. Do check them out if you can!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.