It should come as no surprise that I love pink lipstick...my ability to continue to amass a collection of products in this color scares even me! A few weeks ago, I came across this pink gem at the Sisley counter at Bloomingdales. Normally, I am far from excited about purchasing from this line because of the exorbitant pricing; this time, however, I was lured by the gleaming color of L15 and and the fact that this formula purports to be both hydrating and long lasting which tends to be a relative oxymoron when it comes to lip color.
This shimmery medium cool pink retails for an intense $55 and is packaged in true luxury cosmetics style. Sheathed in a velvet tube, the lipstick case is a beautiful polished gold tone with an prominent "S" carved into the top.
The lipstick bullet itself is a geometric feat, carved in a diagonal manner that is visually intriguing but rather cumbersome when it comes to actually applying the color!
|As an art form, this lipstick is absolutely beautiful!|
As mentioned previously, the color itself is a medium cool pink with subtle shimmer and a smooth satiny finish. It reminds me most of Dior's Corolle Pink (reviewed HERE) but has a bit more frost and slightly lighter tone.
There is a strong floral scent which was a little trying to me, but I can confirm that it does dissipate within the first half hour of wear. In terms of staying power, the Sisley formulation isn't making unsubstantiated claims; the color lasted at least four hours while my lips managed to indeed feel hydrated and supple.
|Sisley L 15 alone on the lips.|
Bottom Line: Despite its obvious strong points (e.g. beautiful saturated color, supreme hydration and remarkable lasting power), there were some drawbacks to this product that extended far beyond the unappetizing price tag. Chiefly, I was disappointed to discover that this formulation contains lanolin, an ingredient to which I am wildly allergic (as are many individuals). The symptoms of this allergy for me include a mild break out near product application (which occurred within the week that I was trying the lip color). Generally speaking, most high-end cosmetic companies do not add lanolin to their products and I think I applied that assumption to my initial purchase. Sadly, this lipstick was returned but I still felt compelled to review it for those without a lanolin allergy.