Clarins Joli Rouge and Face-Changing Lipstick Shades

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I was sat testing out about ten thousand different shades from Clarins’ new Joli Rouge lipstick collection (as you do) and it struck me how absolutely face-changing certain lip colours can be. A tone only needs to be slightly “off” for your skin to suddenly look sickly and pale or slightly jaundiced or ruddy and flushed. But get it right and you instantly look fresher, brighter and more awake.

Sometimes it can look like overkill when a brand offers a dozen or so very similar-looking tones, but actually when you look closely the tiny variations (bit more blue, maybe more yellow, a shot of rose-gold shimmer to brighten) they are what makes the range wearable and flattering to a larger number of people. One nude lipstick does not suit all.

Take a look at my two favourites from the Clarins Joli Rouge line-up – lipsticks that are creamy, hydrating and have a nice whack of colour. Not ridiculously pigmented, but easy to apply and sumptuous in feel. The first one is 745, Pink Praline:

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A perfect pinkish-nude, for me; juicy, and not so pale that I end up looking lipless. Just a very quick and gorgeous shade that makes me look instantly polished.

And then check this out: same makeup, same lighting (natural light from the window), same absolutely everything. Apart from the lipstick, obviously. And the fact that I mussed my hair up a bit to add a bit of interest! Doesn’t the brighter shade really change my face?

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(By the way: maximum respect to Deciem’s NIOD Photography Fluid for making my skin look as though it has been retouched to within an inch of its life. It just seems to work magic on camera! You can find it here – I apply beneath a very light layer of foundation.)

This vibrant face-changing orange-red is called Orange Fizz (shade 701). Though it’s a brilliant tone for beachy, sunkissed skin, it’s also great for autumn and would be quite dramatic with an otherwise bare face. (Read: tonne of concealer, base, brightening malarkey and clever “no eye makeup” eye makeup. And brows. And a bit of pale bronzer.)

The new Joli Rouge lipsticks are available now for £19.50, or a slightly cheaper £17.15 from the ever-amazing here.

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  1. September 24, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Your skin looks PHENOMENAL. I need me some of that.

  2. Rita Elias
    September 24, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Hi Ruth! Speaking of Deciem, have you tried fountain’s beauty supplements? Im thinking about trying the hialuronic molecule, but nobody seems to have a review on these… What do you think about drinkable supplements?
    And by the way, your skin really looks flawless!

    • September 24, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      I’m not sure… I haven’t really tried enough to say! Let me know how you get on? x

  3. September 24, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    These shades look stunning on you! Love this bronzey, glowy base and juicy lips.


  4. September 24, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    I think most people look better with a slick of brighter lipstick!

    • September 24, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Unless they’ve got really dark undereye circles, for some reason it makes them worse! I have to use a load of concealer if I’m wearing bright colours! xx

  5. September 24, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Love how simply switching up a lipstick can change someone’s entire look! Both of these shades are stunning on you and the formula sounds dreamy :)

    • September 24, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you! It is, very sumptuous xx

  6. September 24, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Wow these looks so promising! Gorgeous shades!

    • September 24, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      They come out with some cracking stuff! Classic and just…good! x

  7. Olga
    September 24, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Such an interesting point! Lipstick shade does change our face a lot! But as different as they are, the both look great on you!

  8. September 24, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I love the nude pink shade, will have to check one of these out!

  9. September 24, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I have just discovered these and am so impressed. They are nice and hydrating and long lasting. I have got Soft Plum and Tea Rose (I think that’s what they’re called). I’ll be adding a few more to my professional make-up kit….x

  10. September 25, 2015 / 6:35 am

    Orange Fizz looks beautiful on you! Will check out the Clarins lipsticks when I have a chance.

    x Mei

  11. Susan S
    September 25, 2015 / 8:36 am

    Lippie is such a brilliant product, it can give such impact. Both colours look good on you, the orange makes your eyes look brighter though!
    I always need a cool toned lipstick and have never found a nude that works for me, my cheekbones disappear, my nose looks enormous, nothing looks right. But a cool fuchsia lippie, or a cool crimson red and I look tons better. Part of the fun of makeup is to play with it and see what works.

  12. Caroline
    September 25, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Well, just placed both of these lipsticks in my Boots online shopping basket! :)

  13. September 25, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Gorgeous lipsticks! They look amazing on you!

  14. September 26, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Just recently I had my eye on Clarins Joli Rouge but in Spicy Cinnamon. The shade looks darker and more dramatic than those you have on the photos, but very beautiful as well. I like Orange Fizz on you, it is really face-changing, instantly brightens up the makeup look. It suits you so well :) I love bright lipsticks, especially in autumn. Have a good day! xx

    Asian “Beauty Trend” //

  15. Christina
    September 26, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Hi Ruth! Last year i got to do a session for finding my color palette for clothes, ended up finding as well makeup color that suit me! It is life changing! You need to try it! To cut it short wanted to find perfect red for me! It is orange red only! Make big difference how they bright my face. I think this clarins lipstic, the orange will be a big hit!

  16. Paige
    September 29, 2015 / 2:38 am

    Hi! Is anyone else so frustrated with how much money we have to spend on makeovers? Does anyone know a place where I can get my makeup done for less than $75?

  17. October 7, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    these look beautiful and remind me of the consistency of Coco Rouge lipsticks by chanel. I love that tangerine on you!

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