So, last year I was about eighteen, listening to the eighth song in Orff's Carmina Burana. It starts like this: "Merchant, give me rouge to redden my cheeks so that I can make the young men love me against their will...young men, love those who are worthy of your love...".
And, uh, that's when I decided to finally get this product. I'm not ashamed to admit that the packaging was what made me notice in the first place. I don't wear blush. But this color and texture works so well on the eyes and lips; it's not dry, but it stays well nonetheless. It's very easy to blend (as an eyeshadow), and I like the smell. Slightly sweet and fruity, powdery, what you might expect from an old-fashioned lipstick.
Unfortunately, the package looks much better online. In person, however, the beautiful red of the lid is too dark, which makes it harder to see the black rose drawing on top of it. On the white part of the case there is a fragment by Sappho, the famous "what is beautiful is good and who is good will soon be beautiful" line in Greek. That rubbed off pretty quickly, and not it only says "...omopho einai kalo kalopolos einai...omorphos...". It's true that I could have taped it, but I'm still disappointed that the line all but disappeared.
The color itself looks dark, but can be easily sheered out. It's a medium red; it certainly doesn't work well as an oxblood lipstick unless you add some brown eyeshadow. Those with really pale skin might prefer the lighter pink and coral in this line.
It lasts quite a long time on me--on lips, cheeks, eyes, probably ears too if I ever put it there. I have yellowish skin, and in the summer when I tan a little, this color becomes way too bright for the lips. It blends really well for me because I moisturize with an oil, but if you use a silicone moisturizer or primer, blending would be much harder. I guess that means the product is oil-based, which would make sense, after all.
So I got the "rouge", and young men did love me against their will...and mine. Yet the only one I loved continues to look past me. Except for that one time when he asked if I was alright because I looked a bit feverish. I started wiping off the product immediately, but this helped little since I was probably turning even redder from embarrassment...
Dude, never listen to medieval monks on flirtation; they know diddly squat!
I was skeptical on buying it but it was such a nice color I bought it anyway. I use a flat top kabuki to tap the product when lightly pat it on my cheeks and it gives me a pink tint nicely. Sometimes after applying lip balm, I add a little of this on my lips to match my cheeks and it looks beautiful. ❤
I really wanted to love the cheek butter, but it's such a mixed bag. The product does not apply smoothly at all: I have to warm it with my fingers first, and even after doing that, the color applies jerkily and will not blend well. The blush still looks overdone even when applied with a light touch.
The color itself is beautiful--Chara Crimson is a nice brick-berry color--so I decided to try to salvage it as a lip color...and THAT, it's perfect for: it gives my lips a nice tint. But given the price of the cheek butter--$25 at Sephora--I'm probably not going to purchase it again.