Hello, my fellow ladies and lads of the shadows!
Today I have one of my very favourite weapons for you – it’s versatile, comfortable, attractive and subtle at the same time, making it a great addition to any rogue’s (probably already overstuffed) backpack. I am referring, of course, to Bloom Cosmetics’ Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine.
The packaging is simple and clean, and also robust – I dropped this down eight flights of stairs in a library and it emerged unscathed – it must be the perfect rogue lipstick! It closes with a satisfying click and the lipstick bullet isn’t ever loose or mis-set in the tube (and I’ve gone through a few tubes of this stuff in my time).
If, like me, your natural lips have almost zero pigment, this delicate, sheer coral coloured lipstick is your best friend. It gives a beautiful, natural flush and a soft shine to the lips, despite its rather neon appearance in the tube. If you have more pigmented lips, I suspect you will get a much more subtle ‘hint’ of coral with the shine, but the lipstick will glide on just as smoothly and be just as moisturizing. It leans to the pink end of the coral spectrum, making it wearable for those with cooler toned, fair skins, but not so much that warmer toned rogues won’t see a very pretty effect as well.
Wear time is perhaps a little variable, because of how sheer and moisturising this lipstick is, but it does leave a soft stain, and I would clock it at about three to four hours on me, or just enough time for a short dungeon raid. It leaves the lips feeling very soft, and because it’s a sheer, delicate colour, it doesn’t fade strange or unattractive ways, or bleed. Well, certainly not that I have ever seen, and I regard lipliner as something too tedious to bother with (lazy, I know, but it saves time when the fireballs are sailing overhead). That same stain and blendability also make it an excellent option if you’re looking for a delicate coral cream blush – leaving more room in your backpack for those lockpicks and lamp oil. It can be used for my idea of a ‘nude’ colour, which is something that is lip coloured, not foundation coloured, or built up for more of a decidedly ‘coral’ finish. See? Robustness and versatility at your fingertips – what more could a rogue ask for in her equipment?
For the alchemically inclined rogues out there, the lipstick is lightly scented with vanilla (also supposedly mandarin, but I don’t pick this up), which is not obtrusive and has no flavour (minotaurs will not track you any easier! Bonus!). Bloom cosmetics is supposedly based on a more ‘natural’ approach to cosmetics – for your perusal, I attach the formula, which does indeed contain many plant oils and waxes (more on this sort of thing to come!):
The verdict: I expect it’s probably clear by now, but in short: it’s versatile, comfortable, beautiful and affordable (for scale, in Australia and New Zealand, ~$28 is the price range of a Revlon lipstick. M.A.C lipsticks will set you back ~$45 + each). A must for any rogue on the lookout for rouge.
The practicalities: Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine costs AUD 28.00 for 4g/0.14 oz, is permanent, and may be acquired from http://www.bloomcosmetics.com/ , the stockists listed therein (mostly in Australia), and occasionally on NZsale (at a varying discount).
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com.