I'm continuing my mini-series on La Prairie's Winter Wonders Collection today with Cellular Luxe Lip Colour in Champagne Kiss ($55), a limited-edition shade that coordinates perfectly with the rest of the shades in the collection - as does the darker shade, Winterberry. I selected Champagne Kiss in my never-ending search for nice neutral colors that add some life to my face.
This luxurious La Prairie lipstick is "for the woman who wants it all: exquisite color, a truly restorative lip treatment, and an elegant beauty accessory. In addition to nourishing, moisturizing, and conditioning delicate lip tissues, it features firming Caviar Extracts, line-diminishing optical diffusers, and a unique Plumping Complex that helps your lips reclaim their youthful lush contours. Specially treated pigments and natural oils enhance the color intensity and produce a long-lasting sheen." Sounds good, right?
It is. Champagne Kiss is luxury in a tube. Everything about it is exquisite - the color, the shine, the feel on the lips, the look. I am smitten. It's a good thing too because it has a somewhat dear price.
This is what I call "a perfect neutral" for me. It leaves my lips with color, but not too much. It complements most shades of makeup and clothing. It's the kind of lipstick I can throw in my handbag (in its little velveteen pouch, of course) and pull out when my lips need a moisture fix with color.
I took some swatch photos for you on a glorious, chilly autumn day. The sun was shining, but it was cold. Look carefully, and you might see goosebumps.
Champagne Kiss is a warm rosy pink. What you see in the tube is what you get on the skin and lips. On my lips, it's a neutral pink. This lipstick shines without sparkle. It reflects light beautifully, giving the lips a neutral pink punch. The photo below left shows that it reflects light, but it's more subdued inside or without direct exposure to the sun.
The creamy feel on the lips sets Champagne Kiss apart from many other lipstick formulas. Add the glorious color to snazzy packaging, and you have a model for a luxury lipstick.
You can find Champagne Kiss and Winterberry, its sister from Winter Wonders, at La Prairie's Web site and La Prairie counters now. I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. Because it's limited, go have a look quickly if you're interested.
Photo at top courtesy of La Prairie; other photos by Best Things in Beauty