Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée is a high-end makeup line by Ladurée, the famous French macaron house. The packaging and brand image is inspired by the lavish and extravagant style of the aristocracy in 18th Century France. It is also produced in Japan which could explain it's higher price tag. The brand is currently only stocked in Japan, Paris and in 3 other stores across Asia. A friend went to Japan recently and kindly gifted me a lipstick from the range. As it is not the most accessible brand, I've only ever read a handful of reviews on items from the line, mostly on their blushes so I had no expectations for the lipstick.
If you've seen anything else from the entire range, you would know that the packaging is gorgeous and definitely its' main draw. Everything from the bag, the box and the actual casing. The plastic lipstick tube is light but doesn't feel cheap however, for the price of these (I believe they retail for around $50AUD, which is not much lower than a YSL lipstick), I would have liked something with a bit more weight. There is floral embossing all around and a heart detailing at the end, oozing girliness but somehow still avoiding a tacky appearance.
The formula of the lipstick is a little bit different to what I am used to. It's almost like a lipbalm in a sense that it starts off a little waxy but as the product warms to the touch to your lips, it glides over smoothly without any tugging. The color can be built up with multiple layers and it feels very hydrating, sitting comfortably on the lips. It has a shiny finish but nothing overly glossy. Due to the formula and finish of this lipstick, it is not the most long-lasting, reapplication and touch ups are necessary after eating and drinking.
I was really thankful to be given this because I don't think I would have otherwise been able to own anything from the Ladurée makeup line. It's certainly not cheap for a lipstick, especially for a brand that's not easily attainable (I know I like to try before I buy), but I think it really makes a nice present or treat for makeup junkies who may love something like this on the girlier side!
Have you tried anything from Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée?