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Beauty Notebook: Beauté Cosmetics Liqui-Gel Stains
by Dorothy

I first became aware of Beauté Cosmetics through KarlaSugar's excellent swatch blog, The Next Best Thing To Going Shopping Yourself, where she raved about their lip stains. Beauté is a Canadian brand, although its creative director, Beau Nelson, now resides in New York City. Since its founding it has picked up something of a cult following, but I believe it deserves greater popularity: these are lovely, well-thought-out products, at a price point that's very competitive with other high-end brands. At present Beauté offers only makeup brushes and lip products: theLuminous Volume Gloss, the Weightless Lip Creme (which, although I didn't test it, seems like a similar concept to Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque), and its excellent Liqui-Gel Stains.

Above, Fluoron (which looks orange in the tube, but is not) and Fever.

The Liqui-Gel stains are very light, have a beautiful rose scent, tingle slightly going on, and stay liquid only long enough to blend into the lips. After that, they stay put through eating, drinking, under lip balm...almost anything. These stains will stay on until you exfoliate (or until, like me, you indulge in the bad habit of biting your lips).

Fever, my favourite of the two stains Beauté sent me, is a deep, winey red, a shade like crushed rose petals. On my very warm-toned skin it appears as more of a berry than a pure red, particularly when applied sheerly; as you see in the above photo, even a tiny amount (trust me, it was tiny) applied to my cheeks gave quite an intense flush.

Fluoron, on the other hand, is a bright cool pink, nearly a fuchsia on pale skin like mine. I didn't have the guts to apply it to my cheeks, but Dain tells me that for cool-toned women like her it's easiest to wear as a blush. Because it's a stain, it's a bit more wearable for me than an opaque fuchsia lipstick would be; sheered down, it could be a lovely rosy pink. Still, this is a colour best reserved for women with neutral or cool undertones.

While I think the Liqui-Gel Stains are terrific, I do wish they were available in more colours, especially warm shades. I expect I could wear Neon, the orange shade, fairly successfully, but my heart would skip a beat for a deep brick red.

Stay tuned for reviews of Beauté's lovely brushes and Luminous Volume Gloss.

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