Rouge Gel Lip Liner
Sephora's claim to fame for Rouge Gel Lip Liner is that it's "softer than a traditional liner," and we agree. This liner offers incredibly rich, smooth color that glides over the contours of lips, no tugging or skipping. The tradeoff is that it's not as tenacious as other top-performing lip liners on the market, which is why it didn't earn a better rating—it's non-drying formula never fully sets so you can end up with unintentional smudging. It comes down to a case of "you can't have your cake and eat it too."
Rouge Gel Lip Liner comes in retractable pencil form, with an attached sharpener to refine the point. The shade range offers a wide multitude of options including hues of nude, red, pink, brown, and so on. That's the good news.
The not-so-good news? Though we love how creamy and smooth these go on, the satin finish isn't as longwearing as the average lip liner. In fact, it took just a few hours' time for us to experience some amount of fading, smudging, and/or feathering (an effect that's more noticeable with the dramatic shades).
And don't get overly excited about the "gel" part of this liner's name. It's nothing revolutionary and, unfortunately, doesn't add anything in terms of performance…in fact Rouge Gel Lip Liner feels more like a thick cream lipstick rather than a gel. But hey, at least it's a fragrance-free formula—we commend Sephora for that.
We wouldn't venture as far as to call Sephora's Rouge Gel Lip Liner bad but merely so-so. We appreciate the ease of application and rich color range—just not the lackluster performance.
- Wide array of rich shades.
- Goes on incredibly smoothly, no skipping or tugging.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Doesn't fully set so you're likely to experience some amount of fading, smudging, and/or feathering.
- "Gel" formula isn't as revolutionary as its made out to be.
Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.
Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
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Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.
What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.
More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.
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