Wearing Red Lipstick to Work? Je T’aime Le Marc Lip Creme <3
A while ago (like seriously ages ago) I saw a review of the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in the colour Je T’aime and (#238) on Paris’ blog. In that blog post she mentioned that this particular red lipstick was the perfect shade of red to wear to work, because it is slightly muted and less OTT. Her review planted a seed in my mind, as I’ve never been ‘brave’ enough to wear red lipstick to work. It’s actually quite funny that this is the case, as I’m happy to experiment with colour at work and push the ‘boundaries’ in this way. My most ‘out there’ piece would be a Witchey 80s style hot pink jacket, with gold detailing 🙂 So red lipstick was ‘the last frontier’ in my eyes. A pigmented red lipstick – not a stain or a sheer wash of colour, but a pigmented, grown up red lipstick! So off I went and purchased the same shade as Paris, to put it to the test!
ONE-SWIPE COLOR. TEN LUXURIOUS HOURS. ICONIC STYLE. INDULGE YOUR POUT WITH MARC’S NEW REVOLUTIONARY 10-HOUR LIPSTICK THAT COVERS YOUR LIPS WITH BUTTERY, CREAMY VIBRANT PIGMENT WITH ONE PIGMENT-SATURATED SWIPE. EXPERIENCE UNPRECEDENTED COLOR PAYOFF FROM CONCENTRATED COLOR-BOOST PIGMENTS THAT ARE TRIPLE-MILLED AND STEEPED IN HYDRATING INGREDIENTS, SO YOUR LIPS EXPERIENCE ULTIMATE LONG-LASTING COLOR AND MOISTURE. INSTANTLY, LIPS FEEL PLUMPED AND NOURISHED FROM POWERFUL PEPTIDES, ANTIOXIDANT-RICH SEABERRY, AND NATURAL HUMECTANTS, INCLUDING MERANTI AND COCOA BUTTER. NEVER BEFORE HAS A HYDRATING LIPSTICK PROVIDED SUCH HIGHLY PIGMENTED, LONG-LASTING COLOR. ALL LUXURY. ALL DAY. NO COMPROMISE.
First of all, the lipstick itself is super creamy and very pigmented. With one swipe of the lipstick bullet, you get evenly distributed yet pigmented colour on your lips. I wouldn’y call the lipstick a true matte or even satin, because it sits somewhere in-between (Demi-matte?). Because it isn’t a true matte and doesn’t ‘dry down’ over time, it is insanely comfortable to wear even over the course of a very long day. I found that with Tatcha’s Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick, the lipstick dried down to a matte and became drier and drier post 4 or 5 hours of wear. The texture of the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme is indeed thick and creamy (thanks to the cocoa butter in the formula?). Again, maybe this is why it stays feeling so comfortable on the lips! The colour doesn’t fade in an odd way throughout the day either. Perhaps the saturation of colour lessens after eating lunch, but only slightly. You can easily reapply the lipstick without worrying about it looking cakey or clinging to dry skin. It’s a wonderful formula and while I’ve only tried the one colour so far, it’s a winner!
Je’Taime is described by Marc Jacobs as a ‘rosy red‘. That’s probably a good description, as it’s slightly muted. It’s a more natural looking red compared to some other neons and retro reds on the market. It does certainly lean more red than rosey or pink, but the slight touch of rose makes it more ‘approachable’ and less harsh. It’s probably a more unique red in my collection because of this. It’s the kind of colour you would past on a makeup stand and not notice, but it’s shades like this that turn out to be your trusting and confidence boosting best friends 😉 If it wasn’t for Paris’ post, I probably would not have discovered this lipstick formula and most certainly this shade.
How did I go wearing Je’Taime to work? Pretty darn well! I wore it with a simple black and white dress, so there wouldn’t be ‘to much’ going on. No one commented on my lipstick throughout the day, which I don’t necessarily mind because it gave me time to get comfortable wearing it. It’s funny how we think everyone notices a change in our appearance, especially if it’s something we are a little self conscious about but really, most people are thinking and worrying about themselves and not you. That’s a comforting thought I think! Wearing red lipstick to work may not seem like a big deal to most people (it’s a classic shade after all) but I think it’s good to push ourselves even in the smallest of ways so we become more comfortable in ourselves. The flip side is that you are still you, whether you wear a red lipstick or no lipstick at all. It’s just a form of expression like your moods or language. Small things like a ‘swipe of lipstick’ can help you feel a little more confident or ‘happy’ if you are not feeling particularly great a given day. It can also help you feel ‘put together’ especially at work. Je’Taime is the perfect shade of red, if you aren’t to confident wearing bright colours. It’s certainly a ‘grown up’ colour, which shouldn’t make you feel childish – sophisticated and chic!
Above: Me at work, wearing Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in the colour Je T’aime #238. That is why the photo is taken in the bathroom lol! The very first day I wore a traditional red lipstick to work 🙂 for the whole day! 😉
Above: I am super terrible at taking selfies. Oh wells. Here is the whole ‘outfit of the day’ 🙂 The stripped dress is from Kookai.
Karen from the Makeup and Beauty Blog did a challenge (last year I believe) where each day over two weeks, she wore a different red lip. That is a GREAT idea if you are like me, and have way to many lipsticks in your collection, which don’t get enough love. I may have to do something similar soon and document it (either on the blog or Instagram).
Swatches from top to bottom; Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in the colour Je T’aime (#238), Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick
The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks retail sfor $43 at Sephora (in Australia). I swear they used to be a bit cheaper a few months ago… but I can’t be sure. It’s not a crazy high price for a higher end lipstick at least 🙂 I’d love to try more colours from the line soon and there appears to be 23 shades available in Sephora, but 34 shades available on the Marc Jacobs official site (!). It would be fab if Marc Jacobs provided world wide shipping on their official website *sigh
Would you wear red lipstick to work Beauties? What are your go-to colours when lipstick shopping?
Catch ya next time!
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