August 29, 2011

Shiseido Maquillage Essence Glamour Rouge Review, Swatches, Photos

Some girls are Shiseido Maquillage girls, some girls aren’t. I happen to be in the “aren’t group”. I dunno why but I’ve never fully embraced the Shiseido Maquillage line.

Shiseido Maquillage is a sub-brand from Shiseido available in Japanese drugstores (and a few select Asian countries as well). Quality is on par with counter makeup and the brand has a very large cult following however I’ve always dabbled my time away with other Shiseido sub-brands like Majolica Majorca.

Recently, my interest did get piqued again (it does sometimes with Maquillage) and I decided to haul some of the new Essence Glamour Rouges.

Let’s take a look!

A range of glosses for softer, plumper lips in a range of colors inspired by natural lip colors (colors that will match your skin tone perfectly and give you the “your lips but better” experience.

Maquillage did an amazing job with these glosses. The marketing of the gloss is the shades are all supposed to be perfectly natural on your skin tone for a more natural, glossy look and they do just that perfectly. I only hauled two of the six shades released but I’m going to go ahead and indulge in the other shades as I’m really enjoy the colors and formula here.

Each gloss comes in a rounded diamond shaped tube. Packaging is very pretty and elegant but practical as well since it travels easily. The applicator is a soft, fuzzy, large shaped sponge with a flexible head that fits the contour of lips beautifully. The sponge applicator saturates well with color and smooths on the product perfectly with a single dip.

The formula is highly moisturizing and lightweight without being sticky or tacky. It wears for about five hours straight prior to needing a touch up. The gloss doesn’t migrate or dry out and stays true to color without fading. It’s not highly moisturizing but it does have a nice shiny finish and the formula is thick enough to create a cushion-y, plump look to lips.

The two shades I purchased are really Kim K looking. Nude, natural, and never overly done. It’s difficult for me to do a nude lip but these shades make it easy to do so. BE790 is a nude beige shade and RD791 is a peachy beige. RD791 is my favorite of the lot as it reminds me of a supped up version of my favorite Korres Lipgloss in Nude 33.

The colors aren’t crazy pigment but they somehow have a lip color enhancing effect that’s very pretty, it takes your natural lip color to the next level!

Maquillage is sadly sold within Japan and a few select Asian countries so airmail, higher retail costs, etc…are something you’ll have to deal with if you want these unless you have family and friends abroad.

  • Those who like nude, natural lip looks!
  • Those who feel like they can’t pull off a nude lip look (think again! These colors are incredibly wearable).
  • Those wanting the Kim Kardashian nude lip look!

  • Those not wanting to deal with airmail pricing, jacked up prices, etc….(these are sold in Japan and a few select Asian countries so online shopping is necessary to score them).

Overall, Shiseido Maquillage Essence Glamour Rouge proves anyone can do the nude lip look! The idea behind these glosses is genius as they are all perfect shades of color that will work on most any skin tone. They simply take your own lip color and bring it up several notches to WOW!

Loved this!

Very Muse Approved for purchase!

I got them at for $29 each plus shipping.

Have you tried them?

Do share!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the seller mentioned in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sarah S.

    Oh, man, I LOVE Japanese makeup… I was hauling it off ebay back in college, and I had a boatload when I lived in Japan (and my Japanese friends all thought I was weird for not buying all Dior and Chanel like them, ha!). Packaging rocks. They make such glam compact makeups in LE cases… le sigh. I just can’t stomach $29 for one MLBB these days…

  • Majick

    Ouch, yeah $29 and shipping is a little bit steep but they look like heaven. I would love to try them. Not sure which one is your fav but the swatch on the left side (more brown) looks like a gloss I got from DHC a long time ago – that gloss was the bomb for a nude MLBB.

    I’m wondering if they might be available in an Asian market?

    • the Muse

      sadly not majick, you’d really have to get lucky to find them in an asian beauty store…I live in the mecca here and I can’t find ’em ;-D I love MLBB glosses/lippies lately ;-D!