Lancome made a ravishing red lipstick, in the L’Absolu Rouge line, called “Valentine” several years ago; it was the PERFECT red shade for me, and I was shocked when I found out it was only a limited edition color and had disappeared from the shelves. I snapped up a few remainders online, and fortunately I still have a tube left. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a red lipstick [with built-in SPF, mind you, like Valentine had] that matches or supersedes the superiority of Lancome’s former flame. None of the other shades in Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge collection approximate Valentine; the closest is their Rouge shade, but it’s just…not Valentine. There’s something about that ideal blue-red color that instantly wakes up my fair-skinned face, no matter how sleepy or pale I was before putting it on.
Therefore, this spring I will be on a quest to find a Valentine duplicate, but it will not be an easy task. Take a stroll through any department store’s makeup section or through a Sephora (I love these stores, which are practically on every block in NYC), and you’ll see how many lipstick choices abound. When I find the new fabulous shade, I’ll update my post.