How to get Amy to buy lipstick, in three easy steps:
1) Compliment my handbag effusively.
2) Rave about my skintone and how everything will look amazing on me.
3) Go above and beyond by getting out all the colors in a color family, not just the one I initially asked to try, so I can compare them all.
Seriously, I just had one of the best
drug run makeup buying experiences of my life at the Elizabeth Arden counter in my local Dillards. Like a lemming, I decided on impulse to go try out Red Door Red after seeing Tanya Burr use it in a Christmas youtube video. I’ll try to justify myself by saying that it wasn’t only that the color looked great on Tanya; it looked like the kind of bright-neutral-slightly-pink red that tends to flatter me as well.
I’ve only ever bought one other EA product, a moisturizer for dry skin that I would definitely recommend. It came with a free gift that had a few bits and bobs of skincare and makeup, and I honestly liked it all, especially the included peachy coral blush, but I haven’t given the brand much thought since then. More recently, I’ve started to have the brand in the back of my mind as something I might want to really try at some point.
Fast-forward to today, when Tanya’s video finally pushed me over the edge, and I set out for EA, only to find myself in the hands of a beautiful, middle-aged sales associate who did the things mentioned above and probably could have sold me ice in Antarctica after she’d finished buttering me up.
Elizabeth Arden is one of those brands that doesn’t seem to get all that much attention in the blogosphere, beyond a few raves for the cult favorite Eight Hour Cream or other skincare product. I think this is because it sits in a category with Lancome, Estee Lauder, and a few other similar luxury brands that are respected but not necessarily considered trendy for the most part. I looked at all the reds in the Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick line, and there were about six. This goes with what I’m saying–it’s a brand with a vintage ethos that caters to the kind of woman who has a signature red lip and a signature scent that she wants to carry with her all of her life. Far from being turned off by this, I think it’s alluring and glamorous.
The Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks are housed in heavy gold and silver metal cases that have the famous EA door imprint on them. Red Door Red is particularly iconic to the brand, as it’s the color that mimics the paint on the doors of the original EA boutique. The lipstick itself also has the door logo imprinted on it. I don’t think an imprint on the lipstick bullet is ever a necessity, but it’s a classy touch.
This is the color outside in natural light. Excuse application–it was a quick on-counter attempt to see how the color would look on me. Overall, I would classify Red Door Red as a bright neutral, with maybe the slightest hint of pink coolness that could make it difficult for the extreme warmest skin tones to pull off, but I think most would find it flattering.
This is the color inside. Outside, I think the cooler tones come out. Inside, it looks like a pretty straight-up, clear red neutral. In my opinion the best red for you is one that has an eye brightening effect, and Red Door Red certainly does that for me. If it’s not your kind of color, though, it’s still worth giving the line a look because they have so many red options (not to mention an extensive array of other colors). The finish is satin and creamy and goes on opaque with one swipe. I haven’t tested wear time yet, but it lasted through a meal enough that I wouldn’t have to reapply, though I probably would just to make sure it looks even. I would expect it to stay put for drinks or light snacks. It reminds me of the Lancome Rouge in Love line, which feels similarly comfortable to wear and also has solid wear time.
Elizabeth Arden is a brand that still hearkens back to the ’50s, when screen sirens had signature looks, and our grandmothers carried elegant gold compacts in their handbags. If, like me, you’re someone who appreciates this ethos, you really owe it to yourself to give EA a look. Red Door Red is a new purchase for me, but I already feel like a star when I wear it, and it just may become my very own signature.
Love you all. Merry Christmas!