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EDITOR'S PICK:

1 PALETTE,
4 WAYS

Create endless possibilities with one little lip compact.

Written ByMAUREEN CHOI


Clockwise, from top left: VIOLET GREY’s Cassandra Caldwell, Leah Ferrante, Maureen Choi, and Allison Elliott.


The key player in any makeup wardrobe? One that does double- or even triple- and quadruple-duty. And nothing fits the bill better than a shiny new palette filled with universally-flattering lip colors with the power to change your look in an instant. Our editors’ latest obsession: This all-in-one, multi-hued compact from Rouje Paris stocked with four high-impact yet fully customizable shades—a blue-based crimson, poppy coral, cool magenta, and rose-based mauve. To see how it performs, we had four VIOLET GREY staffers put the shades to the test. Here’s what they had to say:

“I usually won't wear lipstick because it eventually gets blotchy and settles into the creases, but this palette has a hydrating creamy texture that looks fresh from the moment you put it on to the minute you take it off. I’m obsessed with the mauve shade, which has a nude base so it’s flattering on pretty much every skin tone. It gives me this perfect lived-in look that feels effortless and undone. My favorite trick is to pat the excess color onto my cheeks for a french-girl-chic monochromatic vibe.” —Cassandra Cadwell, Community Manager


 

“I’ve been a longtime fan of the Rouje Paris lipstick palettes but this new one takes the cake! All the colors are amazing, but my personal go-to is the bright coral. What I love about the formula is that it’s velvety, smooth, and lasts forever. I like to blot and soften the edges out a bit so there are no hard lines around my lips. It makes them look really feminine and sexy.” —Leah Ferrante, Makeup Artist


 

“Everyone that’s intimidated by a hot pink lip needs to stop resisting. Because the fuchsia shade in this artsy palette looks equally chic-as-hell during the day and devastatingly sexy at night. It also works magic to instantly brighten and freshen up your face—even when you’re not feeling so hot. The genius is in the semi-matte finish that glides on without ever drying out your lips. You can start off light by dabbing some on with your ring finger if you want a sheer wash of color, and then layer on more with a pointed brush until you get the intensity you’re comfortable with. In my case, that’s four coats. I love that you can choose your own beauty adventure with this ladylike piece: pick, play, mix, and match your way to a million different looks.” —Maureen Choi, Beauty Director


 

“A bright red lipstick is an accessory and my everyday lip color, which is to say, I’ve tried a million. And let me tell you this crimson shade is perfection. You can pile it on and make it super dramatic or blot it down and wear it casually. I love the texture of these creamy formulas—they feel like velvet and wear beautifully all day long. Also, that gold palette...très chic!” —Allison Elliott, Store Director