With a name like Iron Maiden, I just had to go for this colour. Nevermind that it looked so dark and purple in the tube. Iron Maiden! How could you pass up a lipstick with that name?
This is part of Shiseido’s new range of Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks introduced earlier this year. As the name implies, the lipsticks have shimmer and shine to them. Nothing glittery, not to worry. There is just a hint of shimmer that impressively, has a lovely lip plumping effect to them!
Here is a close up of the colour in the tube.
Shiseido Shimmering Lipstick in RS308 Iron Maiden
Doesn’t it look impressively purple?! I’ve never really worn a purple lipstick so this would be a first for me. Thankfully, despite how dark it looks in the tube, it does not swatch as dark. It is at once sheer yet pigmented which sounds like an oxymoron but isn’t. Really!
Left: Swatched once Right: 3 layers
Here are the swatches on my arm. It doesn’t look quite as scary now does it? In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was a very pretty berry shade, that tends towards the cool end of the spectrum. One layer is pretty pigmented on its own and if you layer it 3 times, you get an opaque shade that isn’t heavy nor cakey on the lips. Its lightweight and not drying for me and there is (quite wonderfully) no scent!
Also featuring: Skinfood Premium Grape BB Cream and Shiseido Luminizing Blush PK304
On my lips, Iron Maiden takes on a berry tone that I found very wearable. This is a colour I wear quite often and was, quite honestly, not the colour I expected to get from the tube. I expected something darker and brighter. I would have preferred a colour like that in the tube.
That said, I did like the lip plumping effect it gave my lips. The minute I swiped it on, I knew it was a keeper (despite the rather underwhelming colour) because my lips looked so plump and pillowy 😀 Mwaks! 😀
Pros: Lightweight texture, Pigmented colour, Can be sheered out, No scent, Lip plumping effect
Apparently, this is the colour used on the model in the Shiseido Shimmering Lipstick ads. It looks deep plum on the model but not so on me. Perhaps its a colour that looks different on different people and skintones, as they do 🙂
Have you tried any of the Shiseido Shimmering Rouge lipsticks? I have another in a more conventional reddish shade which is just as pretty – might feature that if I run out before the days run out LOL! I think these are definitely worth taking a gander at. They last quite long on me without drying out my lips which is great. I’ve really been getting into Shiseido lipsticks recently – I wonder what took me so long?! 😛
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge lipsticks retail at RM95 each at all Shiseido counters.
What is the 30 Days of Lip Swatches project? I will be showcasing and reviewing 30 lipsticks or lip glosses in the coming days. Lip products was chosen by popular vote from the readers. You may find all 30 days of lip swatches or follow it by clicking on the Lips category.
Previously : Day 6 of 30 : Maybelline Watershine Pure Diamonds #304
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That’s a Rouge Coco/Rouge Allure price!!! Wow!
Yep. RM5 more actually 🙂 But Shiseido lippies have always been in that price bracket, and I do have to say they are worth the splurge.
Wow… I’d never have the courage to rock purple lips even if it were berry shades. >.<
I applaud your daring!
LOL Its actually a lot easier and more wearable than it looks 🙂
Marina (Makeup4all) says
It looks beautiful on you! I want to get a Stiletto shade for myself.
Thank you Marina! Stiletto is very pretty too! 😀
It looks scary in the tube but it’s very pretty and wearable on the lips. You look great.
Thanks Gio! 🙂 I would have preferred it to look as it did in the tube though 😉
Oh Paris! You are really a ‘bad’ influence 😉 I was contemplating if I should buy this the whole of yesterday when I saw it and when I read your blog today, you are featuring this!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! The colour looks so pretty on you! I am definitely running to get a tube at lunchtime! 😀
Oops! 😛 I do hope you like it though. The texture of the lippie is really nice 😀
Iron Maiden! The moment I read this lipstick name and saw the color from the tube, I pictured a look of you paired with gothic make-up, and studded choker and black leather jacket 🙂 Jokes aside, you do look comfy in this color, it’s sure is a keeper.
roflol!! What an imagination Sylvia! 😀 I must say it does conjure up the gothic doesn’t it? 😀 But really, its a very wearable colour – do take a look the next time you stop by a Shiseido counter and see if you could pull it off too 😉
Vavavoom! I like this on you, even though it looks so different from the actual thing. NICEEEEE!
Haha… thank you Monstro! 😀 Would you wear it though? 😉
Pretty color, loved it!
I have been eyeing Iron Maiden. This looks very pretty on you. I must resist!
Thank you Jacqueline! It is really quite nice and I’m particularly loving the texture too!
Paris please review the Skinfood grape bb cream! Do you knw if its available in malaysia?
You’re in luck! I’ve been using it while I was there and after I came back so I have a good idea on how it performs 🙂 I’m not sure if its available here yet. I haven’t been out to the malls much 🙁
I just checked and its not available here! Feeling quite disappointed 🙁 The SAs are not sure whether they’ll be bringing it in or not!
Oh no! Where are you based?
I also read that this is the color used in the Shiseido advert. It looks different in real life but it rocks! 🙂
It does! It does! 😀
This looks almost fuchsia-ish but it looks lovely on you, PB! 🙂
Thanks sweets! The colour surprised me too
Hi Paris! I was wonder how long did the Shiseido lipstick last? did u drink any water / coffee for how long it last?
Thanks! Great review! 🙂
I’d say very safely 4 hours which is from the time I put it on to lunch time. I drink coffee and glasses of water in between and there is little fading. I usually wipe off my lipstick after lunch hence I don’t test it past lunch or 4 hours whichever comes first 🙂