Review: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge and Creme de Brillance in 395 Rose Grenat

I’m not much of a Lancome person. My skin doesn’t really agree with Lancome skincare, or rather, Lancome doesn’t do much for my skin. I really like Lancome’s foundations, but only those made in Japan because the shade match is awesome – specially tailored for Asian skin tones. Then the rest, they’re not mind blowing and I just never really had a strong urge to really give the brand a chance. I picked these up about a year ago, because I was drawn to the shade. I think these are the only 2 Lancome lip products I ever purchased and kept. I bring you shade 395, Rose Grenat.


Lancome Rose Grenat


I bought both the lipstick and the gloss in the same shade. I love that they are easy to use and again, the shade. L’Absolu Rouge is a scentless creamy lipstick that applies smoothly and stays on comfortably. It is not as creamy compared to say, Bobbi Brown Lip Colors or Rouge Dior, but it’s emollient enough that it doesn’t dry out my lips. L’Absolu Creme de Brillance is a gloss which I can only describe it as thicker than your average lip gloss. It is not as light as a gloss and not as thick as a liquid lipstick. The texture is non tacky or sticky, which is great. I hate sticky lip glosses. Glosses are not meant to last for hours, so this doesn’t cling to the lips. It is supposed to provide hydration up to 10 hours, but guys, do you expect the gloss to last for 10 hours? Seriously, Lancome. This, when applied on top of L’Absolu Rouge, adds a certain richness to the texture. I also like the flat paddle shaped sponge applicator which makes it a breeze to apply. No feathering even when applied on its own. However, there is a certain scent which I don’t know how to describe. It is not sweet, not sour, just not very pleasant. Some blogs described it as a faint rosy smell, but my nose just can’t detect it at all. If you’ve tried it before, please tell me what it smells like to you. It already smelled like that when I bought it, and I’m sure there isn’t anything wrong with the product.


sponge applicator


I would describe 395 Rose Grenat as a flattering warm rose with a hint of brown base that is not dated. It gives the most natural looking red to your lips that is soothing to look at. And oh, so pretty!


Rose Grenat 395 swatch lip swatch


[On my lips, left is with L’Absolu Rouge only and right is with Creme de Brillance on top of L’Absolu Rouge]

See how much more depth the combination presents? This is a shade that can be paired with anything and everything. I know I am neglecting these 2 because I’m trying to use up a few other lip products, but Rose Grenat has remained one of my favourite shades. Both are made in Japan so I’m not sure if the shade is Asian exclusive. It’s been a while since I bought them and I totally forgot how much they were. Sorry! If you have the latest price, please holler in the comments below. Thank you!

Do you like Lancome lip products? Any faves?


xoxo Lily