Okay, time to record the date, people. I'm actually going to review a nude lipstick. And a matte one at that! Can you feel the chill as hell freezes over? Can you detect the soft breeze generated as pigs fly past? Yeah. Me too.
I saw Lancome's Color Design Lipstick in Lucky Kiss purely by chance. As a matter of fact, it was so completely by chance, I've pretty much forgotten how it happened. My guess is that I stopped at the display to see if there were any hot reds and somehow ended up reaching for this lovely subdued shade instead. I honestly can't tell you what possessed me to choose this shade given my adamant aversion to all things neutral, but I did it...and I'm glad I did.
In the tube, Lucky Kiss looks fairly pink. It's a warm, rosy, light pink with soft brown undertones. I think the pink is what got me with this one. Most neutrals are heavy on the brown, which is so completely not my color. Brown on my lips always makes me look like I've been eating mud. Typically, if there is any brown whatsoever in a shade, it pulls orangey or completely, utterly, brown. Not so with Lucky Kiss, which has a rosy glow about it, with the brown tones simply anchoring it and keeping it from going too girly (as if there was such a thing).
In this shot, you can see just how pink the shade is. I couldn't get the neutral tones to show in the photos, so you'll just have to trust me that they're there. However, I will say that in the tube the color does appear much pinker than it ends up on my skin.
And here you can see what I'm talking about. The color in the tube and the color on my skin are completely, utterly different. See how brown it becomes on my skin? Can you now envision just how muddy a real brown would be on me? Ack.
Finally, on my lips Lucky Kiss becomes a lovely light neutral that goes with anything.
As for wear time, texture and the like, Lucky Kiss is a great formula. Although it's a matte, it isn't drying or cakey at all. As a matter of fact, it's quite creamy. Wear time is exceptional...I got a good 5-6 hours out of it. It wears off fairly evenly, although since it's roughly the same shade as my lips it was a bit hard to tell where the lipstick ended and I began. You will want to wipe all remnants off your lips before reapplying, but it never feels clumpy or gloppy.
Bottom Line: Lucky Kiss may not ever be my favorite color (I'm not a convert to nudes quite yet), but it is a totally inoffensive and very pretty shade that goes with everything. I particularly like it when I go all dramatic on my eyes, as a little birdie told me it's not wise to have too much going on with both eyes and lips at the same time (HA! As if I've ever worried about that pesky advice). The formula is matte but creamy and lasts for hours. I'm going back for more. Who knows? Maybe next time I'll live on the edge and test out a brown.