Japanese beauty house Kanebo has many brands under it’s wing, and at the top of their tree is the extremely high end and luxurious brand, Sensai. Sensai is a very elegant brand with cutting edge technology (especially on the skincare side) and is all about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty.
I haven’t actually used anything from Sensai before (or at least not in the last 10 years that I can remember!) so was excited to try two of their lip crayons, ‘Silky Design Rouge’.
This elegant collection contains 6 lip crayons which are silky and have a glowing luminous finish that is not glossy or matte – somewhere in-between. Like Suqqu, the other high end Japanese brand, these lip colours aren’t in your face at all, in terms of packaging or colours and yet when you put them on they just bring your lips and face to life. I always think that when I use Suqqu lip colours – there’s nothing that screaming AMAZING at you, but when you put them on they just make your lips look juicy and lovely.
Now the Silky Rouge range focuses on red tones – I guess red is a classic shade although I am quite scared of wearing it unless there is an occasion. I don’t feel like I can carry off red to go to Tesco, but hey, maybe it doesn’t look as loud as I think.
Here are the shades – I have DR01 Soubi, the brightest red of the lot, which is a true clean red and DR03, Hiiro a deep wine red.
These are twist up lip crayons. They seem to keep their tip strangely enough, they are quite firm and yet also soft when applied and pigmented, even though they have a balm like hydrating texture. The point is sharp enough to draw the colour in neatly which is rare for a red.
You can do a sheer coat and blot or build it up to a rich deep lip colour. It works either way.
The packaging is not as heavy weight as I thought it would be for the price of £28, but it is simple and easy to use.
01 – Clean bright face lifting red. My favourite of the two. Although bold it i also elegant and not too vampy or scary.
03 – Deeper toned blackened berry red. Mature and quite sophisticated although I prefer a fun red to this.
Like I said, if I was picking lipstick red would be at the bottom of my list usually, but these two crayons are certainly some of my favourite reds I’ve tried in a while because they are:
1. Easy to apply
2. Moisturising like balm, very comfortable
3. Pigmented like a lipstick
4. Plumping and makes the lips look juicy
5. Very flattering on my skin tone, I think they have spent a lot of time testing reds on Asian skin tones like mine to find the most truly flattering hues.
Basically, if you are scared of red like me and you have dry lips, you will adore these. If you want an intense matte red, or something totally opaque and in your face, then you won’t want these.