Product Review: Shiseido The Makeup Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer in Natural Red

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Goodies from Christmas! You cannot go wrong with Shiseido lipsticks. My favourite lipsticks were always from Japanese brands, especially Shiseido – they got the moisture just right, without feeling waxy and heavy. And as I get older, I prefer sheer lipsticks over the full coverage ones, so the pigment doesn’t sink into my lip lines. I opted for the Tender Sheer from the Perfect Rouge lipsticks. This time, it’s a very good neutral medium red.

SHISEIDO MAKEUP PERFECT ROUGE TENDER SHEER in Natural Red, CAD$30
SHISEIDO MAKEUP PERFECT ROUGE TENDER SHEER in Natural Red, CAD$30

What I find though is that the Tender Sheer isn’t that sheer at all. I find this to be very pigmented for a sheer lipstick – it is almost like a lot of the regular lipsticks from other brands, and not as moisturizing as I thought it would be. It is still moisturizing, but just not more as I expected from a sheer lipstick. The shade was really beautiful though – it’s a perfect neutral red, hard to find, for some reason.

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As you can see it is fairly pigmented but not plumping/moisturizing enough to have a more glossy sheen (you can layer up for more gloss and sheen), which I was hoping for. After about an hour or so I will need to reapply for more moisture and more color. My lip freckle was still slightly visible which means there is quite a bit of coverage, just not full coverage. After I blot the lipstick off my lips still feel hydrated, the same quality I love about Shiseido lipsticks, which is a big plus. I love the shade, but I wish that it was slightly more hydrating, like the Shiseido Maquillage lipsticks I used to own. This one is made in the USA by the way, same with many of The Makeup or The Skincare lines from Shiseido’s international lineup.

Overall, I do like this lipstick, but I have to say I prefer Shiseido’s Japan-made lipsticks from its Asian-only brands like Maquillage, Ipsa, etc.

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