This product has topped lists for 'the best red lipstick' ever since it came out so I don't know why it took me so long to purchase it.
It's a liquid lipstick so it comes in a lipgloss type tube with a doe foot applicator.
The applicator is different to a standard doe foot though as it's straight on one side and angled on the other. I think this shape is meant to better deposit the product and it does except I think it tends to deposit too much product.
This wouldn't be a problem with a less intense shade but Dragon is so pigmented that you can get just as full coverage with thin layers as you can with thick layers. My preference is to apply this with a lip brush... well eyeshadow brush in my case since I've been using the brush that came with my Chanel Illusion d'Ombre.
On to the swatches...
How gorgeous is this red?? It's not just the shade that makes Dragon special (which lies somewhere in between a cool red and a true red) but also the gorgeous texture and finish. This product is like a really pigmented gloss that isn't sticky and which doesn't dry out your lips. It also has this beautiful almost metallic fine sparkle that runs through it which makes your lips look like they're covered in crushed rubies, not to oversell it or anything ;).
I decided to swatch it next to some of my other red's so you can get an idea of the shade. From left to right: NARS Heatwave lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, NYX Round lipstick in Snow White and MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Prolong.
Hopefully you can see the beautiful sparkle and complexity this product has compared with the other shades.
Here are some lip swatches:
The first one shows Dragon freshly applied and the second one shows Dragon after a few hours wear.
You can see that the shade still looks really good even though it's lost some of it's shine and intensity. I've been able to get at least 3 or 4 hours of solid wear with this product without having to reapply. When I do reapply I don't have to reapply to my whole lips and really only need to touch up. I also never have to apply any lip balm which is fantastic for a lipstick, especially a long lasting red like this!
One of the major reasons I love Dragon is because it works beautifully as a work place red...
... but also looks lovely with a more casual look which is why I've been wearing this shade constantly.
This product is pricey (by American standards) at $37 USD but well worth the splurge especially if you're a lover of red lips. I've also been eyeing off the shade Phoenix which is a gorgeous bright pink.
Have you tried any of the Rouge Allure Laques? What are your thoughts? Also, what's your favourite red lipstick?