Pucker up because we’re breaking into the new Hermes lipstick collection! Are these luxurious beauties well and truly worth the $67 price tag?
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In recent years, I dubbed the term “princess lipstick” and have operated under the belief that every gal needs at least one princess lipstick in her collection at any given time.
From the luxurious packaging of the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks to the silky smooth formulas of Dior, the ability to reach into your handbag and apply something to your lips that makes you feel special and a bit like a princess is good for the soul. Or, at least that’s what I tell myself when any new princess lipsticks make their way into my possession. They’re an investment into yourself! Right?
The New Hermes Lipstick Collection
As a self-declared lover of princess lipsticks, my interest spiked immediately when news broke that Hermes was stepping into the world of makeup. Their first product out the gate? A collection of luxurious lipsticks to make ladies around the globe feel all the more special when dressing their lips on a daily basis.
The Hermes lipstick collection’s release is said to be the brand’s first foray into makeup with several more launches to follow. In fact, Hermes reports that a new makeup product can be expected every six months as they build a full, permanent line!
The initial Hermes lipstick collection includes:
- Matte Lipstick (8 Shades)
- Satin Lipsticks (13 shades)
- Lip Shine (1 Limited Edition Shade)
- Lip Balm (1 Shade)
- Lip Pencil (1 Universal Shade)
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Hermes Lipstick Collection ($67 Each)
At $67, an Hermes lipstick is no doubt pricier than alternatives from Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and YSL. The standard luxury lipstick tends to fall in the $30-$40 range, but that did not in the least bit hold back public interest!
Social media was abuzz as soon as news of the upcoming lipstick launch was announced. With that in mind, I took to the Dream in Lace Instagram story to poll everyone and gauge interest in the lipsticks. Despite the higher price tag, overwhelmingly people expressed interest in the lipsticks and were seemingly very excited for this new chapter in beauty from Hermes.
The Hermes Lipstick in Shade Rose (40)
Reigning myself in, I gave myself permission to pick up ONE Hermes princess lipstick for the purpose of reviewing for you.
It was a challenge narrowing my decision down to just one, but I thought ahead to spring and felt the cheerful pink lipstick in the shade Rose (40) would be perfect! It comes in the satin finish and looked like the ideal pink to add some fun to my everyday makeup look without being TOO dramatic.
As expected, the packaging for the Hermes lipsticks is quite beautiful! Each lipstick arrives in a signature orange box with its own carrying pouch. The lipstick’s bullet itself is a solid metal and has a beautiful Hermes emblem on the top of each cap.
The lipsticks do have a subtle sweet fragrance to them, almost like a piece of fruity candy. It’s a unique scent that’s unlike any other I’ve come across and while it is there, it’s not overpowering. The scent also becomes quickly undetectable as you wear the lipstick.
Smooth and Silky Texture:
Texture is definitely a selling point for luxury lipsticks and Hermes did not disappoint. The product is very silky and smoothly applies to the lips without any dragging at all.
Lightweight on the Lips:
When worn, I was immediately impressed with how light and comfortable the Hermes lipstick is on the lips. The formula packs a lot of color payoff and pigment, without any heaviness. The lipstick also provides a very satisfying feeling to the lips and that’s somehow lighter than alternatives from Dior and YSL without sacrificing any amount of coverage.
At a time when we are all more aware of waste and being as responsible as possible with packaging, it is good news to see Hermes release lipsticks that are refillable! Replacement bullets will be soon available for purchase so you can pick up more lipstick as you run out without needing to start from scratch altogether.
Moderate Wear Time (Satin Finish)
I have to say, the satin Hermes lipstick definitely didn’t deliver a marathon amount of wear time for me. That matte formula may very well last longer, but with the Rose shade I picked up I was able to get 3-4 hours of wear time before needing to touch up. Good news? A lip pencil will definitely help you get more wear time than that and the lipstick does apply beautifully over a pencil without any issues.
I’m very curious to try one of the matte shades now, though, as I suspect they may have a bit more extended wear time. I’ve also heard wonderful things about how smooth and creamy the matte formula is!
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The Hermes Lipstick Rundown
- Great coverage and color pay-off
- Beautiful shade selections
- Available in both a matte and satin finish
- Smooth and silky texture that’s flattering
- Very lightweight on the lips and comfortable to wear
- Beautiful packaging
- Refillable bullets to reduce waste
- Free shipping and returns (if unused) from Hermes
- Limited availability. Currently only available from Hermes directly, Harrods and select shades at Saks Fifth Avenue. Hermes seems to be the most consistently well-stocked, though.
- Not ultra long-wearing (Satin finish)
- Pricier than alternative luxury lipsticks
- Does contain a slight fragrance
Overall Grade: A-
Well, everyone. I have a new favorite princess lipstick! Yes, the price is high – but the experience of applying and wearing the lipstick is quite wonderful. I went into trying this product expecting it would have gorgeous packaging, a smooth texture and beautiful appearance on the lips. Hermes managed to tick off all those boxes and I’m actually getting very excited to see what makeup product they release next!
If you have any questions about the lipstick that I didn’t think to cover, feel free to ask away in the comments. I realize $67 is a lot to spend on a lipstick so I’m happy to share any info with you in hopes of helping you make the most informed purchase possible! x
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