Lancome L'Absolu Rouge 189 Isabella Review Swatch

New Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Matte in 189 Isabella: The Quintessential Red Lipstick

The new Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Matte in 189 Isabella ($32) is my pick from the revamped L’Absolu Rouge lipstick range, which now features matte, cream, and sheer textures

img_4202The new Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge lipsticks have a gorgeous “clicky” packaging: when you push the golden button on top of the lid, the lipstick pops out of the bottom

Seeing the ridiculous amount of lipstick reviews I’ve been serving you lately, one may very legitimately wonder if I’ve been transformed into some sort of mythological many-headed monster.

Well, no, truth is, I haven’t. I’m still plain old me: one head, one set of lips.

How boring.

But, you know, just when you’re convincing yourself you should explore different product categories, Lisa Eldridge (your ultimate beauty inspiration) decides to launch a mammoth range of reformulated Lancôme L’Absolu Rouges. And, I mean, what is a Lisa-/lipstick lover to do then?

Yeah, I guess we all know the answer…

Welcome, new Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Matte in 189 Isabella!

img_4207Since I bought it online, I decided to play it safe and get something I was most likely going to like – a matte red.

But we, lipstick freaks, all know that there’s actually a myriad of shades of red, and I really had no idea what type it would be. An orangey red? A cool-toned red? A deeper red? (How thrilling. Aren’t you just dying of anticipation??)

Well, turns out, it’s just red.

It’s not too dark, it’s not too bright, it’s not too orange, it’s not too blue. To me 189 Isabella is the quintessential red lipstick. One I would see a 1940’s starlet wear.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge 189 Isabella Swatch ReviewWearing the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Matte in 189 Isabella on my lips and the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in 002 Millionaire on my eyes

The finish is not exactly matte, though, which makes me wonder how the cream finishes in the range compare. But the formula is nicely hydrating and still pretty long-lasting, so I think that, unless you’re looking for a MAC Ruby Woo type of matte (AKA a hardcore, powdery matte), the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Matte in 189 Isabella will most likely please you.

It definitely pleases me! 😉

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  • Reply
    H A Parker
    October 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This shade looks so stunning on you Carol, seriously! It’s great that it turned out being the perfect shade of red. It looks so chic, like a beautiful ‘film star’ red. I love lipsticks that are hydrating and still long-lasting. That’s my favourite formula actually, especially in the colder months, as I get such dry lips whenever I wear matte shades. – My Autumn Blush Bag – Covent Garden Chaos | VLOG

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    Shireen L. Platt
    October 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    You look amazing with red lips, Carol! I have been looking for Rimmel Millionaire but it’s not sold here in Canada! Ugh! I have to look for it through eBay or Amazong and it’s ridiculously overpriced. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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      Carol in a
      October 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Thank you, Shireen!
      Millionaire is really pretty and versatile, but I’m not sure it’s worth paying a lot more than its original price.

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    October 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    There is just one way to find out how they compare: You need another lipstick, this time from the cream finishes! That being said, this lipstick would very likely please me as well…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      October 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      I like the way you think, girl! 😉

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    Kiss & Make-up
    October 9, 2016 at 10:43 am

    As expected the color looks great on you!

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    October 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t really like Ruby Woo, it’s too drying on my lips so this formula sounds right up my street, the shade is beautiful and I love the packaging’s vintage vibe!

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      Carol in a
      October 10, 2016 at 9:25 am

      I personally do like Ruby Woo, but I think this formula is more universally pleasing.

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    Tia Teilli
    October 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    great post

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    October 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Such a beautiful color red!



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    October 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Looks really nice!



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    The Makeup Train
    October 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I actually like lipsticks that aren’t too matte. I wouldn’t mind trying this. Lisa E is generally responsible for me running out of money. Lol.

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    October 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Great review! Thanks for sharing! <3 –

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    October 10, 2016 at 12:06 am

    So in love with the perfect tone of this lipstick!! x

    Have a nice week,

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    October 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Red is definitely your colour! You look amazing and bold shades look soooo good on you! I ordered a huge number of lipsticks lately (oops!) and I think that fall is the perfect time to add some new shades to my lipstick collection! Love dark shades so much!


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    October 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    That’s really a beautiful red! I haven’t tried the new L’Absolu Rouge formula yet, so many new products to try these days…. The range of shades is quite impressive though, I think I’ll try to see them in person before picking one.


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    October 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Ooh, this is such a gorgeous lip shade ! I don’t at all blame you for returning to the dark side (secretly both thinking it’s actually the bright side, right? haha). I’m searching for other Lancôme shades by Lisa now for suuuure…
    Have a lovely week 🙂

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    October 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    That is a great looking red! It really suits you!

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    Fashionably Idu
    October 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Many headed monster, lol. You wear red lipsticks very well though. This is beautiful.

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    October 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    That red lipstick looks great on you! I love the colour and I’m thinking of buying it for myself. 😀

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    October 12, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Oh, that is such a gorgeous red! I really love Ruby Woo, but it can be a bit drying.

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