4.22.2012

Kiss, Kiss: Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine Review and Swatches

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine -
Adorable Packaging

Charlotte Ronson is certainly a Jill-of-All-Trades in the style world.  Already a renowned fashion designer, trendsetter, and girl about town, Charlotte launched her own beauty collection at Sephora in 2011.

The collection started small, but Charlotte has been expanding her new beauty brand little by little over the past year. Each piece thus far has a youthful, easygoing vibe, and the line seems carefully curated to create an image of laid-back beauty.

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine

Given my affinity for lipstains, I chose the Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine ($22) as my introduction to the line. Charlotte names her products after friends and family who inspire her, which I think is very adorable and sweet. This shade of Double XO was named after Katherine Power, co-founder and creative director of WhoWhatWear.com.

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain is double ended, with lipstick on one end and the lip stain on the other. 
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine

The Charlotte Ronson Double XO lipstick and lipstain in Katherine look pretty similar in the tube, but you can see some differences when they are swatched side by side. The lipstick is more pink and pigmented. The stain dries pretty sheer, and it is a warmer than the lipstick.

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine

The lipstain is a sheer warm red. One layer gives you a healthy, "my lips but better" wash, while two or more layers build the color to a deeper brick red. The stain also has a strong minty tingle that I found uncomfortable:

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine -
One Coat of Lipstain

To my surprise, the lipstick is pretty sheer as well. I applied quite a few coats to get this bold red look:

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine -
Three Coats of Lipstick over One Coat of Lipstain

Unlike Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain in Guava, I had good luck with the wear time of Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine. The color lasted on my lips for several hours and did not fade in an unsightly fashion:

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine
Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine -
3 hours after application

Bottom Line:  Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine is perfect for women who prefer an "effortlessly pretty" makeup style. The colors are sheer but buildable, so they are low risk while still offering a range of looks to play with. I personally prefer more pigmentation, but I think that Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine is a good option for people who are new to makeup or just like to cultivate simple, breezy style. 

Have you tried anything by Charlotte Ronson? Tell me about her eyeshadow plz!


2 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to try Charlotte Ronsons Double XO! Thanks for this review! I haven't tried the eye shadows yet, but I will keep you posted!!

    Mocha Mango (Nicole)
    http://mocha-makeup.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the review! Charlotte Ronson has an eyeshadow quad named Nicole (after Nicole Richie) that we should both try ;)

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