On Monday I showed you pristine bullets of Scarlet Rouge and Indian Rose, and yesterday I showed you Indian Rose in more depth. Today it’s Scarlet Rouge’s turn. I own quite a few of the original Private Collection reds (Cherry Lush and Smoke Red are particular faves), but Scarlet Rouge still called out to me when I saw it.
It’s a classic red creme finish with none of the micro-shimmer of Indian Rose or Smoke Red, and it leans a little warm, as it has orange undertones. In the bullet, Scarlet Rouge and Smoke Red are fairly indistinguishable:
You can see the difference in the finish here – those “dimples” in the Smoke Red are the microshimmer hitting the light) however, on swatching, the difference is immediately apparent:
Scarlet Rouge is brighter, and very definitely warmer. Smoke Red has a very blue base in comparison. Something of the brightness of Scarlet Rouge here reminded me of Cherry Lush, so I thought I’d compare those too:
Very different in the bullet, aside from sharing the same non-shimmer creme finish. Here’s how they swatch:
Very similar in brightness, but the Cherry Lush is definitely pinker. So no dupe here! They’re both great colours though.
Scarlet Rouge is a bright, with a soft satin finish. Perfect for scaring people in board meetings:
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