I must confess: all these beauty bloggers raving about Snoe Beauty’s Rouge Deluxe lippies and foundation has gotten me very curious about the brand. After a bit of internet sleuthing, I found out that it was a local brand (!) and that got me even more curious.
Right after my makeup ban was lifted, I went online and bought some products from their online store. I got my loot after one working day! Because I didn’t want to go overboard, as I am wont to do, I picked two cosmetic products, namely a Rouge Deluxe in Plum Crazy, and the Poudre Phenomenon, which is a “pore erasing HD powder.” For now, let me talk about the Rouge Deluxe!
Snoe’s Rouge Deluxe is:
an oil-infused rich and creamy lip color in the season’s hottest hues. It will hydrate, nourish, and revitalize lips. While delivering long-lasting color, this product works to smoothen and soften the lips, making your pout extra kissable. edited to only the most fashionable shades, it’s impossible to pick one.
Without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phtalates, GMOs, triclosan
What it does boast of having are: Argan, sunflower, macadamia, grape seed, avocado, rosehips, all of which I assume are oils.
I think that the first thing one notices about Snoe products is the packaging. Every time someone sees the boxes of these products, they exclaim, “Local ‘yan?”
Indeed, the boxes are a special treat, but I don’t think they carried the same design aesthetic over to the actual packaging of the products. The Rouge Deluxe, for example, is housed in a pale pink plastic tube with a bit of gold embellishment on the cap. It’s not bad, but after setting such high expectations with the beautiful boxes, a little more effort on making the actual packaging would have made a huge difference. To me, it looks and feels like a toy.
Plum Crazy is a pretty dark, vampy lip color. I hadn’t seen this as a swatch anywhere, but the product picture made me want to try it. It’s a pretty red wine color that translates more purple on a whiter canvas, aka when I wiped it off on facial tissue, but on the lips, it’s as red as can be.
I went ahead and applied it on fairly dry lips, because of its hydrating claims. The texture itself is very smooth and creamy, but I found the color to apply a bit patchy. Perhaps I will have a better experience on already-smooth lips. I like the color, but I wish it looked better, in terms of overall smoothness. I think it would also translate better with the lighter colors they offer. A good color selection for a first purchase, though, I think.
One thing that bothered me, though, was the scent! It smelled like the old lipsticks of yore, and I do smell all of the oils that it claims to have. I am so not a fan. While I can tolerate it for now, and I appreciate the exclusion of synthetic fragrances, I feel like it will be a deterrent for future Rouge Deluxe purchases, as it is quite off-putting.
VERDICT: Pretty vampy lip color with smooth (but patchy!) application. Claims to be hydrating, but I haven’t worn it long enough to approve or disprove these claims.
Will I repurchase? Looking into other shades, but it depends on if I can handle the scent.
How much? Php 399 for 4g or 0.14oz.
Where to buy in Manila? Online or these places.