It's difficult not to love lip lacquer. With the longevity and opacity of a lipstick and a sexy glossy finish, Shiseido's lacquer rouge in Nocturne perfectly encapsulates what lip lacquers are about. I received this as a deluxe sample, but I'll almost definitely be picking up the full sized version. How could I not? I couldn't like this product any better if it was filled with diamond dust and granted wishes.
This deep, berry red is richly pigmented, meaning that a little bit of product goes a long way. It's dramatic, but not something where you'd be embarrassed about wearing it if you ran into your boss after hours.
The formula feels like a thick, non-sticky lipgloss. Like most lip lacquers, this product never fully "dries". Rather, it leaves your lips with a soft, satin finish. I haven't had any problems with the product bleeding, but a messy application will end up looking like you ripped open a sheep carcass to eat its still-beating heart. Luckily, the precise doe-foot applicator minimizes the risk of this outcome.
Although there was some very slight fading, this lip product definitely passed the "four hours and a meal" test. Happily, it did not dry my lips out at all.
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge retails for $25 for 0.2oz ($125 per ounce). For comparison, the YSL Glossy Stains ring in at $34 for 0.2oz ($170 per ounce). Given that I'm digging the color, the finish, the longevity of this Shiseido lacquer... this is one lip product that's worth the price tag.