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18th century Rouge review

While I was at Costume Con koshka_the_cat was kind enough to let me try her 18th century Rouge from Ageless Artifice.

I was super excited when I tried it. Easy to apply and blend, the results were really great. It gave the perfect shade of red for the 18th century (on me anyway) and stayed all day. Actually it stained, leaving some color the next day even after washing my face twice. It was a pretty color though so even if I hadn’t been at a 4 day costume event that wouldn't have concerned me.

Now for the bad news. It smells awful. The ingredients list brandy, which I normally like the smell of. This, not so much. The scent dissipates once applied but still it’s a bit of a turn off first thing in the morning.

Now for the really bad news. I used it (generously) two days in a row and the second day I noticed that my skin was a little irritated. I'd been warned that the rouge would dry out my skin a bit so I didn't worry too much. As I washed my face that night I realized that my cheeks were not just dry or slightly irritated but I'd started to develop a rash, complete with warmth, redness, red bumps and slightly swollen skin. Luckily I had packed an array of soothing, moisturizing Mary Kay products (I slathered on anything I thought would help!) and by the morning the warmth & bumps were gone while the swelling and redness were greatly reduced. Mary Kay again to the rescue!

Normally I have only mildly sensitive skin but I've had equally dramatic reactions to other natural/organic cosmetics & skin care products so I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised.

So if you have sensitive skin I would be wary of the rouge for sure and potentially the whole line (I probably won’t be trying anything else in the future). For those of you who don't have sensitive skin, I'm jealous. It was pretty.

As for me I'll be sticking to my pomegrante MK cream cheek color. It's got a slight berry undertone versus the very orange undertone of AA but it's fine for 18th century, perfect for Regency, and it doesn't make me look like I have rosacea!


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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 1st, 2011 02:44 am (UTC) (link)
I think its crazy that it didnt break out my skin. It was so weird; usually my skin is so sensitive.

And I did lose my make up bag on the way to Costume Con. It wasnt waiting for me when I got home. Saddness!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2011 12:09 am (UTC) (link)
I'm still in shock, espeically since mine was such a dramatic reaction. I would have expected something from you! I did put on a lot more though...

That is a total bummer! Did you lose everything?
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 2nd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC) (link)
Thats true! And your reaction makes me nervous. I dont want to push my luck and try to use it on a regular basis (well, regular for me...)

Yeah, all my make up and brushes. I mean, it wasnt a lot of stuff, but it sucks to have to replace it.
sarahbellem From: sarahbellem Date: June 1st, 2011 03:44 am (UTC) (link)
Good to know! I also have issues with natural/organic skin care stuff. I never break out in hives, but if I use ANY of the organic deodorants I get horrible rashes under my arms, for instance.

On a similar note, have you tried Benefit's Benetint? I used it quite a bit before coming to the rationalization that if it doesn't have loads of moisturizers in it, my skin will hate it. But it gives that great, dewy 18th c. rosy cheek color!
trystbat From: trystbat Date: June 1st, 2011 04:08 am (UTC) (link)
I like the effect of Benetint too, just found it harder to apply than cream rouge. But it's easy to layer on the color from subtle to wow. I'm a bit lazy tho, & creams are faster!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2011 12:07 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah liquids are tricker to apply but the results are so pretty when done right! I'm a fan of creams too though, they are less messy to apply too. I always got tint staining on my fingers - opps!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (link)
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I love organic foods but organic body products are not my friends. :<

I haven't tried Benetint but I have used lip/cheek tints over the years and loved the effect. Maybe I'll give it a try when my cream cheek color runs out... Thanks!
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: June 1st, 2011 05:48 am (UTC) (link)
I'm not sure what eras of historical food you may encounter, but if this gave you a rash, then you should probably avoid anything colored with saunders, which is ground sandalwood, the medieval equivalent of red food coloring. (though I suspect to modern eyes it's more brownish-orange than red)
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: June 1st, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC) (link)
I didn't know that 18th C. rouge was liquid!! I'd always imagined a powder, but what do I know!!

As a person who's afraid to even try a cream blush, how in the world do you get an even remotely smooth look if you're applying a dark liquid tint to your face?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 1st, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC) (link)
No for 18th century liquids ("tints") and creams are the way to go!

It actually goes on more sheer than you'd think, taking several layers of application to get dark. Applying the tint to a cotton ball I dabbed the color in light small strokes, using the cotton ball to blend. It dries quickly so you have to work fast but if you start out with small amounts and build it up until you have the intensity you desire it works well.
angelique1776 From: angelique1776 Date: June 4th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC) (link)
Instead of cotton balls try make-up sponges. You can get natural sponge if you are going for the historic thing. wet the sponge with water first before using, squeeze out excess. The difference? No cotton fiber stuck to your face and trapped in the liquid rouge:)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC) (link)
Good tip! I didn't have any problems with the cotton sticking to me or the bottle but better safe than sorry! :>
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: June 4th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds interesting...but I think I'll stick with my powder. I can't even manage to do liquid eyeliner to save my life; I'm not sure I want to look like a 5 year old who's gotten into her mother's makeup!!
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