7 Shades of Rouge

by olivia hoffman

© Yolaine

When it comes to makeup, you may be aware that the French prefer a look that is more or less au naturel. They tend to do away with the bronzer, the eye shadow, and the powder, however, a chic French woman is almost never out and about without a gorgeous pop of color on her lips.


With Valentine’s Day approaching, the color red is popping up everywhere here in France. Inspired, we at MFCH have pulled together our favorite French shades of rouge that we are wearing this February with a link to shop them.

From luminous matte to intense silk, it is hard to go wrong with any one of these kissable shades. Pucker up!

Guerlin Kisskiss Tender 16H Comfort Lightweight Luminous Matte Lipstick

With a bottle as glamorous as the lipstick itself, you can be just as proud to pull it out of your bag as you are to put it on your mouth. Like the name states, the Guerlin Kisskiss Luminous Matte Lipstick is a light textured lipstick made from shea butter and rose petal extract. Long-lasting and comfortable, this lipstick feels like a second skin, allowing the wearer to be ready for a kiss at any moment!

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Yolaine Mousse de Rouge Framboise

There is nothing sweeter than a dessert of raspberries with whipped cream – except maybe this framboise lip mousse. Our newest obsession is the female-founded French makeup brand Yolaine. Taking the lip game to a new level, Yolaine sells tinted “mousse” which can be applied to the lips and the cheeks for an adorably rosy complexion. The Mousse de Rouge Framboise is a playful red-pink color that glides on the skin and does not dry out the lips. It’s also vegan!

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick

The bottle may be slim, but it will leave your lips looking full. This square Pur Couture lipstick by the one and only Yves Saint Laurent is a high-pigmented matte color that comfortably stays put all day, so you won’t have to worry about cracking or reapplying. The geometric shape of the rouge was inspired by the iconic designs of the YSL Couture House, achieving a neat and clean application effortlessly.

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Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick 999 Satin

The iconic long-wear Rouge Dior Lipstick is a no-brainer. The natural-origin ingredients like red peony extract, pomegranate flower extract, and shea butter all help hydrate and nourish the lips to keep them soft and supple. The 999 Satin adds a fancy sheen to the face, but this lipstick is equally gorgeous in the matte, metallic, and velvet finishes – and now refillable!

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Hermès Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick Rouge H

Nothing says femme française like Hermès. The Rouge Hermès collection is dedicated to the beauty of the lips with an equally beautiful metal bottle that is as poetic as it is functional. Tucked inside a branded canvas pouch, you can’t help but smile when you open that little orange box. So, bring that smile to life with the luminous Rouge H color!

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Givenchy Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk Lipstick

Is it just us, or does something become sexier when it’s forbidden? Le Rouge Interdit (forbidden) lipstick by Givenchy is as intense as its name. Infused with silk extract, this vibrant red color stands out, lasts long, and looks fabulous with a silky blouse.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip 57 Rouge Feu

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” Wise words from the iconic Coco. Paired with a little black dress and a strand of pearls, the classic 57 Rouge Feu by Chanel makes any woman a force to be reckoned with. This velvety fire-red lipstick made with a blend of shea butter and jojoba oil leaves your lips moisturized and your confidence on fire.

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From special occasions to everyday errands, a bit of rouge is always a good idea. Bisous, bisous! (Kiss, kiss!)

Written by Olivia Hoffman

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