Nicole Keen
Nicole Keen
@keenmachine

How I’m Embracing the Matchy-Matchy Makeup Trend

Finally, it’s cool (again) to match your handbag to your shoes and your lipstick to your nail polish, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Since I tend to wear lots of bright colours and patterns there’s something nice about having a common thread, like matching lips and tips, that ties everything together. Needless to say, I fell head over heels for Guerlain’s new La Petite Robe Noire makeup collection. I have no shame admitting that I judge products by their packaging, and let’s just say this collection doesn’t disappoint in that department. Based on Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire perfume bottle, these collectible lipsticks and nail polishes are seriously adorable and will definitely be taking a front row seat on my vanity.

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There are 20 colours in total, and while I naturally gravitated towards “Pink Tie,” a vibrant fuchsia and “Red Heels,” a classic red, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone for the sake of beauty experimentation (and self-discovery!). Enter the intriguing “Black Perfecto” nail polish/lipstick combo. You’d have to be living on Mars to have missed the memo about dark makeup staging a comeback (hello, Rodarte fall 2016), and I decided to road-test the trend IRL.

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The nail polish, which might be my new go-to dark shade, is black-ish, but with a hint of purplish sheen that makes it glamorous not gothic. It sort of reminded my of a luxurious Tahitian pearl. But the real surprise winner of this experiment was the matching lipstick, which seems a bit intimidating in the tube (the last time I wore black lipstick it was Halloween, and I was 10), but looks like a very wearable wine stain when applied to the lips. I was actually taken aback by how much I loved it. I guess you never know when it comes to beauty products, so try something different: You just might like it.

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FYI: Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire makeup collection is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart for the month of March, so be sure to pick out your own perfect pair!

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La Petite Robe Noire Nail Colour in Black Perfecto

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GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in black perfecto

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La Petite Robe Noire Nail Colour in Black Perfecto

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GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in black perfecto