Serge Lutens is probably best known as a luxury fragrance house, but the brand also makes a very well edited selection of super-luxury cosmetics items (just one eyeshadow quad; two nail polishes; one blush; ten lipsticks, etc.). They don’t do collections, but may introduce a new item every 8 months or so.
The lipsticks are $75 each, and they’re “refillable.” That is, if you buy the whole lipstick, it’s $75. But the base (the part I’ve drawn a blue box around), the part that twists the lipstick up and down, is removable. So you can buy a refill (lipstick tube without a base) for $55.
These lipsticks also seem smaller than usual. I believe a Serge Lutens lipsticks is 2.3 g; most brands’ lipsticks are around 4 g.
4 Or Frele is clear with gold sparkles. 5 Rose des Glaces is clear milky pink. 6 Mauve de Swann is sheer lilac. 8 Compliment Beige is sheer soft peach with fine shimmer. These first four shades are so delicate I wonder if they’re intended as modifiers for the other shades. 7 Votre Sienne (my favorite) is orange-red. 1 Mise a Mort is cool, bright, va-va-voom red. 10 Garde Rose is cool, bright, hot pink. 2 Roman Rouge is berry. 3 Pourpre Maure is purple (the color shirts often are when the shade name is “Plum”). 9 Couvre Fou is deep wine, a violet-red.
If you are shopping for these lipsticks, be prepared to find only the names OR the numbers (they’re sold different ways in different places).
I was also interested to learn that Serge Lutens cosmetics is owned by Shiseido (along with NARS and Cle de Peau).