Comparison | Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD 514 Dragon and Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in RD 601 Golden Dragon

Two fine reds from the brand, Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD 541 Dragon is a velvety deep crimson, while Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in RD 601 Golden Dragon is a sparklier claret offering.

I purchased Golden Dragon just before Chinese New Year, thanks to its festive red and its name (it is the year of the Dragon, after all ;)). I was looking for the original Dragon too but it was unfortunately sold out. However, my mum recently returned the one that I’d bought for her because she’s currently in love with Chanel Rouge Allure in Fabulous which I’d bought for her last Christmas. So now I have both to do a swatch comparison!

Both are striking reds, perfect for a night out in town, a 1920s look or simply when a red-lip mood strikes. They veer cool, although I’d peg the Shimmering Rouge as the cooler red, despite its name. Dragon is a well-balanced red and has a satin-sheen finish, while Golden Dragon has berry tones and shimmery shine. Both last well on the lips but Golden Dragon will slide a little more because of its more-emollient texture. These beautiful fragrance-free lippies will make good additions to your makeup arsenal. :)


  • Paris B says:

    Mmmm… Golden Dragon sure looks lovely! I have Dragon too and you just reminded me I should be pulling it back out ;)

  • seishouai says:

    Wow they are both such lovely reds. I’m still trying to work up enough courage to try a full red lip. Do you know how much Golden Dragon retails for?

    Using NYX lipgloss in red is a big step for me…any other tips?

    • makeupmag says:

      Hello Seishouai!

      Yes, reds can be daunting at first. You could start with a stain? Use just a daub from a deep red, spread then blot till it’s a comfortable depth for you. You could also try sheer red glosses and then build up from there. Eyes should be defined but clean. The lippy was S$43, iirc. Have fun!

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