So This Turkish Rouge has a looong story. The original recipe calls for Brazil Wood and makes a liquid that is a lovely red color - Brazil wood doesn't like oil. So I had to substitute historical pigments like Iron Oxide, Alkanet Root, Sandalwood,and Beet Root to come up with a close color match. The unique thing about this lipstick/ tinted lip balm ( depending on how you wear it) is that it changes color in various lighting. This does have a lovely color. I first found the original recipe in an 1810 book and later found the same recipe in a book from 1740.
How to apply: I like to use a lip brush to apply this as its more like an actual lipstick. It is pretty glossy and shiny and will be heaven for your lips. It is a harder base, so you have to "dig into it" to soften it up a bit.
Think about it this way: This would be a great color for daytime and work, as its subtle pinky red hues. At night this turns dark red which would be great for balls and nights out on the town.