I’ve made no secret of my love for all things lipstick, particularly those of the matte variety. In fact, if you do happen to keep your eye on my little blog, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ve had no choice but to be aware (sorry, not sorry). A bold statement with minimal effort and longevity second to none? It’s no wonder I’m hooked. So when Bourjois came at us with their ROUGE EDITION VELVET LIPSTICKS, I jumped on list faster than you could say.. well, anything really. But seriously, how could I say no?
Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks
First up, pigmentation with these is unreal. I mean a serious knockout in the colour payoff department. There’s nothing feeble about ’em – we’re talking full on in-your-face lips. If a sheer wash of colour is your thing.. yeah, theseprobablyaren’t for you. But if like me you want lips as obvious as the plot in Sixth Sense (read: very), you’re most definitely in the right place. Seemingly, I was fancying a bit of red the day I ordered these and found myself leaning towards Hot Pepper, a bold orange red, and a classic blue-toned red in the form of Personne ne Rouge. Both of which are stunning. Although in fairness, the majority of this collection happens to be shades of deep red or pink with a nude thrown in for good measure – not that I’m at all complaining.
But how did they fare? Well, the formula is incredibly silky and light, almost gel-like in texture (maybe even bordering silicone-y) and they glide on with ease. I did find achieving a completely sharp edge a little tricky but as with other liquid offerings, a lip brush always does the trick in tidying things up a bit. Once on, I must admit they do take a little while to dry on the lips (though remaining slightly sticky even so) – especially if, like me, you’ve layered up. It can all get a bit messy if you’re not careful. You’ll be left with a finish that although matte, really isn’t overly so or drying to the point of no return (we’ve all been there). In fact, you can barely feel them once they’re on. Lasting power is pretty decent too – you get a good four/five hours (with drinks) before the colour fades down. At which point, you’re left with a softer wash of colour that’ll last. I don’t know about you, but for a strong lip I can definitely live with a top up or two during the day though.
If you fancy a comfortable yet statement matte-ish lip with a smidgen of lustre to boot, these’ll be right up your street. I know I’ll be picking up one or two more anyway, the pinks are looking very appealing to me..
Have you tried these? What d’ya think?