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Review: Bourjois Sweet Kiss #43 Rose Pomponne

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After hearing rave reviews about Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation I really wanted to try it, but if there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s more foundation.

I told myself that the only way I was allowed to buy it was if it was on sale, and what do ya know – it was 50% off at my local Priceline (Australian drug store) a  couple of weeks ago.

So I go in on a mission to only buy lipstick, I mean foundation, I mean ….. whatever, I bought both.

What I love:
 This lipstick is really lovely and I’ve gotten lots of compliments when I wear it. The colour is a very wearable, rose pink with cool undertones and the finish is creamy with a subtle shine. This lipstick is definitely build-able, with one swipe giving a very light sheer pink, and two or three layers giving that beautiful rose colour with amazing depth.  I also really like this  lipstick for it’s moisturising formula, lightweight feel on my lips and pleasant musk scent. The packaging on this lipstick is interesting in that the cap covers the entire tube and can be removed by pushing down the little silver slider on the side, whereby the lipstick simply pops out the bottom. It’s also a unique vibrant purple that stands out amongst my other lipsticks, and has a coloured end matching the shade inside.

What I don’t love:
 In terms of staying power it’s acceptable, but not note-worthy, and as much as I commend their efforts to be unique on the packaging front, they just haven’t quite pulled it off in my opinion. I find the push mechanism to get the lipstick out to be a little clunky (or maybe that’s just me being uncoordinated!) and once you have the lipstick out of the casing, it actually looks a bit like a tester which is disappointing.

I’ve found myself wearing  this lipstick quite often and on it’s own it’s very pretty, but I’ve also found it to be a great base, even mixing it with red lipsticks to make a pretty cherry colour. I do like this lipstick but I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price (around $20 in Australia)

Rating: 4/5

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Review: NYX Black Label Lipstick #125 Berry

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NYX Black Label Lipstick #125 Berry

For the last three years, my fiancée and I have ensured that all the gifts we buy our friends and family for Christmas are either Fair Trade or are items where a majority of the proceeds go to Charity. It’s our way of making sure that Christmas means more than just buying random stuff that people don’t need. Last year I bought my sister the MAC Viva Glam lipglass in Cyndi as all the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund and, after seeing it on her, instantly decided I had to have it. Now as you all know I am a lipstick lover, not a gloss girl, so although I like the colour of the lipglass, I didn’t really like the gloss formula. So my mission became to find a ‘drug-store’ alternative to the lipglass and I’ve finally found it. This lipstick is an absolute dupe for the Cyndi lipglass, and at around $10, costs less than a third of the price!

What I love: Everything! Seriously, this lipstick is amazing.  The formula is a beautiful, creamy consistency that feels moisturizing without being heavy. This particular shade is a deep coral pink, with a touch of raspberry and the pigment is incredibly rich. It has a  juicy shine and wears very well, albeit needing some attention to keep it looking fresh all day. I can pick up a slight hint of grape scent, but it’s barely noticeable, and there is no taste at all.

The packaging is chic, a square metallic black tube with a subtle lace print, combined with a colour peek end makes me a happy buyer. Sure, it doesn’t have the glam factor of the high end brands like Chanel or Giorgio Armani, but it certainly impresses for the price point.

What I don’t love: Honestly I only have one gripe about this lipstick and it has nothing to do with the lipstick itself. Like most good things, it’s almost impossible to buy these in Australia, and those that do have it charge double the online price. So for now I’ll have to settle for online shopping, which makes me a little uneasy as I like to swatch lipsticks before I buy.

In summary, this lipstick is hands down my new favourite. I’m really keen to try more from this range and at such a good price, I think I can justify it in my budget!

Rating: 5/5

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Review: Revlon Super Lustrous #674 Coralberry

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I purchased this lipstick on a buy one, get one free offer and is one of the seasonal shades for Revlon this year. I’m not sure that the name of this shade fits terribly well, as I personally can’t see any hint of berry, but it’s definitely a nice option for those wanting to try the coral trend.

What I love: This shade is fun and leans more on the pink side of coral. As this is a Creme formula there is only a hint of gold shimmer, which could be a little daunting for those who are not used to creme/matte lipsticks, but it wears nicely and is very moisturizing. This is quite a bright, pigmented lipstick but is also buildable so you could just wear a light swipe for a sheerer look. The packaging is timeless and has a clear lid to help you locate it in your ever growing collection of lipsticks ( I know it can’t be just me!).

What I don’t love: There are only two things I can pick on in this lipstick and neither are deal breakers. Firstly, although I like the packaging, the lid seems to keep coming off in my purse so it’s a bit annoying. Secondly, and this might not be a ‘don’t love’ for all, but it has NO SMELL, and it’s kind of weirding me out! It could be because I just finished reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and now know that having no smell clearly makes you a freaky serial killer. But like I said some of you may really like that this lipstick is scent free but just make sure you’re mindful if you start getting a penchant for sweet smelling girls 🙂

All in all this is a nice lipstick that will look really pretty on those with paler skin. I’m not sure that I’d have been as comfortable if I’d paid the full $23 that they are here in Australia, but on a two for one deal you can’t go past it.

Rating: 3/5

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Review: Rimmel London Lasting Finish #058 A Drop of Sherry

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I bought this on a whim, sucked in by good Point of Sale and a low price point – I am every marketers dream. I think it was the name of this shade, ‘ A Drop of Sherry’, I thought it would be a rich, decadent colour that I would adore, and so I didn’t even test it, but I should have paid more attention to the ‘Drop’ part in the name, as it’s not as deep a colour as I was expecting.

What I love: I’d describe the colour as a bright, deep pinky/rose colour, rather than a sherry or wine colour and this formula has very good colour pay off. After two pieces of toast, an apple, two cups of coffee and a sandwich I was left with a pretty pink stain by mid afternoon, without any touch ups – impressive. The formula is soft and moisturizing and leaves my lips feeling smooth at the end of the day.

What I don’t love: The packaging is plain and boring, and you know how much I rate good packaging. Although moisturizing, this formula feels heavy, you definitely know you’re wearing it and the smell is a little strong for me. It’s kind of like a chemical smell which is trying to be masked with a floral scent, so combined with the heavy formula I feel like this lipstick too over-powering. I guess my main issue with this lipstick is the finish, it has a golden shimmer, and a creamy sheen that just feels too ‘old lady’ for me. I know that other reviews for this lipstick have been positive, but I really feel that it’s not a very modern shade.

Given that it was cheap (about $8-9 AUD) I’m not too bothered that I don’t love it, but I can’t help thinking that  it’s money I could have put towards a lipstick that I do love. In saying that, I’d still be keen to try some of the other shades in this range as I was very impressed with the colour pay-off and staying power.

Rating: 2.5/5

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