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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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Review: L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelée #303 Sweet Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

This is definitely one of my frequent go to’s – I actually have this shade on my desk at work so it’s often part of my mid-afternoon ‘wardrobe change’ (aka I’m too lazy to hunt in my bag for the shade I put on earlier in the day). I’d describe this shade as a neutral, muted rose with a hint of berry.

What I love: this shade really does suit almost everyone. I’ve recently used it for a wedding and it suited the bride and all her bridesmaids, who were of varying skin tones and hair colours, and it looked great. The texture is creamy and rings true to it’s claim as a lipstick that is nourishing like a balm but shines like a gloss. It’s really easy to just swipe over your lips and has lovely colour payoff without having to pack it on. It also has a really yummy scent, which I can’t quite place, but I’m thinking jelly beans?

What I don’t love: for all it’s nice ‘smooshy’ feeling on your lips, it can sometimes feel a bit heavy. Also, in terms of  it’s staying power, it wont last past your morning coffee, which is a real shame because it’s so pretty. As for the packaging which, although I really like due to it’s unique tapered shape and colour peek window, unfortunately the lid has an annoying habit of coming off in my purse.

Overall I’d recommend this as a beautiful addition to anyone’s lipstick collection, so long as you’re prepared for frequent touch ups.

Rating 3.5/5

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Review: Lipstick Queen, Jean Queen

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I absolutely love the Lipstick Queen range, all the more for knowing that the brand  is dedicated to lipsticks and glosses and is owned by none other than Poppy King, an Australian with a passion for lipstick. The thing with Lipstick Queen, is that you know every shade is borne out of a love for the pout so the colour, pigment and shine are top quality.

So with that in mind I’ve finally gotten round to reviewing the lipstick I had to have, Lipstick Queen’s Jean Queen.

What I love: the texture is to die for, it’s virtually weightless, silky smooth and just glides on your lips. It feels like a balm rather than a lipstick and as a result is super moisturising.

The shade is really lovely, a sheer YLBB kind of pink and I do agree with the product description in that it lights up your face. I’m not totally sold on whether it’s the perfect shade for denim but it certainly looks gorgeous on all skin tones and any outfit, jeans included!. It has a glossy sheen so it’s perfect for someone like me who doesn’t like sticky glosses, but still wants a dewy pout.

The packaging is simple but cute: blue metal with the Lipstick Queen logo, and I like that it’s smaller than most lipstick cases so you can fit your in your purse.

What I don’t love: The only thing that I don’t like about this, and all Lipstick Queen products is that I can’t buy it in my city. Luckily it can be purchased online from Kit Cosmetics, but I’m so impatient and hate having to wait for the postman!

All in all, a definite must have for any Lipstick Queen or Princess.

Rating 4/5

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Review: Rimmel London Colour Show Off #140 Kiss Me

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Although I am a self confessed lipstick lover, I tend to shy away from really bold colours, but with bright being the current trend, I thought I’d give it a go. So I started my hunt for a bold lipstick, preferably in a coral/pink shade, that was reasonably priced in case I never wore the damn thing again!

Enter Rimmel London Colour Show Off in shade 140 ‘Kiss Me’  at AUS$14.95

What I love: it has excellent colour pay off and I personally think it’s a very flattering, albeit bold, shade. It’s definitely a bright coral pink, so it ticked both boxes there, but you have to have the confidence to pull it off! I’m not ashamed to admit that I still haven’t gathered up the courage to wear this one to work, but I do love it for a flirty, fun weekend shade.

What I don’t love: the texture is a little heavy for my liking and the smell is very strong. It’s a rose scent, which is usually pleasant, but it can be overpowering, which is true in this case.
But what i really don’t like is the packaging – it’s a bright, shiny, flimsy pink plastic.  Hideous, tacky, urghh! Well that’s obviously my personal opinion, and I suppose you get what you pay for, but when you compare other lipsticks at the same price point I think it disappoints.

So although I love the colour, that’s probably all I love about this lipstick. If you’re looking for an inexpensive bold lipstick to see you through this trend then it’s definitely an option.

Rating 2.5/5

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Review: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge #392 Prune Amethyste

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L'Absolu Rouge - Prune Amethyste

If I’m going to be really honest, I bought this lipstick because of the packaging; glossy black case with a magnetic clasp that provides that perfect ‘click’ as it snaps closed – Heaven.

Aside from that I also really like the formula of this lipstick, it goes on so silky and smooth, I spend all day just smooshing my lips together so I can feel it! This lipstick is VERY moisturising, it’s like having butter on your lips, so did I mention – Heaven?

This particular shade is what I describe as one of my ‘statement’ pinks. It’s very bright so I usually wear it with black and very minimal eye makeup. I’d describe this as a satin finish with a hint of sparkle so it’s great for evening or if you’re feeling particularly bold during the day.

Scent wise it’s a pretty classic ‘lipsticky’ smell. There’s a slight rose scent which I think is nice but if you are adverse to lipsticks that smell then this one might be a bit strong.

Every time I wear this lipstick I always say to myself, I should wear it more often and at $30 AUD it’s a fairly reasonable price to consider expanding my colour range!

Rating 4/5

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Review: Revlon Color Burst #35 Blush

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I bought this lipstick a couple of weeks ago after reading some positive reviews on Make Up Alley and it has become my new go to lipstick! I’m actually wearing it more often than my Chanel Rouge Coco #5!

So I love this lipstick because:

  • It has a beautiful creamy texture that feels so light on the lips, unlike the Rouge Coco, which is a little drying, I don’t notice my lips are dry at all with the Revlon.
  • The colour is one of those ‘My Lips But Better’ shades. I’d describe it as a neutral pinky colour, which would suit most medium to light skin tones.
  • It’s so easy to wear, I can apply it in a hurry and even without a mirror.
  • It’s has a perfect amount of shine with just a tiny hint of sparkle. Enough to make your lips look full and luscious.
  • The packaging is very chic – a matte black case with a diamond detailing on the front and back, very classy
  • It has almost no scent at all!

I suppose the only down side to this lipstick is that it isn’t long wearing, and requires frequent re-application throughout the day, but given how quick and easy it is to slap on it doesn’t bother me at all!

Rating 4.5

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Review – Chanel Rouge Coco #5 Mademoiselle

Rouge Coco #5 Mademoiselle

Rouge Coco #5 Mademoiselle

So I thought I’d start off with the lipstick everyone is talking about. I’m sure you’re probably all sick of reading reviews on Rouge Coco #5 but I promise to get it out the way and you’ll never hear about it again.

First have to admit that I was completely seduced by the ad. I totally can’t whistle, but I still walked around for days trying to get my lips to do that cute puckery thing that Vanessa Paradis had going! I finally decided to go to my Chanel counter to try it on and here’s the thing; usually a lipstick is like a slow burn for me, I have to wear it in, get a feel for it and then I decide if I like it or not, but #5 had me at hello.

It’s such a creamy, luxurious texture and it has been adequately described as a chameleon in that it looks different on everybody. For that reason it’s hard to describe the colour but I’d say it’s sort of a rosey beige. Also, in addition to throwing different colours depending on your skin tone, it changes under different light; I find it throws a more pinky colour in daylight, but a more coral colour in artificial light. It has great pigmentation and is pretty versatile in it’s application. I like to change the way I wear it, some days I’l lather it on so it’s nice and creamy, and other days I’ll pat it on with my finger just get a hint of colour on my lips. Even though it’s not a long wearing lipstick, it has great stay-put power – it’s kind of like it stains your lips. Ooh almost forgot to mention that it’s great as a blush too!

The only down side is that I have found it to be a little drying, so I have to make sure I moisturise my lips at night when I wear it.

The packaging is amazing and honestly there’s just something to be said about the feeling you get when you put on Chanel #5, but especially when it happens to be a lipstick!

Rating 4.5/5

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