CHEAP LIPSTICK KLAXON! Make up Revolution Velvet lip laquer and lipstick

I’m not going to waste an immense amount of time here because -and I’ll be honest- these aren’t all that good**. My love for Make up Revolution generally knows know bounds -they are absolutely shaking up the game among the cheaper drugstore brands with highly pigmented, finely milled products that match a lot of the big brands for longevity and colour payoff.

(**for me. If you’re 15, knock yourself out because you will have lovely full young lips on which any formulation, however cheap looks great. *weeps*)

Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer in What I believe (L) and Lipstick in Bliss (R)

Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer in What I believe (L) and Lipstick in Bliss (R)

The Velvet lip Lacquer is pretty much the same kind of deal as MUA have going on with their Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers which have been out for a while now (and no, I didn’t get on with those, either)

Left -Lip Lacquer. Right-lipstick

Left: lipstick. Right: Lip Lacquer

The lipstick is a pound. Let’s just park that there for a moment and consider it. A POUND.  If I had my teenage years again I would spend all my money on these because they come in some of the most hideous colours imaginable, including green, blue and black.

Being 45, I am a little bit more cautious and so went for the sheeny coral-y/pink colours to try. The packaging is fine -the lipstick is sturdy enough and doesn’t look like it’s going to shatter the first time it drops into the washbasin (or is that just me?). Even though it has swatched well (above), the texture was dreadful. I had scrubbed and moisturised in preparation, but the lipstick went on in fits and starts, was claggy yet without having any hydrating properties and just sort of sat there.

Not impressed

Not impressed

To be fair, the lip lacquer was actually worse. If I had gone for this in a bold colour you might have been able to see the texture better:

Grumpy face

Grumpy face

It’s not the greatest photo, but I think you can see the way it managed to cling to all the dry skin (which, I would like to reiterate, I had scrubbed and moisturised not five minutes previously).

So it’s a no from me. But I can’t be too harsh because the prices are amazing (Did I mention the lipstick is A POUND?) If you’re on a budget or just want to try some dramatic colours before deciding if you can carry them off then this is a great way of doing it.

Make Up Revolution lipsticks are £1 and the Velvet Lip Lacquers are £3 and available HERE

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L’Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks

I think L’Oreal are having a moment, lipstick wise. I used to associate them almost entirely with glossy looking Kim Kardashian-like nudes in shades of taupe and honey and pass them by thinking “Meh…” but now I can barely walk past a stand without being drawn in by the gorgeous jewel tones currently on display. The nudes are very much taking a back seat at the moment it seems.

I’ve already written about their L’Extraordinaire Liquid lipsticks here which I haven’t stopped using, and like an addict looking for another fix I was back salivating over some more gem like shades.

Check out these beauties!

Check out these beauties!

The Color Riche shades this year are something else. Helpfully sorted into different colour families -reds and corals, pinks, nudes and plums, there surely must be something for everyone in this lot. Naturally I went straight for the clear bright shades: 229 -Cliche Mania-, which is a bright Tomatoey orange-red, 132 -Magnolia Irreverent- which is a definite fuschia and 228 -VIP- which is a gorgeous matte coral.

They are very densely pigmented -the tester swatches I tried on the back of my hand were still visible after a few hand washings, and as with any lipstick that has a lot of pigment -the colour does cling to any dry skin so exfoliated, moisturised lips are a must before using these.

L-R Cliche Mania, Magnolia Irreverent, VIP

L-R Cliche Mania, Magnolia Irreverent, VIP

The Matte shades -228 and 229- have a velvety texture. To me they are not truly matte in a suck-every-ounce-of-moisture-from-your-body way but have the same feel on application as something like Revlon Ultimate Suede (which personally I’m not a fan of). I was suckered in by the colour rather than the formulation, to be honest. With a good slick of lip balm underneath you can up the moisture content of the matte lipsticks by 100%. You can see from the picture below that there isn’t a lot of difference between the consistency of the matte (on either end) and the regular formulation in the middle.

Swatches

Swatches

Applied and blotted a couple of times and the colour isn’t going anywhere.

Magnolia Irreverent

Magnolia Irreverent

You can see that this colour (Magnolia Irreverent) has a slightly more glossy finish. It’s a punchy clear fuschia that lifts my wintery colouring brilliantly.

VIP

VIP

VIP is a rosy coral shade -very much a springy, daytime, let’s-have-a-picnic-in-a-meadow colour.

Cliche Mania

Cliche Mania

Cliche Mania is a proper grown-up tomatoey don’t-mess-with-me Boardroom red -on me the nearest colour I have is MAC’s Lady Danger.

I had to go in with a cleansing oil to clean my lips between photos: that’s how much they stain.

For me, L’oreal lipsticks consistently punch above their weight in terms of colour payoff, lipfeel (is that a word?), longevity and value for money. The only thing I hope in vain that they give up is the smelling like Palma Violets thing they have going on. I’m really not keen. On a more expensive lipstick it would be enough to put me off a repurchase, but at £6.99 each (or less if you find a 3-for-2), I’m prepared to put up with it.

L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks can be found -well, frankly if you can’t find a L’Oreal concession you must live in the back of beyond- and cost £6.99.

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L’oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick review

I’ve been dicking about recently and wondering if I needed a YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Levres, because they look freaking gorgeous and come in about a trillion colours.  I had one of the previous formulations a couple of years ago which was a glossy balm/stain thing and didn’t do much for me (although I did choose a very discreet coral shade, which probably didn’t help). As I understand it they’ve reformulated and amped up the colour range, so I got sucked back in.

But, you know. Twenty six quid. *Oof*.

So I played around with them a bit in John Lewis until I ran out of space on my arm for swatches and the SA was giving me the skunk eye, so I decided against it. There were too many gorgeous colours and I was indecisive and would probably end up either with a too-safe shade which I would resent, or a Whatever happened to Baby Jane nightmare, so, as I often do under these circumstances, I went to Boots.

Where I saw these babies:

Shiny tubes of wonder

Shiny tubes of wonder

Somewhat similar packaging to the YSL, wouldn’t you agree? And with an equally daft name: L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche.

Well, I have to say- they are amazing. Amazing. They cost £8.99 each (they were on 3 for 2) meaning that they worked out at £6 each. Theoretically I could have 5 for just over the price of one YSL gloss.

Yes please.

L-R Red Ruby Opera (304), Fuschia Drama (401), Rose Symphony (201)

L-R Red Ruby Opera (304), Fuschia Drama (401), Rose Symphony (201)

The pigment (just like in the YSL) is held in oil, and they apply in one hyper-pigmented swipe. They feel like an oily balm going on -the doe foot applicator (which is flatter and a bit wider than a normal lipgloss wand) just about gets the right amount on in one go. The colour payoff is great -I chose a true orangey-red, a fuschia and a soft raspberry for variation:

swatched in natural light

swatched in natural light

 You can see from the image just how glossy they are, and this does translate to the lips in a certain amount of stickyness. When on, the colour has a certain amount of dimension, so that your natural lip colour shows through a little, which I like, as it means I don’t feel like I have shouty plastic looking lips (always a worry for me with lipgloss). The amazing thing is just how much they stain -when I reapply I can see that the colour has already settled into my lips, but without drying or flaking.

wiped off -natural light

wiped off -natural light

I can’t detect a flavour of any kind, but they do have quite a strong scent. Somewhat lemony and rosy at the same time, which I find quite pleasant. Thankfully it’s not the Palma Violet smell that puts me off so many L’Oreal lipsticks –why do they do that? I can’t be the only person who doesn’t buy their products because I don’t want my face smelling like an old woman’s underwear drawer. Far better to not have a scent at all. But in this case, it’s all to the good.

Here’s the colours on my lips in natural light and no other make up (but some smudging!):

Rose Symphony

Rose Symphony

Red Ruby Opera

Red Ruby Opera

Fuschia Drama

Fuschia Drama

I can definitely see myself loading up on some other colours while they’re on offer…

Available here ( or at Superdrug, if you can bear wrestling 17 layers of sellotape and security tags off them)

Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard Cash

Lanolips 101 ointment -Also ‘Apples’ and ‘Lemonaid’.

Lanolips Apples and Lemonaid have long been my default lip balms, to the extent that it’s been a long time since I’ve even bothered looking around for a new product, as nothing, and I mean –nothing- sorts out my lips like these two.

Not everyone tolerates lanolin well, (I do: take that, suckers!) but its emollient properties are second to none as far as I’m concerned. So, if you don’t swell up and start itching at the thought of boiled sheep glop -read on.

My problem with most lip balms is that either they are too flavoured, which encourages me to lick my lips, which in turn contributes to the drying problem which I’m applying the lipbalm to prevent, or they just don’t adhere well to the lips in the first place, meaning that I need to constantly re-apply the bloody thing, and I just don’t want to be the person constantly dabbing at my lips with a grungy pot of vaseline and a faint air of desperation.

So -when I found Lanolips a couple of years ago, I was sold. And that the formula comes in a few reasonably pigmented shades was an added bonus. ‘Apples’ is a lovely clear red that on application smoothes out to a Lipstick Queen Medieval kind of tint and makes a great base for matte lipsticks if you want to sheen them up a bit. ‘Lemonaid’ is thicker than the tints -to that extent that it’s a battle getting it out of the tube without sitting it on the radiator for ten minutes- but has a shimmery sheen to it which is lovely on the lips on their own.

I generally sling a dab of this on while I’m doing my foundation/blusher/eyes, so by the time I’m ready for lipstick I can just give my lips a wipe and Lo! my lips are soft and ready to receive strongly pigmented colour without any apparent flakes or dry patches. It truly is miraculous stuff.

So. I was in Boots, in that kind of “I want to buy something, but what?” sort of mood. The sort of ” Under a tenner so I can get it with points” sort of mood. Normally I would be winging it to L’Oreal for a lipstick under these conditions, but I found myself down in the basement of the Bond Street store looking at their (not unimpressive)**  array of lipbalms, when I spotted it.

**I was not aware that the world needed this many, to be honest.

Little tube of loveliness

Little tube of loveliness

I had seen the 101 ointment before, but had passed it by, happy with my previous choices. But because I was looking for products that I could take on holiday with me that may multi-task, I got sucked in. And I’m very glad I did. This has now taken over Lemonaid as my number one lip balm due to its lack of shimmer, which means I can apply it under and over lipstick with no change in the colour. It leaves a gorgeous moist-but-not-wet sheen on the lips, is odourless and tasteless and has an SPF of 15. The texture is like incredibly dense vaseline and again -it is a bugger to get out of the tube. A little goes a very very long way, and I over squeezed for the first few applications, which is how I discovered…

…It’s also great as a cuticle cream, clearing up my florist induced hangnails in a couple of days. It’s also supposed to be amazing on burns, abrasions and chapped skin in general but I think that’s because companies just want to muscle in on the 8 Hour Cream ‘wonder balm’ market, when actually, this is just a damn good softening and protective lip balm.

 To me, there’s a huge difference between this product and, say, something like Maybelline’s Baby Lips which I know has received a lot of love but seems too slippy for me and requires a lot of re-application. On the other hand, you can buy 3 Baby Lips for the price of one Lanolips, so it’s swings and roundabouts and probably comes down to whether or not you like the ritual of re-applying a product or not. Personally, I don’t have the time or the will to keep a lip balm constantly on hand; I like to apply in the morning and/or night and for the balm to have a lasting effect.

In this case: Job Jobbed.

Lanolips 101 ointment around the £10 mark is available from Boots and Victoria Health as well as other chemists and larger Waitrose.

Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard cash.

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen in ‘Play It’

There isn’t a Poppy King product in the whole Lipstick Queen collection that I wouldn’t gladly get to know. Even the colours I know won’t suit me I hover over, greedily eyeing them like the luscious sweetie coloured bonbons they are, willing my skin to allow me to wear ALL THE LIPSTICK. *shakes fist at an unfair God*

*Sigh*

That said, I’m lucky enough to be able to get away with the brighter colours, which is arguably much more fun. (“BEGONE, NEUTRALS!”) and with a John Lewis gift card burning a hole in my pocket, I tried the patience of the kindly lady at the LQ concession to breaking point as I ummed and awwed, swatching and dabbing and sniffing and wiping things on and off me while she gamely kept up a running commentary as to what colours I might want to try, while all the time I had my eye on the prize.

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The Silver Screen collection isn’t new -it came out last year. But in all honesty, it’s taken me a long run up to squaring paying thirty five of your English Pounds for a lipstick with myself. I mean -£35! It took me about five goes to get to the Tom Ford concession in Selfridges to buy Scarlet Rouge when it came out, and even then I was hyperventilating, and have asked for them as presents only ever since to spare myself the soul searching as to whether they’re ‘worth it’.

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Mind you -ain’t she a beauty?

The bullet is housed in a wonderfully heavy silver case with a magnetic closure that slides lid and bottom together with a fantastically satisfying whoomp. You know just by looking at this lady that she’s a player.

‘Play It’ is a deep hot pink with a beautiful creamy, rich formulation that LASTS. Boy does she hang around. This is a lipstick that would benefit from being kept in check with a lipliner, especially as you won’t end up with the ring of doom as soon as you’ve had a cup of coffee**

**I say coffee, I mean wine. Obviously.

I think that the beauty of the more expensive formulation (she says, desperately trying to justify an insanely expensive product to herself), is that you often get a depth of colour that you just can’t find in drugstore brands. Hot pinks can often look brassy and cheap to my eyes, with the balance of blue to pink a little skewed in favour of one note shouty shades. As I get older I increasingly look for hydrating, beautifully formulated lipsticks in tones that are jewel like, but not about to take over my entire face.

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Lipstick Queen always delivers on this front, and I find that the colours last on my lips much longer than other brands. While I completely agree with Sali Hughes that nothing is more fun than the ritual of reapplying lipstick, so there is no need to spend a fortune, when you find a colour that really lights up your face, you can’t get the money out of your purse fast enough.

lipstick queen pinks

For comparison: L-R *all Lipstick Queen* Endless summer in ‘Aloha’, Sinner in ‘Hot Rose’, Silver Screen in ‘Play It’ and finally ‘Medieval’. All in natural light.

The Hot Rose Sinner pigmentation is definitely longer lasting, but a touch more drying on my lips. ‘Play It’ has a comfy, hydrating quality that just edges it for me. (you can see the sheen in the photo above). Plus it contains peppermint oil, so it has a lovely tingle when you apply.

Finally, a blurry on-the-lips shot: clean skin, no foundation or powder.

Play It on lips

Even though I suffer from rosacea and have naturally pinkish undertones, on my Celtic winter-toned skin this just seems to work.

And because it made me think “How many LQ lipsticks do I actually HAVE…?”

ALL THE LIPSTICKS

Lipstick Queen is available in the UK mainly through Space NK

Full disclaimer: ‘Play It’ was bought with cold, hard cash.