The Lipstick Review


(Sorry for the late post – but I’ll be doing the usual Friday post as well tomorrow…)

1 – Kiko heart-shaped lipstick: 04

To be honest, I’d never even heard of Kiko a few months ago, but when I came across this gorgeous berry toned heart lipstick in a shop in London, I knew I had to get my hands on one! The silver case has a twist cap, so there is no possibility of your lipstick losing its lid and drawing patterns all over the inside of your bag while you’re out and about. The heart shape itself is perfect for applying lipstick to your cupid’s bow, but it definitely makes swatching a bit more difficult… I would say this shade is probably a bit too dark for me, but I love the creamy texture and the novelty of the heart shape, so I’ll probably continue to wear it on nights out!

2 – Essence long lasting lipstick: 28

In terms of packaging, this lipstick leaves a lot to be desired. Of course I like that the central band reveals the colour of the lipstick, but the case itself is just very generic and unoriginal. But this lipstick was only £2.30! It is by far the cheapest lipstick on this list – and the cheapest I’ve ever bought – so I was a bit unsure of what quality I would be receiving when I picked it up in Wilkos a while ago. However, I have been pleasantly surprised by the colour and wear of it. I’d definitely buy it again and recommend it to anyone on a budget… Students I’m looking at you…


3 – Chanel Rouge Allure – Rouge Noir 109

Chanel. You can’t really go wrong with it can you? This timeless classic was repurchased for me when my last one ran out – Thanks Mum… I will continue to buy this as often as I need to because I love the colour and texture so much.  However, I’ve found that it has a tendency to cling to the driest part of my lips and turn a much darker colour after a while – so with the dark berry shade I wear I can end up looking like a vampire if I don’t  keep on top of reapplication… Despite this, the “Rouge Allure” range is still something I return to time after time.

4 – Mac Frost – “O”

What can I say about this? It’s Mac. It has a case which is stylish and iconic, and a formula which is nourishing and shiny. You can’t really ask for more! I find that the colour tends to need topping up quite often – and like the Chanel, it can cling to dry lips – but apart from this I can’t really complain. For £16.50, it’s a good quality lipstick and the colour is fab!


5 – Seventeen mirror shine lipstick – “Plum Perfect”

I could go on about expensive lipsticks for hours, but this Seventeen shimmer lipstick costs less than £5 and is actually one of my favourites. It has a fairly unexciting case… until you pull on the small plastic tab to reveal an incredibly handy mirror! The designer of this case needs an award because the mirror is perfect for those sneaky lipstick top ups on the move. The colour is fairly translucent so I usually pop it on top of a darker, richer lipstick to provide a balm-like texture and a subtle shine.

6 – Paul and Joe cat lipstick – Case 002, Refill L 001

This lipstick/balm is an absolute God send. The floral smell – and even the taste – is divine and the cat face centre is seriously cute! The pale outer colour you can see in the photos is actually more of a gel-like balm that nourishes and moistens the lips as the neutral lipstick centre provides the colour and natural glow – all in one swipe. The individual lipstick bullets and cases are bought separately, so you can choose your favourite colours and styles to make your lipstick personal to you! As you’ve seen in previous posts, I love anything personalised, and this pick-and-mix approach to lipstick/case choice is something that really appeals to me.

7 – Burt’s Bees lipstick – 500 “Nile Nude”

It’s nude. It’s natural. It smells amazing. Of course it’s by Burt’s Bees! The moisturising effect this has on my lips is on par with the Paul and Joe lipstick – and at under £10 that is definitely something to be happy about. It has a lovely texture, and I often wear this under other lipsticks to keep my lips hydrated all day.


8 – NYX Lip Lingerie – Lipli

I was given this as part of a “Secret Santa” present last year. I was a bit unsure about how to wear this at first because I’d never tried anything like this – or anything by NYX – but I really like it. It has a bit of a strange texture at first, but once it has dried I can wear it for a few hours without smudging it or leaving lip marks around drinks glasses. However, as with a few other lipsticks I’ve mentioned here, after a certain amount of time the lipstick begins to cling to drier sections of the lips and can flake off or collect in patches – so you always have to keep an eye on it to make sure it’s looking flawless…

9 – LA Splash waterproof liquid lipstick – Milagros

I’m not going to lie… I bought this because I really liked the “Day of the Dead” packaging. I bought it from BeautyBay as a gift to myself and I’m so glad I did! I have to ignore the smell every time I apply it because it does carry an unappealing aroma until it dries. However, when it is dry you can’t even feel it on your lips. It has a soft, super pigmented formula with tiny sparkly bits that look really nice when they catch the light. I had to go back to BeautyBay and buy this in another colour because I absolutely love it! There isn’t really anything to complain about apart from the smell and the odd flaky/drying application – so if you have a chance to buy any of the “Day of the Dead” range, do it.

I’m sorry about the terrible swatches! But here is a comparison for all of the colours in case you are interested…

From Top: Kiko, Essence, Chanel, Mac, Seventeen, Paul and Joe, Burt’s Bees, NYX, LA Splash

What is your favourite lipstick at the moment? Do you have any recommendations?

(What should have been a Wednesday song recommendation:)

Roy Orbison –> Pretty Woman



6 thoughts on “The Lipstick Review

  1. Great post!
    I love the look of that Kiko heart-shaped lipstick! I have never seen anything like that! I would love to also get my hands on one, however I don’t think they have that company in Canada.
    I also have an Essence lipstick that I picked up recently and I am pretty happy with it. It doesn’t smell too cheap (which I basically expect with some drugstore lipsticks) and wears pretty nicely! Great for an affordable option. It has definitely got to be my most affordable lipstick in my 50+ collection.
    I have been thinking about trying a Burt’s Bee’s lipstick but I wasn’t sure how good they are. I might pick one up now though!

    I would love to see swatches of all of these lipsticks, which might be a great follow up post!

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    1. Thank you! Yes I love the Kiko heart and the Burt’s Bees. I hadn’t seen a heart lipstick before either, but it was less than £10 so I had to have it. I’d recommend getting a Burt’s Bees lipstick – they’re so moisturising, and the colour is fairly good too. A follow up post is definitely needed – I need to improve my swatching game …

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  2. I’m loving the look of the Paul & Joe – the cat face in the middle is really cute! John Lewis have had the Burt’s Bees lipsticks reduced to £6.66 for a while so if you’re wanting more colours and have a JL nearby it may well be worth popping in at some point. My favourite lipsticks at the moment are Charlotte Tilbury’s Penelope Pink, Nude Kate and Red Carpet Red. I’m also loving pretty much all of Rosie For Autograph’s lipsticks which are beautiful nudes and red. Both of these brands have rose gold packaging too. 😊

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    1. I haven’t actually tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury or Rosie lipsticks so I might have to add those to my shopping list! And anything by Paul and Joe or Burt’s Bees is a winner for me so I’ll have to keep an eye out for that JL offer 😊

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      1. The Rosie For Autograph range is available exclusively from Marks And Spencers. Her lipsticks cost £14, opposed to the £24 that the Charlotte Tilbury ones cost. I’ll be honest, as much as I love the CT lipsticks, the Rosie ones are my absolute favourite. There’s a couple of lovely reds and a lot of lovely nudes. The eye shadow pencils are absolutely awesome as is her loose face powder. Oh, and her eyeshadow quads! I plan to buy a few more things from her collection as soon as I can. Like with CT’s, it’s a capsule collection unlike, for example, MAC. I personally really like that. But back to the lippies, the Rosie ones are absolutely beautiful – really pigmented, flattering and lovely to wear.

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      2. I’ll definitely have to take a look in Marks and Spencer’s next time I’m out in town then. I could do with a few more lipsticks and I never say no to an eyeshadow 😊


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