I didn’t like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks that I got, but somehow kept buying them because they’re often on sale on Asos, and I was a bit perplexed at the hype they were getting. The latest one I tried was Ole Flamingo. Now, I’m pretty glad I persisted, because Ole Flamingo is actually pretty decent. Very good lasting power, and opaque in one swipe. However, I have got a few lipsticks in this color already, so decided to let this go as well.
I also got Happy Nude Year, but it was an unhealthy beige color. Meh. I even forgot to take a picture wearing it. Here’s a round up of all the colors I tried. I’m eyeing the Aqua version of this lipstick – from what I see online, the colors are fresh and lively.
I’ve waxed lyrical about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in a previous post. It really is a versatile thing. The picture above shows this multitasking miracle in action, providing believable coverage and a finished professional look with a dusting of my current favorite loose powder, Guerlain’s Les Voilettes loose powder. It’s a current favorite day-to-day look that’s very quick to do; I use the shade Rose Beige.
They are tinted moisturizers. Period. BB cream, CC cream, ZZ cream… those are marketing rather than functional categories, for me. Over 15 years nothing has convinced me otherwise, so there!
My initial bout with BB creams weren’t a success, mostly they were ashy and gave too much glow. In the last couple of years, a few have wowed me: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion, Kate BB gel cream, and Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. They’re swatched below.
Rohto Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion was the first finding amongst the trio, based reviews of Keto (who sadly has ceased blogging). Although she didn’t like this too much, it sounded like something I would like and the shade match seems good. It’s not until a few years later that I was able to find this item – in slightly used condition so the price was also right. Verdict? I really like this. It is lightweight yet provides sufficient coverage, which can be taken up to medium. The finish is very nice, especially atop moisturizers. The sun protection is a great bonus. The shade is spot on (I aim for MAC NC25).
Kate BB Gel Cream was bought on a whim when I saw this in a store in Manila, and was able to swatch it in person. There’s been a mini hype of this product, and so it went to my cart. Verdict? The shade OC-D is great, but the finish is too dewy for me. It is also thicker and provides higher coverage at one layer. I’ve let this go, but for those looking for a dewy finish and is around NC25 with strongly yellow tones in their skin, this might be worth a try.
Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade Rose Beige was acquired late last year, and it’s the best of all the above. On its own, this shade is a bit too apricot-y for me, in a good way. It gives that peaches-and-cream kind of complexion which is slightly unnerving given one’s age. Ehem. What’s amazing with this CC cream is that it’s such a great addition to my other foundations which are mostly slightly too red. This CC cream evens out everything, making my already HG foundations even better! How about that. This is a must have for me, and I hope Bourjois does not discontinue this – I am hopeful as this brand is quite good about keeping their line up for longer.
I did not like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip liquids that I got earlier, but I’m liking a couple that I got more recently, Peach Club and Nude-ist. Peach Club is more of an orange-y red on me, and not a very flattering one at that – each time I’m reminded how yellow my teeth are. I like it best blotted and with a lip gloss on top to give it dimension. Nude-ist is not the beige-y color traditionally associated with a nude lip color; on me it is a medium-toned rose color. It’s a great neutral and office-appropriate color, also nice blotted down or worn sheer. I would be keeping this one.
The formula on these are relatively similar to the previous ones, albeit slightly easier to use. It’s still not a big hit with me as I much prefer the unfussy NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams compared to these to give that soft-focus matte effect.
I’ve been enjoying Christina Perri’s Head or Heart album this past week. It’s a great one for me to sing along as her range is about similar as mine though the high register’s a bit hard for me without screeeeching. I’ve been thinking of learning a new skill and voice lessons is one that is on top of the list.
I’ve been wanting to try Guerlain Les Voilettes powder for the longest time, but can not make my mind up whether to try the compact or loose powder version. One day just went on to purchase the Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil in medium to quench a shopping hunger after much deliberation and research. I’ve ceased to bring a compact powder every day to reduce the strain of a heavy handbag on my posture. So loose powder is more useful for daily use.
The Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil in medium is not completely sheer, as there is some coverage from the yellow-toned color. The powder is finely textured, and fragranced with the Guerlain violet scent. It mattifies without making the skin look flat – the finish is very natural. You need very little product to take the shine off and look polished, and on my oily skin, the skin is kept matte longer.
The packaging is very bulky, but this is not an issue since I don’t plan on carting it on travels. The sifter is standard, and just a light opening in the sifter cover is enough to yield lots of powder. A puff comes with it, and it’s very soft and fluffy. Compared to the very popular Chanel Universal loose powder (I use no 30), I prefer the Guerlain Les Voilettes loose powder which gives higher coverage and superior oil control. In the picture below, I used Les Voilettes atop MAC Prep+Prime BB cream only. The lipstick is Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist.
I love liquid liptsticks. The first ones I truly fell in love with must have been the Chanel Rouge Allure Laques, which were discontinued (the new Rouge Allures are DIFFERENT, damn it). I’ve since tried Milani’s, Guerlain’s, NYX’s, Hourglass’, etc. Bourjois recently came out with their own, and I tried four of them: 01 Personne Ne Rouge, 03 Hot Pepper, 06 Pink Pong and 08 Grand Cru.
I don’t like them. They’re HARD to put on: slippery and self defeating. Like, when you make a second pass, the brush actually picks up color from the first pass! So by adding a second layer, you’re actually taking off the first layer and you end up with …. nothing. Curious, that. Grand Cru is especially problematic; I can’t even do an arm swatch with it, see how crappy the result in this family picture?
It’s a shame since the colors are actually quite nice; my favorite amongst these four is Hot Pepper, an orange-y red. If you like the idea of matte liquid lipstick, I suggest you try the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams; if you don’t mind the shine, look into the Milani Lip Intense. I haven’t completely given up on Bourjois though, still waiting for the nude colors which I may or may not like.