Review and Swatches: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Left to right: Personne Ne Rouge, Hot Pepper, Pink Pong, Grand Cru
Left to right: Personne Ne Rouge, Hot Pepper, Pink Pong, Grand Cru

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 LipĀ  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.

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Review and Swatches: Milani Lip Intense in Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict and Red Extreme

Milani Lip Intense Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict, Red Extreme (with Milani Bella Rosa baked blush)
Milani Lip Intense Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict, Red Extreme (with Milani Bella Rosa baked blush, click to enlarge)

Milani is not really a household makeup name even in the US, but it really should be more widely known. Everything I’ve tried, have been very good, and I love most of all their baked blushes. I’ve also tried the regular blush, the chubby eyeshadow liner and a lipstick, and they’re all pretty good; certainly value for money. When I saw these liquid lipstick swatches online, I did not hesitate to order all four shades.

Milani promises high shine and longevity with these. I would say both claims are warranted; they are not the longest-lasting, eye-blinding thing around, but they do pop. Count on a bright, saturated color for a couple of hours, and an even, gradual fading several hours thereafter. All will leave a very pretty stain.

Milani Lip Intense Red Extreme topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass
Milani Lip Intense Red Extreme topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass (click to enlarge)

My favorite has got to be Violet Addict; it is such a bright, true orchid that is not really easy to find. NYX Prague practically looks vampy in comparison (it is not). Pink Rave is a bright and lovely fuchsia variation, though not awfully unique. Fiery Coral is NOT a coral, at least on me (and I’ve never seen it as a coral on anybody in the google image universe!). It is a bright, neon, blue pink that I actually was pretty successful in capturing in the swatches below. On the lips it looks like that, I just wasn’t able to capture it as well as the swatch. MAC Viva Glam Nicki looks practically pastel in comparison. Finally, Red Extreme is a neutral red, no hint of orange and not too blue. The least unique of the four, but if you are missing a nice red in your stash, this one will not disappoint as it will hold its own even against a legend like Hourglass Icon (which is slightly bluer and more matte).

Edit: Immediately below is a better picture, taken in late morning sun light. MAC Nicki here is with several passes to show its full potential (it is most certainly NOT a pastel). The two pictures thereafter are the older ones, for reference.

Milani Lip Intense in comparison (click to enlarge)
Milani Lip Intense in comparison
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Comparison with others in my stash; will need to re-do these as the resolution is really crap. Sorry!
Here, Red Extreme is topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass
Here, Red Extreme is topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass

I very rarely have dryness issues with lipsticks, and these ones are no exception. Of course, I rotate mine so that I never use one color more than 2 days in a row, so that may be the reason. There is a faint plastic-y taste and smell that I don’t find bothersome. Overall, very happy with the purchase!