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 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.
I love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The first that I tried was Stockholm, I think. I liked it so much that I got (and kept) its sisters Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Antwerp, San Paulo, Milan and Istanbul, swatched below. I did not much like Monte Carlo (too vampy dark), Abu Dhabi and London (too dark), Tokyo (too light) and did not keep them, though I had them all at one time.
The swatches below were taken at different times as I added to my collection. I also didn’t like Buenos Aires and Sydney; there were both too pale for my relatively dark mauve-y beige lips. I still can use Buenos Aires, but Sydney is just plain weird on me. Istanbul is the palest I can go in terms of pink; beyond that it is not a good sight.
The recently released nine colors are overall pretty nice. Transylvania (too dark), Cairo (too light), Cannes and Zurich (both too dark) won’t work for me, but the others definitely will. Moreover, they’re all pretty different than the ones I already have. My favorite is Morocco (miss-spelt in the picture, sorry). I also really like Prague (radiant orchid being the 2014 color of the year) and Athens (a lighter ‘nude’ color than Stockholm).
Bottom line: do I like them? Yes I do, very much, if you can’t already tell. The colors are so vibrant yet can go on sheer or as stain if you wish; the coverage is excellent; the scent is pleasant to my nose (unlike other NYX lip products, most of which I can’t tolerate) and the price is just right for the quality. The lasting power is relatively good, and they’re not particularly drying on me unless I wear it several days in a row from dawn til dusk.
Overall, I highly recommend these. If you are medium-toned, try Stockholm and see if you agree with the formula. If yes, then I would highly recommend San Paulo (still conservative for office use but not boring), Morocco (bright!), Istanbul (the best complement for smokey-eyes) and Milan (another office-friendly color).