Simply Lippy Challenge Day 114 | Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Shade 4, Candy

The Lip Comfort Oils from Clarins need absolutely no introduction in my opinion, and they are some of my favourite lip products that I’ve ever tried.

I discovered these lip oils for the first time last year when I picked up shade Raspberry on an airport trip, which I also wore on Day 12 of my challenge. 

I was so impressed by both the formula and finish of the oil that I couldn’t wait to try out more shades in the range, so you can imagine my excitement when last week, Clarins announced a collection of new shades for Summer 2017.

I wore shade Red Berry on Day 62, and today, I tried out my third shade from the collection, one of the new shades, in a lovely pink colour called Candy. 

The lovely people over at Clarins sent this to me to try out and I honestly can’t tell you how excited I was. I was so grateful to be sent it, but I can tell you one thing, I’ll definitely be purchasing some more shades myself because I really think they are worth the investment.

Although oil based, these lippies aren’t greasy and leave the most gorgeous glossy finish to your lips, without being sticky at all.

This soft pink shade gives a very slight tint, just enough to colour the lips, and the formula is just so soft and luxurious to wear. The consistency is thick meaning a little goes a long way, and the large brush head makes even the application process flawless too.

Once again, I have nothing but good things to say about these lip oils – the formula, consistency and finish are all so lovely. Plus they have really good staying power too without drying out the lips.

I love how soft they make my lips feel when I wear them and I will most definitely be wearing these for many years to come. 

They are the perfect handbag accessory for a day when you want a natural hint of a tint, with a glossy high shine look.

Clarins – it’s love!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 113 | Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip Lipstick in Shade Flame Game

You all know by now how much I love lipstick; wearing it, trying out different shades and textures, discovering new favourites, and I always get a little excited about trying something new to the market.

But it’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a new lipstick release, and this disappointed.

Today for the first time, I tried out the new They’re Real lipstick and lip liner duo lipsticks from Benefit and all I really have to say is that, it was a big disappointment. 

Duo lipsticks are big at the moment, and I’m a huge fan of Catrice’s Ombré range, but given that Benefit are usually so good at what they do, I had very high hopes for this.

I chose the shade Flame Game as my first shade to try: it has a deep red liner and a vibrant orange lipstick, or so I thought. You’d be forgiven for thinking as such anyway because the shades look so fab on the stick.

Sadly however, the lip liner was almost non existent when I applied it on my lips – I thought there would be an obvious difference between the red and orange, but there was nothing. And, the orange is not the vibrant pop I was hoping either. It’s a nice enough shade but to be honest, it just seemed a little dull compared to what I was expecting.

As you can see from my pictures above, there really is no distinction between the two colours. The first one is the lipstick first applied, and the second photo, is the lipstick blended… Spot the difference?! You can’t really, can you?

It’s been a long time since I have been so deeply underwhelmed by something and to be honest, I just feel so sad! I had read lots of great reviews about these lipsticks, and although I did like the texture, the pigment didn’t last particularly long on my lips.

I suppose if I just bought an orange lipstick I wouldn’t feel so disappointed, but this definitely did not give a liner / lipstick duo look.

I’m hoping that the other shades in the range will be a little better than this, I bought a set of four minis which is really handy, so I have some more to try. But, if I hadn’t bought the set, I really don’t think I’d be rushing to try these again.

What a major let down!

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Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 112 | Catrice Lip Cushion in Shade 010, Rather Be At Coachella ï»¿

If you’ve been following my lipstick challenge up to now, I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise that for Saturday’s lipstick choice, I tried out my third shade from the Catrice lip cushion range.

I tried these a few months back for the first time, both on Day 56 and Day 88 of my challenge, and while I loved the first shade Coraline’s Crush, I was a bit disappointed by the second one, Better Make A Mauve.

Thankfully, I’m happy to say that I really like today’s shade, Rather Be At Coachella, which is not dissimilar to Coraline’s Crush in that it has a peachy tone and is a light coral.

The pigment isn’t quite as strong as Coraline’s Crush but is definitely better than Better Make A Mauve (which I found to be very sheer and gloss like), and it also has a nice creamy texture to it. 

It is glossy but not too sticky; my hair did catch in it once or twice but only very slightly, and the thick consistency allows it to stay in place well for a sheer, gloss finish.

I really like this soft shade: I don’t know that I love it as much as Coraline’s Crush, but I do like it, and definitely plan on wearing it again in the future.

Sorcha 💋

Simpl Lippy Challenge Day 111 | Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Shade E527B, Fuchsia with Blue Pearl

Friday’s lipstick of the day was from Wet n Wild, a lipstick they very kindly sent me to try a few weeks back. 

As I say all the time here, I’m a big fan of bright lipstick shades, and am not one to shy away from a bold look – most of the time, but this shade was just a little much for me.

It’s not really the colour that gets me with this one, but more the shiny pearlised finish that remind me of fluorescent pink lipsticks from my teenage years, that let’s be honest, really didn’t look great.

The consistency of the lipstick is creamier than you would expect so I do like the texture and it layers very nicely. The pigment is also really good as you can see from my lips in the pictures!

Staying power was okay, nothing special, but in this instance I was sort of glad about that because I felt this was just a little too bold and shiny for a day in the office.

I don’t think it will be a shade I wear again, but overall I like Wet n Wild lipsticks quite a lot, this particular one just wasn’t for me.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 110 | So Susan Rose Quartet Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

Today’s lipstick choice was something a little different as it was from this quartet lip and cheek cream palette from So Susan.

While I love and can’t get enough of face and eyeshadow palettes, I’m really not a big fan of lipstick palettes and never have been. For me, I just prefer applying lippy straight from a stick or tube, and don’t really get the same satisfaction from using palettes.

However, in the interests of being open minded and trying lots of different lippies for my challenge, I decided to give this palette a go today as it’s been sitting in my drawer for months now.

I chose two shades; the red and softer beige nude from the bottom of the palette, and layered them on my lips using a lip brush to create a kind of burnt orange colour to match my neckpiece.

After layering the two shades, I really liked the final colour that I got, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the pigment was good too. Sometimes with lip palettes, I find the pigment doesn’t transfer on to the lips, but this pigment was true to the palette shades once applied.

The formula and consistency was okay, not good or bad really, and just left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. To be fair, you can’t properly judge consistency when applying from a palette though. 

Lasting power was probably the most positive thing about this lippy as, although it didn’t last for a particularly long period of time, it did stay put for much longer than I thought it would.

All in all, it was fine, but I don’t think it has changed my mind about lipstick palettes. 

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 109 | NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Shade 18, Prague 

I have absolutely no clue as to why today’s lipstick is called Prague, it has no correlation to the shade as far as I can tell, but obviously that doesn’t matter at all especially because, this shade is to die for.

First things first; it is almost identical in colour to one of my all time favourite lipsticks ever, MAC Rebel so because of that alone, I already I love it.

The best way I can describe the shade is that it is a purple toned, berry shade and one that I love dearly.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I applied this NYX matte lippy today to find that it was the same gorgeous shade as Rebel, just in a different finish.

This is a soft liquid matte but it’s not too wet which is great as I really don’t like when liquid lippies have a very water-like consistency. Thankfully though, this is slightly creamy and has incredible pigment which makes application so smooth.

The drying time is pretty good, as is the lasting power. It gets a little sticky after drinking and eating but only if your lips are wet, but doesn’t go patchy or flakey which is a major plus.

One of the best things about this challenge so far has been the surprise and joy I still get from trying new lipsticks. I didn’t expect this lippy to be the same shade as Rebel, but I just love that it is.

For that, and the nice consistency that goes with it, this lippy is getting top points today!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 108 | Royal Apothic Tintie Lip Butter in Shade Coral

Today’s lippy choice was one that I loved from start to finish, one still on me now tonight, and one that I really wish I could wear again tomorrow. Yep, you’ve guessed it, I love it!

The lippy is actually a lip balm or lip butter, from Royal Apothic in the loveliest coral shade, and perfect for a Spring day, particularly when your lips are feeling a little dry.

I have this lip butter for a while now and don’t know how I haven’t used it before because it’s just so nice. Filled with amazing nourishing ingredients including almond oil and argan oil, it is just so hydrating for your lips and feels so soft to wear.

The finish, like most balms or butters, is a soft gloss with a sheer pigment so don’t expect an opaque colour. But as tinted lip balms go, I think this is the best one I have ever tried in terms of pigment, consistency and formula.

My lips feel so soft this evening after wearing this for just one day, and what’s more, they were very dehydrated this morning after being unwell over the weekend. For me, this is a real testament to how good the lip balm is because, as I’m sure you know by now, I suffer with very bad dry lips and it takes a lot to make them smooth and hydrated.

Of course, as it’s a balm, there isn’t a particularly long lasting element to it, but it really doesn’t matter because trust me, you won’t mind reapplying this.

As I’m sure you can tell by now, I honestly have nothing bad to say about it and really enjoyed wearing it. So much so, I think I might just have to try another shade soon!

Sorcha 💋