Simply Lippy Challenge Day 264 | theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Shade Romantic

Today’s lipstick was my last mini lipstick from my second Meet Matt(e) Hughes mini set that I bought a few months back. I’ve now tried twelve shades from the collection, liked them all, and loved quite a few.


I was saving today’s shade as I had a feeling it would be one of my favourites; it is rich and bold, and as with all the lippies in this collection, has the most amazing pigment.


As far as shades go, I was actually expecting this to have more of a raspberry undertone than red; for some reason I thought it looked slightly raspberry in the tube. However, even though it didn’t have the tone I expected, it was still lovely nonetheless – I just might have saved it for a more autumnal day and not for holidays!


The formula, as I’m sure you know if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, is very long lasting and you get an incredible pay off from just one layer. It is blendable, creamy, and the peppermint addition to the formula gives your lips a nice tingle on application too.


Of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried over the past year, these are definitely my favourite, and so many of the shades I will wear over and over again.


They don’t dry out your lips, they don’t crack or flake, and some of the shades are just to die for! 


What do you guys think? Hands up if you’ve tried one of these! And if not, then what’s your favourite liquid lipstick? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts so comment below and let me know…

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 263 | Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick in Shade OR417, Fire Topaz

There’s nothing I love more in this world than a bright lipstick, and today’s shade might just be one of the best and brightest that I’ve tried for a while.


Up to now, I’ve always associated Shiseido with skincare; I’m not sure why really, but I never really thought of makeup, or lipstick, when I thought of the brand. However, when out wandering in the Tenerife shops, this stunning bright orange shade caught my eye and the rest as they say, is, history.


In the same way a magpie is drawn to shiny objects, I am drawn to bright lipsticks. And if that bright lipstick is orange or coral in tone, then I’m a gonner. There’s just no resisting a bright orange lip, particularly when away on holidays!


This orange is the perfect orange; it’s slightly muted so it’s not neon or super bright, but it’s bright enough to make an impact and that’s good enough for me. Just a few light layers of this and I got the pop of colour I was hoping for, made all the more better by its lovely formula.


The formula is creamy but not too creamy, it blends perfectly, and is very easy to apply. The finish is matte which makes the staying power pretty good too, even in the heat of the Tenerife sun. I did have to reapply after eating, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that’s more to do with the heat than the formula.


I love nothing more than discovering a new lipstick brand, and while I’m aware that Shiseido has been around for quite some time, I just can’t believe I haven’t tried any of their makeup products before now.


I’m a little gutted I won’t get to wear this again during my holiday, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to wearing it again when my challenge is over.

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 262 | Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Shade 71, Black Red

There is just something about a YSL lipstick that truly makes you feel spoiled when you are wearing it. From the luxurious formula to the smooth finish, there is very little I don’t like about the Rouge Pur Couture range.


You may know already that my favourite ever lipstick in life is YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture in Shade 13, Le Orange which I wore very early on in my challenge. I’ve been in love with it for years and think I always will be really.


Today however, I’m trying out a different shade, Black Red, which I would describe as a deep red cherry shade, and not one I would usually opt for. It has a cool tone, and I do prefer warmer tones, but there’s something about the sultry look of this one that I really like.


The formula, like all lippies in this range, is creamy and highly pigmented, giving incredible colour pay off as soon as it’s applied. The creaminess makes it very blendable, and a little goes a long way because of that too.


Staying power with this is pretty good for a satin finish; the finish itself does have a slight gloss to it which gives the lips a lovely sheen but because of that, it doesn’t have the same lasting power as that of  a matte or cream.


While I love the richness of this, it’s definitely a break away from my normal tones which I wasn’t sure about at first. But, after wearing it for a while, I started to really warm to it and think it would be a lovely shade for winter. 


I am definitely more drawn to berry and plum shades in general, but like so many things with makeup, it all comes down to personal preference. What’s your favourite lipstick shade?!

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 261 | Clarins Joli Rouge Long Wearing Lipstick in Shade 755, Litchi

Last week, the lovely ladies in Clarins sent me some of their Autumn/Winter 2017 Graphik collection, and part of that, is today’s Simply Lippy choice, a gorgeous new addition to their Joli Rouge collection.


The shade itself is a lovely soft rose shade; it has a sheer gloss finish whilst still having a gorgeous pigment, and it was the perfect choice for a day in the sun today. 


I tend to prefer cream and matte finishes as you all know, but the lightness of this formula makes it so nice to wear.

I’ve only tried one of the Joli Rouge lipsticks before today, and what I liked most about it was how hydrating it was on my lips. Thankfully, this lipstick has the same lovely hydrating formula that leaves your lips feeling smooth and soft all day long.


Because of its gloss finish, it adds a pop of shine to the lips that you don’t get with other lippy finishes, and that also makes it super easily to blend and apply.


The colour is slightly more pink on my lips than it looks in the bullet; I was expecting a slightly darker tone when I first saw it. In saying that, I still really like the colour that gave my lips, especially as it’s the perfect holiday shade.


The one downside to this lipstick is the staying power which isn’t amazing. But, it’s what I would expect from a gloss finish lipstick so I wasn’t disappointed by that at all. But just note if you do purchase, you will need to reapply after eating and drinking.


Clarins do some really amazing products and I’ve definitely become a fan of their lipsticks over the past year. This shade is subtle, soft and really lovely for a day when you want something a little different.

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 260 | Dose Of Colours Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in Shade, Lava Cake

Ever since I read an amazing review of Dose Of Colours lipsticks a few months back, I have been dying to try them out. Thankfully, I finally got my hands on one of their satin lippies last week so of course, packed it straight into my suitcase to try while I was away.


I’ve only worn this for one day, but already I love eveything about it. The gold bullet packaging is to die for, I love the size of it too, and the angled lipstick tip makes application super easy and precise.


Apart from the look, the shade itself is a deep brown toned burgundy shade, and one that I could see myself wearing all Autumn long. It is rich, with a gorgeous pigment and very true to the bullet colour even when applied.


The formula is rich and creamy, with an incredibly smooth texture that glides on the lips and makes them feel lovely and soft all day long. It’s exactly the kind of formula that I love with the satin finish being the icing on the cake.


Even in the heat, the staying power was pretty great for a satin finish and lasted pretty well throughout dinner too. I honestly don’t think I have a bad word to say about it which is the best feeling ever! I just love when a lipstick lives up to expectations.


I’m so glad I finally took the plunge and bought this, and if you’re a lipstick lover like me, then I think you might like this too. At €17 (available from Cloud 10 Beauty), it has a pretty good price point for the quality, and the brand is also vegan friendly and cruelty free too.

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 259 | Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Shade Tryst

I first tried one of these liquid lipsticks from Urban Decay when they were released back in March, in a lovely muted pink shade called Balktalk. I hadn’t intended on waiting so long to try my next shade from them as I really liked it, but there have been a lot to get through as you know!


So when I was picking up a few new shades for my holidays and saw this neon coral shade, I couldn’t resist buying it. I love bright lipsticks as I’m sure you all know by now, and this is the perfect holiday shade.


The formula is very creamy for a liquid lipstick, and therefore glides on easily to the lips with little or no effort. The pigment like all Urban Decay lippies, is stunning and has gives amazing colour pay off too.


I did notice that in the Tenerife heat, it did take a little longer to dry in than I remembered, but what’s a few extra minutes on holiday?! Once dry, it stayed in place pretty damn well, even with the 26 degree balmy evening.


It did flake a little when eating dinner so that was slightly disappointing. But as that didn’t happen to me the last time I wore it, I’m putting that down to the heat and not the formula itself. 


Overall I absolutely adore this shade and it was the perfect shade to start my holiday off on a bright, sunny note. I do prefer their lipsticks over their liquid lipsticks, but this was a nice change today.


Have any of you tried these yet? By all accounts they are getting good reviews in the beauty world and if you’re a liquid fan, they come in some stunning shades too!

Sorcha πŸ’‹

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 258 | Benefit Hydrating Tinted Posie BalmΒ 

It’s been a long time since I’ve worn one of Benefit’s lip balms and I almost forgot how much I liked them until I decided to wear Posie Balm today.


Very excitingly, today we hopped on a plane to come away on our holidays, so I wanted something very easy to wear that would also keep my lips hydrated while flying. I don’t know about you, but I always get very bad dry lips on flights, so Posie Balm was the perfect travel choice.


These balms have a very slight tint; this one gives the lips a soft peach-pink tone which is lovely for a natural, understated makeup day. The colour is subtle so don’t expect a pop, but it does give them a nice soft lift.


Jojoba is one of the main ingredients in these balms making them super hydrating and moisturising, and my lips felt amazingly soft all day long.


The formula is thick enough to let you know you’re wearing a balm, and has a lovely richness to it while also being very smooth and easy to apply.


Now that I’ve remembered how much I like these, I’ll definitely be repurchasing some of the other shades for my challenge. They are the perfect lippy for a day when you want something easy, low maintenance and moisturising.


What do you guys think, have you ever tried one of these balms? They are the perfect addition to any autumn makeup bag, especially if you’re prone to dry lips from the colder weather!

Sorcha πŸ’‹