Simply Lippy Challenge Day 144| Benefit Double The Lip Lipstick in Shade, Pink Thrills

The Benefit dual, double the lip lipsticks were one of the hottest beauty releases of Spring this year, and if you’ve been following my challenge up to now, you’ll know that I have tried two so far, one of which I really disliked and one of which, I really loved.

So in a nutshell, it’s pretty safe to say that I have a love/hate relationship with them.

The first shade I tried Flame Game, was a complete let down: I didn’t like the shade and for me, there was no distinction between the liner and lipstick. However, Lusty Rose, the second shade I tried, had a much bigger impact.

Because of my conflicting feelings, I didn’t know how I would get on with this shade, Pink Thrills, but I’m happy to say, it was pretty good.

First things first: there is very clearly both a liner and a lipstick element which is the whole point of these lippies, so obviously I was happy with that. It also blended very nicely, and felt quite creamy on the lips which was also good.

Where this falls down a little for me though is the shade, and that purely comes down to personal preference. It’s nice, but I just found the lighter part, very ‘pink’! 

I’ve never been a pink kind of girl, but I have tried several pink lippy shades over the past few months which I’ve really liked. This one I’m just not that sure about though.

My other slight gripe with this is that Benefit claim it has lasting power of 8 hours, but for me, it just doesn’t. I got a couple of hours max before having to reapply; granted, I did have a cuppa or two in between, but still, I think the claim is a little over-reaching.

Aside from that, it is has a very smooth consistency and it does feel lovely on the lips as you wear it. I wouldn’t call it hydrating but it is moisturising and that’s always good when it comes to lipstick.

This is my third lippy to try from the mini set I bought and I’m still trying to decide whether I think it’s worth the investment. Right now, I’m veering towards no, but I’ll wait until I try my final shade to make my decision.

As always, I’ll keep you posted!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 143 | Penneys PS… Liquid Lipstick in Shade 15, Nude

Eeek I know, I’m a little late with my posts this week, so sorry guys but I’ve had one helluva week in work. Thankfully, things are calming down a bit now so I can get back to my challenge posts.

On Tuesday, I wore one of Penneys’ (Primark) liquid lipsticks in a lovely nude shade. If you caught my post from the last time I wore this lippy in a gorgeous Hot Pink, you will know that the thing I liked most about the formula was the colour pay off. 

The pigment in this is just so good, even in a nude shade, and it gives a lovely caramel-like pop to the lips which has a warm, almost orange tone to it.

As for the formula, the texture is smooth and quite thick, but like any gloss lip, does need to be reapplied throughout the day. So I wouldn’t say the staying power is great, but to me, that’s its only real downfall.

There is some slight stickiness to it, but nothing too annoying, and I think the shade is a great all-year round shade which would work well in any season.

For a budget lippy, you really can’t go wrong with this, especially if you’re someone who likes a high-shine gloss look!

Do you prefer lip gloss or lipstick? I want to hear your thoughts! I never would have worn much gloss before my challenge but it’s definitely been growing on me over the past few months so if there’s any you think I should try then let me know.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 142 | Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick in Shade What-a-Melon

Well everyone, Monday is over and for that, I am grateful! Why is it that no matter how old you get, or how many weeks or months go by, Monday never gets any easier or funner?!

Anyway, this Monday called for something fun and bright to get me through the day and what better way to get that than with a coral lip.

Coral; probably my favourite shade – in everything! Whether it’s blusher, clothes, nail polish, or of course, lipstick, coral never fails to put a smile on my face and make everything feel a little brighter and better.

Today my coral loveliness was courtesy of Catrice, in another of their Shine Appeal Fluid lipsticks which you may recall, I tried out for the first time last week.

The consistency of these fluid lipsticks (or lip glosses as they should really be called), is silky smooth and they have a lovely, rich thick formula that gives a luxurious high shine, glossy finish to the lips.

There is no stickiness with the formula as you sometimes get with high gloss products, and the pigment although sheer, is still pretty strong. So much so, that I don’t even know if you could really call it sheer.

I just loved wearing this today; the colour is exactly what I was hoping for from looking at the packaging, and it lasted pretty well for a gloss finish too.

What’s your favourite lipstick shade? Are you a coral lover like me or do you prefer something softer? Let me know by commenting below!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 141 | DuWop Private Lipstick in Shade Red

For today’s lipstick shade I decided to wear the final lipstick from the DuWop mini lipstick trio I bought a couple of months ago.

You may remember that I wasn’t at all impressed by the first shade I wore from the set, Nude, but I was proven a little wrong when I wore my second shade , Plum, which looked and felt a lot better than the first.

I thought my change of opinion was down to the fact that the pigment wasn’t good in the nude shade as it was much nicer in Plum, and because of that, the lasting power was better too.  But unfortunately today, I’m veering back towards my original opinion on these.

First off, the pigment on today’s Red shade is quite nice, and the colour pay off is very good after just one application. But my big problem with it is the wet-like consistency. There is just very little creaminess, if any, and therefore I’m left feeling a bit ‘meh’.

The lasting power is fine, and there is a slight stain element with the pigment, but it doesn’t seem to be as good as it was with the plum shade which I really liked.

The red is a cool toned red and actually, is nice enough given that cool tones aren’t usually my go-to. So, it’s not that this lipstick is very bad, it’s just that it doesn’t do much for me. I like rich, creamy formula’s especially with satin finishes, and this just doesn’t have either.

I’ve tried it, it was grand but, I won’t be trying it again!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 140 | Clinique Lip Duo Colour & Shine in Shade Raspberry Glacé & Kissyfit

For today’s lippy choice, I opted to wear this very pretty lipstick and lipgloss duo from Clinique in a bright pink shade. I’ve never tried these before but got this as a gift recently and decided to try it out.

Both the lipstick and the lipgloss have a slight shimmer to them, but aren’t glittery which I really like. Though very similar shades, the lipstick shade Raspberry Glacé, is very slightly darker and gives a lovely base colour to the lips.

I’m sometimes dubious of lip duos as I think one product should be enough, but I really like the combination of both in this particular one. The lipstick has a gorgeous pigment, with a satin shine finish, but when you add a layer of the Kissyfit gloss over it, it adds an extra dimension to it that almost gives a metallic like finish which is fab.

The shade itself is a lovely rich raspberry, and I’m sure many of you know by now, I’m always drawn to stronger tones rather than pastels – and that’s not just in lipstick, it’s in everything I wear. I love the impact of strong shades and I really love the colour that this gives.

The lasting power was also very good, I thought it wouldn’t be great with the gloss finish but it stayed in place pretty well throughout the day (even after giving my friend’s gorgeous baby boy lots of lipstick kisses!).

Have any of you tried these Clinique duos before? As always, I want to hear all your lipstick thoughts and recommendations so make sure you comment below and let me know!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 139 | Penneys PS Lustre Lipstick in Shade, Barely There

Ladies, I’m a little late with yesterday’s Simply Lippy post – I was working late and out last night so I just didn’t have a second to write my post. But, the lipstick I wore, is a little gem.

Penneys have been killing it with their beauty releases lately, and I’m sure many of you know, I’ve become a big fan of some of their lippies. There are one or two I’ve tried that haven’t been great, but I absolutely love their matte collection, and yesterday I tried out this lippy from their lustre collection which I was so generously sent during the week to try out and I really love it too.

The shade I wore, Barely There, is a barely there nude which has a caramel pink undertone to it. Now, I know that sounds strange, but it looks like caramel in the tube, but when you apply it, it has a pink feel about it which I really liked.

The formula itself is gorgeously creamy, and glides on the lips like an absolutely dream. The pigment is very impressive for a budget lippy, and it layers really well to build up a lovely colour without dragging it at all.

I did have to reapply it a few times, but nothing out of the norm for a creamy finish lipstick, and I loved how smooth it felt throughout the day.

I really liked wearing this and so it’s a big thumbs up once again for Penneys; I’ll definitely be trying this out in a few more shades!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 138 | Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick in Shade, Better Make A Mauve

Well, Thursday is over which can mean only one thing; the weekend is now well and truly in sight! I was working late this evening so tonight’s post is going to be a very quick one, albeit a positive one.

You all know what a big fan I am of Catrice lipsticks, but I had never tried one of their high shine lip glosses until this one today which my gorgeous sister-in-law gave me as a gift.

The shade Better Make A Mauve, has the same name as one of their cushion lipsticks I wore a few weeks ago, but the colour on today’s shade is much deeper. So, needless to say, I’m a bit confused as to why they have the same name, especially as they both have gloss finishes.

Today’s version of the shade is a deep brown toned mauve, with a very slight hint of a pink undertone, and it feels thick and creamy on application without any stickiness.

The finish also has a hint of silver glitter to it; it doesn’t have a glitter look, but adds something extra to give a high shine impact when you wear it. The pigment is much better in this lippy than in the cushion version, and because of that, has a much richer tone.

The lasting power was ok, I wouldn’t say it was amazing, but probably about the same as other high shine gloss lippies. Overall I liked it, it’s a very wearable shade and makes your lips feel super smooth and glossy!

Sorcha 💋