Simply Lippy Challenge Day 181 | Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Shade E906D, Wine Room

Those of you who have been following me for a while now, will already know that I’m quite partial to a nice berry lip. I love the dramatic effect a bold berry gives to my makeup look, and today’s choice definitely does that.

I first tried one of these matte lipsticks from Wet n Wild a few months ago, when I was very kindly sent a few to try out. The first shade I tried, Purty Persimmon, was a gorgeous orange red which I loved, and I’ve been totally hooked since. So much so, I went out and bought several other shades for my challenge.

Today’s shade, Wine Room, is exactly the kind of berry I love; strong pigment, dramatic and absolutely gorgeous! In fact, I think this might be one of my favourite budget matte lippies that I’ve tried so far.

When you first apply this on the lips, it initially feels very dry but once on, actually has a nice creamy texture to it. You do have to work with it a little to blend, but the pigment is so good you don’t need to layer it too much which is always good.

However, I think the thing I like about this most apart from the colour, is the lasting power. This baby won’t budge off your lips unless you’re really trying to make it! I ate breakfast and lunch with several cuppa’s in between before having to reapply, and even when it did start to fade, the colour was still pretty good.

I love nothing more than discovering new favourites, and as budget brands go, Wet n Wild has really impressed me. Sure, it’s probably never going to be as creamy as a MAC creme, but it holds its own pretty well if you ask me!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 180 | Maybelline Baby Lips Colour Balm Crayon in Shade 015, Strawberry Pop

We all know that feeling; picking up a new lippy while out shopping, excited to open it up and get wearing it. Is there anything better for us lippy lovers? I don’t think so! Therefore, you can only imagine my devastation when I went to try out today’s lippy only to find it completely broken and almost unusable. Nooooo!

Never one to shy away from a challenge however, I reached for a lip brush, and thankfully managed to get more than enough product on it to rock this super bright pink lip.

I don’t need to say again about my love/hate relationship with pink lipsticks; there’s a find line for me and some I just can’t bare. This one however, kind of grew on me and by the end of the day I found myself kind of liking it.

To be honest, I think that’s mainly down to how lovely the formula of this colour balm is. It is thick but creamy, very blendable, and gorgeously moisturising. It has that perfect balance of balm and lipstick feeling like a balm when you wear it, but looking every inch a bold lipstick.

Now, this shade is not for the faint hearted, of you wear it people will comment. And they too will love or hate it! So I did feel a little out of place sitting at my desk with this one on. Having said that, it’s good to be adventurous every once in a while and I loved the fun element that came with wearing it.

I only recently said how much I’ve come to like Maybelline lip products; I’ve yet to try one I don’t like and today’s lippy just confirms once again what nice products this brand makes.

If you’re in the market for a lip crayon that’s like a balm, then I think this might just be one of my favourite lip crayons yet. But, unless you’re not afraid of bold, maybe hold off purchasing until I buy a few more shades and see how they stack up against this bright beauty!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 179 | Penneys PS… Lustre Lipstick in Shade Salsa

Let’s be honest, sometimes there is just nothing better than a bold red lip to make a statement. No stranger to an old red lip as many of you know, I’m always on the look out for new reds and my latest find is this one from Penneys.

I was lucky enough to be sent a few lippies by the lovely Penneys gals a few weeks back, and the minute I spotted this one, I was excited to give it a go.

The Lustre range has a selection of both bright and neutral shades, with a lovely creamy satin finish which I just love in a lippy. I have been very impressed with many of Penneys lipsticks throughout my challenge, apart from a small few, they really have been great quality for a budget brand.

So I loved the cream finish but what else did I like about this? Mainly, the insane pigment. There is no denying how gorgeous the pigment is and the colour pay off is equally good. One layer of this will give you a dramatic pop of colour and lift your makeup look to a new level.

The shade itself was cool toned, and I do tend to prefer warmer shades, but the very slight hint of raspberry in this won me over and I was a big fan by the end of the day.

Have any of you gone out and tried a Penneys lippy yet? I’m dying to have the chats about this one so as always, let me know by commenting below!


Simply Lippy Challenge Day 178 | Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Shade 64, Unreal

Throughout the course of my challenge so far, I have tried a handful of Maybelline lippies, all of which I have really liked. The funny thing is, I had never worn a Maybelline lipstick before this year, and now I’m really beginning to wonder why.

For Day 178, I tried out one of the Vivid Hot Lacquer liquid lipsticks for the first time is a lovely nude caramel shade, Unreal, and once again, was pretty impressed by the formula.

The shade itself is probably slightly more on the cool side than warm side, and I do tend to prefer warmer tones, but the richness of the actual colour made me like this a lot.

The formula itself is very creamy, with an almost vinyl finish to it, and though the consistency is on the slightly thicker side, it is super smooth and blends like a dream. I think what I like about it most though, is the gorgeous vanilla scent which is lovely and not overpowering at all.

This was one of those lippies that kept surprising me throughout the day. When I looked in the mirror, I kept admiring the soft gloss finish, and what’s more, the staying power was very good too. It felt lovely and soft on my lips and kept them feeling moisturised all day.

Maybe it’s just me, but I never really considered Maybelline as a lipstick brand, so I have to say, I’ve been very impressed once again by this lippy and would happily wear it again.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 177 | Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Shade 300, Pink Rules

I’ve only ever tried a few L’Oreal lipsticks, and the results have been that I either love them or hate them. Bar one or two, I mostly like them, and today’s lippy falls into that category for sure.

When I saw that the finish was sheer, I was a bit dubious about what the pigment and staying power would be like, but I needn’t have been worried because it has a really lovely finish and the bright raspberry shade, gives a lovely pop of colour to the lips.

The sheer finish makes this super blendable and it has a very light consistency too. The lipstick looks very bold and bright in the tube itself, and thankfully, gives your lips the same bold colour when you apply it.

It’s not opaque so naturally it’s not going to be a bold as a matte or cream finish, but I love the colour it gives nonetheless, and as sheer lipsticks go, it’s definitely one of the better options that I’ve tried.

The staying power also surprised me because sometimes with light formulas the colour wipes off very easily, however, I found there was just enough creaminess to this to make it last okay. I did have to reapply after eating and drinking, but not nearly as much as I thought I would have to.

It’s not secret that I’m a big fan of Rimmel lipsticks, in my opinion, it’s one of the things they rarely get wrong. Of course, I prefer some ranges and shades over others, but I definitely think every lipstick lover could do with having a Rimmel lippy in their makeup bag!

What do you guys think, are you Rimmel fans?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 176 | Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Shade E559, Great Coral-ation

I have tried quite a few lipsticks from Wet n Wild over the past few months, and have become quite the fan of their Megaslicks balms so when I spotted that they also made a Megaslicks gloss, I had to buy it and give it a try.

As lippies go, gloss formulas would probably be the option I’d reach for last as I prefer creamy textures and rich pigments. However, some days you just want to wear something light, natural and effortless, and that’s what this gloss was for me.

The shade itself, Great Coral-ation, was a very soft peach tone which had just enough pigment to give a tiny hint of colour, and it gave a very natural glossy finish to the lips. 

The formula is smooth and velvety and applies so easily to the lips without any dragging or pulling, but best part about it is, it doesn’t have any of the dreaded stickiness that I hate.

For me, a sticky finish is the one sure way to make me never use a gloss again because let’s be honest, choking on strands of hair stuck to my lips is not my idea of fun!

So in a nutshell, I was pretty impressed by this lippy and definitely would use it again. And it’s quite the bargain too!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 175 | NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade Temptress Seductrice

My post for Day 175 is very short as I’m away for the weekend, but it’s not going to be sweet.

I usually love NYX products as I’m sure so many of you know already; their lipsticks are usually very good quality and I’ve given most of them I’ve tried, pretty good reviews up to now.

But, today for the first time I tried one of their matte lipsticks and have to say, was very disappointment.

The matte formula was very dry, almost too dry to apply let alone blend, and because of that, it started to pull away the colour as I tried to layer it on to the lips. 

Apart from the dry formula, I didn’t like the colour, it was pale and a little non descript, and just didn’t really leave much of an impact on me at all.

Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be in a rush to try one of these matte lippies again soon.

Sorcha 💋 

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 174 | L’Oreal Lip Paint Matte in Shade 203, Tangerine Vertigo

You may recall me writing about these new L’Oreal lip paints previously throughout my challenge as I’ve worn two shades from the matte range that was released earlier in the year.

Of the two shades I tried, the first Hollywood Beige, was a gorgeous peach toned nude which I liked, and the second, King Pink, was a super bright pink shade which I wasn’t too sure about (mainly because that kind of pink isn’t really my thing).

However, what I absolutely loved about these was the creamy, velvety formula that really was so lovely to wear and kept my lips incredibly moisturised throughout the day.

The finish is a soft matte without being drying at all; the consistency is smooth, the pigment is great, and the staying power is pretty great too! So there’s a lot of positives when it comes to these lippies that’s for sure.

Today unfortunately though, I once again wasn’t a big fan of the shade. From both the name and the colour of the packaging, I was expecting this to be a rich orange-red shade, something similar to one of my favourites, Lady Danger, but it just wasn’t.

It was bold, but the orange shade was a very cool toned orange and just felt a bit ‘meh’ to me. There was nothing rich about it and it just felt very flat and non-descript. As with the pink shade I tried, there was nothing wrong with the shade per se, I just didn’t really like it.

I tend to go for warmer tones as I’m sure many of you know so maybe that’s why o didn’t like this so much, but regardless, the formula is lovely so this shade won’t stop me from trying out another colour soon!

What do you prefer when it comes to lipstick? Summer is a great time for warm shades, but do you prefer cool tones? Let me know by commenting below!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 173 | Penneys PS… Lip Kit Metallic Collection in Shade, Molten Lava

Lip Kits have been massive ever since the launch of the Kylie Lip Kits a couple of years back, but if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I never caved and gave into the hype surrounding them.

However, when I was in Penneys a few weeks back, I noticed these metallic lip lots and obviously had to buy one to see what it was like, especially as I love metallic shades too.

The shade I got, Molten Lava, is a shimmer gold shade, somewhere in between yellow gold and rose gold. I first applied the lip liner part which I have to say, wasn’t that pigmented so I was a bit dubious about what the finished look would be like.

I needn’t have worried though because the liquid lipstick part was lovely and though not a bold shade, the pigment was a lot better than the lip pencil.

It is nice to apply and feels soft on the lips, but does get a bit dryer once it sets. Because of that I thought it would start cracking and flaking, but actually it didn’t at all, and the staying power was surprisingly, pretty good!

I think I’d prefer a bolder metallic shade overall, but I did like this and was very impressed by the formula overall.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 172 | Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Shade, Heartbreaker

I have become such a big fan of Sleek Makeup of late; I love their formulas and pigments on so many of their products, not least of all their lipsticks, and today’s shade is the perfect example of that.

The True Colour lipstick range comes in several finishes, but today’s matte finish just might be my favourite. I hadn’t tried the matte lipsticks until today, but the creaminess of the formula just really made me love it.

Some mattes can be very dry and therefore hard to apply, but because of the creamy consistency in this one, application was easy and it blended very well also.

The pigment is just gorgeous, and I love the bright pink shade. You will all know by now how I have a love/hate relationship with pink depending on the tone and shade, but this one is definitely a winner for me and slightly reminded me of one of my favourite MAC shades, Relentlessly Red.

When I first bought it, I thought it would be more red than pink, but when you apply it, the pink really comes through. 

Just one light layer will give a good colour payoff, but a few layers will really make the colour pop even more so I layered it up this morning in the hope that it would stay on, and let me tell you, it really did!

At lunch time today I got a lovely compliment on the lipstick, that was after breakfast and several cups of tea, and about five hours after I originally applied it. I’d expected it to be gone off my lips but when I checked in the mirror, it was still on, looking quite close to perfect.

Because of that, this lippy gets top marks from me today and I can’t wait to try some more of the matte shades in the range.

Sorcha 💋