Simply Lippy Challenge Day 242 | Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream in Shade 1042, Rusted Rose

You may recall a few days ago I tried out a lovely metallic lipstick from Catrice in a light rose gold shade. I really like it and because of that, I was very excited to try this offering from Sleek to see how it compared.

First off, they are slightly different in that the Catrice option was a lipstick whereas today’s one is a liquid lip cream. Obviously, that will make the textures different, but I was hoping that the colour and finish would be similar but they weren’t.

Today’s metallic is very much a liquid lip in that it’s quite wet when you first apply it, and because of its wetness, it doesn’t have the same coverage that a matte lipstick version would. As I applied it, I noticed it was dragging the colour underneath so wasn’t really giving my lips the metallic impact I was hoping for either.

Apart from having a metallic finish, it also has a matte finish so I was expecting it to dry in and maybe allow me to layer up the colour. Unfortunately it didn’t really dry in the way other liquid mattes would however, and that left me a feeling a bit disappointed.

The colour itself isn’t really my favourite either; I like the hint of gold that you get when it catches the light, but the ‘rose’ is more purple in my opinion and just not really my kind of shade.

The lasting power was okay, not bad really. But because I wasn’t a huge fan of the colour or finish, I kept messing with my lips all day which probably made it wear off more quickly.

I’m usually a big fan of Sleek lippies so this one caught me by surprise, but you can’t like everything and because of that, I don’t think I’ll be using this again.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 241 | Flormar Extreme Matte Lipstick in Shade 02, Pale Pink

Flormar is a brand that has been on my list to try out as I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it lately. Up until now, I’ve never tried any of their products but when I was in the chemist the other day, I picked up a few lipsticks to add to my challenge list.

The first lipstick I chose was one from their Extreme Matte range in a dusty pink shade, which I really like. The pink isn’t too bright with a lovely a rose tone to it, and I’ve become a big fan of rose tone lippies over the course of my challenge.

The pigment is equally as good but unfortunately that’s where the positives end for me because I was really disappointed by the finish.

The finish is super matte, and when they say super matte they really mean it, in fact, it’s so matte that it took a lot of effort to apply the lipstick to my lips. It is so dry that I must have layered it at least ten times to get a good colour transfer, and though I finally got a good colour, I’m just not sure the effort was worth it.

My lips are a little on the dry side anyway as you’ll already know if you’ve been following the blog for a while, but even still,  I think this would be too dry for a lot of people.

It’s a shame, as had this been a slightly more creamy formula I think I would have loved it because of the shade and pigment. But for now, this just isn’t really doing it for me.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 240 | Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours in Shade 30, Prune Afterwork

Although I adore some Bourjois products, I’ve had a very hit and miss relationship with their lipsticks over the years, and particularly over the last eight months with my challenge.

For a brand that does some things so well, I’ve never been blown away by their lipstick formulas but today I decided to try something new from them to see if it helped change my opinion at all.

The Rouge Edition 12 Hours range claims to have a formula that lasts for 12 hours, and right off the bat I’m just going to tell you not to get your hopes up because it just doesn’t. The lasting power is probably the best of all the Bourjois lipsticks that I’ve tried, but we’re talking maybe two to three hours longevity depending on what you eat or drink.

Naturally when something claims to have that kind of lasting power, you’re going to be disappointed when it lets you down and I was disappointed. But thankfully, that’s where the disappointment ended.

This lipstick has a lovely rich, creamy texture, and is surprisingly very different from their other offerings that I’ve tried. It is smooth, very blendable and the pigment is really great, so much so, I almost did a double take to make sure it was definitely a Bourjois lippy that I was using!

It’s not that I dislike their other lip products, they are fine and some of the shades are gorgeous, but they’ve always just left me feeling very ‘meh’. So, credit where credit’s due, because I’m very happy to report that apart from the lasting power, I really liked this lipstick today and was very impressed by how moisturised my lips felt throughout the day, as well as by how much I liked the shade itself.

The finish is a semi-matte or cream matte as I like to call it, and when blending, it didn’t pull or drag any of the colour underneath which is one of the things that has annoyed me previously with their lip products.

Finally I feel like Bourjois may be on to a winner with this range, and while the 12 Hour claim is definitely a stretch, for me, the creaminess of the lipstick itself definitely makes up for that.

What do you guys think, have you tried these and do you love them or hate them? I know some people may feel totally different than I do so as always, comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 239 | Catrice Metalip Colour in Shade C02, Meet Metal 

It’s no secret by now that I’m a big fan of Catrice lipsticks, most of their lippies that I’ve tried have a lovely creamy pigment and some of them have become new favourites.

When I spotted this new limited edition metallics range the other day, I was naturally very excited to try them out, mostly to see how good the pigment is because I find a lot of metallic lipsticks aren’t that great. It’s hard to find a metallic that doesn’t have a lot of shimmer in it, which I really don’t like at all in a lippy.

Of course, as is nearly always the case with Catrice, I needn’t have been concerned because although light, the pigment in this lipstick is actually pretty good, and definitely has a metallic shine to it. It catches the light like only a metallic can, and has the most gorgeous rose gold tone to it that I absolutely love.

Thankfully there are no shimmer particles in the finish, which means that the formula is creamy and moisturising, and feels very smooth on the lips while you wear it.

The only real downside to this lippy is the lasting power which isn’t anything to write home about. It could be because the shade is so light, but it didn’t last too long after eating and drinking. Overall it didn’t bother me too much though because honestly, I loved having rose gold lips for the day!

This won’t be to everyone’s taste and is definitely more of an occasion lip than an everyday choice. In saying that, I’m loving everything rose gold at the minute so I loved wearing this for the day too!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 238 | Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm in Shade Pink Grapefruit 

Back at the beginning of my challenge on Day 73, I wrote about one of the Burt’s Bees tinted balms which I’ve been using for a long time now.

Up to now, I’ve never tried any of the other balms in the range so I decided to buy another one to see how it faired up against the Pomegranate shade that I’d previously used. 

I was expecting this to have a coloured or tinted balm but it actually didn’t which I was surprised by given that I wanted my lips to have a very subtle colour. But, given I bought it for the purposes of the challenge and wanted a natural makeup day, I tried it out and liked it.

As balms go, it’s hydrating and moisturising, and the pink grapefruit scent smells just gorgeous! Sometimes I find scented products can be a bit sickly but this is lovely.

I’m disappointed there was no tint, so it didn’t really do what I wanted it to do but I wasn’t feeling great so had a very lazy day at home, so the balm was the perfect lip product for the day that was in it. 

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 237 | NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade MLS24, Street Cred Authentique

NYX is a brand that I’ve grown to love over the past year or so. I swear by some of their products like their vinyl liquid eyeliner which is my current go-to eyeliner, and their matte lipstick range is quickly becoming my favourite lip offering from them too.

The matte finish in these lipsticks is matte without being super matte, and has a lovely creaminess to it when you apply. Because of that, you get all the blendability of a cream finish lipstick but the lasting power of a matte – the best of both worlds really.

The pigment is lovely and the colour pay off is equally as good. Just a few light layers gives your lips a full, opaque coverage which I love because opaque finishes are always my preference over sheer ones.

The shade itself is a raspberry pink, maybe ever so slightly more pink than I would like it to be, but its rich coral tone makes up for that, plus the fact that I just really love the formula.

For their price point, these lipsticks are honestly such great value and a great option if you don’t want to splurge on a more high-end brand.

What do you guys think? Have you tried NYX lipsticks? As always, send all your thoughts and comments my way, I love hearing about all your lipstick loves and loathes too!

And don’t forget, you can follow my lipstick journey on facebook, twitter and instagram too!

Sorcha 💋


Simply Lippy Challenge Day 236 | Penneys PS… Kiss Proof Liquid Matte Lipstick in Shade, Impose

I’ve tried many Penneys’ lipsticks over the course of the past eight months, most of which I’ve liked, some of which I’ve loved, and today’s shade I’m happy to say, falls into the ‘love’ category.

Recently, Penneys brought out a new range of matte lip kits which I’ve totally fallen in love with, but in the process, forgot how good some of their previous liquid matte offerings were.

Today’s shade is from their Kiss Proof range and is just divine! It’s a very bright pink which we all know can be dangerous territory for me depending on the tone, but actually, I found myself loving this pop of brightness all day.

The formula is quite wet on application allowing you to blend and get an even, opaque coverage before it dries in. Once dry, you’re left with a super matte finish that has really incredible staying power for a budget brand, and although it does get quite dry, my lips weren’t dehydrated after wearing it which was a pleasant surprise.

I’ve tried so many different lipsticks; 236 is a lot, and because of that, I sometimes forget about the lippies that I’ve really liked, but I don’t think I’ll forget this one in a hurry. I’m just obsessed with it!

It has to be said, Penneys are really giving some of the more expensive brands a run for their money in the beauty stakes at the moment and I, for one, am loving it!

If you’re a fan of liquid mattes and you love a bargain, then seriously buy one of these because they could be right up your street.

Sorcha 💋