Simply Lippy Challenge Day 357 | Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Shade, Stoned Rose

Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are such a joy to wear and I’ve become a huge fan over the past number of years. I’ve tried several lipsticks from all her ranges, and though most of the ones I love are mattes, one of my all time favourites is a shade called Night Crimson from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Collection which I wore very early on in my challenge.

For today’s lipstick choice, because it’s been quite a while since I wore a lippy from this collection, I decided to try out a new shade called Stoned Rose, which due to the name, I assumed would have pink rose tone.

The shade however is more like a muted coral caramel shade, more caramel than anything else, and I would have liked it to be slightly warmer on. It definitely looks richer in the bullet than on my lips, but having said that, I quite liked the shade for something different.

The finish of this is satin, with a lovely creamy texture to it that is very moisturising to wear. It doesn’t have quite the same richness that her matte lipsticks have, yet it is very smooth and makes your lips feel soft all day.

You do get hydration from wearing it meaning your lips won’t feel dehydrated, even if they are feeling a little dry, and the smooth texture makes it very easy to both apply and blend.

To me, it’s definitely not a rose shade as the name would suggest, but it’s a great all-rounder option that would work well with all skin tones.

What do you think? Are you a Charlotte Tilbury fan?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 355 | Penneys PS… Super Matte Liquid Lipstick in Shade 02, Blush

After all the bronze tones I’ve worn over the past few days, I’ve been craving a bright, non-metallic lip, and today’s choice from Penneys was exactly that.

I’m not going to get into how impressed I’ve been with Penneys’ lipsticks this year; my regular readers will already know that I’m a big fan. However, I think today’s lipstick choice might just be one of my favourite shades of the year.

I love a coral lip, and the salmon coral tone of this lipstick is to die for. This is the kind of shade I would adore during the summer, especially if away on holidays. I just love a lippy that makes me feel summery!

The pigment as you can see, is bold and rich; it gives a full coverage finish to the lips and you get an amazing colour pay off from the second you apply it.

The formula is wet as most liquid mattes initially are, but it dries in quickly to leave a very dry, super matte finish that doesn’t budge off the lips. Believe me, the staying power with this is brilliant!

On the downside, because of the very good staying power, my lips did feel a bit dry towards the later part of the day, so I would recommend having a lip balm handy in case you suffer from dry lips like me.

Having said that, I liked the shade so much that the dryness won’t stop me wearing it again! I really loved it and can’t wait for Spring to arrive so I can wear it again.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 354 | essence Made To Sparkle Velvet Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Shade 02, Get Some Sparkle On!

After the disaster that was yesterday’s metallic lip, I wasn’t sure whether to risk this one today, but in the interests of trying out everything for my challenge, I took the plunge and tried out this metallic offering from essence.

In total contrast to the glitter formula yesterday, this to me, is what a metallic lipstick should be. Plus, it’s around a third of the price of yesterday’s Too Faced counterpart.

essence, as I’m sure many of you already know, is a budget beauty brand and their products can sometimes be hit or miss. But when it comes to this metallic liquid lip, they have knocked it right out of the park in my opinion!

The pigment is absolutely incredible and looks exactly how a metal-finish shade should. The rich bronze tone is lovely, and I think it may be one of the best metallic finishes I’ve tried throughout the whole year.

The formula is wet as it’s a liquid lip so there’s no moisturising or hydrating element to it, but, I didn’t find it too drying to wear for the most part.

It dries in to give a matte finish which means the staying power is pretty good, and though it was maybe a little too bold for a day in the office, it would be a gorgeous lip choice for a festive night out on the tiles.

I like the warm tone of this and definitely think I’ll wear it again. It just goes to show that sometimes, budget brands are just as good, if not better, than some of their high end counterparts.

What do you think of metallic lips, are you a fan?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 352 | Ciaté Lip Locked Tint & Balm Lip Duo in Shade, Sobe

Ciaté is a brand that I’ve admired from afar but until today, had never tried anything from them. I only recently discovered that they did makeup products as they are better known for their fab nail polishes, but when I saw this lip duo in the shop a few weeks ago, I decided to buy it and try it out.

One thing I’ve discovered throughout the year is that in general, I’m not a huge fan of lip duos. Rimmel’s Provocalips range is the best I’ve tried, and even at that, I think I prefer a regular lipstick really. Having said that, I was intrigued by the fact that this was a lip stain with a balm as opposed to a gloss, and thought it might be my kind of lipstick. I was wrong!

On one side you have a lip tint which is more like a lip stain, and is liquid in formula. It is very wet, and doesn’t apply well at all because of that. It’s hard to layer it as it pulls all the colour underneath and therefore you don’t get an even application. The shade is bright and the pigment isn’t bad, but that’s kind of irrelevant when it doesn’t apply well.

I thought that maybe the lip balm would even things out, so after a few minutes of leaving it to dry, I applied the balm side over it, which in all honesty just made everything worse! It dragged the colour even more and the finish just became patchy.

To try rectify the patchiness, I layered some of the pigment back over the balm which made it a little better but the back and forth was not ideal and annoyed me more than anything else. Plus, it didn’t make it that much better in the end.

I was so disappointed by this, especially as I’ve heard good things about Ciaté products before. But this is definitely not worth the spend, or the time, so unfortunately it’s a big thumbs down from me

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 351 | Catrice Velvet Matte Lip Cream in Shade 020, Rose Your Voice!

When I’ve had a disappointing lipstick day, I like to try something the following day that I’m pretty sure I’ll like and there’s no safer brand for me to do that with, than with Catrice. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a huge fan of the brand and have a particular soft spot for their lipsticks, most of which I adore.

It’s been a while since I’ve worn one of their velvet matte lip creams however, so I decided it was time to take another one out. The last time I tried one of these in shade, Hazel Rose-Royce, I wasn’t overly impressed, and while it was nice, it wasn’t one of my favourite Catrice lipsticks.

Because of that, I didn’t know how I would get on with today’s shade, Rose Your Voice, but I needn’t have worried because I love it.

First off, the shade, while it looks like a pink-rose in the tube, it actually applies like more of a coral or peach rose. I didn’t mind that because the pigment is very good, and it’s a great all rounder shade, especially for days when you want a relaxed makeup look.

The formula is creamy, and while it’s not particularly moisturising, it doesn’t dry out the lips and keeps them soft all day. The colour pay off is very good, it blends well, and has a lovely smooth texture to it too.

Catrice describe it as having a satin matte finish, but for me, it’s a bit too wet to be described as a matte. It does dry slightly after applying, but the creamy element is much more prominent and I kind of like that.

I think after having a bad lipstick yesterday, I really liked wearing this today, it’s easy and hassle free, and I loved the soft shade too. For me, you just can’t go wrong with a Catrice lipstick.

What do you guys think, have you tried any Catrice lippies?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 349 | Urban Decay Vice Cream Lipstick in Shade, Ravenswood

For all us lipstick fanatics, I don’t think there’s any better feeling than when you rediscover just how much you love a lipstick. For me today, that’s Urban Decay’s vice cream lipstick. For years I have loved the formula of this and no matter how much I wear it, it never gets old.

Obviously with my challenge this year, there has been less time for wearing my favourite lippies, in fact, I’ve missed some of them a lot – especially for events or nights out when I’ve really wanted to wear them. But today, I tried out a new shade in one of my favourite formula’s and let me tell you, a new love affair has begun.

This year I discovered a love for rose shade lipsticks that I never had before, and this particular one, might just be my favourite after Make Up For Ever’s Rose Wood shade which I wore back at the beginning of the year.

Apart from the gorgeous rose shade, these lipsticks have incredible pigment. They are full coverage with amazing colour pay off, and the tone is lovely and rich too. The minute you apply this, you get a gorgeous pop of colour that you can’t help but love.

The formula is thick and creamy, but very easy to apply and blend, and it feels very luxurious on your lips as you wear it. It is hydrating and moisturising, and left my lips feeling smooth all day.

The other great thing about this formula is the staying power. As much as I adore cream finishes, the staying power isn’t always as good as I’d like, however with this, you don’t need to worry about having to reapply much at all. Today I caught up with my gorgeous cousin for lunch and it stayed put all afternoon through eating and lots of chatting!

So, if you haven’t guessed already, I love it! I really didn’t expect to be still discovering new lipsticks that I love so late into my challenge but it just goes to show how many great lipsticks there are out there! This one is without a doubt a new favourite and I’ve only got fifteen or so days to go until I can wear it again. Hooray!

If you’re looking for a last minute treat for Christmas then this one is a must buy for me!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 347 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Maroon

If you’ve caught some of my posts over the last week, you’ll have seen me writing about this set of mini lip glosses that I picked up in H&M. There are five in the packet and while two of them wouldn’t usually be my choice of shade, the shades that I do like, I absolutely love.

Today’s shade, Maroon, is probably my favourite shade of all, mainly because it is a gorgeous winter berry shade, and you all know I love a berry lip.

The finish on this shade isn’t as full or opaque as some of the others; it is more sheer than anything else, yet the pigment is bold and colour pay off is very good. A light layer gives great coverage, and the colour is fab too!

The formula like with all the others, is thick and rich, and very easy to apply. It blends well, has a nice smooth texture and smells just as delicious as all the others.

The lasting power isn’t amazing, it’s fine but does need to be reapplied after eating or drinking. And as it was a very windy day, I did notice a little stickiness which I hadn’t notice before and found a little annoying.

Having said that, I had a girly day out today with some of my girls and it was the perfect lippy choice for a festive day out. I loved wearing it and it’s definitely going to stay in my makeup bag to use once my challenge is over.

Sorcha 💋