Simply Lippy Challenge Day 360 | Sleek Lip VIP Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shade 1002, Private Booth

Throughout the year, I’ve tried two lipsticks from Sleek’s Lip VIP collection, Backstage and Show Off, both of which I really liked. Their formula is very creamy, almost balm like but a lot richer, and as we were having a cosy movie day and not moving very far from the couch, it was the perfect choice.

One of the things I really love about these lipsticks, is the fact that they require little or no maintenance at all. The rich creamy texture makes them very easy to apply, and they leave your lips feeling soft and smooth from the minute you apply.

Initially from looking at the lipstick in the bullet, I thought it would be a lot paler than it actually is. I wanted something very neutral and this shade has the perfect balance for a relaxed makeup day. It is neutral while still having a lovely caramel tone and I loved the warmness of it too.

Sleek is definitely one of the better budget brands that I’ve tried this year, and I’ve always been very impressed with the pigment in their lippies. Though shades like this wouldn’t usually be my preference, I really loved the wearability of this today.

It’s not unlike Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk in tone, just not quite as pink, and it’s definitely a great option for a relaxed makeup day.

As the light wasn’t great today, I took images both with and without the flash to give you a true idea of what it looked like on. I don’t know about you, but to me, it was the perfect accompaniment for a cosy day on the couch!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 359 | Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Shade 25, Russian Doll

Bobbi Brown is a brand that I always say I must try more of, but for some reason, I never get around to it. So, you can imagine my excitement when my gorgeous sister-in-law bought it for me for Christmas.

From the luxe lip color range which I’d never tried before now, the finish is what I would describe as a satin cream as it has a glossy element to it whilst also giving a medium coverage.

The texture is rich and creamy as expected, with an amazingly bold pigment and excellent colour pay off. You won’t need to apply much of this at all because a little goes a long way, and it will keep your lips feeling hydrated and smooth all day.

The shade itself is a raspberry red shade and the minute I applied it, I knew it was my kind of lippy. It is that gorgeous tone of berry that I just adore, especially at this time of year, and it wears very well throughout the day.

Though it has a slightly gloss finish, it stated in place must better than I initially thought it would, particularly as I was out walking in the wind and rain today.

It feels so nice and soft to wear, so much so, it has convinced me to try out more lipsticks from Bobbi Brown as soon as possible! God knows after this year, I’ll never need another lipstick that’s for sure, but I won’t let a little detail like that get in the way now – don’t you worry!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 358 | Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in Shade 23, Leigh

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had the most incredible day spent with family and loved ones. We had a very special day with our families, enjoying what is going to be our last Christmas as just us two before bump arrives.

Obviously, a day as special as today calls for a very special lipstick, and because of that I’ve turned to my old friend Tom Ford for some Christmas cheer.

Today’s shade, Leigh, is a Christmas present from my mum, and I’m absolutely in love with the salmon coral shade. The finish is sheer so it’s different to other Tom Ford lippies I’ve tried up to now, but it’s still as gorgeous nonetheless.

Though it’s described as sheer, it isn’t too sheer at all in my opinion, and still gives a lovely medium to full coverage to the lips. The pigment is gorgeous as with all Tom Ford lipsticks, and the colour pay off is equally as good too.

The texture is creamy and very moisturising, it feels very luxurious to wear, and the staying power is very good for a sheer finish. The minute you apply this you can feel your lips becoming softer which was well needed today, and though my lips are a little dry, it didn’t effect the application at all.

Though I’d usually opt for a shade like this in spring or summer, I just loved wearing it today and it matched my Christmas dress perfectly too. It’s definitely one of my favourites of the year!

Sorcha 💋

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 356 | Ted Baker Tinted Lip Balm in Shade, Red

Today’s lippy is part of a Ted Baker lips and tips duo set that I got from a gorgeous friend of mine for Christmas. I’ve never tried any Ted Baker makeup before today, and didn’t quite know what to expect.

I’ve always liked the look of the rose gold packaging which is very similar to Charlotte Tilbury. Apart from the pretty packaging however, I’ve been very impressed with this given that I didn’t have any real expectation.

The pigment is rich and bold, and the shade itself though red, has a tint of raspberry to it. And I do love a raspberry lip! The colour pay off is very good and it gives the lips a nice coverage with a slightly sheer finish.

Like the name suggests, this is more of a balm than a lipstick. It doesn’t have the creaminess that a rich lipstick has, but it is moisturising nonetheless and has a lovely smooth texture which feels nice to wear.

The lasting power is good, not amazing because of the balm like element, but it lasts pretty well nonetheless. I did have to reapply after eating and drinking, but I didn’t mind because of how nice it feels on.

Overall, I love both the shade and pigment and was very impressed by how well this wire during the day. Plus, I do love a nice red lip at this time of year!

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 💋