Simply Lippy Challenge Day 25 | Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Very Victoria

Happy hump day everyone, isn’t it great that we’re over half way through the week already? It’s flying by for me, mostly because I’m so busy with my new job but it’s been great so far.

For today’s Simply Lippy lipstick I chose one of my favorite lipsticks of last year, Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria, from her Matte Revolution range (you can have a read of my original post on this shade here). Now, I probably didn’t think this shade through this morning as it’s very similar to the shade I wore yesterday which is a little bit of a fail so you’ll have to forgive me. I’m still getting used to having very early starts again!

Anyhow, it doesn’t really matter because this shade is really gorgeous and although it is similar to yesterday’s shade, this has a matte finish rather than gloss, and is one of the most beautiful matte formulations I’ve ever worn.

It is so creamy and hydrating, and leaves a silky smooth finish on the lips after every application. The pigment is also great and it’s such an easy to wear shade too. Definitely worth the investment if you’re looking for a neutral everyday lippy. And, randomly, it apparently was inspired by Victoria Beckham, hence the name, Very Victoria.

Do you like neutral lip shades or have you tried this? Let me know by commenting below.

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋



Lipstick – Dare To Go Nude?

As I may have mentioned before, I’m a complete lipstick-aholic. I have so many lipsticks of all different shapes, shades, and brands, and the latest trend I’m loving is lipsticks in the nude. I’ve been contemplating trying out some nude lippys for a while now but haven’t been sure what to go with. Not one to shy away from a good challenge however, I decided to take two popular shades on the market and put them to the test.

After reading a great blog post on the new Kate Moss nude collection for RIMMEL, I chose one of these shades to be my first lipstick, and after much toing and froing, decided on the lightest shade in the collection, Shade 40 Pale Nude.

For my second lipstick I made a trip to my trusty old favourite, MAC, and played around with several shades until I decided on ‘Fleshpot’ as my other option. Here’s a look at how I got on:


RIMMEL Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Collection – Shade 40 Pale Nude

First off, I really love the pretty packaging of this collection. The creamy, salmon colour really stands out amongst my other lipsticks, and I’m a sucker for good packaging. If I’m honest, I have been known to buy products purely because of packaging in the past and it’s no different now. But now on to the product itself…

On application I had to apply a good amount in order to get it to blend well into my lips, but it was worth it as the colour, although pale, has a lovely creamy, peach undertone. I have a sallow, olive skin tone so these kinds of shades always suit me best and this is definitely a shade I could see myself wearing regularly.

The finish is what I would describe as a glossy matte which is kind of a contradiction in terms but let me explain! It has the feel of being matte, which may just mean that the formula isn’t very moisturising, but has a slightly glossier finish than you would expect from your average matte. It also doesn’t have great staying power – I put this on in the morning and found myself having to reapply it more often that I would have liked which was a little annoying.

Although I had to reapply it often, I really like the colour and it’s a perfect shade for a daytime make up look. Plus it didn’t dry out my lips which is always a bonus in my book.

Here’s how I scored it:

  • Colour 10/10 – I love the peachy undertone and it suits my skin tone well.
  • Moisturisation 8/10 – I wouldn’t say it was particularly moisturising, but it didn’t dry out my lips either.
  • Staying power 6/10 – This is where it falls down for me. Having to reapply as much as I did means that it’s not going to last me very long.
  • Value for money 9/10 – At €6.99 it’s a bargain but going back to my point above, I hope it doesn’t run out too soon.

MAC ‘Fleshpot’ Lipstick

This is a satin finish lipstick, but honestly as the colour is quite opaque on application, I would say it’s more matte like than satin. But given that matte lipsticks are my preference, I don’t mind this at all. As with most MAC lippys, the application is smooth and even, and the colour shows up very well after just one application.

In terms of formula, I love MAC lipsticks, there are very few other brands that compare in my view, but the colour on this one just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It’s much more pink on the lip than it looks, even when I tested it on my hand in the store it didn’t look as pink as this. Like I mentioned earlier, neutral and peach undertones suit my skin tone better so I was disappointed with this shade I have to say. I really felt it was more of a pink nude rather than neutral nude which is what I wanted.

Here’s how I scored it:

  • Colour 6/10 – There’s nothing wrong with it as such, it’s just too pink for me.
  • Moisturisation 8/10 – As this claims to be a satin finish lipstick, I would have expected it to be more moistursing than a matte lipstick but it’s not.
  • Staying Power 10/10 – I applied this after breakfast and didn’t have to reapply again until lunch time despite having a few cups of tea in between, so it gets high marks from me here. One of the reasons I love MAC lipstick so much!
  • Value for money 8/10 – MAC lipsticks aren’t the cheapest but I love them so that doesn’t usually bother me. In comparison to its RIMMEL counterpart in this case however, the €20.00 price point does seem a little steep, especially as I wasn’t a fan of the shade. In saying that, you do get more lipstick for your money with MAC.

So what’s my overall verdict? There’s not much in it really but RIMMEL has ever so slightly come out on top here. While MAC definitely has better staying power, when it comes to colour and value for money, RIMMEL is the better option in this case.

Have you tried either of these lipsticks? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Also, after I finished testing these, a friend of mine told me about a new nude lippy she bought from Bare Minerals called ‘Be Free’. It looks fab on her and she has nothing but good things to say about it so I think I’ll be putting that to the test next.

So there you have it, my first lipstick review on my blog. Hope you enjoyed it and oh, happy Friday!

Sorcha x

All About Neutral Eyes

If you love fashion and all things Hollywood, you’ve probably been stalking your Twitter feed or the online pages of your favourite glossy mags to get the low down on all things Golden Globes today.

I dip in and out of the celeb world to be honest, but I do love a good awards ceremony and all the style and glamour that comes with them. I couldn’t sleep last night with this flu I’ve been fighting but it did have one benefit – I was awake long enough to have a sneak peak at all the gorgeous gunas (or dresses for my non-Irish readers!). White, metallics, blue and mustard were the most popular colour choices of the night, with natural, soft makeup looks also taking centre stage.

Although accompanied by an even mix of both neutral nudes and deep reds and pink lips, it was clear that soft smokey tones were dominating the eyes of the ladies on the red carpet. Varying shades of golds and browns were sported by many, with just a hint of eyeliner to frame the eye. Rosie Huntington Whiteley, JLo, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson were just some of the stars rocking this look:

Photos Getty / Jason Merritt (from

I love a good smokey eye and usually opt for dark browns and greys, but as I’m home in bed sick today feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to occupy my time by recreating the soft golden smokey eye look with some of my favorite products. We all have our go-to beauty products but here’s what I used to recreate my version of this popular look:

  1. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in Medium
  2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  3. MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
  4. MAC Fluidline Pot Eyeline in Blacktrack
  5. YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black

Step 1: Brows – I’m just going to pause here. I have the worst brows ever, mostly due to scars I have from when I was younger meaning they don’t grow in certain places. So brow pencil is a must for me. Always. I never leave the house without it. Seriously! Anyway, after pencilling in my brows with my MAC brow pencil, I dotted some Benefit Erase Paste concealer under my eye and around the nose area to lift the dullness.

Step 2: I followed this by applying a thin base coat all over my eyes using ‘Bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette.

Step 3: Once I had covered my entire eyelid with the base coat, I began to apply even amounts of ‘Chopper’ and ‘YDK’ on each eye, blending as I went along. These colours are light and shimmery, and so easy to use.

Step 4: To complete the eyeshadow application, I then added in a small amount of ‘Busted’ on the upper crease of my eyelids to add definition and enhance the colour.

Step 5: The next step was to add eyeliner. Taking my MAC brush 266, and using my MAC Fluidline pot, I applied a very thin line of liner to the bottom of my upper eyelid. Usually I would wear a thicker, longer line of eyeliner, but kept it minimal for this look.

Step 6: Finally, I finished off my eyes with my old reliable YSL Faux Cils black mascara.

Here’s a look at each stage of application:

Quick Six Step Application
Final Look

So there you go… My attempt at recreating a golden smokey eye. I’m no makeup artist but I do love playing around with colors and looks so hopefully you like it. Probably not the best application I’ve ever done, but not a bad effort from my sickbed!

Sorcha x