Simply Lippy Challenge Day 203 | & Other Stories Optima Kiss Matte Lip Colour in Shade 10D

When & Other Stories arrived to Dublin last year, I was very excited. For years I had admired the store from afar seen as the only place I could buy anything was when visiting London, so now that it’s on my own door step, I’ve become a regular visitor.

However, until a few weeks ago I had never tried anything from their beauty range so I thought it was about time I bought a lippy or two and give them a go.


The first product I tried was one of their lip balms which was nice enough. I was a little let down by the pigment, but the formula was nice and moisturising too. So because of that, I didn’t really know what to expect from the lipstick but thankfully, I liked it a little more.


The pigment is gorgeous; it obviously helps that this is a very bold, bright pink shade, but the colour pay off is very good and the pigment was exactly what I hoped it would be. It has a cream finish that isn’t totally opaque, but still gave my lips a pretty full coverage nonetheless and felt lovely to wear.


The consistency was smooth and soft, and it blended very well on the lips which meant I didn’t need to layer it too much. But, what I did notice was, as it wore off it became kind of patchy, with some parts of my lips holding the colour a lot better / longer than others.


I wouldn’t say I loved this; it was nice to wear but I would describe it more fine than amazing, so I don’t think I’ll be running out to buy loads more. I did however love the colour, and it was perfect for another sunny day in Spain.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 187 | & Other Stories Lip Balm in Paille Blush 

After many years of waiting, & Other Stories finally arrived in Ireland at the end of last year and I have quickly become a fan of their clothes. Until today however, I hadn’t tried anything from their beauty range but first impressions are definitely good.


When deciding what lippies to buy, I was intrigued by their tinted lip balms and so decided to buy this lovely soft peach shade to put to the test.


The balm itself is very creamy and quite thick in consistency. I actually quite liked the thickness because it gave a richness to the balm that was lovely, and also meant that it stayed in place pretty well throughout the day.


Where it falls down for me a little however, is the pigment. I was really hoping this would give a lovely peach pop to my lips, but really there wasn’t much of a colour tint at all. That could just be down to the fact that I chose a pale shade so I may have to try some of the bolder shades to judge it properly.


Aside from the colour however, I did really like the formula and how moisturising it is, so I’ll happy try it again in a bolder shade to see if the pigment is any better.

Sorcha 💋