Simply Lippy Challenge Day 340 | Penneys PS… Colour Intense Lipstick in Shade, Ambition

You all know by now how impressed I’ve been with the Penneys beauty range over the past year, particularly their lipsticks. Over and over again, I try different shades and formulas, and for the most part, I really like them. But some, like today’s, I absolutely love!

This lippy is from a range I haven’t tried before but I like it for so many reasons. Firstly, the shade itself is a gorgeous orange toned red; the kind of shade that I’m always drawn to especially at this time of year. It has incredible pigment and the colour pay off is also excellent; as soon as you apply it you get brilliant pop of colour that blends so easily on the lips.

The formula is creamy and very balm-like, with a lovely smooth texture. The balm element to it is very moisturising and my lips felt instantly softer as soon as I applied it which doesn’t often happen with budget lipsticks.

Because of its balm like element, the finish has a slight gloss to it and while that isn’t usually my preferred finish in a lipstick, I do really like it in a balm. It gives a lovely shine to the lips that you wouldn’t get with other finishes and adds an extra dimension to the colour too.

The only downside to a gloss finish however, is the lasting power. Gloss or high shine finishes never have the same staying ability as that of a cream or matte, so you do have to be prepared to top up and reapply throughout the day. Having said that, the staying power isn’t too bad at all with this, and it wears off pretty well without cracking on the lips.

Overall, I love the brightness of the shade and definitely see myself wearing it again. My lips felt so soft all day so it’s also a great option for anyone who suffers from dry lips, especially with all the cold weather we’re having now.

Have you tried any Penneys’ lippies yet?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 276 | Penneys PS… Saint or Sinner Lip Vinyl in Shade, Gone Rogue

You all know by now that I love a Penneys bargain buy every now and then (like most of us Irish girls), but it’s their beauty range that has been really catching my attention over the past few months.

Some of you may remember how in love I was with their liquid matte lippy they released a few months ago, not to mention their new highlighters which I am currently obsessed with. Their beauty collections are going from strength to strength right now, and today’s lipstick choice is another example of that.

When I was in the store last week, I noticed this lip vinyl on one of the shelves. Now, it definitely wasn’t there the last time I was in the shop so I’m assuming it’s a new addition to the collection, which of course I had to try!

First off, it is similar to the lip cream I tried yesterday from IsaDora, the only real difference being that the consistency of this is a lot thicker. While I do prefer the lightness of the IsaDora formula, the thickness of this gave a richness to the lips and I only needed to apply a very small amount.

The pigment as I’m sure you can tell is intense, and I adore the plum shade for this time of year. It’s exactly the kind of shade that totally transforms your makeup the minute you apply it.

Because of the thick formula, the lasting power wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped it would be, but it wasn’t bad. This will need to be reapplied throughout the day, but really that’s no big surprise for such a high shine finish.

I know not everyone will like a shade as bold as this, but there seemed to be quite a few shade options to choose from. Plus, at only €2.50, they won’t break the bank.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 204 | Penneys PS… Matte Lipstick Crayon in Shade Tease

A few weeks back I tried out one of the new matte lip kits from Penneys and was pretty sure it was my favourite PS lipstick so far, until I tried this fab neon pink matte lip crayon.

As generalisations go, I love lip crayons and I love matte finishes, so that was a good starting point. But what really made me love this, was the amazing neon pink pigment which kept me smiling all day long.

Sure it helped that it was a hot, sunny day in Dublin, and this is exactly the kind of shade that’s perfect on a day like today. But apart from the pigment, the matte formula is very blendable and easy to work with, and the colour pay off is brilliant too.

As with some matte finishes, I was concerned this might be a bit drying or dehydrating, but it wasn’t at all, and was more creamy than expected. It wasn’t balm like or anything, but the fact that it didn’t dry out my lips was a big plus for me.

It won’t last as long as some of its matte counterparts from other brands so you will have to reapply. But, given that this is a budget brand and the shade was so fabulous, I can forgive the staying power!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 171 | Penneys PS Pro Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Shade 03, Femme Fatale Red

Many of you will know that I’m quite the fan of Penneys’ (Primark) beauty range which I think is such good quality for its budget price point. Of course some products are better than others, but when it comes to lippies, I’ve been pretty impressed.

The lipstick I wore for Day 171 is one that I hadn’t tried before, and is one of their Ultra Shine Lipglosses which I have to say, aren’t bad at all.

The finish is definitely ultra shine and therefore sheer, but the pigment is very good considering, and the colour pay off is especially good in today’s rich red shade.

It gives your lips a brilliant pop of colour with a few light layers, and is definitely one of the nicer sheer finish glosses that I’ve tried recently.

My lips are dry at the moment (nothing new there!), so I did find that the staying power wasn’t great so you’ll definitely need to reapply this several times throughout the day.

But the consistency was lovely and smooth, and I liked how it felt on the lips too.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 165 | Penneys PS… Lipstick &Gloss Lip Duo in Shade Brave

Today I opted for another lipstick and gloss duo from Penneys in a gorgeous, rich berry shade called Brave. Usually this colour would remind me of Autumn, but today I wanted something with a rich tone and this was the perfect choice.

I’ve worn these lip duos several times throughout the challenge so far in both strong and light colours, but today’s shade is by far the boldest shade and therefore I had high hopes for both the pigment and the finish.

The lipstick itself isn’t particularly moisturising, so don’t be expecting much when it comes to that, but the consistency is  lovely and smooth and applies so easily on to the lips if you do try it.

However, on the plus side, the pigment is just gorgeous and the colour is very buildable too. In fact it’s so bold and buildable, I’m really not sure it needs the gloss element because I found today that when I applied the gloss over the lipstick, it kind of dragged the colour a bit underneath.

Before gloss
After gloss

I do find that the lasting power isn’t great so you will have to apply it several times throughout the day, but given this is a budget lippy, I don’t think that’s really an issue.

I was lucky enough to be sent this lippy from the lovely ladies in Penneys to try out, and I adore the shade, but I’m just not sure if I would purchase it in the future.

Having said that, if they had the lipstick part as a stand alone lippy shade in their matte formula, I’m pretty sure I’d wear it all the time because it is just gorge!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 150 | Penneys PS… Sheer Lipstick & Gloss Lip Duo in Shade Modest

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all getting through the week okay. Unfortunately I seem to have picked up some sort of cold or flu, so I missed posting yesterday’s lippy for Day 150.

The lipstick I wore is a sheer nude from the Penneys PS… Lip Duo collection, a range which I’ve worn before in the challenge and quite liked.

This shade is a caramel nude, and the lipstick part has a sheer finish so the pigment isn’t amazing. However, unlike the previous duo’s which had a glitter/shimmer gloss to accompany the lipstick, today’s lip gloss is more of a full coverage gloss in that the gloss isn’t shimmery.

Because of that, the pigment is a lot better on this version, and the gloss really adds an extra pop over the quite light lipstick colour.

As lippy’s go, it’s fine. It’s drying but not moisturising either, and it does have to be reapplied often enough. But while it’s fine, I wouldn’t say I love it.

Having said that, the colour is nice and it does have a lovely smooth texture that feels nice to wear.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 121 | Penneys PS… Lip Lacquer in Shade Cherry

A couple of days ago I was in Penneys picking up a few bits as you do, when I spotted these Lip Lacquer lippies in their beauty section.

Apart from loving the packaging, I have been so impressed with some of the other lipsticks I’ve tried from Penneys, that I couldn’t resist buying this and seeing what it was like.

I didn’t know much about this when I bought it, as you can see from the packaging, it doesn’t give much away, so I assumed it was a sheer liquid gloss. And although it essentially is a liquid gloss, it is so much better than just that.

The consistency is thick but applies like a dream with the sponge like brush head, and the finish while glossy, has an incredible opaque pigment that I just wasn’t expecting. I don’t know if it was the surprise factor or the colour that made me love this more, but I do love it!

The shade is called Cherry, but to me it’s more orange than red, which we all know I adore when it comes to lip colour. But aside from loving the colour, it feels so soft and smooth to wear and lasts pretty well too.

I still can’t get over how genuinely good this is; Penneys have completely won me over with their lippies recently, and this one might just be my favourite of them all.

The best thing about them? They are only €2.50. TWO EURO FIFTY CENTS! So I’ll certainly be buying a few more of these, that’s for sure.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 78 | PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick in Shade Bad Blood

For the past few days I’ve been wearing some very muted tones when it came to my lipstick so for Day 78’s lippy, I decided to go bold again with this deep cool toned red shade from Penneys’ PS… range.

The shade, is a lovely red with a blue undertone and although I don’t usually opt for cool reds, this one has a lovely rich finish which I really like.

If you’ve read my other posts on the PS… matte formula, you’ll already know how much I like it so I won’t delve into that too much.

But at only €2.50, you really cannot go wrong with this matte lip. It is such a good budget buy and one that has quickly become a new favourite.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 71 | PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick in Shade Tickle

I’ve had a crazy busy day so today’s Simply Lippy post is going to be short and sweet, but first off can we all just take a minute for its name – Tickle – how cute is that?!

The shade is a purple pink shade, a rich mauve really, and is part of the Penneys (Primark) PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick range that I discovered recently and I am really loving. Although these were sent to me by the lovely ladies in Penneys to try out, this range will definitely be one that I’ll repurchase and use a lot.

I won’t go into details on the formula, but if you want to know more and you missed my previous posts on this range, then have a read of my Day 13 and Day 53 posts where I wore two other gorgeous shades from the collection Bronco and Fizz.

I had lots of fun wearing this shade today, if you’ve been following my challenge for a while now you will know that before this year, I would never normally have worn this shade of lipstick. But after trying some similar shades out, they have really started to grow on me.

If you’re enjoying my challenge so far, I’d really love for you to come follow me over on social media too. I post pretty pictures on Instagram, chat all things beauty releases and favourites on Twitter, and share weekly lipstick videos on Facebook.

And I’ve got my very own challenge hashtags as well – #simplylippy and #365days365shades, and you can follow my journey by searching for those too.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 67 | PS… Liquid Lipstick in Shade 41, Red

Happy International Women’s Day ladies! For such a special day, today I decided to go for a bold and confident red lip, courtesy of Penneys’ PS… beauty collection.

Today’s shade is simply called Red, and at first glimpse, was one that I was expecting to be a true cool toned red. However, it definitely has more of a raspberry undertone once applied, so I wouldn’t describe it as a classic red. But it’s nice nonetheless.

I have already reviewed this lipstick formula in a fab Hot Pink shade on Day 17 of Simply Lippy, so today, I’m not going to go into a mini review like I usually do.

Instead, in honour of International Women’s Day, I’m going to share some of my inspirational thoughts for today:

Here’s to good women: may we know them, may we be them. Here’s to living life as we choose, not as others tell us. Here’s to kicking ass, to being who we want to be, to being strong, to being happy, to being FIERCE! 

And most of all, here’s to always being able to wear the boldest, brightest, and best of lipsticks, and always feeling good about ourselves!

Happy International Women’s Day to all you lovely ladies! 

Sorcha 💋