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I’ve been hearing people rave about Topshop makeup for ages, but had never got round to buying any as I’m not actually in Topshop that often and wanted to have a look at it in person first rather than buying online. I was originally intending to buy a lipstick, but none of the colours really jumped out at me so I had a look at the lip crayons instead. Again, none of the shades looked particularly amazing, but I was in one of those moods where I was determined to buy something. I think the range of shades available is pretty rubbish, everything seemed to be either super pale and nude or really dark and bright – there was nothing in the inbetween rosy pink/coral red etc. shade range that are the sort of ones I wear the most. Anyway, I finally settled on Powder Room as I thought it looked like a nice peachy pink when swatched on my hand and would be a good everyday sort of shade.
But boy, was I wrong. I don’t think there is a single thing I like about this product, it was a complete and utter waste of £7. Firstly, the colour. This is probably a little bit my fault as I already know pale/nude shades don’t suit my skintone, but swatched on my hand it wasn’t quite as light as I was expecting so I thought I’d be able to get away with it. When applied to the lips, however, it becomes a very pale, chalky Barbie pink, almost verging on neon because it’s so light/bright. It’s all a bit too Nicki Minaj for me. I also don’t like the fact that you have to sharpen the pencil to get more product out, rather than being able to twist up the base which is so much easier and more practical.
Next up, the finish. I took ages to decide between Wave Goodbye and Powder Room as they’re pretty much identical colours, but Wave Goodbye has a glossy finish and Powder Room is matte. I finally decided on Powder Room as usually I like matte lipsticks, but this is like matte times a billion. The pencil glides on to the lips quite easily, but the second it dries it leaves a very solid, powdery, thick matte finish. It is seriously so dry, you can’t even rub your lips together – like, you physically can’t. What?! It feels really weird and heavy on the lips and does not look nice at all. I wouldn’t say I have particularly dry lips, but this lip colour clings to every single line and the tiniest of dry patches which makes your lips look cracked and chapped. It doesn’t look very nice in the photos, and it’s so much worse in real life. I have tried applying lip balm before/after putting on the lip pencil, but neither seemed to help at all.
I guess the only redeeming feature would be that it’s pretty long lasting (although, I wouldn’t want this on my lips for any length of time!). With most lipsticks, you can just wipe them off with the back of your hand or a tissue, but with the Topshop lip crayon you have to use actual makeup remover. I haven’t worn this out of the house because it looks horrendous, but if I had I’m pretty sure it would have stayed put all day without the need for touch ups.
So, in conclusion, I would 100% not recommend this product. Even if the colour suited you, the finish is so terrible I can’t understand how anyone would be able to wear it and make it look nice. I’m sure I’ve probably just chosen a bad product as my first foray into Topshop makeup, but it’s really putting me off spending any money on the rest of the range. Is there anything you would recommend?