A couple of weeks ago I went to Boots to buy some shower gel and in a moment of weakness I accidentally spent a small fortune on beauty products and forgot to buy any shower gel at all. Oops. I had seen these Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks doing the round on blogs over the last couple of months and thought they looked nice enough, but not something I was desperate to go out and buy. But I was buying something else from the Bourjois stand and they had an offer on (always getting sucked in by those dastardly special offers!) so I had to spend a few extra pounds to get a free gift, and decided to get one of the lipsticks. It didn’t take me long to settle on shade number 17, Rose Millesime, as it was the colour that immediately jumped out at me. It’s such a “me” kind of colour; pink with a hint of coral, nice and bright without being unwearable. I thought it was a solid colour when I first bought it, but after getting home and trying it out I discovered it actually has a very slight golden shimmer. This doesn’t really translate on the lips though, rather than looking glittery it just gives them a subtle shine.
The lipstick is pretty pigmented and gives a fair whack of colour, but it doesn’t feel at all heavy and can easily be applied straight from the bullet without the need for lip liner or brushes. The formula feels really light on the lips and you could quite easily forget you were wearing anything. It seems almost like the Revlon Lip Butters more lipsticky big sister – it’s definitely not a lip balm, but it feels really moisturising and takes absolutely no effort to apply. If you have particularly dry lips you might want to do a wee bit of exfoliation first, but for most people you could just slap this on and go, without worrying about it settling into any little cracks.
The Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks are £7.99 (although there’s usually some kind of special offer going on in Boots or Superdrug), which I think is a fair price for the product you get. It’s a lot better than a lot of drugstore lipsticks I’ve tried, but it’s not quite up there with the high end products. One thing that lets it down is the fact that it has that tell-tale cheap lipsticky smell which you can taste a little bit on your lips afterwards. Usually I love the artificial fruity or florally scents Bourjois products have (I’ve never tried a lipstick before though, so not sure what their other ones are like), but this was a slight let down for me. It’s not horrible though, and not hugely off-putting, so the plus points definitely outweigh the negatives.
As for staying power, I’d say it’s fairly average for a shiny, moisturising lipstick. You’ll get a good 2 or 3 hours out of it, so will definitely have to reapply a couple of times throughout the day. I wouldn’t really expect it to last much longer than that though, so I’m quite happy – and it’s really easy to apply too so doing it on the go isn’t a problem. If you’re less lazy than me and did bother to use a lip liner it probably would last a little bit longer.
Overall, I really like this lipstick. The colour is such a beaut and I’ve reached for it most days – and nights – since I got it. It manages to be subtle enough for wearing through the day, but also bright enough for a night out. The formula is really nice and easy to use, so I think I’d definitely buy a couple more of these if any other the other colours catch my eye next time I’m shopping.
Have you tried any of the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks?