I wasn’t too sure about Bourjois’ new lipstick offering…well, not so new anymore, they followed up with the success of their Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks (which are matte) with a glossy version, so there’s that. The Rouge Velvet are a liquid lipstick, so how do they fare? Read on…
The website states:
“Its soft, melting texture glides on to the lips and turns into a matt, velvety and incredibly light colour. Lips are left smooth and soft as velvet.
Enriched with evanescent oils, it’s incredibly sensuous formula provides a soft, second-skin feel, without drying or fading lips.”
I found the formula to be really unusual, at least for me. It’s one of those liquid turns powder concoctions, and the product can be quite thick yet watery and go everywhere if you’re not careful. I found the best way to apply this would be to layer on really thin layers and work it into the lips, use a brush to fix the outline and then go back with a second layer of product. It definitely takes some more work than other lipsticks. Within moments it’ll dry to a powdery velvet finish. This is the part which weirds me out, the finish isn’t quite like other matte lipsticks which tends to be dry but not much otherwise. The Rouge Velvet leaves a powder film on the lips so you definitely know you have something on. Other reviews have tauted this formula to be extremely long lasting, for me there’s always a stain left behind but it does wear away unevenly and stays mostly in the lines and around the mouth, although from far away this isn’t as noticeable.
On the other hand, Hot Pepper is a warm red with hints of orange. It’s much more translucent than Frambourjoise, still giving great colour, but with a natural shine and letting some of the lip shade to show through.
After getting this formula to work for me I quite like using the Rouge Velvets occasionally. I’m even contemplating purchasing an everyday nude like Nude-ist. In terms of being a matte lipstick, I still prefer other formulas which wears off better, such as Charlotte Tilbury or Nars. Bourjois’ formulation is also not as nourishing as stated, but I can’t deny they look pretty good on the lips!