8.20.2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 'Olé Flamingo!' Swatches & Review | KMC Beauty


Bourjois are not a company that I have tried a lot of products from, the only other item I own by them is their Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in the shade medium 51 which I am a fan of, but when I saw their liquid lipsticks in Boots I was curious to try one.
Normally lip products with a matte finish are not my friend, I know after trying 'Russian Red' by MAC and having it go from looking matte on first applying to looking seriously dried out, it really put me off. Not one to tar all brands with the same brush I thought I would try Bourjois's take on a 'matte finish' with their Velvet Lipstick in the shade 'Olé Flamingo!'
The packaging is cute, it's very compact and definitely purse friendly, I know when I go out or have special occasions i'm attending I often like to take a clutch bag, this lipstick would take up no room at all if you wanted to take it along with you.

I would describe this colour as a hot fuscia, it's very bold but still wearable at the same time, you could get away with wearing this shade on a day to day basis if pink's are up your alley.
One stroke of this lipstick was very opaque when swatching, however when applying on the lips it took me a few attempts to get an even finish.
Swatch of 'Olé Flamingo!' while still wet taken in natural daylight.
Application itself was easy, the dofus applicator allowed me to accurately apply the lipstick where I wanted it, however be warned, if you have a full face of make-up on already and you overdraw this lipstick or accidentally place it somewhere you don't want it then you may be in trouble as it will not simply wipe away with your finger, it will stain inevitably ending up with you removing your foundation in the process of removing the lipstick from where you have accidentally placed it.
Swatch of 'Olé Flamingo!' once dry - photo taken in natural daylight.
Actually wearing this lipstick on my lips it felt comfortable, as it does have a matte finish sometimes this can leave your lips feeling dried out, I can't say that they felt this way when wearing it.
Once the Velvet Lipstick has completely dried to a matte finish I found it did still transfer e.g. when drinking from a glass. If you were to be frequently eating/drinking when wearing this lipstick I would imagine touch ups will be required. However the actual longevity of this product was pretty amazing, after two hours of wear I found the lipstick looked no different to when first applied, even when I did have a drink and it did transfer, my lips weren't left patchy and I didn't need to re-apply, however like I said if you are going to be eating/drinking more regularly while wearing this product then touch ups are more than likely, but that goes with most lipsticks right?
Bourjois Velvet Lipstick after two hours of wear - Left photo sun behind me, right photo facing the sun
I was pleasantly surprised by this lipstick, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, if you like the look of a matte finish on your lips then I would definitely give these a try, even if 'Olé Flamingo' isn't the colour for you there is another five shades in the collection to choose from that might take your fancy instead. I think I will find myself picking up a few more colours in this range and I would love if they brought out some darker shades for Autumn/Winter like a deep plum!

I think one of these liquid lipsticks will last me a long time, with infrequent reapplication required they are sure to be worth the money.
Find them online here at Boots for £8.99