Okay, I went ahead and bought one more of these. Ever since I saw these lipsticks…I had to have it! The packaging and shades available definitely peak your interest!
What Bourjois advertises about the product:
Tested and Approved by Fashion Editors! Shine Wrapped color with 10 hour hydration! Calling all Fashionista’s out there…the new lipstick is for you! It’s ready-to-wear formula is enriched with ¼ of pure laque for radiant, glossy finish and orchid blossom extract, so it glides onto the lips leaving them feeling smooth, hydrated and protected for up to 10 hours. A “must-have” lipstick for every woman’s make-up bag. Tested and approved by fashion lovers. Available in 18 fashionable shades from natural nudes to pretty pinks, colour-blocking corals and classic reds, there are so many to choose from! A shade for every outfit and style. Stylish and sleek in design, it is the perfect fashion accessory for that trendsetting smile!
I don’t really get what the claims mean – in terms of “Tested and approved by Fashion Editors.” Did Vogue put their seal of approval on this one? No idea!
10 hour hydration? Well, read on to find out if that is true.
As I mentioned in my previous review of Bourjois Rouge Edition – #17 Rose Millesime, I love the packaging of these lipsticks. It is so eye-catching and my eye was definitely caught! Yes, it is a copy…sorry….they look “inspired” by Estee Lauder Pure Color Collection. But honestly, “nakal ke liye bhi akal ki zaroorat hoti hai,” and Bourjois has done a fabulous jab with the square black body packaging with clear glass bottom which showcases the color of the particular lipstick. It also is practical to identify shade, in case, like me, you have more than one of these babies.
The overall appearance of the product is extremely plush and is probably one of the best drugstore packaging available currently!
The cap secures nicely with a click and is definitely not going to come askrew accidently in your bag! So, go ahead and throw it in your bag. Come on ladies, I am kidding! Show some respect – don’t just throw it! At this price, I recommend you not to throw it!!
Coming to the price:
INR 955 for 3.5 gm.
Yes, you read that right!! Its INR 955!!!!!!!!!!! Random thoughts in mind:
- Are you kidding me??!!!
- But, I just bought one 4 days back at INR 775!
- Won’t I put in 35 bucks and buy a MAC instead?
- And I still bought it! What was I thinking??!!
Actually, I wasn’t thinking! Meaning, I just paid for the lipstick along with the rest of my shopping from Lifestyle and only later did I realize the price had gone up! Hmmmmpf! What was more disappointing for me was that I had selected this lipstick based on online swatches. I did not get to swatch it at the counter because they did not have a tester for this one. What was upsetting is that once I opened the lipstick at home, I saw swatch marks on the side of the bullet!! Disgusting! Anyway 🙁
So, BREAKING NEWS – the drugstore brands have reached the 1K mark for lipsticks….fairly quickly too!
About the Shade:
Violine Strass is a plummy violet shade. I don’t know what’s with me, I invariably end up buying 2 lipsticks from each collection and one will definitely be plummy! I keep telling myself, I will pick something red or brown (away from my pinks and plummy tones) but….You know the rest!
So, this one is a plummy violet with pink undertone. I personally love these shades and wear them the year round. However, for some, this might be a fall lipstick. The color is bright but deep. It is not a unique color – though in the swatches I had seen online, the pink undertone seemed to be stronger, which is what I would have liked! However, on my lips, this looks like an easily dupable shade.
The texture of the lipstick is light and smooth, almost like a balm. It glides on easily and there is no pull or drag. The coverage for this shade was fairly opaque. It has a light glossiness, not shimmer or sheen – which lasts for about an hour and then fades off.
Unlike Rose Millesime, this color lasted about 4 hours on my lips – when applied directly, With lip liner, it easily stretched to 6 hours and the look was less glossy. With either application, it left a pink stain which lasted another couple of hours.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick – 18 Violine Strass:
- Easily wearable color.
- Will suit most skin tones.
- Light, smooth, balm-like texture.
- Easy application.
- Fabulous packaging.
- Hydrating on the lips and lips felt soft for an hour or so post the lipstick disappearing (the 10- hour claim is definitely a stretch)!
Cons of Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick – 18 Violine Strass:
- The price point – considering it’s a drugstore brand – is ridiculous!
- Transfers – on every surface it comes in contact with!
It’s a product worth trying but definitely not at the current price point! I would suggest to check whether it is still available in your area at the original price point and take a call, but for a color more unique than this one!
So, what do you feel about the current price hike, especially for lipsticks, of the drugstore brands? Would you pick this up? Do share your views through comments.
Have a great week!
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