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Red lips are a cult favorite since many centuries. I think, almost all women look good in red. These reds may be muted or vibrant, may be orange based or pink based or blue based, maybe of a very inexpensive brand to an extremely high end brand. But Red is Red. No one can deny its beauty. There are people who favour nudes or pinks or browns more than reds, but even they will definitely have at least one red lipstick in their collection. You may either love it, or you may hate it; but you can never ignore it.
In India, in the olden days, lipsticks were not a thing found very easily in a middle class family. I clearly remember my grandmother never having worn any lipstick in her lifetime (except maybe when she got married). But still, every evening, when it was time for my grandfather to return home from work, she used to wash her face, comb and braid her hair, wear a clean saree, apply bindi and sindoor…and lastly eat a paan. I never understood why she ate the paan….until my mother told me that it was so that her lips become orangish red. So even my grandmother was not immune to the magic of red!!!
Today, I am going to review another lipstick from the recently launched Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick collection in the shade “Hot Pepper”. I have already told you just how much I am in love with this collection. Even this shade has become really close to my heart. I have two more shades from this collection to review after this: #1 Personne Me Rouge and #7 Nude-ist. I am still testing those out, and will be reviewing those after a few days.
About the product: Exclusive formula: Matte finish and incredibly light. Rouge Edition Velvet by Bourjois is the new era of lipsticks. An amazing, irresistible formula.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.
Tested for you: The texture of the lipstick is undetectable after application. The lipstick is comfortable to wear all day long. Bold colour with matte finish. As a colour expert brand, Bourjois knows that saturated colours are enhanced by an amazing matt finish. Rouge Edition Velvet shades are true “colour shots” with a chic matte finish!
Thanks to the formula being saturated with pure pigments, each shade perfectly covers lips with bold, very intense colour. An ultra-fashionable result, straight from the catwalk! Flawless hold. Rouge Edition Velvet lasts 24 hours, no need for constant touch-ups! A chic fashion accessory! With its transparent bottle and shade-tinted cap, the Rouge edition lipstick is a must-have fashion accessory to show off! Its slant foam applicator makes application precise and easy, delivering just the right amount of formula. 69.7% of women agree that it’s easier to apply than a classic lipstick
Expert Tip: Apply using your fingertips for a softer look or use the applicator and build up the coverage for an intense statement pout!
My Experience Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick #03 Hot Pepper:
While purchasing this, I was very confused between this shade and shade #1. I randomly selected this. But since I started applying and loving these, I asked my mother to send me two more lipstick shades from the collection; the #1 which I had not bought previously, and the n*de shade.
The packaging of all these lipsticks is similar. It looks less like a lipstick and more like a lipgloss. The tube is square in shape, transparent, covered with a lid which also holds the wand. The color of the lid corresponds to the color inside, and the shade name is also written on the tube. The packaging is quite sturdy with no risk of mishaps on falling down or during travel. All in all, it’s a very prim and proper packaging.
The color inside is hot and vibrant red, which is orange based. The name “Hot pepper” is very apt for this shade. The consistency is perfect, neither very thick and gloopy, nor very thin and runny. The wand has a doe foot sponge applicator at the end, which aids in perfect application. It has a mild chemical-like smell, which is not prominent after application. The color pay-off is excellent and it does not apply streaky even during the first swipe.
It applies very smoothly on to the lips without any tugging at all. It is glossy at first, but soon settles down to a powdery, matte finish. Since the finish is matte, it is better not to apply it on to dry, chapped lips. For a daytime office look, I apply one swipe on to my lower lip, and then purse my lips together so that it spreads well, and then use my finger to gently smooth it out. For a glamorous look, two swipes on both lips are adequate, but you can increase the intensity as per your wish.
It remains on my lips like a stain for 8-10 hours easily, with slight fading during food and hot drinks. It fades evenly, and remains as a pretty stain on the lips. This particular shade does cause a bit of drying of my lips, which I had not noticed with the other shades. It does not feather or bleed at all. It does not sit on the lip lines, or exaggerate them at all. It does not change its color or darken with time. Also, it does not have any shimmer in it.
Pros of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick #03 Hot Pepper
• Long lasting
• Beautiful and sturdy packaging
• The lid has same color as the shade inside
• Doe foot applicator helps in precise application
• Intense pigmentation
• Stains the lips
• Can be applied with a light hand or boldly as well
• 1st swipe on lips does not appear streaky
• No feathering or bleeding
• Feels very light on the lips
• Powdery Matte finish
• Does not look dull at all
• Does not change its color or darken with time
• No shimmer
• Does not settle into lip lines, nor exaggerates them
• Gives an instant radiant look to the face
• Makes teeth appear whiter
• Hot pepper is a vibrant, hot orangish red color with a modern twist. It looks poppy, as well as elegant at the same time
• Will look beautiful on all skin tones
• Will look excellent in both day and evening times
Cons of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick #03 Hot Pepper
• Availability in India
• A bit on the expensive side
• Somewhat drying on the lips
• Chemical like smell (Not off-putting for me)
• Will have to be removed with a remover
• Transfers a bit
IMBB rating: 4/5
Will I repurchase Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick #03 Hot Pepper: No, since this itself will take a long time to get over.
Will I recommend Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick #03 Hot Pepper:
Yes, to everyone.In fact, I will definitely recommend all the shades of this collection. This entire collection is red to pink to orange based, with the exception of Nude-ist. And each of them is excellent in quality. You must definitely check out this collection. Highly recommended!!!
P.S. I have attached a selfie taken on my iphone. I was returning from work, after 6 hours of lipstick application. I am wearing only a sunscreen and the lipstick in this picture.
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