For those of you that read my personal blog, you might have gathered that I’m not that brave with most of my make up looks. Bronze eyes, a subtle black, with pink toned lips or just a slick of lip balm no matter how dressy the occasion might be.
Superdrug had me slightly nervous when I opened a fire engine red lipstick from Gosh (60 Lambada), along with the liner to match – no hiding here.
With all the tools prepared I gingerly applied it to my lips, I always find it difficult to find a red that suits me, and although this particular red is in opposition to anything I’d ever wear, I feel like the bold lip handled itself well because of the blue tone, which matched my fair skin.
Both the lipstick and the liner were easy to apply, I used a lip brush for ultimate precision and it created a gloss like finish, that when worn alone wasn’t drying in the slightest, which I often find is the case with the majority of lipsticks.
- Apply a thin layer of lip balm, I used Superdrug’s Little Pink Tin and leave it to settle into the lips for a few minutes.
- Carefully line slightly outside the edge of the lips, making sure to go right into the corners of the mouth.
- Lightly feather the liner into the centre of the lips, beginning at the corners – this will give a good base for your lipstick and help prevent it wearing off.
- Apply a coat of lipstick, blot with tissue, then apply a second layer, before blotting again.
- Finally apply a thin layer of Lipcote, start around the edges and blend into the centre of the lips.
The perfect red lip.
Onto the trial, obviously I wanted to see how Lipcote would fair against some of the finer points of life, that being lunch with friends, a good chat and a few drinks. A lipsticks worst enemy? Let’s see.
Lipcote vs. an Innocent smoothie.
Overall it wasn’t too bad. It initially left a print of the lipstick on the rim of the glass, but I am 75% sure that’s because I drank too soon after applying the Lipcote. It didn’t fade the lipstick to a noticeable extent, I could leave it without touching it up.
Lipcote vs. a girly chat.
The second challenge for Lipcote to face was a catch up with a friend. This time I definitely left at least half an hour before I even spoke a word, so I knew it had a good chance to settle. A few snacks were also involved, so perhaps the licking of the lips contributed to the wear here. It was noticeably worn in the centre of the lips, so much so I needed to reapply. I just re applied where it had worn off, and added another coat of Lipcote.
Lipcote vs. a sandwich.
Finally, I pitted it against a sandwich! The Lipcote process was done at about ten in the morning, the sandwich didn’t come into interference until at least one in the afternoon.
Admittedly, it did put up a pretty tough fight – it lasted up until the sandwich without fading or bleeding. The sandwich happened and all was lost, I was basically left with a thick lip liner, with it bleeding at the corners – we might have found Lipcote’s krypton.
Winner: A fish finger sandwich.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with Lipcote – yes, I would have been impressed if it had lasted through eating, but in all honesty, I wasn’t really expecting it to.
My lipstick tends to fade quickly once it’s applied, especially if I’m talking a lot, or if I’m drinking, this made it last a noticeably longer time and I’m definitely going to be incorporating it into every lipstick use.
The only downside to the product is the scent, it has a potent alcohol smell, which I think for many would be too overpowering, hand in hand with that is the fact it can feel drying if the slightest bit too much is applied. Once you’ve got to grips with just how little you need, you’ll get to grips with Lipcote.