Product Type: Avon makeup
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Avon Ultra Colour Rich 24K Gold Lipstick
Member Name: chrisandmark
Avon Ultra Colour Rich 24K Gold Lipstick
Advantages: Creamy consistency, stunning colour, not too much glitter
Disadvantages: Not available through Avon at the moment
I really love this lipstick, and did from the very first time I used it. The formula is creamy and so lovely to apply, it's actually very similar in consistency to a Lancôme lipstick I am currently using - a lipstick that was more than double the price of this one and in all honesty is exactly the same, only in fancier packaging! The lipstick glides on smoothly and the colour is evenly deposited, it's a reasonably deep red even with just one coat but looks best when blotted and reapplied for a surprisingly strong but intensely feminine look.
The gold really adds to the finish of the lipstick. Looking at my lips in the mirror I cannot exactly spot bits of glitter but they're visible in the shine and glimmer of the colour; it's strange as this colour red and the fact that there is glitter involved means it should be a totally inappropriate daytime lipstick, but it's not and looks great at any time of day and for any occasion. The shade is warm which detracts from the sexiness you'd usually expect from such a bold colour, it's not what I'd call a statement red as there are orange tones within the lipstick but once applied and blotted its certainly vibrant enough to ensure I'm noticed!
When new the lipstick was perfectly shaped with a sharply angled tip for precise application, this was hugely impressive and I found myself disappointed when it lost its definition and became like any other lippy to apply. It still applies beautifully but I now have to be a little bit more careful to stay within my lip liner, you have to be particularly careful with reds as any slips or mistakes really show up and can even result in you having to take off your whole 'face' and start again! Not good but usually my fault rather than whatever lipstick I'm using at the time, Ruby in Gold is shaped well though and mistakes are easy to avoid with a firm grip on the lipstick barrel.
Longevity isn't great, this is a lipstick that requires frequent touch ups through the day and if left too long can completely fade away leaving me with naked lips. For this reason I tend to use a nude lip liner to avoid the awful lip liner/no lipstick mismatched look, however Ruby in Gold doesn't bleed into the skin around my lips so often I'll forego the lip liner completely and put my trust in the excellent formulation of the lipstick. It's completely suitable to be touched up time and time again without starting to look smeary or overly 'messed with' - this isn't true of many deep colours so I find this impressive, especially since Avon lipsticks in general don't seem to touch up well.
The packaging, by the way, is really lovely. It's a brushed gold barrel housing a shiny gold tube; gold coloured make-up can look extremely tacky but I think Avon have done this really well and created a lipstick that I'll happily take out wherever I am without the worry of embarrassing myself with a cheap looking item. The lid pulls off easily and clicks into place securely, it has never opened while being lugged around in my make-up bag despite some rough handling (I'm not the most careful person in the world!) and this is a good job as I reckon the soft consistency of this lipstick would collect every crumb and bit of fluff in my bag!
Now, the 24k Gold range is currently unavailable in the Avon book but you can purchase it from several Ebay sellers for around £8. I've also bought it from Amazon where it's currently available for £12.50 including postage - I didn't pay this much but probably would if I don't find an equally nice glittery red in the meantime, I really love the colour and consistency of the lipstick with only its lack of staying power letting it down.
Summary: A surprisingly gorgeous lipstick from Avon's Ultra Colour Rich range