Product Type: Boots 17 makeup
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17 Lasting Fix Lipstick
Member Name: Furrball
17 Lasting Fix Lipstick
Advantages: Cheap, relatively good lasting, nice packaging, range of shades
Disadvantages: Highlights dryness on lips, feels heavy, coverage not too great.
I was recently feeling that my make up bag needed a bit of a revamp and was lacking some of the girlie pinks I used to wear a few years ago. I like to use make-up by Benefit and Clinique, but my bank account isn't stretching too far these days, so decided to revisit the make up from my teens and try out Boots 17.
One of the lipsticks I chose was 17 Lasting Fix in "Shell". This shade is a very pale, icy metallic pink. When applied, it gives quite a translucent colour rather than a solid colour. Applied over lipliner, it looks more solid. My lips are quite dry and I found that it highlighted the chapped skin a little. It feels a little bit heavy on the lips, but feels like it has stuck well and wont slide off. I didn't find that it made my lips feel dry.
The lipstick is called Lasting Fix, so some lasting power is expected. I found that it lasts quite well considering this is a cheap brand of make up. It stays well if you don't eat or drink, but even after a cup of tea, some of the colour still remains (some of it is rubbed off on the cup however).
The packaging is quite nice - it doesn't look expensive but looks a bit sassy. The tube is a regular lipstick size and feels solid. It is made from matt-black plastic, with the bit that twists in bright crimson pink metallic plastic. The 17 logo appears on the top of the lid, in silver.
The price is the winner in this product. It is very cheap, costing £3.49 as at 15 Feb 2010. But even better, 17 products are often on offer so even more of a bargain can be had. For instance, when I purchased this, 17 was on 3 for 2, and with a free eye-make up set when over £6 was spent. As I was purchasing more than one product anyway, I made a saving! Advantage Card holders can also pick up points!
17 is a bargain brand, but is it value for money? In my eyes, yes it is. The products aren't as good quality as some of the more expensive brands, but is miles better than comparible brands such as Rimmel. I tend to have reactions to brands like Rimmel, but I've had no such problem with 17.
17 Lasting Fix lipstick is fragrance-free and dermatologically tested. As at 15 Feb 2010, it is available in 20 different shades. It is only available from Boots and can be purchased in store or on line.
Lasting Fix isn't the greatest lipstick I've ever used, but it certainly does an acceptable job and for the bargain price, is definitely worth it. It's a good option if you want to try out some different shades without paying out a lot on a more expensive brand.
I would give the packaging a 4/5 as it is quite attractive and feels durable. As for the feel, I would give it 3/5 - it does feel a bit heavy but doesn't dry the lips like some long-lasting lipsticks. For the colour result, I would give 3/5, as the coverage isn't brilliant but it still looks attractive. I also only have the "Shell" shade to base this on. For lasting power, 3/5 - it lasts reasonably well for the price. For price - 5/5. For £3.49, I couldn't really ask for more.
Summary: An acceptable lipstick for the bargain price.