I usually spend quite a lot on cosmetics, but recently I have tried some of she shades of lipstick at some of the cheaper brands to save some pennies. I have used this lipstick make before and really liked it so I definitely was willing to get it and try a new shade. The 17 Shine on lipstick is £4.49 at Boots. This is incredibly cheap for a lipstick, at the time I first purchased it; it did seem too good to be true.
The packaging as far as I know has changed three times, in the past few years that I have used it. The lipstick at the moment comes in a blue metallic colour, which is really nice and makes the lipstick look expensive. The packaging when I purchased it was much more boring, it was plain, long and thin. 17 have definitely had a make over! I have heard from various people that 'beehive' is a really nice shade in this lipstick. So I definitely want to try it out and is something you can look out for when you browse the range!
The shades I currently have are 'Hollywood' and Heather pink. The lipstick is shiny and glossy so although colours may seem quite bright such as 'Hollywood', which is a bright red, it does appear much lighter on the lips due to the glossy shine.
Due to the lipstick been glossy it is very easy to apply compared to some matte lipsticks. It blends really well because of the creaminess of it.
I would recommend two coats to really build it up because of the glossy look.
After application my lips look really glossy and moisturized. The colours I have are really nice too. The lipstick didn't last very long due to the glossiness of it, which seem to make it stick when I had a drink and so on.
I would say after an hour or so I needed to touch it up. I do really like this lipstick, so I wouldn't let that put me off.
Overall, I really like this lipstick. It is incredibly cheap and you do get lovely results for that, which did initially really surprise me. It is really easy to apply because of its creaminess, and really moisturizes my lips, which is always a good thing now it's getting to winter.
I definitely recommend trying out the colours before hand because of the fact the colours look so vibrant before application.
In Boots they recently had an offer on in which when you buy any 17 product, you receive a free 17 Shine on lipstick worth around £5 and not when to pass on an offer I decided to browse the shelves and see what I could fine. In the end I decided upon a lipstick in the shade 'Bon Bon' as my free treat.
==~~What is it?~~==
This is a lipstick from Boots range, 17, which is mainly aimed at older teenage girls. It seems to hold a range of products and the quality seems to be in the middle of their other ranges No 7 and Natural Collection and is priced accordingly. This particular product is their 'Shine On' lipstick. The idea behind this range of lipstick is for intense colour, while having a shine or glaze finish, hence being nourishing for the lips at the same time.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
This product costs £4.29 which I feel is very reasonable for a lipstick, though the fact that I got mine free is a bonus. Despite the good price the lipstick is considerably smaller and narrower than others lipsticks and therefore I do believe the price is reflected in this. This item is available both in Boots stores and online, though the range is somewhat much smaller in my small local compared to Boots compared to the larger one near me, so if you only live near a small Boots it may be worth looking online.
There are quite a few colour variations to choose from, which all equally looked lovely, both on the sticker on the end of the lipstick tube and on the sticker on the shelf, yet when tested this is unfortunately a very different story. One that I particularly liked the colour of on the shelf was 'Watermelon Crush' which looked a lovely medium pink colour, but when tried out it seemed to be a very bright purple, pink colour which was not what I was looking for. For this reason I would recommend trying out the lipsticks before purchased as they are considerably different to the colour shown on the stickers.
They did have a wide range of colours from pinks, to corals, to nudes, yet when tested out the colours all seemed to be fairly similar and did not differentiate too well which was slightly disappointing and for this reason I found it incredibly hard to choose a colour. In the end I decided upon a shade called Bon Bon which looked a mauve or pink colour on the sticker, but when tested out it was a slightly nude/brown pink with some coral tones and a blue undertone to make teeth look whiter. Although this description makes it sound hideous, I thought it works very well together and looked like it would be a very light, summer colour on the lips.
==~~Applying the Lipstick~~==
I was very impressed with the way in which this lipstick applied to the lips. It had a very creamy, velvety feel to it and did not seem at all drying r cakey as some lipsticks can when first using them. It also felt incredibly light on the lips, which is what I was really after I was looking for a lipstick that I would carry on wearing throughout the summer without it becoming too heavy. I also liked the fact that if I had slightly dry lips than the lipstick would just smooth over this due to the creaminess if the texture, rather than exaggerating it or becoming cakey. I first applied this very lipstick very lightly and in doing so the lipstick came out a very sheer colour. It was still fairly opaque, though nowhere near as intense as when the colour is built up. It was a lovely nude pink colour and despite the colour being very sheer, it still had the lovely shine/ glaze finish.
This colour was very easy to build up and moved very smoothly over the lips. By just going over the lips a couple of times the intensity of the lipstick soon began to build up very quickly. The lipstick quickly became very opaque and a much darker pink nude colour and the coral undertones became more apparent. The lipstick still had the glaze finish which when caught in the light looked very shiny and really reflected the light, yet did not at all look sparkly, metallic or glittery and as of such the colour remained quite matte.
I was really pleasantly surprised at the way in which this lipstick applied and due to it being of a slightly more inexpensive variety I did not think it would be quite as creamy or smooth as it had been to apply.
The end colour of this lipstick was really lovely, the colour was really intense, yet due to it being quite a subtle nude colour it was not too bright and therefore also worked with natural make up. I did find that the more I built up the intensity of the lipstick, the more coral and nude toned it became and it did not have the same pink tones it had before. Nonetheless, I equally liked these colours. I also really liked the glaze / shine finish it had to it as it managed to give the colour some depth, but without the use of glitter which is not always my favourite.
When wearing this lipstick my lips felt extremely soft and moisturised and although they did not quite have the same nourishing feeling to them they have when wearing a lip balm, they did feel very well cared for and did not in any way feel cakey or dry. The texture of this lipstick was also very creamy, so again I think this is what added to the soft texture of the, but despite the lipstick being creamy it was not all heavy to wear on the lips which was yet another bonus.
I was also surprised with longevity of this lipstick and found that it lasted much longer on my lips than some of my slightly more expensive lipsticks. I found that is lasted a good of 3 o4 4 hours before the glaze on the lips began to fade and lipstick in general began to look tired and I felt the need to reapply. Though the lipstick did begin to look a little tired after this time and the colour had faded a little, I was pleased to see that the colour had not feathered or smudged around the lips (and this was without the use of a lip liner!) and therefore still looked neat and wearable.
Overall I really love this lipstick and it had very much exceeded my expectations. It is lovely and creamy to apply, with some moisturising elements and has a lovely finish to it. I love the fact that the longevity of this product; in some occasions I have worn this lipstick all day without reapplying it and there is still a 'stain' of the lip colour left at the end of the day. My only criticism is the colour variations and the way in which they are very different to that shown on the picture. If they were true to that show on the picture I think there would have been a lovely range of colours, as it is they are all very similar in colour and some of them are far too different to that shown in the picture and when tested do not look good at all. If the colour range improves I would most likely buy most of the range due to the fact I believe the quality of the lipstick itself is very good, as it is I will pick and choose colours from the range very carefully as I do believe there are some hidden gems amongst them.
I would definitely recommend these lipsticks, but would also recommend anyone purchasing one to test the colour beforehand as the stickers both on the lipstick tubes/ shelf and website are very deceiving.
I love the Boots 17 range. It is so funky and modern, yet cheap, affordable, and has a huge range of colours. I pick up a lot of modern lipsticks and nail varnishes from their ranges, often as trial colours, to see how much I like them before I invest in a much more expensive brand.
I decided the other day I wanted a summery lip colour. I had the exact shade in my mind, and new that Boots 17 range would be the perfect place to find it. I wasn't disappointed as Boots had the exact shade I wanted, it was called shell, a light shimmery beige colour. The lipstick cost me £4.29 and was in a three for two offer, with the bonus of advantage card points.
The lipsticks come in a variety of different specialities, this one being 'shine on' which I chose because I suffer from really dry lips and a lot of lipsticks show up the cracks and dry bits. Lipgloss is good for disguising this but being so sticky all my hair ends up stuck to it, which is hugely impractical and very annoying. I was looking for a happy medium.
The colour of the lip stick was perfect. It was exactly as on the end of the lip stick, so I know they are reliable and you don't put them on and feel like you have been tricked into buying the wrong shade. The lipstick had a lovely shimmery subtle effect, and didn't make my lips too dry although I would recommend keeping on top of the vaseline appliance so that you don't have dry lips to start with. The lipstick needs to be reapplied quite regularly, once every hour if you are drinking as it rubs off on glasses.
I love the colour, I love the price and I love how easy it is to apply. The only downside is the staying power, which isn't incredibly bad, just could be better and for the purposes of reviews we do pull these things apart!
Would definitely recommend buying a few of the 17 products in the Bots regular three for two offers.
I do not usually wear lipstick - I am more of a balm or gloss girl - but sometimes I do like to try something different and refresh my look a little, so I decided to try one of these as it was available at such a low price! 17 Shine On lipstick currently retails at a reasonable £4.29 - and is currently on part of a 17 cosmetics 3 for 2 offer. There are 10 shades available - the usual pinks, neutrals and a bright red! The shade I have is Glacier Cherry.
Firstly, I really like the packaging. It is a slim tube and it's all black. Some people may find this a bit boring but I personally like that it's sleek, simple and unfussy. On one end of the tube is a small sticker with the name and shade of the product, and on the other end it says 17 in silver lettering. All in all, it looks good!
Now the product information for this lipstick promises "super soft, ultra glossy lips with intense colour". The lipstick is also designed to moisturise, soothe and protect lips, which was particularly important to me as I do suffer from dry lips!
If you take off the lid, the silver tubing inside houses the lipstick. Naturally, as the packaging is quite slim, so is the lipstick - and I am guessing that there is less lipstick here than other brands which means it may not be such good value for money as it first seems! The lipstick has a slanted top, making application very simple.
The lipstick glides on very easily and the texture does immediately feel creamy on my lips. It does feel a lot like the texture of a Chapstick or similar, which for me is a good thing.
The colour I bought is called Glacier Cherry - however I don't think this is a very apt description of the lipstick which, to me, is more of a dark pinky brown. It also has a slightly metallic sheen to it. But how does it look on your lips?
Well, to me this is anything but glossy, and I dispute the claim that this gives "ultra glossy lips"! Although there is a slight sheen to the colour, this gives a bit of a shiny finish but it isn't glossy at all to my eyes. The colour itself is quite nice - I have slightly dark, olive skin so this doesn't look too dramatic on me, but there is something about the way this looks on my lips that I just don't like - I think I am so used to using lip glosses that lipstick just looks a bit strange on me! However, the solution for me is to apply just a little of the lipstick and then slick some gloss on the top. Problem solved! But I wouldn't have to do this if the lipstick was as ultra glossy as it promised. But the definite added bonus for me is the creamy texture of the product. It really does make my lips feel moisturised which is one of the reasons I usually avoid lipstick.
For the price, I think this is a great choice for lipstick fans out there. Just don't be fooled by the glossy promises! I am glad I tried this, and I will use it again on occasion, but it isn't really a product I'm a big fan of.
First off, I need to say that I'm not huge on lipstick. I find that it rarely looks natural, and I don't like to look as though I've tried too hard. However, on the rare occasion that I do dress up, I need a lipstick that doesn't cost the earth, is low maintenance, and still relatively low-key, too.
On cost, this is great. 17 seems to be Boot's own value makeup brand, generally aimed at the younger lady. Prices are correspondingly low: only around £4.29. 17 is also frequently on special offer so this gives a real chance to experiment, as (to an extent) it's not a disaster if you go wrong.
You might think that given the budget price-tag that the quality is not all there. I have not found this to be the case particularly; indeed, I feel that this little tube does everything I'd expect thoroughly adequately. Let me explain...
To be honest, this doesn't look amazing or sophisticated or expensive. It looks fairly basic, simple, and is not especially distinguishable. For me this is fine: I don't need my dressing table to make a statement. Also, this is easily hidden away in a bag for a night out, and I don't need the contents of my bag to make a statement either, so again not an issue.
As far as application goes, this too is standard. It goes on relatively evenly, and doesn't feel dry. Despite the name, this stuff is not overly shiny, so certainly shiny enough for me. Beware.
It stays put quite well, although of course this depends on whether you're eating or drinking or whatever, which obviously makes it come off quite quickly! I've never tested it particularly, but a couple of hours is definitely do-able.
This comes in so many shades that there is one to suit every skin tone and possibly every mood; the main advantage for me is that I found one which just accentuates my natural lip colour, making it look natural, but just a little prettier than that.
Overall, this is a simple product which does the job adequately. Since I don't wear it often, this is a great product given its low price, and I would recommend it to anyone who just wanted a new shade to wear occasionally, or someone straying into the world of lipstick for the first time.