“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Lipstick / Suitable for: Lip „
I don't normally wear lipstick during the day (I can never be bothered to reapply it) but when I go out I like a bit of lip colour and this is one of my 3 go to lip colours (the other 2 being a Rimmel pillar box red lipstick I have had for years and years and my freebie L'Oreal lipstick that I recently reviewed). I have this lipstick in deep secret which is kind of a deep plumy, red colour and perfect for dramatic night time lips.
This lipstick actually looks a little different to the others in my makeup bag. The tube is a silver colour with a very discreet 17 on it with the top flattened slightly so it looks quite elegant. However, one thing that annoys me is after a while the lid can get a little loose and fall off but it doesn't do it all the time.
Well according to the Boots website "Get the colour you crave with SEVENTEEN Supreme Shine Lipstick, rich and lightweight shades with intense colour pigments."
I must confess that I mainly picked this lipstick on the price and the colour and never read what it did but so far I have been impressed. It applies really nicely (unlike its No 7 big sister it has a pointed tip) and feels nice and smooth on the lips and doesn't feel drying in any way and in fact feels quite moisturising. However, despite that I find I never get any bleeding when I apply as it stays put on the lips well. In terms of pigmentation one of the reasons I wear this lipstick a lot is because the colour is great - I did go for a dark colour but it isn't at all wishy washy and the pigmentation is very good giving a nice dark all over colour which is fantastic. While the colour does have a slight sheen to it so it is not matte at all which I like. It also stays put well as I can get about 2 hours wear out of this before reapplying which is good for a lipstick particularly one so dark.
At £4.99 from Boots it is great value for a good lipstick - so would I buy it again? Definitely.
I recently saw a blog by Pixiwoo (two sisters who are make-up artists and who have excellent tutorials on YouTube) which was about a make-up style seen on a few actresses at the recent Golden Globes Awards. The look involved natural/nude eye shadows, worn with a pink lipstick. Even though I usually like to pay more attention to my eyes when applying my make-up, as I think (she said modestly) that they are my best feature, and tend to keep my lips more subtle, I was attracted by this look and decided to try it for myself. While placing an order with Boots' website recently, I decided to treat myself to a pink lipstick. I did not want to pay too much for it in case it really didn't suit me (although I imagine my mum would have probably have been the grateful recipient), and so I decided to buy Boots 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick, which cost me £4.99 - it wasn't too pricey, and had just the shade I (thought I) wanted.
Boots 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick was originally launched in October 2011. It costs £4.99 and comes in thirteen rich shades. The colour pigments are really intense - I certainly couldn't see any that looked particularly subtle - and the colours range through pinks, purples, browns and reds. I chose Pink Posey, a pinky/purple shade (I think the photo above this review shows the one I chose). The sleek silver case, which has a modern, angular shape, looks quite upmarket.
My husband collected my parcel from our local Boots store, and the first thing I did when he got home (after thanking him) was to tear open the ridiculously large carton so that I could check out my new lipstick. My first reaction on opening the lipstick was 'Crikey!'. The colour seemed so purple! So pink! So bloomin' vibrant! I was rather unsure about whether this intensity of colour was going to suit me, but in fact once applied to the lips the colour was nicer than I had anticipated. I really like the packaging, although this product doesn't have the 'heft' of a premium lipstick. I had to peel off the bar code label, which looked really unsightly, but I decided to leave the little blue sticker that says 'new'. There is a coloured label at the base, which reflects the colour of the lipstick, and gives its name. I think the label on Pink Posey is an accurate representation of this lip colour.
The lipstick goes on well, and it feels lovely - very soft and smooth. It has a good, curved point to the bullet that makes it easy to apply. I gave my lips a couple of slicks of colour, then pressed them together to make sure it had blended properly. It has a really nice shine, and the colour payoff is good, although it's even better after two coats. However, the Supreme Shine aspect of this product didn't last as well as I'd hoped. Once the shine had worn off I was left with a colour stain on my lips, and I was quite happy with that. A quick dab of lip balm, whether it's Vaseline or my Holy Grail of lip balms - Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick - leaves a lovely effect. In fact I think I prefer this look to the lipstick itself - it's a lot more subtle and left my lips looking nice and shiny, with a softer colour. As someone who usually prefers lip glosses to lipstick, this seems like a wonderful compromise for me. I think the colour staining could be seen as a positive point - some people prefer a matte effect, so with this lipstick you're sort of getting both shine and matte finishes with one product.
I wasn't convinced that the colour suited me, and my husband wasn't too keen on the vibrant pink. He said, very tactfully, 'It's not the most flattering colour you've ever worn'. However, once the lipstick had faded to just the colour stain, and I'd added a bit of lip balm, he said 'Oh yes, that's much better'. And I agreed. I have problems choosing the right colour lipstick - my lips are naturally quite rosy, so a pigment needs to be able to hold its own. I'm fairly hopeless at buying lipsticks because I can never judge how they're going to look on me.
Because of this, I had deliberately opted for one that wasn't going to break the bank, even though I know that Boots 17 range is aimed at someone rather younger than me. As an experiment, I think it has paid off, and it has given me the look I was aiming for. If you're looking for an intense pop of colour - and a colour that lingers on your lips after the shine has gone - then I think this lipstick is pretty good. My problem is that I am so used to wearing lip glosses rather than lipsticks that I don't have masses of products to compare it to. My experiments have left me happy with my purchase, but that's down to my own ingenuity rather than this product itself.
When I bought my lipstick, Boots' website had an offer - if I bought two products from the 17 range, I would get a free eye palette. So I popped a mini nail varnish into my basket, and got the freebie. I was delighted with it - three gorgeous eyeshadows and a little eyeliner pencil. I haven't bought anything from the 17 range for a long time, but I suspect there are regular offers just as there are with the No7 range.
So, now that I've learned how best to use this lipstick for myself, what do I think of it? It's a pretty decent lipstick, at a good price. The packaging looks very classy, and the staying power is OK but not brilliant. Although I'm not a lipstick virgin, I've tended to go for a glossier look for some time now, so this really was an experiment for me. I'm giving it four stars, and - especially if you can get it as part of an offer - I think it's worth a try. Looking at Boots' website today, I have to say that I quite like the look of Kissable too. And Barely Blush. Hmmm...
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)