Now, I've really given some considerable thought to this product review and score, the results being that this review is a bit of strange one for me. Strange because this is a product I use daily - but after really thinking about it, I started to question just how good it actually is and why it is exactly that I keep buying it?
Generally, Boots No 7 doesn't grab my attention that much, I will walk past the No 7 make-up counter without that much thought. Their products don't look that special, they are generally inconsistent in quality and I suppose I just find them a bit...uninspiring. So what made me buy this product? When thinking back, it was only because I had a £5 off voucher. In Boots stores it currently retails at £10.50 - which I very much doubt I would have paid for this brand.
I have my favourites in all my make-up items, but lips are just a bit of a nightmare for me personally. I can never find that 'one' product that suits me perfectly in colour, comfort and durability. The constant reapplication and stickiness of lipgloss drives me mad and the constant mirror checks that come with lipstick make me self-conscious. So the reason I've stuck with this so long? Well, it's ok. It's kind of a cross between gloss and lipstick. I like the colour, it lasts a reasonable length of time and it isn't too dry. (Or at least it never was, but I do feel the quality of this product has vastly decreased since it was first launched.)
My colour of choice is 'Plumberry', failing that I go for 'Sugar Mauve' - the two darkest shades. It comes with 2 ends, the colour and the clear topcoat. Once you've applied the colour, I recommend you leave it to dry for a minute or two. In this time, it will start to feel quite dry and sticky - once this happens, apply the top coat, leaving you with plump shiny looking lips. The colour lasts reasonably well, I've found over the past year or two the quality has decreased and more reapplications are required - which gets annoying because the topcoat makes the colour not stick so you sometimes have to wipe the lot off and start again. Despite the 'stay perfect' name, I really wouldn't recommend this for all day wear. Long lasting it isn't, but good for nights out, or if you're going out for a few hours in the day.
Also I should note that the product itself doesn't last that long and the last bit of colour is impossible to get out of the tube, whereas the gloss will be finished well before the colour.
In summary. It's an ok product, but not worth £10.50. If you want to try it, get it on eBay, it costs around £6.50. It should be so much better, which is the one consistent thing bout No 7.
This is actually a two in one product - one end is a lip stain and the other is a lip gloss, designed to by applied on top of the lipgloss.
The stain is incredibly long lasting - If I were to wear it for a whole day, I would probably only have to reapply once, even if I had several cups of tea, meals etc. The gloss does not last anything like as long, so it needs reapplying every couple of hours or every time you eat. As there is the same amount of each product this means the gloss runs out a lot more quickly.
I find that the stain is quite drying and I need to take good care of my lips if I''m using this product regularly (typically gentle exfoliation before I put it on and regular moisturising lip balm whenever I don''t have it on).
The applicators are both easy to use - a fluffy applicator in the stain and a brush in the gloss.
This product comes in lots of different colours suitable for different occasions. Personally I use the brightest red one for latin and ballroom competitions and performances. The gloss for this one has tiny bits of gold glitter and has a really nice sheen. I also use one of the more neutral, pinky ones for everyday, which looks nice.
In terms of value for money, the price is not bad for such a long lasting product and as this is a No. 7 product you may be able to use vouchers - Boots often give you vouchers towards No. 7 products when you make other purchases.
This lip gloss has the colour/ lip stain and the gloss on the other end. It comes in all different shades, of which all are very pretty. Me and my mum have been using this for years, it is good value for money especially if you have one of the boots vouchers and you get your points from your advantage card! I think they are around £8 normally so with £5 off you cant go wrong! It is quick and easy to use, you apply it with the wand provided on both ends of the stick. The lip colour really does last! I would say it lasts me up to lunch time and thats with drinking lots of cup of tea and my mid morning snack! Even if you try it on your hand it stains the skin! However, it can dry up on your lips once the gloss has worn off (which is much quicker than the colour). If you do not reapply the gloss when needed the colour tends to leave a rim around your lips where the colour wears off from the middle outwards (this doesn't always look that pleasant). Although, if you try other lip colour and glosses sets around the same price range for example maybeline, they all do the same thing, but I found the gloss of maybeline wore off quicker than the no.7. The gloss from the no.7 one is quite sticky but it is smooth so doesn't feel horrible on your lips. It has a shimmer to it which gives it a great appearance.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Hope this has helped.
I buy a lot of No 7 cosmetics because I usually use the £5 off voucher I receive from Boots. Whenever I receive my voucher I almost always try and buy a product I have not tried before and the last time I used my voucher for this lip lacquer because I was wanting to buy a different lipstick and this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
It is a lipstick and lip gloss all on the same product. It comes in a nice tube kind of container but it has 2 separate openings for each of the products to be used. The tops of both are very easy to twist. One end of the tube is the gloss of which has a good strong wand. The wand is not very long but it is long enough. The top part of the wand stays attached to the product and so it has a good length to hold in the hands comfortably. The wand of the lipstick has a nice sponge tip. This tips is extremely soft. The lipstick can be applied using the sponge with ease. The lipstick just glides across the lips perfectly to give a nice even coverage.
The way to use the lipstick is to coat the lips in the same way as a general lipstick but then to leave it for at least 3 to 4 minutes allowing it to dry fully. It does feel a little tacky on the lips until it has dried but it does still feel slightly tacky until the gloss is applied, this feeling of tacky is the feeling it is supposed to feel on the lips, advised by the assistant to leave it this length of time etc. when I have applied it and rub my lips together I can feel it on them and I must admit it did certainly feel a little strange at first but a feeling I soon got used to after a few times of using it.
Once it has been left this length of time, it is time to apply the gloss. The gloss is at the other end of the tube and also has a nice sized wand and is also a sturdy one. The tip of the gloss has a nice brush of which has tiny bristles and are very fine and not rough. It can be applied in the same way as a general gloss and once it hit's the lips it feels really soft and smooth. Once it has dried in no time at all, both the lipstick and the gloss work extremely well together. The lips look a nice colour and shine really well without looking too overly applied.
This product is absolutely a delight to use and wear. I really love this one and once I got used to the drying time etc it has become one of my favourite products. I find this one does not irritate my lips and what I really love about this one is that it lasts on the lips for a really long time and that time being 8 hours. It also is designed to stay on the lips without having to keep topping it up. It also means by using this one that I can eat and drink and the lipstick remains on the lips. Simply a fabulous product. It kind of stains the lips and just leaves them looking beautiful.
When I first bought it I didn't believe it would actually last for the time the assistant told me it would on the lips but I was definitely wrong with this one. I tested it and ate and drunk lots of drinks for a good few hours on and off and the product remained on my lips. Sometimes when I have been outdoors I have just topped up the gloss on my lips but it was not always necessary but it did just give it a top up for my liking and the top up lasted for the rest of my day.
The length of the tube is approximately 8 inches and so a good size to pop into my bag for when I need it outdoors and it fits into my make up bag perfectly too.
Both the gloss and the lipstick size is 3ml and it comes in a variety of colours, some being a colour called lovely pink, nectar colour, day dreamer which is a light kind of pink, flamenco red, plumberry and sugar mauve. I have the lovely pink one and I think the choice of colours are a good selection for most peoples colour choice.
This costs £10 and is well worth the money, especially when used with a voucher because it is then only £5. An absolutely lovely lip and gloss product. It is extremely good value for money even at the full price in my opinion and I would certainly not hesitate buying it at the full price because it is worth every penny spent.
A must buy if you are looking for a good, reliable lip and gloss product that lasts for a long time. I think this is a super one for a girls night out, it means that no topping up during the night after drinking or eating.
I highly recommend this one for anyone to give it a go. I just don't think you would be disappointed and with the Christmas parties etc fast approaching I just think it is a good one for the lips and one that does actually do what it is designed to do for the lips.
I give this one 5 stars.
Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
The No. 7 range at Boots is a good quality range of makeup products which ooze style and sophistication in their packaging and advertising. The range covers every makeup product going, from face, eye and lip products to mascaras and blush, and it was whilst browsing my local Boots that I saw this lip lacquer. I bought this product last Christmas whilst buying a gift for my sister, using a Boots deal which meant that if I spent over £25 I would get a free makeup bag so I popped one of these lip glosses into the basket to make up the total.
This product comes in a nifty two part tube which contains 6ml of product. The first half of the tube contains the first half of this two step application, a matt liquid lip colour. The second end contains the gloss, a light peachy shade to spread over the top coat. The colour options for the matt colour come in six shades which cover a range of peachy pinks and browns and one red, and these are specifically as follows:
* 05 Nectar
* 08 Lovely Pink
* 18 Day Dreamer
* 22 Flamenco Red
* 25 Plumberry
* 30 Sugar Mauve
Being a girl who loves light brown and pink shades for everyday wear I chose the nectar shade, which is a soft brown colour. Within each lip colour you will notice a slight sparkle which is mixed into the lip colour to give maximum shine. The tube of lip lacquer is separated down the centre by a black section which illustrates the No. 7 log and the words 'Stay Perfect' in a metallic text. The beauty of this tube as with most of the No. 7 products is that they always look expensive, and therefore are often my product of choice in my handbag.
Either end of the tube can be opened by simply screwing them away from the black centre. The tube ends give a slick pop as they are pulled out of the lip colour and you are presented with a small wand for even coverage of the product. When new, these wands have a tendency to hold a lot of product and so it is usually worth scraping a small amount off before applying for better control. Both the lip stain and the gloss smell ever so slightly sweet however they do not taste of anything once applied. The matt colour is simply like any other lip stain however the gloss is arguably the best feature being smooth, liquid and not at all gloopy.
This product promises to last up to eight hours and be kiss proof.
This lip lacquer is currently for sale in Boots for £10 which I do not feel is too expensive given that this is, in essence, two products in one. However it is worth noting that it is readily available on a number of Boots offers which include their £5 voucher scheme and a buy 2 get one free deal occasionally. It is also worth noting, to all you who hold Boots advantage cards that this product will boost your points by offering 40 points upon sale.
As anticipated, this product should be applied in two stages the first being the matt lip stain. This goes on well using the wand applicator and leaves a slightly wet look on applying. It is worth waiting for the stain to dry before glossing which usually takes in the region of 10 seconds. Upon drying, the stain leaves a highly dry and powdery feel to the lips but leaves a rich sweep of colour. The second stage, you guessed it, is the gloss or lip 'lacquer'. This gloss goes on very smoothly with the applicator wand and feels light and yet moisturising. Upon finishing the process you are left with lips which have a highly glossy finish filled with colour and sparkle.
Over time and with the daily tasks of eating and drinking the gloss does lose its wet feel as with any gloss. However it does leave a sweep of sparkle across the lips which is very noticeable. Whether the lip colour lasts for eight hours is anyone's guess, I believe I am very hard on all makeup and nail varnish finishes. The colour does last a long time, in fact if I put on before work in the morning there is still a trace of colour on my lips long after lunch, however to last eight hours I expect that you would need to drink and eat very little and not lick your lips. This lip finish is kissable however, and does not transfer to your not so sharing partner.
I have loved this lip product from the minute I bought it, not only for the highly rich colour and sparkle it gives but also due to the fact that it is two products in one. Whilst I would not use the lip stain without a coat of gloss as it feels too dry on the lips, I have used the gloss on its' own, during those days when you want a hint of shine but not full blown colour. I only wish that the gloss section was slightly bigger than the colour to justify my usage.
There are a number of finishes that you can get with this product. You can use a full coat of colour and finish with gloss or, my favourite is to line the lips with colour and then to fill them in with gloss creating a polished look. The wand is fine enough to create a lip liner if excess colour is wiped off initially. As previously mentioned, this product can also serve as a natural colour lip gloss by just using one of the ends.
My only criticism of this product is taking it off, as after a night out you can be left with a stain on your lip which needs a bit of scrubbing with a soap based makeup remover to take off entirely. Or, if you are lacking enthusiasm at this stage you are left with a dark tinge the morning after the night before.
I love this product, particularly in the run up to Christmas when we all want that little bit of extra shine to sparkle in the Christmas tree lights. I have therefore scored it 5 stars out of 5.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my review.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
Recently I was buying some No7 products and since there was a 3 for 2 offer I decided to try something new. I was originally looking at the lip-glosses when I spotted the Stay perfect Lip Lacquer; it was priced at £10. The product is available in six shades and I chose Nectar (05).
The lip lacquer is presented in a clear double-ended tube with a black centre containing the general Boots No7 information in gold lettering. It doesn't tell you much about the product and simply states that to see label for application hints and tips.
When I got home I had a closer look at the product. The one end is the actual product colour and the other end contains a thick looking glossy product with a swirly pattern throughout. I peeled back the white sticker as directed to read the instructions. This told me which end was colour and the which end was gloss (just in case I had been too stupid to work it out myself). It then said you had to apply a thin layer colour, allow it to dry and then brush the gloss over the top. This seemed simple enough so I gave it a try.
To open the lip lacquer you have to hold the black barrel still and then unscrew the desired end. On opening the colour end I found a rigid foam applicator with a slanted tip covered in the colour. It is quite hard to describe the consistency, it is like a powdery cream and I immediately liked the look of the colour. Unfortunately I found applying a thin, even layer a little tricky. The product is not very smooth so it is a little patchy on the applicator so I found I had to run it backwards and forwards across my lips several times to even out the layer and remove some stripes of slightly thicker product. I found the applicator was not the perfect shape either so it was a little tricky to get a really neat edge. Putting the tube back together requires slight pressure to re-engage the thread properly and it is quite easy to mistakenly think that the product is securely closed when actually it isn't. Once I had managed to apply the colour I was pleased with the shade I had chosen, it is a nice natural colour for me and suitable for wearing every day.
The instructions said to allow to dry but I had no idea how long that should take. I gave it a couple of minutes whilst I put on some mascara and then decided that should be long enough and opened the other end of the tube. The gloss is accompanied by a brush, the gloss itself has very little colour, in my case there was just a hint of a peach shade. Using the brush it was easy to apply a layer across the colour base. I thought the gloss was quite thick and gloopy but it did go on evenly. My immediate impression was that the product felt very sticky and thick and I wasn't impressed, it felt like my lips would stick together and the slightest gust of wind would see me with hair plastered to my lips.
After a couple of minutes the lip lacquer started to feel much better, the gloss was unlike normal lip-glosses and it had changed texture and felt almost like a normal lipstick, I was still aware that I was wearing the product but it didn't feel so heavy anymore. In fact my lips felt soft and conditioned, almost as if I had put lip balm on instead.
Looking in the mirror a while later I noticed that the colour hadn't changed at all, I seem to have the sort of skin that makes many lipsticks turn an unflattering shade of pink but this one stayed exactly the colour it was when I applied it which is very unusual and was very pleasing.
The gloss is made to lock the colour on the lips and it gives a pleasant sheen but is not as noticeable as lip-gloss usually is. This was great for work but it might be a little disappointing if wearing the product for a night out when you might want to look a bit more glamorous.
The Boots website claims that the Lip Lacquer can last up to 8 hours. These sort of claims make me smile as they mean nothing really, it doesn't say it WILL last 8 hours, it might only last 8 minutes (and if it is longer lasting will it all disappear after 8 hours and 1 minute?)! However I have found this to be very impressive on the longevity front. I can apply it at about 7.30am and then go to work and the colour is still evident when I return home six hours later. The glossy finish has pretty much disappeared by then but the colour is still true. Sometimes I quickly apply another coat of gloss during the day and that was my lips stay feeling really comfortable and they look nice. I have found that it stays on reasonably well even when eating and drinking and is easy to remove at the end of the day with a general make-up wipe. I must point out though that I am using a very natural shade and so a little patchiness as it wears off is not at all noticeable but I am not sure how good a dark colour would look.
Many years ago I tried one of the very long lasting lipsticks on the market (I can't remember which brand) and my lips started to feel very dry and by the end of the day I would find the colour starting to bleed a little around the edges. This Lip Lacquer doesn't seem like that at all. I have noticed no bleeding of the colour which is great since I have more fine lines than I did many years ago and the effect would be pretty awful now. There is no dry feeling at all either, in fact my lips feel better conditioned than with my usual lipstick.
I do have a few niggles with the product though. The consistency of the colour is just a little odd and doesn't work brilliantly with the applicator; I have now worked out that I need to scrape the applicator in the barrel as I remove it so as not to pick up too much colour on the sponge and to leave it several minutes to dry properly on my lips. The other irritation is the white sticky label which carries the barcode and then has to be peeled back to reveal the instructions. I had to remove the instruction part as it wouldn't stick back down satisfactorily and looked messy but I couldn't remove the part attached to the tube without leaving a sticky mess. I am sure there must be a more elegant way of giving the customer this information, even just using easy peel glue would be fine. The name of the shade selected is also printed on this label flap so if you have removed it and know you definitely want the same one again you will need to remember the name. This is alright if you purchase in store as you can go in and colour match but if you want to buy it on line I always think it is very tricky to recognise any of the colours.
On the whole I would definitely have to recommend the Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer as it gives a great, long-lasting colour at a reasonable price which makes the lips feel healthy and conditioned. I have been using it for several weeks now and have been very pleased with the results and I get the impression that it will last a long time as it needs to be re-applied so infrequently and I don't seem to have made any impression on the amount in the tubes yet.
No7 is a very inconsistent brand indeed, some of its products are absolutely amazing while others are decidedly not worth the price tag! And this Lip Laquer is verging on the latter.
I bought it looking for a red lipstick that would not move and keep a vibrant colour all day long! While the shade was perfect for me, the strong base coat and moisturising gloss left a lot to be desired. The texture of the mat long lasting coat was too fluid and needed two applications at least to give an even finish : the problem was that you had to wait ages for each coat to dry before you put on the next one, otherwise you wiped off the first coat completely, leaving you with very unflaterring patchy lips and you had to start all over again. So not a quick fix.
Secondly, the gloss was so sticky I could feel my lips pop apart each time i opened my mouth and the glue would give way! I bet that was sexy to watch... On the plus side, the gloss did last a fairly long time.
The third problem was that to reapply it during the day (after lunch) was long and tedious. Moreover, even with make up remover, it never came off completely at night and made my lips very dry in the morning!
Finally, one last advice: do not eat in public with this lip laquer on! I went to a restaurant restrooms to retouch my make at the end of a meal with friends and my lips looked like they had been lashed and were bloody! The lip laquer had worn off except in the creases of my lips!
For the positives, it was useful on nights out or after work drinks, as little imperfections can not be seen in dim lights, and it did give the impression of fuller, healthier lips and it did shine!
No.7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer, 2x3 ml
£9.75 (which will earn you 36 advantage card points worth 36p)
Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer is said to give, 'Perfect colour that lasts for up to eight hours'
It is a two part system. You have the lip gloss on one end (available in 6 colours), and the lacquer on the other.
The gloss is a soft, silky gloss that glides on easily, the texture is more like a liquid lipstick than a standard gloss. It is a thick, rich colour and could easily be worn alone.
The lacquer is like of a similar texture, it's like a thick, clear gloss.
The idea is that you apply the gloss, and then seal it with the lacquer. The lacquer then sets, trapping the gloss under it, thus making it last a lot longer than it would without.
I find that it is easy to apply the lacquer on top of the gloss and it doesn't brush the gloss off, as you might expect it to.
The lacquer sets quite quickly, in around 30 seconds, it makes your lips quite hard and can dry them out if they are not in top condition - this limits its use for me as I tend to get dry lips a lot anyway.
I would not recommend using the lacquer when you have dry lips as it can sting a little.
Other than this, I quite like Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer; it is really versatile - the gloss can be used on its own, and the lacquer can be used with other glosses or lipsticks. I also like the texture of the gloss, it is quite moisturising on the lips - but then it needs to be to counteract the harshness of the lacquer.
I'm a little disappointed that it only comes in 6 shades, although the lacquer can be used with other glosses so this isn't a huge issue.
I think that the product is quite unique and its versatility makes it worth the price. I would recommend Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer, although not for everyday use as it does dry the lips out a lot.
I think that it is better saved for special occasions when you want to get on with things without worrying about re-applying every 5 minutes.
If you like the sound of it get in quick as boots are giving out those fab No 7 goody bags again, and don't forget your advantage card as the points you make are the equivalent of a 4% discount.
And unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your receipt.
I bought this product as I had been given a £5 voucher whilst shopping at Boots. This lip gloss comes in a variety of colours, I bought it in the lovely pink shade for £4.75. It is £9.75 if you don't have a voucher. There is a specific way to apply this product. Firstly one end of the product is the colour which you apply to your lip with a sponge applicator. I did not like how this colour made my lips dry and then with the other end of the product you apply a coat of the gloss with the brush provided. This left a colourful, glossy finish. The appearance of the gloss is attractive, yet it feels very sticky and my hair kept sticking to my lips and it was a real pain! This product has some plus points: it is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, so that is great if you suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin. The product claims to last eight hours, I wouldn't know though as the product is so sticky and nasty, I often end up rubbing the stuff off! I will not be buying this product again and I certainly would not recommend people to pay full price for it!
This was a suppose to give that lipstick-glossy look. I was given this by my auntie quite a while back. It was a red gloss with a clear gloss, so it could give those fuller lips.
I can honestly say that that the color choice was good, however with the color wand, I wasn't so keen on the brush as after I applied the gloss, it made my lips feel a bit rough, but if you add the gloss it does help smooth it out, however it can make your lips really gloopy rather than glossy, and sadly just like any gloss it doesn't last forever. Which is a shame, cause there could have been good results.
But I will say this that it is quite expensive approx seven to eight pounds, which is quite expensive for a gloss that makes your lips feel rough rather than glossy and smooth.
You can get this gloss in several ranges of colors including brown and nude, pink and clear.
But however it is good if you don't like topping your lipstick every five minutes cause the base colors normally is long lasting, but no the gloss sadly.
Overall, I wouldn't buy this product again, and to be honest I would rather just stick to slapping some random lip stick and some random lip gloss rather buy this cause I'll save a bit more money and I wouldn't be wasting the product as much. But if this product didn't give the rough touch I would buy this more often and given this a higher rating, so I'm going to give this three out of five stars.
The No7 range is so vast these days that if you haven't tried anything before, its very easy to become lost in what the benefits of each and every product are. The No7 Stay Perfect Lip Laquer, is a laquer as opposed to a lipstick as its painted onto the lips with a soft sponge type applicator.
If you haven't used this type of product before you may find it hard to see what the real beauty of the product is, but after using it, you should find that its a much easier and more precise way for you to apply your lippy.
It really does stay put once you have applied it and only needs topping up every now and then. Boots say it can offer you perfect lip colour that can last up to eight hours and its generally very capable of doing just that.
Its a hypo allergenic product thats also fragrance free. It has a wand type applicator with one end full of the lip laquer in shades such as, Sugar mauve, Plum berry, Day dreamer, Flamenco red, Lovely pink and Nectar and the other end full of a complimentary shade of lip gloss.
Best practice would be to use a good lip liner first, then fill in with the No7 lip laquer, let that set and dry a little and then follow up with as much or as little of the gloss as you choose, in order to get the look you want. The more gloss you apply the fuller your lips look, but you do seem to apply it more that way.
At a price of around £9.75 these days, its not a cheap product, but it does have lots of staying power, so I would say that its always best to buy when there is a discount voucher or deal in store. As this could bring it down to as little as £4.75, which to me is a real deal.
Quick tip: by alternating the colour of the lip liner pencil you use you can get different looks from just one shade of the lip laquer, making this a very versatile product indeed.
Boots have been giving away £5 vouchers for no7 products for weeks now. This is obviously to encourage more people to purchase from the no 7 line, I must admit it is working for me as I have purchased an item every time I have got a no 7 voucher.
This time I purchased the No7 Stay Perfect Lip Laquer which cost me £4.75 thanks to my voucher. Other wise I would of been paying £9.75.
What struck me about this lipgloss was the fact it is two lipglosses in one. The shade I choose was "Flamenco red" which came with a cherry glossy red and a darker more deeper red.
The cherry red gloss looked a bit bright my friend pointed out, however when i applied it i was very surprised as it isn't actually bright at all on my lips it just give a really high glossy shine.
What no 7 has done is teamed two glosses together that are suitable to use together, you use one for the base colour and the other to add a glossy shine so ultimately you have two coats of gloss on your lips which does last a long time on the lips as you can imagine with the extra coat.
Boots say this lasts up to 8 hours. I haven't wore this 8 hour straight but the few hours I wore it did last quite well however the gloss coat did ware off a bit and start to feel a bit grubby and sticky.
I do really like this lipgloss duo however, as it does look really nice on and is a great combination. I like the fact you can have two looks with this lipgloss you can choose to have a matte lip or a glossy one. The lipgloss has a very solid colour and has great coverage so for people who have dark lips and struggle to wear lip colours as their lip colour shows through this is very effective as it covers it very well.
The packaging is simple yet elegant. The middle of the two glosses has a shared lid for both with gold writing saying no 7 which adds to the elegance of the product.
I definitely would use this lipgloss again, i wouldn't say it has a durability that no 7 claims it has but it does last quite a far amount of time for a lipgloss.
Being that it is that time of the year with Boots giving away their £5.00 vouchers again, this makes it really hard work for me. As everytime I use one they give you back another one that then has you looking for yet another item to buy and it goes on and on ( I'm glad when they get to the expiry date in the end as I can't even give them away as everyone seems to have some!).
Well I was looking for a nice lip gloss that would stay on, but not be to sticky so that if a gush of wind blew up on my hair that then gives me a look of having a moustache as it is stuck to my top lip!. I have been hard pushed to find one that I really like.
Now I do like most of No7 products, so with having a £5.00 voucher as well, I decided to look there for one. It was then I spotted these Stay Perfect Lip Laquers. These are double ended and have two clear ends so you can see what the colours are like. Now normally when I have got a double ended lip gloss, one end is usually a clear gloss to go over the actual colour of the other end. This one was different it had a nice plum colour at one end and the other end had what I can only describe as a marbley browny end.
So I went for this one which was in the shade of "Plumberry". When I got home I decided to try it and put it on and found that the plum colour was a really nice colour and made your lips look really nice, but when I applied the other end it completely changed the colour of this lip gloss. This was a nice light beige colour and this end is the gloss end that you apply after the first colour has dried. Both have a small applicator, with the main colour having a sponge tip and the gloss end having a fine brush.
Well these go on so well and being that they are supposed to last for 8 hours are a good buy ( I wouldn't say mine lasted for 8 hours, but it did last for quite a while!). So in fact you can have three different looks as you can use each end on it's own or together, of course if applied together it will last a lot longer on the lips and it wasn't all tacky and sticky like some that I have used in the past. I really liked this one and will definitely buying some more of these in different colours. Talking of colours there are a few to choose from being;
~~~05 Nectar~~~ A soft light brown colour
~~~08 Lovely Pink~~~ A deep pink colour
~~~18 Day Dreamer~~~ A softer light pink
~~~22 Flamenco Red~~~ A red colour, but not that vibrant
~~~25 Plumberry~~~ A lovely plum colour
~~~30 Sugar Mauve~~~ A much deeper pink colour
With each lip gloss containing 6ml and costing £9.75 it doesn't work out to expensive if you have a voucher as well, you will also receive 36 points if you have a Boots loyalty card as well. So with my other voucher I will proberly go and buy no.22 Flamenco Red as I hear that red is a popular colour for next season!!.
Having tried literally 100's of lipglosses that promise everything from plumper lips to a 'long lasting' colour, it's safe to say i was pretty pessimistic when i bought this. At just short of £10 it seemed quite pricey, but i had a £5 off voucher, so figured it would be a good time to try it, then if it didn't live up to what it was saying, i wouldn't have wasted too much money!
The cashier informed me "Once it's on it stays on, you'll need eye make-up remover to take it off" and then proceeded to try and sell me some. I got the plumberry colour, as i like slightly darker shades. You put the colour on first and then let it dry, you just need one layer, it's a fairly strong colour but not too over-powering. As it was drying it did go quite sticky and the feeling does take a bit of getting used to. Once its dry, you put the gloss on top.
The promise is that it lasts 8 hours, although the gloss does come off pretty quickly, the colour does stay put and she wasn't kidding, it really does take some getting off! A lipgloss that does what it says, surely not?! I was impressed with this, for a lipgloss, it is very good. Lasts longer than any i've ever tried before.
So if you've got one of those £5 off vouchers burning a hole in your pocket, why not try one? You never know......you might actually find you like it.
I recently bought a couple of make up items from the No7 range at Boots. At the time, all No7 products were on a '3 for 2' promotion, so of course I had to choose a third free item and decided on the No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer, after all you can never have enough lip sticks and lip glosses ...right?
~ About No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer ~
This is advertised as a new addition to the N07 range and promises 'Perfect colour that lasts up to 8 hours'. Being the type of person whose lipstick slides off within 10 minutes of applying, I bought it in the hope that it would live up to it's claim.
This lip lacquer comes in a long tubular shaped, double ended container with each end holding 3ml of product. One end contains the lip colour and has a sponge applicator brush, while the other contains a finishing gloss with a brush applicator.
No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer comes in 6 shades:
I chose the Flamenco Red Shade. I like wearing red lipsticks when I am going out as I have dark hair, however I also have blue eyes and olive skin...an awkward combination. This means that pinky reds and orangey reds are a big No No, and it has to be a deep, darker red. Testing this in the shop it was definitely my kind of red.
The middle section of the tube is the classic black and gold No7. On the whole this looked like a pretty classy product, as most No7 items do. There is no ingredients listed either on the product, or under the product ingredients list on the website (it just states 'active ingredients' here), however we are informed on the product that it is hypo-allergenic and has a use within 24 months symbol.
The cost of a No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer is £9.95. Definitely mid- higher end price wise in my opinion. As I did with this product, you can quite probably pick it up on some kind of offer, No7 seem to be permanently on one or another.
~ Using No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer ~
If you peel back the bar code on this product you will find instructions for application. This advises you to:
" First apply a thin layer of colour and allow to dry, then brush on the gloss for comfort and shine. Reapply as desired".
So applying it isn't rocket science and pretty easy to do. The lip colour dry's in a couple of seconds so with a dash of gloss your away.
However wearing it I wasn't impressed at all, for quite a few reasons. I'd worn this a few times before I was ready to review it, but tonight to prepare for this review decided to conduct a detailed experiment. So here goes!
I apply the lip lacquer as per instructions...colour first, then gloss after a few seconds...easy peasy. Feels quite tacky and heavy though.
Lips are looking really good. Strong colour, good gloss, sexy pout. Blow myself a kiss in the mirror and flick my hair. Big mistake, my hair is stuck to my face now. Peel it off and go about my business.
*Kiss Test ... 15 minutes after application*
Have gave Brad and Johnny the night off, so chase my 4 year old for a smacker instead and plant one on her cheek. No colour transferred onto her, much to her disappointment, but she does have a greasy patch, off the gloss.
Look in the mirror and see colour is very much still present on my lips, but gloss has all but gone, leaving it a bit dull looking already.
*Fag and Wine Test...30 minutes after application*
Pleased to note no greasy end to my cigarette and not even a tiny mark on the wine glass, so obviously this colour doesn't transfer...which is good.
My lips however are feeling a bit dry and artificial feeling, looking in the mirror the gloss has completely gone, and the colour has faded to a dark pinky dull colour, and is lighter on the inner parts of my lips, don't like this at all. Rubbing my lips together is far from smooth and I'm not keen on the feeling.
*Eating and Drinking Test...1 hour after application*
I already had my tea before embarking on my little experiment, however I find a Galaxy bar in the cupboard and so abandon my diet in the name of research (really!). You can't have chocolate without a nice cuppa so I boil the kettle as well and sit back and enjoy.
Lips are now feeling very dry and rubbing them together is a tad uncomfortable. Looking in the mirror I am shocked at my 'Stay Perfect 8 hour lasting lip colour'. Rather than a luscious glossy red pout, I have faded pink stains on my lips, with the middle colour just about gone, but a deep stain around the outline of my lips. Do you remember Caroline from BB1? Well I now have a similar look going on ( for those who don't remember ... Google her, arrggghhh!) NOT a good look at all! In fact I look like I've just ate the punnet of cherries sitting in the fridge and forgot to wipe my mouth. The colour is also seeping off my lips into the little lines on the skin around my mouth.
I add a bit more of the gloss part of the product, and this does remedy the situation somewhat, however I might as well just have tinted lip gloss on now as I have lost the luscious red colour. Also within 10 minutes the gloss has disappeared and my lips are starting to feel dry again. I'm disappointed and end my experiment.
~ Conclusion ~
It's probably pretty obvious that I am less than impressed with this product.
The gloss part of this product is thick, heavy and tacky and doesn't last very long, while the colour part stains and dries your lips. While I'm never convinced with long lasting claims where lipstick is concerned, I think after advertising this product as lasting up to 8 hours, it's not unreasonable of me to expect more than an hour with out looking like Caroline 'caggy' O'Shea.
It's also not cheap. I have had far better lip colour and glosses of a similar design for a lot cheaper. No7 do have some very good products, but part of me wonders if they now believe themselves to be a 'higher end' brand than they actually are? This Lip Lacquer definitely isn't worth the money, infact I wouldn't buy it again at half the price! (or take it as a free gift ;-) )
The positives I can find with regards to this lip lacquer, and it is a struggle, would be that the colour doesn't transfer. Though this is far from enough to win this product over for me. I am just trying to be kind!
It also is a really nice colour when first applied. I'm disappointed that it's performance is so poor, as I really love the colour and it would have become a favourite.
All in All I'm afraid I can not recommend this product. A paltry 1 star from me I'm afraid.