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I love wearing bright red lipstick, however only ever tend to do so on the weekend, but oneof my favourite red lipsticks has to be 'Bourjois So Rouge Lipstick'.
You can purchase it in Superdrug and Boots, where it costs around £5, maybe a bit more, however I tend to buy mine of ebay or amazon as you can pick them up for pennies and often the postage is free.
The lipstick itself looks a very vibrant red, however, when you apply it looks a lovely dull, red which is quite classy looking.
When you first apply the first coat if does feel like quite a dry lipstick and one that you'll need to coat with lipgloss, however this isn't the case. With just the first coat it is also looks a brownish red, but however as you begin to sweep it over your lips more this begins to change.
After going over my lips a few times, the colour begin so come through and it is quite a dull red, however is definitley a red and not a brown. It also seems quite glossy and moisturising once on, so there is no need to put lip gloss or lip balm on over the top.
It also lasts for a good while without needing to reapply, I find it normally lasts for around 4 hours before it begins to look a bit tired and worn, which I think is a decent amount of time.
Overall this is my favourite red lipstick and is defintley one that I'd reccomend, especially as you can pick it up for such a good price online!
Oh my god I am in love with this lipstick!!! This lipstick from Bourjois Paris is of the usual greatness you would expect from Bourjois!!! Bourjois is a good value for money make-up range. This Bourjois lipstick provides a more subtle red , leaning more towards a deep scarlet than a vibrant red which makes it look more expensive and classy than some on the red lipsticks available. Staying power is very good with almost no 'bleeding' around the edges of my lips. Plus I love the almost matt effect and wearing this colour has a magical transformation effect for my look. It also goes on really smoothly and has a really moisturising feel to it. I can most definitely recommend this shade though if you like you lipstick obvious and strong this is probably not the best product for you. Overall I'd say this lipstick is one of the best I've tried for moisturising and the colour is lovely. The only downside is that it's a bit pricey.
If you have read any of my other reviews (thank you) you will know I am on a constant quest for decent lip colour and by quest I mean sitting at home trawling through internet cosmetic sites. Recently shopping at the online store Direct Cosmetics I decided to get a Bourjois Lipstick from the 'So Rouge' range. The shade I chose was Trendy Rouge and for £1.99 you get 3g of lipstick, which is about the average amount. I have seen it for sale in other online shops and it usually sells for around £9.
Just in case you were wondering which Napoleon I was talking about in the title, that would be Alexander Napoleon Bourjois. Alexander Bourjois had been working in cosmetics for years before he set up his own cosmetics company. He is credited with making the first powder blush which apparently was a great improvement over the greasy thick formulas women had been using before. After Bourjois died at the age of 47 his wife Caroline Bourjois carried on the company and although the Bourjois family connection eventually came to an end, the company continued trading under the name Bourjois, as it was such a well trusted brand.
From what I can tell there are 4 different shades in the range and all of them seem like slight variations on basic red. According to Bourjois the 'So Rouge' range delivers pure red to your lips, which seems a roundabout way of describing the function of lipstick! It is also supposed to add curve to lips due to its complex of silicone micro beads and is light reflective as it contains soft focus pigments. The lipstick is enriched with mango and Shea Butter which helps to moisturise your lips for 8 hours. Can a lipstick live up to so many claims?
I received my lipstick in a little box which is slightly bigger than the lipstick. It is bright red and has a gold coloured silhouette ( you don't even want to know how I spelt silhouette before I spell checked it!!) of a lady on two sides of the box, with ' So Rouge' written in black across her shoulders. There is a list of ingredients so huge that you wouldn't believe that this was just a lipstick and that it had to be something much more complicated, like say a Nuclear Bomb! The box tells us that this is ready to wear red (so no self assembly, phew!) and it will leave your lips with a satin finish. The box is attractive and distinctive but I would say it is a little unnecessary, especially when companies should be trying to save on packaging.
The lipstick itself is attractive. Including the lid it is about 7cm high and although when I first saw it I thought it looked a little bulky, probably because it looks a little wide, when I compared the case to other lipsticks I had, I found it was smaller. The lid is letterbox red and tube shaped, though it is slightly narrower in the middle and it has a small silver ball shaped knob on the top of the lid. When you remove the lid the holder of the lipstick is completely silver and looks pretty. To reach the lipstick all you have to do is twist the holder and the lipstick rises. I would say that the lipstick is quite attractive and after looking at other Bourjois Lipstick ranges it seems they often go with this style of packaging (Lid with knob on top).
The first thing you notice when you put this lipstick on is the smell. God, its horrible! It smells like old oil and old peanuts. I am not sure if this is the scent of the shea butter or not, but with all those chemicals listed in the ingredients, you think they could have added just a few more and made it a strawberry scented lipstick or something (although perhaps the scent of strawberries and old nuts would be even more stomach churning!) Anyway its gross but I can live with it if the lipstick is good.
When you put the lipstick on it glides so smoothly across your lips that you feel as though it is softening them straight away. You can still smell the lipstick, but the scent does fade in about two minutes. I don't press particularly hard when putting this lipstick on and am left with a light red tint with a soft satiny finish that looks very natural. If you press harder you will get a stronger red colour which I would say is cherry red, but you still get the same soft satin finish, and when you rub your lips together it feels really soft. I don't know what they were talking about with the adding 'curve to lips' claim that they made as I cant see any difference, but maybe someone with smaller lips may notice some extra curve. I tried drinking with it on and it does transfer a little on to the cup, but a lot less than other lipsticks I have had, I pressed my lips to my hand (where is the boyfriend when you need him!) to see if it will transfer and it didn't. I would say the lipstick lasts about 3 to 4 hours before it fades and needs to be reapplied, but I am a lip biter and I put the lipstick on lightly, so it probably is actually a lot longer lasting than that.
There aren't many bad points other than the smell but I have noticed that if your lips are dry it will make them feel soft but it will also cling a little to the dry bits, which isn't very noticeable from afar, but is close up.
So overall I really like this lipstick. The smell is bad, but it moisturises my lip, gives good colour, doesn't transfer much and can be bought incredibly cheaply. I would buy this again and recommend it to others, even to people who are not keen on lipstick, as I am not a lipstick fan but feel that when used lightly this lipstick can give a subtle hint of colour with a satin finish. Thanks Napoleon.