“ Brand: Lush / Type: Lipstick / Suitable for: Lip „
Lush fairly recently brought out a range of make up, which was long overdue but well worth the wait.
This is my particular favourite of the lip colours, but before I talk about that I'll talk a bit about the range itself.
The principals of the emotional brilliance range are that make up should not be used to cover up, but to enhance. Putting a colour on should help you feel a certain way. So, each colour has a word and a phrase attached to it and by picking that colour it's meant to be your subconscious telling you you're feeling or needing to work on feeling that way.
The liquid lipsticks are made of a jojoba oil, rose wax and candellila wax base which singularly are beautifully moisturising and caring for your skin/lips - together, they're a dream.
These lipsticks are, first and foremost, lip CARE. Your skin should never be worse off because of your make up, and Lush have done a wonderful job of ensuring you're getting gorgeous, bold colour without sacrificing all the work you've put in to your skin care regime.
Strong itself is a bold orangey-red colour (more red than orange, don't worry!) that applies easily via a sponge applicator or by using your finger if you find that easier. You can put as much on or as little as you want, depending how strong you like the colour. I also find it mixes easily with vaseline or lip gloss to create more of a tint.
This isn't the longest lasting of the colours I've tried from the range, but it does last well enough and I don't mind reapplying as the bottle is so cute and the little label is a reminder to think Strong!
Soon after Lush introduced their make-up line, I went to covent gardens with my boyfriend for an afternoon. While we were there, Lush were giving out samples of their lipsticks. I have always been resentful of the fact that my pale skin means that normally when I put on red lipstick, I tend to look like I'm ill. So when my boyfriend picked out this 'strong' colour to get a sample of, I was immediately skeptical, especially as through the bottle it looks more orange than red. After putting it on, I was so impressed - my lips felt as nourished as if I has just put lip balm on, and I loved the colour! Needless to say, less than a week later, I had gone to my nearest Lush shop and paid the unfortunately high price of £14.50 to make it mine.
The colour is unusual, being quite orangey for a red lipstick, but in my opinion it looks fantastic! It also has the added bonus of leaving your lips feeling moisturised, which for me is very important as I often find lipsticks leaving your lips feeling dry and chapped. I also find the applicator very helpful - it comes in a little bottle with a sponge applicator on a stick.
I have always loved Lush bath products, and their make-up range is certainly not a disappointment! All of their products are suitable for vegans, have not been tested on animals and use few or no preservatives, making them as natural as it is possible to be - I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
My favourite store, Lush, recently released a makeup line. I was initially sceptical, wondering how a shop noted for bathing products could produce good makeup. I was also less than convinced by the way it was marketed.
The new line, Emotional Brilliance, was sold as a range of colours designed to promote particular feelings. There are lots of bright colours in the range, which encompasses eyeshadows, eyeliners and lipsticks, and the idea is that you spin the colour wheel and choose the three which most stand out for you. I've done this a few times for fun, but I prefer to choose my makeup based on what suits me rather than which colours jump out at me!
In any case, I didn't actually choose this colour. A while ago I popped into the Gorilla Perfume pop-up shop in east London and when I made a purchase I was given a goody bag. This contained two lipsticks from the EB range - including this one.
It comes in an apothecary-like bottle with an applicator (a bit like a lip gloss applicator), made of glass with a black plastic top. You can clearly see the colour inside and how much you have left. The lipstick is suitable for vegans and the base is made up of a mixture of jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. These condition lips while providing a long-lasting carrier for the colour.
This 'Strong' shade is a very bright orangey-red and it's certainly not a colour I would have chosen - I like red lipstick but tend to go for darker, more blue-toned shades. However, after trying this a few times I really like it. I find that it goes on much more easily than the 'Glamorous' pink shade I have - the latter was rather drying whereas this 'Strong' shade is much creamier. I can sometimes get away without prepping my lips properly, though I do prefer to be thorough and scrub my lips first as well as applying lip balm.
It is possible to dab a little of this lipstick on to create a subtle look, but I prefer to go all out with the dramatic look - I have plenty of lip glosses for less obvious looks. I tend to apply two or three thin layers of this lipstick, blotting in between. Like the other shade, this doesn't bleed or smear, so long as I'm careful to stick to my lip line in the first place.
Once on, the lipstick feels very light on my lips and doesn't dry them out. In fact I feel it is fairly moisturising and conditioning. I do love the colour - it really brightens up my face and also my mood, especially when the weather is a bit rubbish. I think 'Strong' is a good name for the lipstick - it does make me feel better able to face the world, silly as that may sound!
The lipstick costs £14.50 which is fairly expensive, and I don't know if I would have been willing to pay this - luckily I got this for free! It is a genuinely good quality product though, so maybe I would. It might be possible to track it down more cheaply on eBay. I think I would more readily pay a high price for this shade, rather than the pink one I have, mainly because the pink shade can be a little drying.
Overall I love this 'Strong' shade of lipstick and I've been much more impressed with Lush's makeup line than I thought I would be. In fact I am very tempted to go and try out some of the other colours!