“ Brand: Ruby and Millie / Type: Lipstick / Suitable for: Lip „
Whilst using the advantage card machine in Boots, I came across a voucher for half price on Ruby & Millie lipsticks. I paid £5.50 for mine, they are £11 full price.
I was impressed with the range of colours and textures availible to choose from. Within each colour range (pink, red, orange, nude etc) there was choices of a textures such as matte, cream and gloss. I noticed that the colour seemed to vary quite alot within each colour type according to the texture, so don't just pick up the cream lipstick if you like the colour of the gloss one!
The packaging is quite slick and attractive, the lipstick is slimline and has a silver container and lid. The lid has a see through end which is really handy for checking the colour without the need to remove the lid.
I purchased the pink lipstick with a cream texture. Although I'm not really much of a lipstick person this may be the product that converts me! I tend to find that lipsticks dry out my lips and accentuate any dry parts. I also find they don't stay on very long.
This lipstick however was very different, it was a thick and creamy texture which glided over any dry bits, it moisturised my lips very well and left them feeling soft and smooth for ages afterward. The lipstick lasted well, even after having a cup of coffee.
The lipstick isn't specifically designed to plump your lips, but I though my lips looked quite full when I used it.
There wasn't really a smell to this lipstick, which I wasn't keen on, I like lipsticks to smell nice. But, apart from that I really can't fault this lipstick at all.
I first discovered Ruby and Millie when I was given a voucher in Boots which was for several cosmetic companies, and I noticed the stand of Ruby and Millie cosmetics which had been decimated by voucher owners looking for a bargain. It is a good and bad thing that Boots choose to give these vouchers out periodically because on the one hand you get to try something new, but on the other hand many customers rummage through testers and shades and leave the stand looking like it has been ransacked.
So the first few times I was given a voucher I purchased some other items from different companies and left the Ruby and Millie stand, but finally I thought I would have a look at the lipsticks as I like certain shades which sometimes are difficult to pick out.This also coincided with a tv show which featured Ruby showing how to apply make up to give a natural look, and I was really pleased to see she was about my age.
First of all if like me you are a little older than 25 take your glasses. I wear contact lenses but need glasses for close work and to identify the shades you will need good eyes as the lettering is very small on the lipsticks and in the shop lighting it can be difficult to see. This is quite important as there is a lot of difference between the cream and the matt versions of the same shade number and the look they create is completely different.
The first thing about these lipsticks is that they look stylish in attractive cases and the choice of colours is varied. I like to wear pinky brown shades but often find those can be a waste of time as it looks like you are not wearing any at all. The shade I picked out to try was called Nude and the first thing I noticed was that there was a choice of 2 varieties, one cream and one matt. This posed a challenge and I decided to by both as I had two vouchers. The lipsticks are just under £10 each so with the vouchers the price lowered to £5 each. They were labelled shade 840m or 840c the letters corresponding to whether the shade is cream or matt.
I have been delighted with both because although they are the same shade they are very different. Both however are a proper lipstick- they actually plump up the lip appearance and you look like you are wearing a lip colour which is pretty and at this time of year when the weather is harsh they give your complexion a boost making you look healthier and more awake. They are not like nude shades which need reapplying every 5 minutes at all. The difference between the matt and the cream is that the matt is more colourful and for me I tend to wear it in the evening if I am going out as it gives a more dressed up look, whereas the cream is more subtle for day wear but not too subtle that you are looking to reapply constantly.
If like me you have a drawer full of tried and tested lipsticks -not sure which one you may prefer, some just not quite right, this may change all that because I have to say since being introduced to these lipsticks I have pruned this collection down and have actually purchased more of these because they give me exactly the look I have been searching for.
If you are looking for a pinkie brown look and have no idea of the image these shades will create I can tell you they are similar to Rimmel shade 264 (coffee shimmer) Maybelline shade 633 (Desert Bloom) and to L'Oreal shade 237 in the Naturals Collection (Sienna). These similar shades are not in my opinion anywhere near as good as the Ruby and Millie products but give you an idea of what to expect. I would say that there is no comparison in quality between these and the Ruby and Millie ones in terms of staying power, look, and packaging.
Having tried the lipsticks I went on to try their blonde mascara which is designed to be worn by those with highlighted or naturally blonde hair. This is as good as the lipsticks so I am gradually moving over to seeing what more goodies they have.
So in conclusion this is an excellent lipstick in my opinion and one I have been searching for over many years! So next time Boots give out their vouchers I would have a look on their stand-I did, and now have become a faithful customer!
When it comes to lipstick I love the retro look - if I want a modern look I tend to go for gloss, so on the occasions when I use lipstick I like the colour to be bold, matte and retro. My favourite retro lipstick look is the 1940's style red, and Ruby & Millie's range include my no.1 lippy for recreating this look.
Like most Ruby & Millie products, the packaging for this is great - a sleek, silver tube, thinner than normal lipsticks. There is a see-through lid - useful for telling them apart when you have more than one!
There are lots of different shades in the range, and there are three different textures - matte, pearl, and cream. Being the retro queen I am, I am a matte girl and my shade of choice is 420M, a deep red with a slight blue undertone which means it suits the cool undertones in my colouring. I also have a nude (840M), a pinky brown, which is a good nude for my colouring as I hate nudes that are too barely there! For the adventurous of you out there, there is a fantastic heathery purple which has been featured in lots of beauty magazines this winter as being the 'in' colour, although I think it takes a lot of nerve to wear purple lipstick!
Application is lovely - the thinner shape of the lipstick means that it is better shaped to apply to my lips than other lipsticks - it fits perfectly into my cupid's bow. I find that the matte variety is actually quite nice and firm, which means that I'd never take a risk and apply this without a mirror as you do need to be nice and precise when applying! The cream variety though is far softer. The colour is nice and strong when applied and doesn't bleed or smudge at all - in fact I was recently in an opera which involved the men getting covered in lipstick marks, but when kissed with this applied it barely made a mark so I had to apply another cheaper lippy to use for that! Because I go for a strong colour, I do tend to use lipliner with this, just in case, and it means that this has great staying power - staying put for about 3 hours before needing a touch up. For such a strong colour I find that really impressive! It also doesn't dry out my lips like a lot of strong coloured lipsticks can do.
The effect of this is great - really striking and 1940's looking - perfect against pale-ish skin, or combined with smokey eyes for a really glam look (whoever came up with the whole "eyes or lips but never both" must have been so dull!)
My only problem with this is that I find it can be very difficult to remove! I can't apply this and then change my mind about it as it leaves a distinct reddish tint to the lips!
At £10 each, these aren't cheap, but for the quality of the product they're not unreasonably priced either. If you're after a bold colour then I'd highly recommend these.