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I have never been a lipstick fan. I've always found that application is too heavy and 'permanent'-feeling, making it hard to take off if you change your mind last-minute before leaving the house. This has applied to some of the more expensive brands I've tried, as well as the cheaper brands. With Body Shop lipstick, I no longer have this problem!
This lipstick feels almost moisturising, and is easy to wipe away. During application, this lipstick almost feels like it has the benefits of lipgloss without the over-the-top shine or stickiness. If you have visage commitment issues, this is the lipstick for you.
However, although it is not particularly prone to smudging, it does fade naturally after a couple of hours. I carry mine with me if I'm planning a day trip, but if you will not have a mirror accessible for three hours or longer, you may want to go with another brand.
The colours available are not shocking, instead offering a subtle twist to more extreme shades used by popular upmarket brands. There are a couple of strong red shades, but even the dark brown shades look slightly muted when applied. I have been searching for a red lipstick wearable during the daytime, and found that Body Shop offered the only shade suitable for me. For statement lips, however, Body Shop may not be the place to go.
It's also worth considering whether other companies work as ethically as the Body Shop, as the answer will probably be "no". Body Shop works with a lot of charities and uses ingredients from fairtrade sources, which usually sways my decision a little. Although legislation in the EU now prevents animal-tested lipsticks to be sold in the UK, it doesn't mean your money won't go towards animal testing the company does in different countries.
Really, this lipstick is my personal favourite because it feels natural like other Body Shop makeup, but if you are looking for lipstick to last for 10 hours (as so many other companies promise) you may want to shop elsewhere.
I bought two of these lipsticks about six months ago now when the body shop had a 50% sale on. The retail price per lipstick is £10 which I think is really over priced and I definitely wouldn't pay that when I can get a MAC lipstick for just £4 more!
Both of the lipsticks that I have are bright red (shade 06 cherry sparkle) however there are also lots of other colours available - mainly different shades of pink and red. The Body Shop describe these lipsticks as been long lasting and moisturising and they claim that the colour is intense.
The first thing that I like about this lipstick is the packaging, which is a very compact little silver tube which has a cool bullet kind of look to it. The lid pulls off and the lipstick comes out when the bottom part is twisted. The lipstick itself has a slanted end and it has no noticeable scent to it. I like scented lipsticks but this isn't really much of a disadvantage and I like that it doesn't have a waxy smell which most unscented lipsticks tend to have. The lipstick looks very pigmented in its full form and when swatched onto the back of my hand the colour is very bright and bold.
Once applied to my lips however I find that the colour does not transfer very well at all. Instead of being bright red like it is when swatched, once on my lips it is actually a pink shade, which looks very natural and subtle and you can't even tell I am wearing lipstick. Now for people who like the natural look I think this will be ideal for them but for me, I bought this for a bold red lip look which simply is not achievable no matter how much I apply, so I tend to wear this when I want an extremely natural looking lipstick, though there's not much point because my lips look barely any different other than a little more of a darker pink shade and slightly shinier.
The lipstick is very moisturising and lightweight and it does not dry my lips out, in fact it feels like Vaseline once it is on my lips and it makes them feel soft and smooth. The lasting power is not very good and I find that after about an hour my lips are back to their normal colour.
All in all I am dissapointed in the lack of colour and I will for this reason be giving it two out of five stars. I would have given it one star but I do like how moisturising it is which is why I've given it two.
I don't frequently wear lipstick as I can find them quite drying on my lips. Instead, I tend to stick to wearing lip gloss. However, on a recent trip to the Body Shop I saw their Colourglide Lip Colour at a reduced price of £6.00 (usual retail price is £8.00 for 4g) and thought as my face could do with some brightening up, I would give one a try.
The Colourglide Lip Colour is dermatologically tested and marketed as a lipstick which 'colours, moisturises and smoothes the appearance of the lips'. Great, this sounds just what I need. It claims to give you a gorgeous pout that lasts up to four hours via its 'butter like texture' and high quantity of pigmentation to 'provide intense coverage'. Some of the key ingredients really appeal to me. As well as jojoba and rosehip seed, the lip colour contains community trade maurla oil which is used as a moisturiser to promote smooth and supple lips. It does this by providing vital fatty acids which restore the 'skins moisture barrier'. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for healing the skin. Gardenia and vanilla fruit extract provide the fragrance for the lipstick, which although strong smelling, does smell really lovely. The strength of the fragrance doesn't bother me as it's quite a natural smell - I don't like lipsticks that have a synthetic smell to them.
The lip colour comes in an ultra sleek silver coloured casing which is fairly dinky, so great for popping in your bag. The Body Shop logo appears on the top of the take off portion of the casing. I think the casing not only looks stylish but as I have found is durable as well. The lip colour is available in 37 shades which range from neutrals like sheer pink (04) and clover pink (06) to sultry shades like rich scarlet (52) and velvet wine (62). For the more daring there are vibrant shades like coral splash (66) and neon pink (59). There is a handy feature on the Body Shop website to help you choose which colour is right for you by matching your skin tone and hair colour with the lip colour.
I didn't make use of this feature as I bought mine in store before looking at the website. I've had a nose at it though and I would use it to choose shades in the future. As neutral colours suit me best I chose the sheer pink (04) shade, this is a pale warm pink with a hint of apricot to it.
The Body Shop recommends using a lip liner before applying the lip colour to help avoid feathering and keep colour intact. As I don't have any lip liners I haven't been able to do this. This hasn't been a problem for me because I apply the lipstick at quite regular intervals throughout the day to keep the colour intact and I haven't had any problem with feathering.
I simply apply the colour straight from its case, it can be applied with a lip brush also but I am happier to apply it direct to my lips. The first thing I notice as I put it onto my lips is the colour. It does look very similar to how it appears inside the casing but applying it to the lips really does make the colour come alive. Even more so than when I tested it on my hand. It manages to look vibrant and fresh but not overbearing, it remains quite natural looking thanks to its sheerness. I am impressed with the depth of colour it can achieve as I can often find sheer colours can look a bit wishy washy. There is some transfer onto things like mugs and sometimes clothes but not a huge amount. Luckily it doesn't smear if I accidently knock my lips. Though put to a more rigorous test with kissing and there is some smearing. My lips feel and remain smooth and soft whist wearing the lip colour. I wouldn't go as far to say I find it as moisturising as a lip balm but for a lipstick it does a pretty good job. The initial strong fragrance does substantially fade away not long after application.
So what about its staying power? After all it promised me 'up to four hours'. Unfortunately, this is where it lets itself down. Four hours really is pushing it, I'd say it's more like two-three hours. That said, I've never found a lipstick that has the staying power it claims and I generally find if they do stay they do so with lots of dryness. The lip colour doesn't seem to mind drinking but it does fair quite averagely with eating. In that, quite a lot of colour is lost after I've scoffed my lunch. Overall, this is not a problem for me as I would generally be applying my usual lip gloss throughout the day anyway. I would say it would be a bit of pain for someone who doesn't like to have to do multiple applications though. However, the recommended use of a lip liner might increase its staying power.
I would definitely buy the lip colour again based on its depth of colour and moisturising effect.
Thanks for reading.
I've never been a big lipstick wearer, I am very aware of my tendency to chew and lick and bite my lips, so I've always been too worried about smudging to try them seriously. A while back I got a sample of a couple of the body shop colour glide shades (this is not a review on those) and wore them on an outing to the cinema-it's a dark room, even if I do smudge it, who's going to see? When I got out of the movie I found that my lips were in the same flawlessly colourful state they were in on entry. That (combined with much smooching enthusiasm of the girlfriend) persuaded me to jump on the lipstick wagon.
So I bought my first lipstick. It was logical to me to try the same product that had impressed me so I went to the body shop to pick a shade. The sample had been berry shimmer, an attractive shade but a bit muted for my skin tone. I decided to start with a classic shade-red-but with a modern twist. I picked shade no. 60, cherry sparkle, a pinkish red with gold shimmer shot through. Since then I've added quite a few lipstick to my collection, from various brands, but I keep coming back to this one. It's probably part nostalgia of it being my first lipstick, but it's also because in trying several brands I've noticed that higher end branded lipstick is on no way superior to this one. There are some products where quality increases proportionally to price, but lipstick isn't one of them.
This lipstick is supposed to "moisturise and smooth the appearance of lips", has a "butter like texture" and "glides effortlessly". It has "high colour pigments depending on the shade" for "intense coverage", and it "lasts for hours...leaving lips feeling soft and smooth".
WHAT I FOUND:
For once, the advertising blurb is spot on. I find this lipstick range intensely moisturising, I can wear this all day and they don't dry out or get "gunky"-you know when there's a line of stuff on the inner lip edge or the corners. The lipstick goes on the lips smoothly and leaves an intense and even coverage. The texture is indeed butter-like, though a butter that doesn't melt at room temperature...
I've been very impressed with the longevity of the lipsticks, it doesn't claim "10 hour staying power" or to survive through eating and kissing and "the collar test" but with the exception of a white shirt it lasts very well. I'll apply in the morning, then reapply at lunch time then evening. It doesn't smudge easily, it just stays in place on the lips.
I am also impressed with the pigmentation in all of the shades I have tried and bought. A word of warning though, if you try this on the back of your hand in store, some of the shades seem sheer. Don't be put off by this, when applied to the lips they have a darker base, and in my opinion it is this sheerness that makes them so uniquely moisturising, not drying and long lasting. They are still give an intense colour on the lips. This shows a unique understanding of lip colour on TBS part.
It contains various interesting ingredients, notable are lanolin oil, rose hip and jojoba, and community trade marula oil, beeswax and sesame oil. If you're not aware, community trade aims to provide well paying jobs to women in poor areas.
SHADES & PRICE:
There are a wide range of shades available, my particular favourites are cherry sparkle, dawn fizz, coral splash and magenta glow. I only wish they made a black. One feature I found particularly useful is on the website there is a shade guide for different skin tones and hair colours
I costs about £8 for 4g, which is an average lipstick amount. More than Rimmel but less than Chanel, and better than both of them.
© L Wade 2009
How often do you go away and forget something?
Yes I did it on the recent hop to Paris. I got as far as St Pancreas and realised my favourite Dior lippy was sat on the microwave back home.
After a walk around the stunning new St Pancreas station, I was dismayed to discover they didn't have a Boots! Then I remembered that The Body Shop (which they did have) do make up as well as all the other body bits.
For around £7 I wasn't expecting much. If all it did was colour me in for the Paris evenings, then I'd be happy. So after a browse and try of a couple of colours on the back of my hand, I opted for no 12, which is a brownish colour with a rose tinge. I like darker colours, pink do nothing for my complexion, and this was as close to my colouring as they had.
So I bought it. And promptly forgot about the Body Shop points card in my purse. Damn!
Anyway, a call of nature was answered shortly afterwards, so I took the opportunity to try it out. The colour was good. Coverage was as it should be, the colour a good balance across the lip. It felt soft and smooth (nothing worse for a lippy than to be sticky) and the smell was delicious! I've never had a lippy smell so edible before.
It also had staying power, wearing itself away over time rather than run to the corners of the mouth and all over the cup rim.
Overall, for £7 I was delighted. Ok, it's not taken the top job from my Dior tube, but for a daytime lippy, it's a good option.