Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Review: No. 7 Limited Edition Soft Matte Lipstick

Disclosure: Received as a PR sample

I absolutely love a deep, richly coloured lip for autumn and winter.  There's nothing like a shot of intense colour to brighten up pale winter skin, and so I was pretty excited to receive this limited edition No. 7 lipstick in the fabulously named Plum Rebellion shade.

Plum Rebellion is a rich, red toned plum with golden micro-sparkle.  The formula of the lipstick is very smooth and moist, and although the colour has great depth in the tube, it applies slightly sheer.  A couple of swipes will give you rich opaque coverage, but it isn't opaque directly out of the tube.

The lipstick itself is very comfortable to wear, remaining creamy on the lips and wearing relatively evenly.  One application won't last the whole day, but you'll really only need one or two touch ups to keep the colour rich and fresh looking, and it layers up very well.

I find it slightly strange that the lipstick is described as a "soft matte" finish, as it's not really matte at all, in my opinion.  There's definitely a slight sheen going on when applied to the lip.  Maybe the inclusion of the word "soft" is intended to convey that it's not a proper, traditional, dry looking matte?

Anyway, either way, this is a lovely, wearable autumnal shade, which is very comfortable to boot.  At £9.75, it's a little expensive for a mid-range lipstick, but if you were to use one of those No. 7 vouchers Boots give out so frequently, it would set you back just £4.75, which is a very reasonable price to pay.  Available until 5th October, you can find it in store or online.

What do you think?  Do you like to wear rich tones like this for autumn?

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