|Rock Steady, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird|
|Wonderland, Rock Steady, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird|
|Wearing Rock Steady lipliner + lipstick|
There are six shades available, and I've got four to show you - Wonderland, a clean bright red; Rock Steady, a deeper ruby red; Ex-Girlfriend, a pinky beige nude; and Firebird, a hot blue based fuchsia. Gorgeous, aren't they? Firebird, granted, isn't quite my cup of tea, and Ex-Girlfriend is a nice if dupable medium pigment nude, but really, when I think about Gwen Stefani and lipstick, I immediately think RED, so do excuse me if I mostly talk about Wonderland and Rock Steady.
I was immediately drawn to Rock Steady, and I found it to be insanely pigmented, so much so that applying just the lipstick straight from the bullet generally results in a wavy lipline - you need a liner or a lip brush with this shade, it's just so intense every little wobble will show otherwise. The matching 24/7 lipliner is a great match (obviously), and the combination of the liner and the lipstick makes for an intense statement lip which lasts well. Not as well, though, as Wonderland - which doesn't quite need the same precision on the lipline, and easily lasts the whole day if you're content to end the day with a soft stain.
Overall, then, these lipsticks are much what you'd expect - bright, pigmented, creamy colours with great wear, and a statement finish. Only Rock Steady really needs the matching lipliner, but if you want a really precise finish, it's worth having both. At £16, the lipsticks are a veritable bargain if you want a long lasting red; the lip liners cost £14.
Disclosure: PR samples
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