Some people prefer lipsticks, some people prefer lip glosses. I am a lover of all lip products so I am easy…but one thing that eludes me is a truly wearable matte lipstick.
As a bearer of naturally dry lips, I do struggle with finding a suitable long wearing or/and matte lip product. Everything dries them out. Enter the Burberry Lip Velvet Longwear Lipstick…
They say: Burberry innovation brings a new finish for lips: a velvety matte radiance, inspired by the most opulent of English fabrics. Iconic pigments provide incredibly dense and luminous color, gel technology gives comfortable long-wear performance, while triglycerides and wild rose continuously hydrate.
Burberry make up is luxury and gorgeous; it’s a surprise to me because expensive cosmetic brands from fashion houses don’t always equal nice cosmetics. This lipstick is £23 which puts it in the league of well established cosmetic brands like Chanel and Dior.
The packaging is heavy weight and has the Burberry tartan logo – it’s understated and classy, thankfully;
The Velvet Longwear colours, if you ask me, are grown up and very wearable but elegant too. I was sent Rosewood to try, a matte rosey-brown, nothing like the kind of shade I would choose if I was browsing on counter. It is totally the kind of shade that was made for this kind of matte texture though…somehow my usual sunny orange corals would look wrong in this formula!
Even the lipstick has that pattern emblazoned in the wax!
When swatched, the colour is no where as severe as you’d imagine. It can definitely be used lightly as a stain for a more neutral rosey look or layered for a very intense look. With one swipe, we get a good amount of pigmentation…
If I were wearing this colour (which I grew to love right away) day to day I would use it a a stain.
I felt that the texture was very smooth and creamy at first, then it sort of dried a little and gave that matte silky finish which was remarkably forgiving, in that, it didn’t settle into my lines too much or show of the flaky dry patches either. It also didn’t dry my lips after (I find that after removing matte lipsticks my lips can look even drier…ie. NARS Schiap is one of my favourite matte lipstick colours (a hot pink!) but the texture is horribly drying).
Half a face shot – as you can see, Rosewood is striking, it isn’t just a neutral, but it’s not too OTT and can be work to work, for example, without looking like it’s too much!
I avoid matte lipsticks like the plague but I can tell you this is definitely the best matte finish lipstick I’ve used in a long, long time. I’d love them to add some bright fun colours!
You can buy the lipstick from Harrods online for £23 and also Burberry online.