Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets - the maquillage

What’s this? A potential contender to knock my beloved Ellis Faas Hot Lips off their lofty perch as my favourite matte liquid lippies? I was also skeptical, so I did some very thorough road-testing (tough job, but someone’s got to do it!).

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – Peach Club and Ole Flamingo* 

First things first: Don’t be fooled by the pretty, compact little packages – these babies pack some seriously pigmented punch. One sweep of the slant foam applicator and you have a true, opaque colour that sets down to a powdery, matte finish.

In the past I’ve had issues with long-wear lippies which can tend to completely dry my lips out, creating an unsightly, flaky mess. No such problem with the Velvet Rouges – no matter how many layers I slick on, the feel stays comfortable and non-drying. The formula can feel a little ‘wet’ on first application, however it dries down quickly, and that’s when I go in for a second sweep to really get the maximum impact of the shade. Once it’s set, expect it to be there for a looong time – over the course of wear, the shade settles down to a stain which doesn’t budge no matter what you throw at it.

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Out of the two shades I tried, the vibrant fuchsia Ole Flamingo (right) was by far and away the favourite. Peach Club (left) is a great little daytime shade perfect for the office, but the true wow-factor came from Ole Flamingo’s intense pigment and vibrancy, which is just gorgeous.

What I loved: The pigment is out of this world, the staining is budge-proof, and the formula doesn’t play havoc with or dry out my lips.

What I didn’t: I wasn’t a huge fan of the applicator, which for me didn’t deliver a precision finish, and with the slightly ‘wet’ formula, things can get a little messy. I found it was easily resolved by applying the product with one of my lip brushes. There have also been a few grumblings around the beauty blogger world about the ‘industrial’ scent of these lippies. I don’t actually mind it, it’s not something I noticed until it was brought to my attention, but they definitely weren’t made to smell pretty – you can’t have everything I guess!

So will the Rouge Edition Velvets claim pride of place in my long-wear liquid lippie collection?  Maybe not quite, but it’s certainly came very close to it. If it sounds right up your alley, you can take a peek at the full range of shades here.

Have you tried these lippies? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!