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If you know me then you’ll know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with any form of matte lipstick. My collection is becoming slightly out of hand and of course, it will continue to grow indefinitely. When Superdrug contacted me to ask if I wanted to review the new Rouge Velvet collection it was only polite to say yes:) You should have seen my face when I opened the package, I was totally in my element and was smiling from ear to ear.

I have tried the Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks and was impressed by the formula of them so was interesting to see how these would compare.


There are 12 stunning shades in the collection that claim to combine extreme wear with a matte finish up to 24 hours while giving your lips a lightweight and moisturised feeling.

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They are priced at £8.99 which I feel is reasonable considering the quality that they hold.  The shade selection ranges from your everyday nudes, hot pinks and corals which are perfect for the warmer months and also your deeper reds and Mauves which will be perfect for the autumnal season. I truly feel that there is a shade to suit everyone, whatever the season or occasion.

Also, I want to personally thank whoever invented the names of these lipsticks as I feel a lot of thought went behind the fun and witty names which include…

01 Hey Nude!
02 Flaming’rose
03 Hyppink chic
04 Hip Hip Pink
05 Brique-à-bracbrac
06 Abrico’dabra!
07 Joli carmin’oisJoli carmin’ois
08 Rubi’s cute
09 Fuchsia botté
10 Magni-fig
11 Berry formidable
12 Brunette

Light swatches

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea behind the vibrant and sleek packaging of these lipsticks. The fact that the colour of the casing is the same as the shade inside makes it extremely easy to pick out which shade I want to wear…Why can’t all lipsticks be like this? I honestly feel that the colour of the casing is extremely accurate to the shade which is pretty genius if you ask me.

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Another genius thing about these lipsticks is the unique teardrop shape that the bullet holds which makes them effortless to apply without smudging over the edges. It’s particularly helpful when applying the darker shades as you really do get that precise application. The initial thing that I notice upon application was at just how pigmented they were. All it took was just one swipe to get an opaque colour payoff.

Just as described these lipsticks feel extremely moisturising on the lips and dry down to a comfortable velvety matt within seconds.  I personally always apply a lip balm before applying lipstick just to keep my lips as supple as possible. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no flaking or dry patches in sight which is pretty rare for me when wearing matte lipsticks.



I’m always sceptical when brands market their products to last for up to 24 hours. Who wants to keep their lipstick on for that long without having the urge to reapply? Anyhow, I did test out the longevity of these lipsticks and I must confess that I was completely taken back on how long it actually lasted on my lips after eating and drinking several times throughout the day. It lasted a good 8 hours before it started to wear off… 8 hours!!! I have never experienced this with any lipstick so I feel they will be a safe choice to opt for if you have a long day or evening ahead and you don’t want to faff around with reapplying your lipstick.


I also want to quickly mention the Bourjois Miraculous Contour Lip Liner and primer which is another new release by Bourjois. It claims to have a universal ‘magic shade’ to line any lipstick colour. It is designed to provide precise lip definition to prevent smudging and bleeding and to also smooth and plump lips finish. I have only used it a couple of times to test out with the matte velvets and I did note that it helped prevent the lipstick from smudging and my lips did feel much smoother. I can’t, however, say that I saw any plumping effect. It retails for  £5.49 and I feel it will be a great product to use when applying darker lipsticks to prevent smudging and bleeding.

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Overall thoughts 

These lipsticks may be a tad pricier than the typical drugstore prices but I feel that they definitely make up for it in quality. I was pleasantly impressed by the unique and varied colour selection, pigmentation and longevity of these lipsticks. For a matte lipstick, they feel moisturising and velvety on the lips without cracking or flaking throughout the day. I have a feeling that quite a few of these shades will definitely see me through autumn and become a staple in my makeup bag. You can buy them here at Superdrug.

Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick? What are your thoughts?


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