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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

With liquid lipsticks taking over the beauty world, what better time to revisit a classic cult buy? Bourjois were ahead of the game with their Rouge Edition Velvet; a non-drying, intensely pigmented lip colour that feels as light as air to apply but has great lasting power. It’s so premium in feel, but at £8.99 it’s also distinctly easy on the wallet!

Rouge Edition Velvet comes in an extensive colour range, but I’ve picked out my three favourites for different occasions – an everyday peachy nude, a rock ‘n roll cool-toned brown that looks great with sultry eyes and then a bit of a wildcard for me…hot pinky-red! I find that the matte finish on the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks gives very bright colours a really chic and modern twist – I wouldn’t normally go for a fuchsia shade, but it’s so much easier to wear when it doesn’t have that hi-shine sort of finish.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

Above are the three velvety liquid lipsticks I chose for my looks – clockwise from left to right, there’s the punchy pink-red Fu(n)chsia, my cool-toned nude Cool Brown and then the pretty peach, Honey Mood. I love a peachy shade on my lips and I chose to really prettify this one by using a matching blush on my cheeks.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

I went for an old favourite, the Little Round Pot Blusher in “Healthy Mix”. It gives a lovely glow – I just apply lightly with a small powder brush. Here’s my pretty daytime look, gargantuan pregnancy stomach cropped out so that I can at least have a stab at being glamorous! I love this matching lip and cheek combo – it’s really fresh and young, I think.

The Rouge Edition Velvet in Honey Mood (shade 16) is incredibly easy to wear and a great option if you’re bored of run-of-the-mill neutrals.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

The matte finish of the Rouge Edition Velvet gives it all a very non-obvious, sophisticated sort of feel. But even more so, I think, in my “wildcard” choice:

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

Just look at that punchy fuchsia! It’s actually very red, so more of a red with a fuchsia lean than a full-on fuchsia, and I discovered the shade entirely by happy accident when I applied it in the dark, for a dinner, thinking that it was a true red.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

Other things that happened in the dark – such as putting on my top inside out and packing a toy iPhone into my handbag instead of my actual phone – weren’t so much of a happy accident, but at least I found a new lipstick shade!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

It’s a very good “wear it with glasses” lipstick – accentuating the lips and adding a vivid dash of colour to the face – and the formula doesn’t transfer or get all over your teeth, which is the prime reason I don’t wear bright colours too often. Very low-maintenance, me…

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

Here I am sexing it up with my Cool Brown (shade 17) – a “my lips but better” shade if ever there was one. I wasn’t in the mood for one of those nude shades that look like concealer, though they are very fetching with a dark and smokey eye. This cool nude looks just the right side of polished – it’s a smart tone, but the velvety finish means that it’s a bit worn-in, almost like a nude lipstick that’s been patted off and muted down. Perfect.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

I piled a load of Volume Reveal mascara on for this look (which, I suppose, is my evening look?) and and then lined my eyes with the Metallic Liner in a cocoa shade. Smouldering lady. Again, would be an entirely different story altogether if you could see the rest of me – I go outwards a bit like a cone –  but let’s not shatter the illusion. Ha!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

What do you reckon? Which is your favourite look? I think – and I can’t believe that I’m about to say this, as a die-hard “nudist” – that mine might just be the Fu(n)chsia shade with the Parisian stripes and spectacles. Very French Exchange Student. Though I’m also a sucker for the peach. Decisions, decisions…

You can find all of the Rouge Edition Velvet shades at Boots here – they cost £8.99 each.

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  1. October 10, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Hi Ruth! Is this a new formula or did they just add new shades?
    I love those fuchsia-red hybrids (and brights in general), but they have to be matte precisely because of the reasons you mentioned: they are more chic and modern and don’t get all over the place!

    • Marion
      October 10, 2016 / 11:53 am

      I’m interested in this too – is it a new formula? I’ve used the rouge velvet before and been suuuuper disappointed. No lasting power and fades weird and patchy. It went straight in the bin. But if it’s been reformulated then maybe it’s better??

      • October 11, 2016 / 9:15 am

        Hmm, not sure actually, but it definitely doesn’t fade weirdly on me. There IS a very similar variation, though, the Souffle one? xx

  2. October 10, 2016 / 9:08 am

    ohh, I’ve never tried these, but they seem rigth up my street!! The fuchsia shade really suits you!!

  3. October 10, 2016 / 9:21 am

    I love the fuscia/red colour on your Ruth and I love those glasses too! Where did you purchase them pretty please? Rachel xx

    • Ruth
      October 10, 2016 / 5:34 pm

      Hi Ruth – I also have serious glasses envy!! Can’t seem to find anything similar so would love to know where they’re from/ who they’re by! Xx

      • October 11, 2016 / 9:14 am

        They are the India in pink by Bobbi Brown eyewear xx

    • October 11, 2016 / 9:16 am

      They are the India in pink by Bobbi Brown eyewear xx

  4. October 10, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I am all about the brights, wearing them with glasses looks very French indeed. Great thing you got ready in the dark that day,

    • October 11, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Haha, every cloud and all that! x

  5. Rachel
    October 10, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Oh I love these, I have 5 or 6 shades, the latest was Honey Mood. I’ve not tried any of the reds…the pic of you might have inspired me though…I mean whats not to love about red lips and a breton stripe. Tres Chic!!

    • October 11, 2016 / 9:16 am

      I bet the more orange red is amazing too! x

  6. Hannah Chaney
    October 10, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Ooooohh definitely the French exchange student look!! I’m off to boots to recreate this look immediately

  7. Lucy
    October 10, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    I love these, I always have dry chapped lips (no matter what I try…) and these are the only matte lipstick I have found that I can actually wear. Lasts really well and doesn’t dry out too badly, and the colour is great.

    You have to be careful though as they do several similar looking lip products with similar names but different finishes. Some of them have a more sheeny finish and I really didn’t like these. Picked one up by mistake once and it went straight in the bin. Think they are called souffle de velvet or something!

    • October 11, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Yes, there’s a similar variation! x

  8. October 10, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I love the brighter shade on you, really wakes up your face.

  9. October 10, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I love liquid lipsticks so I’ll have to give these a try! There’s such a great range of shades too x

  10. October 10, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Oh that fuscia turned red shade is amazing! I have 3 of these (07 Nudist, 08 Grand Cru and 12 Bea brun) and out of the ones I have, Bea brun is definitely my favourite. Its (on me anyway) a gorgeous peachy brown, an almost my lips but better shade, or rather the shade I wish my lips were. Haha.

    I need to venture out to the more fun colours!


  11. October 10, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Love these, they’re beyond brilliant! Quite a fan of new Velvet Souffle that are sheer matte, have you had a chance to check those out yet, Ruth?

  12. October 11, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I’m a big fan of these, I have quite a few. I find they last really well and I love ‘Pink Pong’ (I think that’s it’s name, the label is worn) such a deep hot pink without being too Barbie!

  13. October 17, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Couldn’t agree more! It was thanks to your post on the Healthy Mix Serum that I paid a visit to the Bourjois stand & decided to investigate more of the range other than blusher section. I’ve fallen hard for ‘Nude-ist!’ & have since bought it thrice so I can have one on me at all times (glove box, changing bag & in my everyday cosmetic pouch). It really does what it says on the tin (well, tube in this case)- so velvety soft! I’ve just written a post about how lipstick can feel like armour if you’re anxious & this was in my go-to shades. NB: Boots have got a 2-for-£12 offer on Bourjois; I’m going to try that pinky red next!

  14. Cris_Rajic
    February 8, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Hi Ruth! I libe your glasses,could yout tell menthe brand,please? Thanks a lot!

  15. Aikaterini Res
    March 27, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    So wise of you to match the striped blouse with the red lip. Amazing combination!!!

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