Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liquid Matte: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist

I don't believe there's a beauty brand currently on the market that hasn't come out with a matte liquid lipstick product - even drugstore brands like Revlon and Maybelline have jumped on board (btw, I'm loving that the drugstore is following make-up trends more closely in the recent times!). However, the European drugstore has had their version of a liquid matte for a couple years now - it's the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet ($15.40 on Asos for 0.2 fl oz/ 7.7 ml). I would look longingly at the display every year when I'm in Poland, and this time I decided to pull the trigger and buy one of the most popular shades in the range, 07 Nude-ist.
I don't have a huge experience with matte liquid lipsticks because it's not a product I usually find comfortable to wear. I've tried a few stains in the past and I still own a tube of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (reviewed here), but I rarely reach for them - my dry lips don't really appreciate a matte finish. I have heard however that the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets aren't very drying and last on the lips a very long time, so I was hopeful to find a gem.
The packaging is simple enough: I like that it's exactly the size of a regular lipstick, so it fits perfectly into my lipstick organizer, and I like the shape of the doe foot applicator, because it allows me to define the contours of my lips with a lot of precision, making my lips look bigger without needing a lip liner. One thing to note is that this liquid lipstick is not scent-free; I don't think there's any added fragrance, but it has quite a strong chemical scent as you're applying it. It does dissipate though after the lipstick dries down.

I find the texture of this to be more liquid than mousse-like, as in the NYX Matte Lip Creams - I'm sure there are still silicones in this formula but I'm guessing not as much as in some other matte lip products. Nudist is a nicely pigmented shade, although I do find that it doesn't apply perfectly evenly - it looks a lot more sheer towards the inside of my lips than it does around the edges (you can see a little bit of that in the close-up photo). When freshly applied, it makes my lips look quite smooth, but unfortunately, within an hour or so it definitely accentuates all of my vertical lip lines. Instead of a sensual pout, I'm left with a mouth looking like a shrivelled raisin. Not cool. As for longevity, I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Even after the product sets on my lips, I still get transfer on tea cups, and it wears off quite easily even through light snacking and drinking.
L-R: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist, YSL Rose Stiletto, Bite Rhubarb, Revlon Lip Liner in Pink
Despite the name, Nude-ist definitely isn't a nude shade on me - but I wasn't really expecting it to be. What I was however expecting was a cooler mauve shade like it appears to be in the tube; it turns out though that Nude-ist is actually a lot closer to the color represented on the cap. It pulls a warm rose with hints of brown on me; very on trend, but not a shade that suits my coloring the best. I actually found Nudist to be very comparable to Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb. Both YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rose Stilleto* (reviewed here) and Revlon Color Stay Lip Liner in Pink are a bit more pink, but still quite similar.
I think you can tell by now that I'm not completely enamored with this purchase. While I really enjoy how Bourjois Nude-ist looks when I first apply it, it's neither very comfortable or texturally flattering as the day goes on. I don't know, you guys, maybe my lips are just not cut out for this matte liquid lipstick trend. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? What is your favorite matte lipstick formula?


  1. I can't handle these liquid mattes either. Too dry! The Maybelline one I tried recently was okay, but not completely matte or opaque, so I'm not sure it counts. The really opaque ones I find too high maintenance, anyway. The color looks pretty on you, though!

  2. Me too! I can't seem to find a good matte formula that I like (the closest ones are I think Burberry Velvet, the violet-scented old formula, which feels very silicon-y on the lips, much like if you are applying a silicone-based lip-cheek product: it blends nicely on skin but feels silicon-y on lips). Too bad for Bourjouis!! And that looks definitely pinky-coral to me rather than nude. Thanks for the review!

  3. I am actually a little upset with the whole matte liquid lip color trend(all look like bloody turd on me, more or less)...I guess they can release those all they want, but at the same time the drugstore brands just sack all the sheer one to make space for them...

    Anyway, I really like these kind of grown up brown rose shades though (wearing one right now, revlon lip butter in macaroon). Maybe I should get one for summer(when it's humid enough).

  4. I have the same shade and I agree with your assessment. It's a really gorgeous colour (just a step up from a nude on my skintone, as well), but the lasting power is pretty abysmal. It probably won't survive my next round of decluttering - I was actually just thinking about this exact product and its disappointments today!

    I've slowly been realizing that liquid lipsticks are maybe not my favourite anymore. I was really into them for a solid year or so, but it seems nearly impossible to find a formula that's exactly right. I don't think I'll be adding any new ones to my collection!

  5. It looks great but with matte thing...I guess I have to pass on it too for it really is too drying to the lips.

  6. I like that colour but I don't like matte lipsticks and lipcreams. Hopelessly a lot of brands just removed the shiny products *grrr*

  7. I tried one of the Rouge Edition Velvets while I was in France this past fall, but I thought I was getting a rose shade and it ended up being this awful salmon pink. So bad! I've never been able to wear it long enough to comment on how comfortable it is, though I dislike liquid mattes as a rule. Some of the recent releases (like MAC's new line) look almost painfully drying!