Saturday, 6 September 2014

Currently Obsessed: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets

Hi, everyone! If you read my Most Satisfying Haul Ever post, you'll know that I made a conscious choice to end my lipstick ban recently (more on that in an upcoming post). I did so with a bang, snagging a few lovely lip products that had been calling my name for some time. Among my booty were two shades of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, which had, without question, been the biggest temptation to my ban since their release. I'd heard nothing but wonderful things about these bold, matte, long-wearing lip products. Rave after rave in the blogosphere piqued my curiosity further. Given the name of this post, you might guess that they indeed lived up to the hype! 

The Rouge Edition Velvets come in clear plastic rectangular packaging that allows you to see the shade of the product inside. Quite handy! They feature the name of the product on the front and the shade names and numbers are included on stickers on the back and bottom. The applicators are your typical doe foot wands, with no bells or whistles. Not a problem for me- sometimes simple is best! 

Both of the shades I snagged from this range are bright and bold (go figure). While their more muted shades are equally as beautiful, I thought my first dip into these products should be fun, cheery, and in line with the Vibrant Beauty Blog theme. I chose Frambourjoise, a warm reddened berry and Pink Pong, an in-your-face cool fuchsia.

Here they are swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in (L-R): Frambourjoise and Pink Pong

And here they are on my lips! Both shades apply with a creamy, blendable texture and dry down completely matte. I find Frambourjoise to be a bit drier and more sheer than Pink Pong (not sure if that's a consistent thing or just a random occurrence), but it can definitely be layered to achieve more opacity. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Frambourjoise

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong

And for a full breakdown of my thoughts on these pretty lippies:

  • Ultra rich, saturated colour- a little goes a long way!
  • Very creamy at first- applies effortlessly and can be layered without feeling heavy or gloopy
  • Despite the matte finish, feels extremely comfortable and lightweight on the lips
  • Does not leave lips parched or flaky- a rarity among matte lip colours!
  • Wears incredibly well and fades gracefully
  • Reapplies effortlessly as well- touch-ups are a breeze!
  • At $23 CAD, these aren't a total budget pick, but are still a great buy given the quality!
  • Not for those who like sheer, glossy lips- no doubt that these are matte and opaque!
  • Packaging is slightly bulky compared to other lip glosses/stains

I am so in love with these gorgeous lip colours. The shades are so bold and gorgeous and the formula is spot-on. Perhaps the best matte formulation I've tried! I've been wearing these almost daily since purchasing them and am looking forward to trying more offerings from the line. Keep your eyes peeled for Looks of the Day featuring these two lovelies soon!

Thanks for reading, as always, and enjoy the weekend! :)


  1. They look amazing wow! And the packaging is GORGEOUS!

  2. hmmm was going to pass but damn it. stop raving! lol...framboise would be the color for me i think.

  3. I love these! I have ole flamingo and it is gorgeous!

    Hannah Heartss x

  4. So glad you got your hands on these! They are absolutely awesome. I love their lasting power and staining factor, even though they do still transfer a little. Pink Pong is stunning, I wanted to pick it up but it was sold out!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  5. I'm honestly seeing these everywhere on IG, sooo gorgeous!

  6. Love these! I have both these shades and wear them regularly. I also find Frambourjoise slightly drier, though it's my favourite of the shades!

  7. I've only heard really good things about the Bourjois Rouge Velvets!! Your colour picks are so bold but they look amazing on you! :)

    Stephanie |

  8. The finish is beautiful on this lippies!!! A great buy!!
    xxx Kat

  9. OMG, this colors are so amazing. *__*
    Lovely greets

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  11. LOVE your blog! :)

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    Fleur x

  12. Lovely review Jen!
    I have heard nothing but amazing things about these.
    Both colours look amazing on you!

  13. love the colors!

  14. these are both such gorgeous colors! I cant decide which ones nice

  15. Those colors are amazing <3 So you!

  16. Out of curiosity, I decided to swatch these the other day at Shoppers...and I have to say I'm really impressed! I really like the colour that I swatched (I forgot the name) but I was seriously impressed that it left a stain on my hand for days. I have to say, I kind of regret not checking these out earlier when I was in London :(

  17. So glad you liked them Jen! We don't get the shade Frambourjoise in the UK/Dubai but its so beautiful

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx


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