Guys. I am a sucker for Bourjois’ packaging and marketing. Every time I see a new addition in their shelf, particularly their lip products, I have to swatch. I had been eyeing the Aqua Laque for a while now but awaited a good promotion at every Belgian/Dutchman’s favourite drugstore Kruidvat and lo and behold, I got two for the price of one and my Velvet in Hot Pepper now has new friends in shape of the Aqua Laque in Feeling Reddy and the Souffle de Velvet in VIPeach.
In photograph, left to right: Aqua Laque in 06 Feeling Reddy, Souffle de Velvet in 03 VIPeach and Velvet in 03 Hot Pepper
All of them have a doe foot applicator. Not my favourite way of applying liquid lip colour because it sort of just pushes the product around and that tends to get messy. To get the outlines of my lips right, I like to apply a big smudge on the center of my lips and use a brush for a cleaner line.
Not applied with a brush, lolz
Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet in 03 VIPeach, €14.90 ★★★★★
If like me, you’re a fan of lip stains and sheer coverage, this is your cue. I have yet to try any of the darker colours (love Plum Plum Pidou as seen on Pauline) to see how they fade, because with a colour as subtle as this you can’t really tell I guess. I try not to be a perfectionist when it comes to make-up (case in point: my not-so on fleek eyebrows) so as long as it looks good from a normal distance, I’m down with it.
I love how this wears off, it really does leave the light veil of colour Bourjois promises. It will cling to dry skin so scrub and moisturise, friends! This finish of the Souffle de Velvet is ideal to me: Matte, sheer, natural. Me gusta! I want every colour!
Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 06 Feeling Reddy, €14.90 ★★★★★
Last time I bought something that looked like a lipgloss was probably back in middle school* but Bourjois could seduce me to jump off a cliff if they wanted to so here I am, less money, more lipgloss. No regrets! As a gloss, it’s a bit less long lasting than its Velvet counterparts, but the colour stays.
*I bought it and wrote this before I got the Lancôme Juicy Shaker haha oops.
The Aqua Laque feels comfortable to wear, isn’t drying and has a nice, relatively lasting (for a gloss) finish. Because of the sheerness of the colour and the fact it sets quite fast, applying has to be done meticulously, if you’re a perfectionist. I’m not, therefore you can tell in the close-up exactly where I applied the second layer of gloss, haha. It doesn’t show from a normal distance, so frankly, I don’t mind.
Rouge Edition Velvet in 03 Hot Pepper, €14.90 ★★★★★
This was the first Rouge Edition liquid lip colour to come out and I’ve had this for ages, but I figured I might as well include it in this overview.
After Mac’s Lady Danger, this is the longest lasting lip colour I’ve ever tried. It’s beautifully matte, stays on forever and if needed, reapplies smoothly. Hot Pepper is a gorgeous and bright colour and the formula is totally buildable, from medium coverage to full on opaque red. It feels dry (like most mattes), but doesn’t dehydrate. Just like Souffle de Velvet however, it’s unforgiving to chapped lips.
So there you have it, the three different kinds of Rouge Edition liquid lip colour! Which finish is your favourite?