We all know the story, you desperately want to rock that perfectly applied bold lippy in an attempt to look like the modern day bombshell full of sass, but in the end, you always grab that safe peachy nude. I am someone who often likes to experiment with various different colours on my lips, ranging from bright reds, dark purples to neon oranges, in hope that this may inspire some of you to be more adventurous, and embrace the sass, I've decided to share some of my faves with you! I'm lucky enough to have the full collection of Bourjois' Rouge Edition lipsticks, and despite being released in January 2013, there is a reason why this collection is still on the shelves. The 18 shades are categorised into 3 groups: 'Preppy' 01-06 (pretty pinks and peachy nudes), 'Colour Block' (big, bright, bold shades) and 'Night Out' (deep plums and dark reddy browns). I have chosen 7 shades that are perfect to welcome the new year in, all are from the categories 'Preppy' and 'Night Out', as I feel 'Colour Block' shades are definitely to be saved for the summer season!
"It's ready to wear formula is enriched with ¼ of pure lace for a radiant, glossy finish and orchid blossom extract so it glides onto the lips leaving them feeling smooth, hydrated and protected for up to 10 hours. A "must-have" lipstick for every woman's make-up bag"
The formula of the Rouge Edition lipsticks is absolutely lovely, with a moisturising but rich pay off, I love the way they look and feel on my lips. I apply all of these straight from the bullet, no need for any brushes, cause real talk here... ain't nobody got time to apply lipsticks with a brush! The formula is heavenly creamy and feels so soft and nourishing for around 8 hours after application. The colour fades so evenly and leaves a gorgeous subtle stain on the lips, no need to be worrying about patchy pouts!
02 - BEIGE TRENCH
A beautiful pinky beige nude, perfect for that natural make-up look, beige trench is a perfect example of when 'less is more'.
05 - BRUN BOHEME
A dusty, vintage pink with a hint of brown that gives it a more mature, sophisticated edge. One of my favourites for that everyday look without being too bold.
'Night Out' family
13 - ROUGE JET SET
A staple red for anyone's collection, the slight blue undertone means it suits various skin tones and also gives it that 'ultra glamorous classic' look.
14 - PRETTY PRUNE
The name says it all, a pretty 'prune' (prune, really?) plum shade, the only description I feel gives this shade justice is a 'vintage vampy' look... if that exists?!
15 - ROUGE PODIUM
Although in the 'night out' family, rouge podium is deep red with a fairly bright orange undertone. Personally this shade is the perfect way to brighten up those dreary January mornings!
16 - BRUN COSMOPOLITAN
Possibly my favourite shade in the 'night out' family or even the whole collection, wow, that is a big claim. But, as you can tell by how much is left, this is my go-to sexy, vampy but sophisticated lipstick for a night on the town. This dark and elegant chocolate colour is the definition of bold, it beautifully defines my lips and is so easy to apply compared to other bold matte shades that I have tried.
18 - VIOLENE STRASS
This is also a favourite if I'm looking for more of a deep purple plum shade. I initially had no interest in this colour as I thought I really wouldn't enjoy it, but after trying it on with a subtle neutral toned eye to compliment the golden tint, I instantly fell in love with it.