Shanghai Suzy Lipstick in Miss Cassandra Peony - review


As you may know I'm on a low buy at the moment after deciding to alter my spending ban rules: I did over six months of not buying any beauty products (other than essentials like makeup pads), and finally decided I'd had enough and was ready to allow myself one purchase a month with a monthly budget of $50.

My purchase for May was two Shanghai Suzy lipsticks from the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which I managed to pick up without having to pay shipping (huzzah!). I was always going to buy at least one SS lipstick from this season's collection - despite having too many lipsticks as it is! - because I'm a humongous fan of the products. They're my HG lipsticks and, what's more, they only cost $12.95 each and SS is a Melbourne brand.

I chose Miss Cassandra Peony and Miss Tanielle Desert Rose from the Autumn/Winter collection because I learned from my issues with the colours from last season's bunch (reviewed here) to be really careful with my colour choices this time around and go for more muted, work appropriate shades that I'm more likely to wear on a daily basis.

Judging from my experience with each season's collection thus far, I tend to prefer the Autumn/Winter shades over the Spring/Summer ones (see reviews of the earlier collections here and here), purely because they're more wearable and I reach for them more often. Having said this, I always love the colours brought out each season, it's just that I've learned over time what looks good on me and what doesn't.

But enough preamble! Let's have a look at Miss Cassandra Peony.

Shanghai Suzy claims/product details:
  • Thick and creamy formula that's long-lasting and won’t budge when challenged (colours can be matte or nourish formulas)
  • Super pigmented
  • Contains moisturising agents to prevent that typical matte dryness
  • Colours are limited edition
  • Long-lasting hydration
  • Bubblegum scent
  • RRP $12.95

See swatch below. Miss Cassandra comes in the nourish formula, which I love because I tend to prefer creamier lipsticks over matte ones.

See below my bare lips for reference (note I've lined them with a lip liner):

There's a shot taken in the shade:

There we are in natural light:

And there's the colour in direct sunlight:


I've said it before but I'll say it again: I love the pants off these lipsticks and they remain the best formula I've found so far. So many people rave about MAC lipsticks and I really don't understand it: these are better by a long shot. They last longer, they feel more comfortable on and they cost a fraction of the price.

The formula is just amazing and they far outperform any other lipstick I've tried (except Lime Crime lipsticks, which are on par). Plus they're some of the cheapest on the market. Praise the universe that this brand was created! I don't even bother looking at lipsticks from high-end brands anymore (yes, that includes the Nars Audacious range) because why would I spend $44 on a lipstick from an overseas brand when I can spend $12.95 on a home-grown one?

I guess the one bad thing about these lipsticks is that only sixteen shades are released each year and they're limited edition so if you find one you like, you mightn't be able to buy it again unless you can find older stock online or the colour is re-released (which some of the more popular shades are). Having said that, how often do you finish a lipstick before it goes rancid or you get bored of it? I can't remember the last time I bought a lipstick more than once - no matter how much I loved it - because I like trying new brands and colours.

On Miss Cassandra Peony, it's a really lovely soft, muted pink that leans a little coral. It's one of the few pinks that suits me and I can see myself wearing it often. It's kind of a toned-down, pinker version of Miss Sally Watermelon from an earlier range (at least on me).

On the nourish formula: I really love it. It's super creamy but somehow the lipstick stays put, unlike most creamy lipsticks. The nourish formula doesn't last as well as the matte one, but it certainly hangs around a lot longer than I expected it to, given how creamy it is. I'm amazed! It's a formula I really love wearing: as I've mentioned before, my lips are dry and I always need to put some gloss on to keep them hydrated, but there's no need to with this lipstick.

I can't rave enough about these products and I'm loving Miss Cassandra Peony. It's a colour that's soft enough that you can wear heavier colours on your cheeks or eyes without looking overdone.

What else can I say about these lipsticks? If you haven't tried them yet, I urge you to give them a crack. You won't regret it!

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