Sportsgirl Pout About It! Lip Colour in Birthday Suit - review and swatches


I've mentioned before on this blog how much I love Sportsgirl lipsticks. We all have products that we're prepared to pay more for and products that we're not.

For me, I'll happily pay extra for things like decent skincare and base products, but I don't want to fork out a lot for lipstick because I can't really tell the difference between a quality budget product like this one and a decent high-end lippie (aside from the packaging). Also, I tend to change up my lipsticks so much - and I've thrown out so many over the years that I haven't got much use from - that it's not worth it for me.

Anyhoo. Sportsgirl lipsticks have to be one of the best budget options on the market. They cost $9.95 each and they last incredibly well on the lips, plus they're comfortable to wear and come in a broad range of colours that changes seasonally.

I'm happy to pick up a couple of these each season, knowing that it doesn't really matter if I don't wear the product to death because I didn't pay that much for it in the first place. I think if I really loved an expensive, every day shade from another brand I would buy it (and indeed I have), but when it comes to colours I won't wear that often - like crazy purples or neon oranges - I don't want to spend too much on something that I'll only wear when I'm going out.

I bought Birthday Suit because my husband loved this sample lipstick I had from Hourglass (he likes nude shades on me but not brights). It was in the colour Grace, and while I liked it well enough, I felt that it washed me out a bit so I didn't want to go and spend $50 odd dollars on it. As a compromise, I went into Sportsgirl with the Hourglass sample product and found that Birthday Suit was a pretty close match.

Below I've swatched it in sunlight:

Sportsgirl claims/product details:
  • Vibrant lipstick colour that moisturises and protects
  • Not tested on animals
  • 'Birthday Suit' is a peachy nude shade in the cream formula
  • RRP $9.95 for 4g

My bare lips for reference:


There's a shot taken in the shade:

Below I've photographed it in different lights so you can see how the colour changes (below it looks more peach):

Here it looks more warm and beige:

Here it looks more cool and beige:


I love Sportsgirl lipsticks and this one is no exception. I mostly have matte formulas and this is the first cream one that I've tried, and while it doesn't last quite as well as the matte products (I wouldn't expect it to), it does a pretty good job.

It's creamy and hydrating, and it's sheer enough that I can use it over a brighter colour to tone it down, without covering the colour underneath too much. It's also buildable, so you can layer it on for extra colour if you wish.

Sportsgirl lipsticks don't have a strong scent, so you should be ok with them if you don't like fragranced products. I also like that they're cruelty free: I've recently become more interested in buying cruelty free, so I'm happy that these aren't tested on animals.

Birthday Suit is an inoffensive nude that should suit a lot of people. If it can wash you out a little (as it does me), you can always warm it up by putting a coloured lip liner underneath it. It's the kind of every day shade that you'll find yourself reaching for often, particularly if you tend to focus on your eyes or cheeks and need a more muted colour for your lips.

In sum, I really love these lipsticks and can't recommend them enough. If you want to buy a few seasonal shades but don't want to pay a lot for them, I urge you to head into Sportsgirl and check out their range.


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