Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Quinn - review and swatches

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I received this lipstick ages ago in a GWP pack and I'd all but forgotten about it until recently because it's a bright shade and I tend to save those kinds of colours for when the weather starts getting dull.

I know most people reserve the brights for summer, but I generally do the opposite: I guess it's a way of giving the weather the finger ; )

Anyhoo. It feels like the right time to be reviewing this lipstick - it's been pretty cold and rotten all week and my face has definitely needed some cheering up.


Gorgeous Cosmetics claims/product details:
  • Lavish your lips with extravagant care! 
  • Our smooth, fine texture feels luxuriously soft and lightweight on your lips
  • Remarkably high colour pigment content means that colour lasts reliably for hours without touch-ups
  • Enriched with emollients, for nourishing your sophisticated, glamorous lips
  • Shelf-life after opening: six months
  • RRP $35 AUD for 4g

There's the bullet below, photographed in direct sunlight. 'Quinn' is described as a bright coral/orange with a cream finish, and I'd say that's pretty accurate (although on me I'd call it a red-based orange).


Heavy and light swatches, direct sunlight:


And in natural light:


My bare lips for reference:


Wearing a light layer, photographed in direct sunlight:


And a heavier coating, indirect sunlight:


Wearing a heavier coating in natural light:


Verdict

This is a nice lipstick and I'm glad I own it. It's not a colour for everyday wear but it's certainly one I'm happy to rock on occasion because I do love a good orange, and this is indeed a good one.

The lipstick comes in a sturdy metal case with a good weight to it, and the lid clicks securely into place so I'd be happy to throw it in my handbag without worrying that I'll wind up with lipstick everywhere. 

'Quinn' is a bright red/orange on me that starts to look more red the more you layer it, so I'm happy to go with a lighter application because I think it suits me better when I've applied it more softly. 

The product has a very faint, sweet scent that's barely detectable, so it shouldn't bother most people. The pigmentation is fantastic and you can get an opaque coverage with a good swipe on each lip, and you can either leave it there or go back in for more impact.

It applies beautifully without tugging and feels creamy on the lips. It's comfortable to wear, although I can't rely on it to moisturise my dry lips and I still need a balm if my lips are in bad shape, as they are now because the cold weather has given them something of a fright.

The lipstick also doesn't feather or bleed throughout the day, and while it doesn't emphasise lip lines, it doesn't diminish them either - worth noting if lip lines are an issue for you (you can see in the above photos that my lips look just as lined with the lipstick on as they did before I applied it).

What surprised me most about this lipstick is the staying power: it lasts at least four hours without needing to be reapplied, and as usual I've been drinking coffee all morning. It does transfer a tiny bit onto the coffee mug, but certainly not as much as I would expect, given the creaminess of the formula. 

Indeed, it's been a while since I've used a creamy lipstick that has lasted quite this long without dodgy fading (this fades evenly), so huge points on that front. I also like the stain left behind on my lips as much as I do the colour itself - another big plus.

One thing to note is that I've seen a few reviewers say that these lipsticks have a tendency to melt and break easily in the heat. I haven't experienced this but I also haven't whipped this out in warm weather yet so that could be why.

In sum, this is a great lipstick that generally meets its claims. I wouldn't pay full price for it because it hasn't grabbed me completely and I'd also prefer something that diminishes lip lines, but I'm certainly glad to own this one.

Have you tried anything from Gorgeous Cosmetics? Let me know what you think if so : )


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