Sportsgirl Pout About It! Lipstick in It Girl - review and swatches

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I've got a ridiculous amount of lipstick reviews to write and this always seems to happen to me: I take the shots of the product and the swatches, and then neglect to do any lip shots so there's no point getting the posts ready until I have those done.

While that's all well and good, it does mean I have a bundle of lip products that I haven't opened yet because I won't do that until I've moved these others out of the photograph bundle - and that won't happen until I've put them on my lips and hit the button.

Ach, the life of a blogger...


As you may know, Sportsgirl lipsticks are some of my favourites and they're in my top three budget lipsticks of all time. Reason being, they feel comfortable to wear, they come in great shades (both permanent and seasonal), plus they last amazingly well on the lips.

Better yet, they retail for ten bucks at full price and most of mine have been bought on clearance for a couple of bucks. What's not to love about that?!


Sportsgirl claims/product details:
  • Vibrant lipstick colour that moisturises and protects
  • Cream finish
  • 'It Girl' is a rich brown with a good dose of orange
  • Not tested on animals
  • RRP $9.95 AUD for 4g

There's the bullet in direct sunlight:


Light and heavy swatches in direct sunlight:


And in natural light:


My bare lips for reference:


Wearing the product, direct sunlight:


Natural light, indoors:


Natural light, outdoors:


And in indirect sunlight (outdoors):


Verdict

Before I bought this, I knew I was after a rich brown that would be a great autumn/winter colour and would also be bold enough to hold its own, but not so bright that it wouldn't suit a variety of looks.

I first tried the big pharmacies and had no luck there, so I went straight into Sportsgirl and found my shade within a few minutes, in the clearance bin: so it cost me $2.47 and it's a colour I really enjoy. While I don't normally wear a lot of strong colours, I'm more likely to wear them often if they're the kind of colour that can go with many looks. 

This is one of those colours, and I'm so glad I found it. It's a shade that gets worn often enough and I look forward to wearing it more often soon, since I've had it for a while now and I already know that Sportsgirl lipsticks don't last very long so you need to pan them within a year, after which they turn pretty quickly. This means I expect to throw it into Project Pan sooner rather than later.

'It Girl' is a nicely rich, orangey brown that pulls slightly red in some lights, and it should suit a variety of skintones - whether you're pale or dark.

As you'll know if you read this blog, Sporsgirl lipsticks are some of my top picks for budget buys in the lip department. The formula is great and the mattes in particular far outperform many higher-end products. The cream ones are nice too, it's just that they don't last as well on the lips and they don't stand-out to me as much as the matte ones do in terms of quality.

As with the other Sportsgirl lipsticks I've tried, this lasts very well on the lips (at least a few hours for me) and it wears and fades evenly throughout the day. You do need to reapply the cream versions but this particular shade lasts a long time for a cream lipstick and it also leaves a nice stain behind so it doesn't look weird and patchy when it starts to wear off.

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.

The best thing about these products is that they're cheap and great quality. They last well and don't feather or bleed throughout the day. I do prefer the matte versions overall but I'm glad this particular shade comes in the cream formula because I think it needs to, considering how strong the colour is.

In sum, I really love these products 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 the range.

Love.


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