Review: Burberry Lip Velvets Pink Azalea and Bright Poppy

These are my first Lip Velvets by Burberry. Lip Velvets are supposed to be matte-ish, leaving a velvety finish to the lips (hence the name). I noticed that the Lip Covers have a shinier packaging while the packaging of these are matte. I picked up Pink Azalea and Bright Poppy, the 2 shades I’ve been attracted to for a while.


Burberry lips


And for some reason, these Lip Velvets have lighter scent compared to their Lip Covers so I was definitely very happy. When I first used the lipsticks, they seemed dry and didn’t apply very smoothly. I guess matte lipsticks are not supposed to be emollient but after a few uses, they seem to smooth out a little, if it makes sense. Then I abandoned them for a while, and recently just dug them out to use. I also then realised, I haven’t talked about them before! Texture wise, I prefer the creaminess of Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colors. The BB ones are just as matte, but they don’t drag or dry out my lips. I also noticed it’s easier to get an even application with Pink Azalea while Bright Poppy applies a little patchy after about 2 swipes (applied straight from the bullet). So what I do is even out the colour using my ring finger, then apply again. There isn’t a problem if you apply using a lip brush though. These Lip Velvets last a long time, because they’re matte, and also because there isn’t much slip in them. If you have dry lips, then it might get a little uncomfortable.


Pink Azalea Bright Poppy Burberry Lip Velvets


Pink Azalea on me is a pink berry toned lipstick. It’s like the lighter version of Bright Poppy which is another berry red that is a little darker, the kind of red I’m drawn to. They are opaque in 1 swipe but if you have uneven lips like me, it’s best to stain the lips to get an idea of the shape before applying it directly from the bullet. I don’t have a habit of applying lip liners, but in this case, when the colour is so bold, and if you can’t get the shape right, it’s always a good idea to use one for a more crisp finish. I know many people like using concealer around their mouth to make the line even cleaner, but for me, unless it’s messy, and unless my skin around my lips is red, I’d skip that step.

Here are the swatches, and how it looks on me. I applied it straight from the bullet, without lip liner or concealer.


swatch lip swatch


Which one do you like more? Pink Azalea or Bright Poppy? I realise they look quite similar here, but in real life, Pink Azalea is lighter and definitely more pink berry while Bright Poppy is a darker berry. I think these shades are suitable for Christmas dinner, don’t you? It’s not in your face bright holiday red, and it suits many different skin tones. What’s your favourite red?


xoxo Lily


  • I love them both! Pink Azalea has been on my list to get for awhile now-but Bright Poppy is REALLY pretty! It’s the exact red I’m looking for.

    • Lily

      They’re both pretty, so get both! LOL 🙂

  • BlushableMe

    Bright Poppy is my favorite! I just can’t get enough of shades like it.

    • Lily

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

  • Liz

    Ooooh, love both on you! I want to try these but I have so many lipsticks right now it’s almost painful. LOL

    • Lily

      I understand completely! That’s how I feel most of the time, but sometimes, I cave anyway. Haha

  • OOO my God, look at Bright Poppy!!! I like Pink Azalea as well, but Bright Poppy is ah-mazing! Not sure about the patchy aspect though. I prefer very low-maintenance products in general.

    • Lily

      It only gets patchy if you layer it on from the bullet, but it’s fine using a lip brush. Also easier if you use lip balm first, but I’m not too much of a balm person

      • I am not a lip brush person LOL I only bust mine out when I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO 🙂

        • Lily

          LOL same here 🙂 I just apply it from the bullet, then use my pinky to smooth it out. Lazy, I am!

  • i use pink azalea when i want to look like a grown up! it brightens my entire face!

    • Lily

      It does brighten the face! Love this shade too 🙂

  • Ooh, yes these would both do quite well for a Christmas dinner! Lovely! I’ve never tried a Lip Velvet or a Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte. But I want to! 🙂

    • Lily

      Oh you gotta try the BB Creamy Mattes first. So comfortable 🙂

  • Oooh deeeefinitely Pink Azalea for me! But they both look gorgeous on your lips.

    • Lily

      Pink Azalea is gorgeous. I hope you get to try it!

  • Man, you keep making me want those Bobbi Brown lipsticks 😛 Can’t do burberry because of ingredients, but they always put out such chic shades!

    • Lily

      Ah, skip Burberry then. Do the creamy mattes!

  • You know what, I usually run away from matte lip colours but thanks to you I’m sort of beginning to ease them into my comfort zone…. 🙂

    • Lily

      You’re welcome, Sofia. Hahaha!

  • those colors are great on you! I really wanted to get one of these initially (before i realized how i didn’t reach for my other burberry lip products bc of the scent) but i do have 2 minis… Not sure which shades. perhaps i should try them out and see how i fare with the scent/formula!

    • Lily

      You should definitely try again. I actually got used to the scent, believe it or not!!

      • Yay! I think i would too, as it doesn’t seem to bother me much once I have it on my lips for a bit. It’s just the idea of it never makes me want to put any on! haha

        • Lily

          I was like that initially, Joyce! I just wouldn’t put it on. But I don’t know what came over me, and I just started using them.