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.
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 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.
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?