If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you would know that I was (and still am) OBSESSED with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, which are matte lip creams that are really comfortable and give a velvet finish to the lips (I have an initial review of them here, but have since acquired many more shades and should do an updated review). Well, when I saw that Bourjois released a glossy version, I had to try them!
These are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aquas and they aren't yet released in Australia, but I bought them on sale at ASOS. Once these hit Australian stores they are likely to be $24 each but you can get them on ASOS for $17.50 each. These contain 7.7ml of product.
Update: you can now buy the range at Priceline.
There are 8 shades available, but only 7 shades are available on the ASOS website (which is annoying because the one that isn't available - 03 Brun ‘Croyable - was one of the shades I wanted). One criticism I have about these on first impression is that a lot of the shades look very similar. They seem to have 8 shades of pinky nudes and reds... and that's about it. I found myself searching for swatches online for what seemed like hours to narrow down the shades I wanted. I would have loved to see some corals/oranges/berries/browns just to break up the shade range.
I ended up picking up the nude 01 Appechissant because I am not a huge fan of pink nudes, and this seemed to be the only peachy toned nude in the range. I also picked up both reds that they had to offer - 05 Red My Lips and 06 Feeling Reddy. I knew that both of these shades looked similar, but because the bright shades in the Rouge Edition Velvets were my most reached for shades and because I often wear red lips, I thought I should give them both a go. Lastly I picked up 07 Fuchsia Perche because the dark bright pink in the Rouge Edition Velvet is one of my favourite shades.
Let's touch on packaging quickly. These are clear plastic squared off tubes that show the colour of the product and also have a corresponding shiny lid. These also have a doe foot applicator for easy application.
I thought I would compare the Aqua packaging to the Velvet packaging briefly. You can see that the Aquas have a shiny lid and silver writing on the packaging, compared to the Velvets that have a plain plastic lid and black writing. The Aquas definitely give a shinier vibe, but other than that the packaging is the same.
Onto the product. You can see from the swatches above that the formula is beautiful. The pigmentation is great, it applies evenly, and it does give a really pretty shine. What I love about these is that the shine isn't reliant on any shimmer in the product (which I don't like), these look like liquid lipsticks with a very wet gel finish.
These can be applied quite thin or built up for more colour payoff, I prefer to apply two thin coats to get a bold look on the lips (which is what I did in the lip swatches below). These look like they would be tacky and thick, but in fact they feel very wet and light on the lips and are not at all sticky. I did find that the high shine wore off at around the hour mark, but the colours wore well for 2-5 hours depending on the shade. I also found that these were very easy to reapply, they didn't build up the product unevenly, they didn't feel chunky and they didn't irritate my lips (some lip products tend to do that if I reapply throughout the day).
My one complaint about the Rouge Edition Velvets were the scent, and luckily it has been improved for the Aquas. These do still have an artificial almost plastic scent, but they also smell a little fruity (maybe like cherry) rather than the Velvets which I thought had a metallic blood scent.
01 Appechissant: This is a lovely shade. It is a soft peachy nude that gives you lips a super shiny perfect appearance. If you wanted to have flawless nude lips, this is the shade to reach for. My only problem with this shade was that it didn't last for very long. The high shine finish with all of these shades wears off after around an hour or so and then the colour is left as more of a glossy stain, but because this light shade doesn't leave much colour behind and tends to wear off completely within a couple of hours. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful glossy nude for a "your lips, but amazing" look. Totally worth dealing with the reapplying.
05 Red My Lips: This is the "true red" of the bunch. Compared to Feeling Reddy this is slightly more pink toned, almost like a raspberry red, but to be honest, they both look quite similar. This applies evenly, smoothly, and lasts a good 3 hours before it wears off to more of a stain.
06 Feeling Reddy: The formula of this was very similar to Red My Lips, but it might be slightly more opaque. This has more of an orange tone to it, but it is still obviously a red shade. This also wore around 3 hours before I needed to reapply.
07 Fuchsia Perche: Last but definitely not least is the dark bright fuchsia shade. This shade is my favourite! This looks like a dark red pink on the lips, but I can assure you that it looks better in real life! This also lasts the longest on the lips. The high shine might wear off after an hour or so, but the colour lasts me until I eat lunch (so maybe 5 hours). Of course this does fade to more of a balmy stain, but the colour lasts a lot better than the other shades.
Overall I really love the look of these on the lips. They apply evenly, have great colour pay off (compare these swatches to the red Rimmel Oh My Gloss that I reviewed yesterday which I thought had quite poor colour pay off), they have a gorgeous finish, and the colour lasted reasonably well for a high shine product. These aren't 100% opaque, and instead look more like a translucent gel on the lips, but I think that it is beautiful.
My preference for lip products is still for long wearing matte products (especially for a long day at work), but I know that I will be reaching for these if I want my lips to look amazingly lush and kissable for a couple of hours. These would be perfect if you were going on a date and wanted to have lips that say "you know you want to kiss me, but you can't".