An avid Chanel Boateng fan, I was super excited when she announced her new line of liquid lipsticks to her ever expanding makeup brand Amby Rose. As you well know I’m a massive fan of liquid lipsticks, particularly matte versions, so I knew I would be purchasing a few of these!
Having seen the swatches and demos on YouTube and Snapchat, I knew the colours I was after were the Cafe Lip Fusion Trio and the Indian Summer Duo. Unfortunately, at time of ordering the lip pencil to match the Sunset Hyssop matte liquid lipstick from the Indian Summer duo was not available, therefore I ordered the Sunset Hyssop colour on its own, knowing I could use my own lip pencils with it. I paid £25.99 for the trio and £9.99 for the single liquid lipstick which I felt was rather steep, but loved the look of the colours so justified the expense this way!
The parcel arrived and was well wrapped in tissue, and plastic wrapping. Upon first glance I felt they were slightly smaller in size than I expected as the case is flatter than most other brands, and the font on the packaging was a little flimsy, and flaking off with the smaller text more difficult to read. The boxes however were nicely packaged and designed.
I tried the Cafe Lip Fusion Trio first which comes with a ‘Cocoa’ lip pencil, one light nude liquid lipstick called ‘Latte’ and the dark brown nude called ‘Espresso’. The pencil unfortunately was not very pigmented, surprisingly sticky in texture and did not glide across my lips, it was hard to apply and left residue on my lips. I was disappointed with this initial impression, but not too worried as the colour was not so far from my Mac Chestnut pencil so figured I could just use this going forward. I then applied the Espresso (the dark brown) on my lips and was quite surprised by how sheer it was on application – a little watery. I applied one layer and bit, filling in the patchy areas and let it dry. I didn’t want to risk adding too much product and making it flaky or too drying. Unfortunately, neither of these two issues was the problem! The texture of the lipstick once dry was really sticky. I had experienced this before with another brand I had used, this was not as bad as those, but still really uncomfortable. I then added Latte in the centre of my lips for an ombre look – which I think looked really pretty! I’d definitely say the colours are wonderful in this trio. The espresso brown is the perfect brown nude for my skin tone, and I’d happily wear this on its own if it were not for the texture!
Next up I tried the Sunset Hyssop matte liquid lipstick with my lips fully lined with Mac Chestnut as on its own, the colour was too orange for me. The application of this colour was better, less sheer but the texture upon drying was still sticky. In fact, this colour upon drying really showed up the lines on my lips and dried quite flakily. This is not a colour I will be using again on its own unless mixed with something else, perhaps a lipstick, or adding Vaseline on the top to make it a gloss not a matte lipstick as the texture is quite unbearable to me.
All in all, I feel the colours that I purchased are really nice, particularly the Cafe Trio, however I wish they were more pigmented in general. The Espresso nude is the perfect brown nude for my skin tone, I would happily buy this on its own if in the future, if the formula is amended. The pencil was really disappointing though, I will probably stick to my Mac or NYX pencils if I use these lipsticks again, and the final texture of the matte liquid lipsticks once applied on the lips was the most disappointing – way too sticky. I couldn’t imagine wearing these all day. Please leave a comment if you know how I can improve this stickiness issue, without using an oil based product that will remove the lipstick from my lips.
For the price paid, I hoped for more from these lipsticks. I do think there are cheaper brands out there with better matte liquid lipsticks that are more wearable. That said, I am still a fan of both Chanel Boateng and the Amby Rose brand. Having worked as a fashion assistant buyer for years, I am well aware of the difficulties in production of developing any product from consistency issues, to unforeseen circumstances and working within unfamiliar territory, so hope honest reviews such as this will help improve the product in the long run. This hasn’t deterred me from buying this the brand again, I will definitely be purchasing the 8-piece eyeshadow brush set from Amby Rose as the face brushes I previously reviewed were so good, and look forward more product releases in the future!
Until next time.