I think the beauty world and beauty lovers alike have waited with bated breath for a cosmetic launch from Lisa Eldridge. If anyone was going to do a makeup line that would make me drop my cash, it would be Lisa. I’ve followed Lisa’s work for years and her artistry really sets the mark. Her first cosmetic launch is three matte red lipsticks, other wise known as True Velvet, and you guys have been messaging me all weekend pleading for a review, so here it is complete with a video so you can see application shots on my skin tone. To see the lip colours on a range of skin tones you can see that on Lisa’s site here.
The collection comprises of three classic red matte lipsticks, Velvet Ribbon a true red with a hint of blue, Velvet Morning, a slightly orangey tomato red and Velvet Jazz a deeper brick red with a hint of brown. I have to say all three would look beautiful on every skin tone and I love that Lisa has created 3 suit all shades. Expect intense colour in one swipe, full pigment with a velvet matte finish that is comfortable on the lips and long lasting. While the finish is matte, Lisa explains in her recent video that she still wanted the finish to have the subtlest sheen, similar to that of the surface of velvet when it catches the light.
The attention to detail is perfection. Lisa has created a very unique surface texture to the actual bullet of the lipstick, which is actually really difficult to translate via a video or photograph. She has mimicked the appearance of the texture of velvet directly onto the bullet, actually using the lipstick itself to create the texture. It has to be seen to be believed but it literally looks like you are applying a piece of velvet to your lips, and that little detail is the cherry on an already delicious cake.
Trying to show the velvet appearance on the actual bullet proved tricky both when photographing and filming the lipstick but its a really beautiful feature that has to be seen to be believed. Yes a red lipstick isn’t new, but this is exciting and Lisa has made it completely original. She’s created something everyone can enjoy and the user experience is just as wonderful as the finished look these lipsticks offer. In terms of price they sit nearer the higher end although they’re not Tom Ford prices. One lipstick costs £25, or you can purchase all three along with the velvet makeup bag (also sold separately) for £75. Buying the full set cost me $99. If you’re in the market for a red lipstick these won’t disappoint.