If it seems like I’m the last person on earth to mention these new lip colours from Bourjois… I might well be! LOL! Well, I got lazy and then I went on holiday and … you don’t want my excuses. All you want to know is this “Should I throw my money at the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque lipsticks?”
Hmmm…. Hmmm… Hmmm….
Do you like liquid lipsticks? That’s because this is what these Aqua Laques are. They are liquid lipsticks, that Bourjois says contains some sort of ground-breaking technology that makes it not your usual lipgloss.
Ok, to be honest, I’m tired of brands telling me that these sort of pigmented lip colour in a liquid form in a tube is not just another lipgloss. I get it. It’s a liquid lipstick. That’s not new. Can we get over that already and stop perpetuating that same old story? So, quit telling me that it’s a lipgloss with a difference and I might even give you a bit more credibility 😛
Right, whining aside, these liquid lipsticks are quite something. I like the pigment and I actually like how it feels on my lips. I think, if I were in the market for a nice shiny, pigmented liquid lipstick with pretty decent staying power and a wallet-friendly pricetag, I could do a lot worse than these.
The texture of the Aqua Laque is quite light. When I swipe it on my lips, it feels like a burst of cooling water. No, I’m not exaggerating, it really does feel like a burst of cool water! I think it’s that Aqua part of the name LOL
They come in a short, squat tube with a sponge tipped applicator that picks up a crap load of product the minute you remove it from the tube so do be careful.
The trick to applying these Bourjois Aqua Laque, for the best effect, is to use thin layers. So, when you remove the applicator, clean the excess down the side of the opening and then apply the remaining product on your lips. Because the product is so highly pigmented (I kid you not!) whatever remaining product is quite enough for you to colour in your lips with a lovely shine.
If you want it to look more opaque, then put on another thin layer. I emphasise “thin layers” because if you’re not careful, it will go on goopy and run out of line and you’ll hate it. So, don’t rush it. What this means also is that this isn’t a very friendly product to use when you’re in a hurry. I try to show you what I mean in these swatches.
On left, I’ve swatched full on, straight out of tube 07 Fuchsia Perché, a shade that’s hardly fuchsia! It’s a bright red and it’s beautiful if you love reds. On lips, it goes on a beautiful bright, but not in your face, red with a beautiful shine that makes you stand out like the standout that you are! 😀 Swatched straight from the tube, you can see that it’s fairly thick. I do find that the texture of Fuchsia Perche is thicker than the other 2 shades. I’m not sure if it’s to do with the colour.
In middle is 02 Rose on the Rocks, swatched after wiping down the excess colour from the tube. Rose on the Rocks is a very light rose pink that I wasn’t sure I liked, because I don’t do light, nude-y lip colours. But this one surprised me. I could walk around without looking like I had crawled out from a tomb! It does need slightly stronger eye makeup to balance it out, but it can work. Whew! The texture, as you can see, is a little thinner and more transparent. It’s like this whether or not I use it straight from the tube.
A surprise hit for me is 03 Brun ‘croyable on right. This was swatched also after wiping off excess product, but like Fuchsia Perche, I find the texture is a little thicker than Rose on the Rocks. It is also pigmented and is a deep browned burgundy shade I’d have run away from at the best of times. Colours like these tend to age you unless you have a deeper skintone, in which case, it’d look crazy fabulous on you! But Brun ‘croyable had just the right amount of red in it to flatter and I highly recommend that you take a look at this shade because it’s such a surprise, and in a very good way!
Here’s how they look when I wear them, just to give you an idea of how these lip products look on lips. The makeup is the same in all the photos and as you can see, 02 Rose on the Rocks could do with a stronger eye. I had even taken to wearing Brun ‘croyable as a day-to-day colour and it really does flatter me, I think, because it allows me to wear a red lip, without being too “red” about it. Like how Fuchsia Perche is a red-red 😀
The other thing I like is the shine on your lips. It isn’t an oily sort of shine, like you get with some glosses. The kind of shine that makes you look like you’ve been eating oily goreng pisang or an oily meal, and forgot to wipe your mouth. Instead, the Aqua Laque gives your lips a very lovely, fresh shine that has surprising lasting power.
With Brun ‘croyable and Fuchsia Perche, I can drink coffee, water and then head for lunch with my lipstick still looking fairly fresh. This is a liquid lipstick, mind you. So it’s quite impressive! It does transfer and will mark your cups so if you don’t like that, sorry. But I think you can forgive it, after you whip out your mirror for a touch-up and find that you don’t need one. I also find that the deeper shades leave a bit of a stain in your lips so it wears off quite prettily. Rose on the Rocks wears off more quickly and as you may tell, it’s my least favourite shade.
So, this is a very comfortable, shiny, glossy and pigmented liquid lipstick that actually feels moisturising (not drying) on, and it’s affordable and the colours are brilliant. So, is there nothing bad to say about it?
Unfortunately yes, there is. The scent. I was told before trying these that the Aqua Laque had no scent. Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but there is. It’s not a strong, perfumed scent like other Bourjois lipsticks. It’s a slightly sweet, chemical sort of scent. It’s not approaching radioactive, like this one, but it’s an unmistakeable fake scent. I don’t like it.
So I’m kind of torn. I like how the lipstick performs and looks and the colours I have flatter me even when I didn’t think they would. But every time I put them on, the scent makes me wrinkle my nose (and at my age you don’t really want to keep wrinkling anything for fear of the lines setting in!) and I feel like chucking it. It does dissipate, but not fully until an hour or so later when I find it bearable. So yes, I face a conundrum every time I look at these Aqua Laque lipsticks – do I slick them on and head out with beautifully shiny lacquered lips… or do I chuck them in the bin?!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipsticks offer a lovely pigmented and glossy shine to the lips. They are easy to use, although I’d caution the use of thin layers to build up colour and texture as they can otherwise feel goopy on the lips. When first applied, it feels like a burst of water on the lips which is very refreshing and the texture is very light (if you use light layers) and not drying. I find the colours long lasting for me, and the deeper shades leave a bit of a stain. I do also find that the texture is a little inconsistent across the colours, so the more pigmented colours feel thicker and more opaque while the light shades are more transparent. There is also a slightly sweet chemical scent I dislike but not many people mention it so perhaps it doesn’t bug everyone.
PROS: Affordable, Shiny glossy texture that is flattering, Opaque and well pigmented colours, Portable packaging, Longlasting on me and deeper shades leave a bit of a stain so it wears off well
CONS: Slightly sweet chemical scent bugs me although it will dissipate over time, Texture seems a little inconsistent across the colours
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes to wear lightweight liquid lipsticks, Anyone who wants an affordable non-drying liquid lipstick with lovely glossy colours and strong pigment
Have you tried these Aqua Laque liquid lipsticks? Do you like Bourjois lipsticks in general?
These have been out for a while, so I’d love to hear what you think about them. Do you have a favourite colour or do you want to debunk my review about the scent and tell me I’m smelling things 😛 I used to own a few Bourjois lipsticks way way back in the day and at one point, I was such a fan of their lipglosses, I owned quite a few! I’d buy them from Singapore where Bourjois has been available for far longer. I actually really liked them but they were all scented and that really bugged me so I stopped using them. I think I still own these old glosses. Probably time to chuck them out LOL! 😀
Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipsticks come in 8 shades Price: RM45.50 (but always wait for the discounts!) | £8.99 Availability: Watson’s stores and the Bourjois kiosk at Sunway Pyramid or online at Asos for worldwide shipping