I do love a matte lip, so when I heard about Topshop's Velvet Lips I knew I had to try them.
These look like a lip gloss but they are actually extremely pigmented, matte lip creams. Although I love and highly recommend Topshop's nail polishes (they are Ahhmazing) I am relatively new to the rest of their makeup line, having only tried one of their lipsticks before.
The Velvet Lips cost £10.00, which I think is a little bit pricey considering their nail polishes are only £5.00 but as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
First impressions, these are very drying on the lips. In general matte lip products are more drying but I particularly noticed it with these. After wearing these for a few minutes, my lips felt quite tight and there was an overwhelming urge to reach for the lip balm.
This is a really cool purple colour, but god damn was it hard to apply. I probably have about 5 coats of this on in the above picture. The problem is, it was quite streaky and I kept having to brush more on to even it out. I was really quite disappointed with this colour.
I LOVE this colour, I featured it in my Festive Red Lips post. I just cant get enough of matte, red lipsticks. This was much easier to apply than Plush and didn't streak at all.
If you want to try these, definitely try Velveteen Ribbon and skip Plush.
Although these are much more drying than the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil's, I do really like the colour of Velveteen Ribbon. If you don't want to splash out £17.50 for NARS, pick this up but just make sure you have a lip balm to hand!
Available from Topshop for £10.00