Essential Care Lip Duo
Reviewed by Laura Fairbairn
The two products were wrapped together in green tissue paper and tied up with yellow and red ribbon. I had conflicting opinions on this: Whilst the look is perfect if the products have been bought and put together as a gift by a friend, it felt like there was a lack of finish that you can usually expect from a professional make-up company. It was very cute but a gift box or little make-up case/purse would really finish it off.
In addition to conflicting opinions about the packaging, I was struck by the thought that the gift set would be perfect if a lip liner was included. It turns out, great minds do think alike as when I looked on the company website a lip liner has been added and the gift is now available as The Nude Lip Kit (Special Price £30.00 RRP £36.00) – The colour included may be different but the principle is there! A lip liner is not a necessity and as a gift the Lip Silk and Lipstick combination is lovely, but the option of including this extra is definitely a good idea.
Shea butter is well known for its beneficial properties and the positive effects it can have on the skin. I myself have previously enjoyed using many products with this as a main ingredient and have always seen very good results, so I was excited to try the two products.
I first tried the Lip Silk. I was a little disappointed that there was no hygienic seal (i.e. a seal around the opening that shows the product has not been opened or used previously) – on either item. However, upon using the product, I immediately noticed the pleasant taste or rather the lack of a bad one! A recent experience with a lip balm (of another brand) literally left a very nasty taste in my mouth that was very hard to get rid of – and, no, I was not eating it! The Lip Silk immediately made my lips feel smooth and soft without any feeling of stickiness at all. I suffer from dry and chapped lips on a regular basis, but after a few hours, of wearing this, my lips were extremely soft and any dryness had disappeared!
The lipstick is a lovely pink shade and reminded me very much of the colour of the roses my friend had for her wedding in Cyprus – a warm and gentle version of hot pink. I first tried the colour over the lip silk and found it to be very thin and difficult to spread evenly, so i wiped off the lipstick and lip silk and started again. The lipstick on its own is much easier to control and provides a more even coverage on the lips.
The next time I used it was for an evening out so I applied the lipstick once using a brush, added a light covering of power and then reapplied (again using a lip brush) and the result was really very pleasing! The colour was even, vibrant and glossy! Not only this, but it lasted for the duration of the evening – even after food and a couple of drinks.
Overall, the two products are of very good quality – I am particularly impressed with the Lip Silk! I would love to get the lip liner to go with the lipstick as I believe it would complete ‘the look’, but at £12.50 each, I will want to make sure I am choosing a shade that will work with multiple lipsticks.
If I were to grade the products separately I would give the Lip Silk 5/5 and the Lipstick 3.5/5. Overall, as a combination I would give a 3.5/5 rating – it would be probably be higher, but I wouldn’t necessarily use the two products at the same time.
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