[unpaid/ad/sample] Having somewhat turned my back on the Hermes lipstick launch for being £50, I’m doing an about turn here and I’ll tell you why. Some brands are really controlling about who they want to see (and buy) their product and I’m not up for that. Not so with Jimmy Choo who feel, like me, that you’re as – as my readers – entitled to see a review of their product as anyone else. £50 will not leave my hands on a lipstick when I sense an attitude that doesn’t sit well. I struggled so hard to get samples of the Gucci lipsticks from Coty and that wasn’t even for this site, it was for the Financial Times (and yes, of course I’d be prepared to buy it for here but not for FT where the fee for the feature was almost less than the three lipsticks that I eventually managed to get) and quite a few premium brands behave like this. Remember Louboutin-gate where ‘bloggers’ were invited to go and literally just look at the products while journalists got to take them away? It’s really not about entitlement, it’s about control and brands still are terrified of content that might not be exactly as they want it. Anyway, this is a very long winded way (I have time, after all!) of introducing the new Jimmy Choo Lipstick.
If you’re an admirer of a quality lipstick, this won’t disappoint you I don’t think. It’s almost like a collector’s piece with a nude toned wallet to keep it in and a nude and gold casing.
It’s weighty mind you – if you’re travelling light, this perhaps wouldn’t be your first choice – but in terms of dressing table glamour, it shoots right to the top slot in my book.
As you can see, the bullet has a snake skin detail which is utterly immaculate on this which is shade 004 Coral Kiss.
That is one swipe! It’s super-densely pigmented with a decent sheen that doesn’t go to glossy or feel drying on the lips. There’s a light perfume to the lipstick in the brand’s Iris Crush scent but it’s not overwhelming. I saw a lovely explanation on the Harpers website HERE as to why we feel so drawn to these designer led products – that they’re the most beautiful things in our handbags (when I think about what’s in mine right now – car keys, door key (all regularly sanitized by the way.. don’t forget to do them), hand sanitizer (obviously), my box for my brace, a phone charger, some paper straws (see brace), a pen and a fold-up shopping bag, the random Bobbis rolling about currently definitely ARE the nicest things I see in there) and therefore bring a bit of joy. True. It’s HERE, non affiliate HERE.
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I belong to Basenotes perfume forum and they got really excited over the Hermes and it had a sandalwood fragrance, actually, the latter was the bit grabbing members. But then I read really bad reviews from a beauty blogger I trust with the texture and performance. So it was a no from me.
I can see where it makes sense for brands with fragrance to align their lipsticks with it – but it does need to be one that people like.
Oh wow, what a lipstick!