Hello lovelies! How have you all been? It’s been a while since I last wrote on here, but I think I’m now officially back? I don’t want to jinx it again, though. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this post marks the end of my unexpected blogging break. I’ll be updating you on everything that has been going on in my life for the past month, don’t worry, just not today. It’s been a crazy stressful ride, and it requires a lengthy explanation I will be writing up or possibly filming in days to come. Today I’m here to talk about a more lighthearted topic – makeup. More specifically, The Hot Shop’s Matte Lipstick in shade number 10 from Born Pretty Store.
If you feel like you’ve seen this packaging before, you might not be completely wrong. It screams Topshop, doesn’t it? And the fact that the ‘brand’ is called The Hot Shop leaves no room for coincidence. I think it’s safe to say someone had zero imagination when trying to create a dupe.
Dupe or not, I can’t make any comparisons, because I don’t own any Topshop lipsticks. No, scratch that. I actually do own one but never wear it because it doesn’t suit my skintone at all. Or so I thought when I tried it on a few years ago. Maybe I should dig it out of the drawer and give it another go. Anyway. The Hot Shop lipstick is presented as matte, but I wouldn’t say this is 100% true. When you first put it on, it has a slight shine. Having said that, the shine eventually fades and you are left with a proper matte finish. The pigmentation can’t be faulted. The colour payoff is great. You don’t even need to layer the lipstick to get the bold effect and once it rubs off, you’re left with a nice even stain. Unfortunatelly, it doesn’t last a whole lot of time on my lips like matte lipsticks usually do. Although it does stain your lips, as already mentioned. The main con for me would be how the formula feels on my lips. It’s one of those annoying ones that start to dry out your lips as the time goes by, which I am not a fan of.
The drying out part aside, I think this is a decent $6,68 lipstick. I don’t see myself wearing it on a regular basis, as it’s quite bright for every day and, like I mentioned, a little bit too drying for my taste, but it’s definitely a nice addition to my collection. I feel like I’ll get more use out of it once spring arrives.
P.S. If you’re planning to get anything from Born Pretty Store, you can use the code ‘ SANH10‘ and get a 10% discount.