Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches


The Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish Lipsticks from Bourjois have featured on my wishlist for the major part of 2014 and I am delighted to finally get my hands on them. These were the most sought-after lip releases of the year in the UK and wherever Bourjois exports makeup. The liquid lipsticks promise 24-hour hold, comfortable and non-drying soft matte texture and a lightweight feel, apart from full coverage.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks come in eight shades. Almost all of them are bold. Not just bold, but B.O.L.D. The shades in the range are 01 Personne Ne Rouge!, 02 Frambourjoise, 03 Hot Pepper, 04 Peach Club, 05 Ole Flamingo, 06 Pink Pong, 07 Nu*de-ist and 08 Grand Cru.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches

Read on for my review and swatches of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks.




Packaging of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks

I like the packaging of these, especially the "click" when you close these. The "tube" is rectangular (shoutout to Allison Cohen who referred to this paradox here), and you can see the shade and the quantity left in the tube. These are sturdy, practical and fancy-free. Applicator is doe-foot.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches

Formula, pigmentation and staying power of Bourjous Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks

These lipsticks take time to dry, longer than any other long-wearing liquid lipstick, and they do transfer and smudge. Not a good idea if you are sipping cocktails at a fancy event.
Pigmentation is magnificent, as you will see in the swatches further below. As for smell, I bought a cartload of country wines from my recent trekking trip, and the smell of these lipsticks reminds me of the pomegranate wine (Fig wine was the best and I wasn't too fond of pomegranate, but that is another story).
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches

If there is a formula comparison, I would say that the Bourjois So Delicate Poudre Lip Creams come closest. Remember those gorgeous lippies? I still keep them just to look at. The Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks are a creamier, longer staying version of those lippies, in cuboid packaging.
There is no flaking or peeling with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks, and the formula is not drying, but velvety. You will not need a lip balm or gloss coat for these. 
But unless your lips are hydrated and exfoliated, these will bring out every flaw, flake and fleck.

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite, reviewed here, Rimmel Provocalips, here, Mikyajy Sabaya, here, and Barry M TMLP, reviewed here, stay on for longer. Staying power is good, with fading after a heavy meal. Definitely not the 24-hour hold they claim to have, unless you do nothing but sit still and starve for 24 hours, I suppose! They leave a stain behind, but I do not like the stain as it is uneven and blotchy. You can see it further below. Staying power is longer than the Sephora Cream Lip Stains, reviewed here, and formula isless drying than those. Reapplication and layering are a breeze with the Bourjois lipsticks and you need not worry about flaking, unless your lips are dry. For some reason, these stay a lot longer on my Mum than on me, which means she treats her lips better? Or maybe it is because I lick, pick at and pinch and chew my lips all the time in the name of stress-busting. 
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches


Shades and swatches of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks

I really wish they had a wider shade range! Of the eight shades released, I only found one subtle lipstick. Everything else is too bright or deep or both. I am going to show you  Nu*de-st, Peach Club, Ole Flamingo and Frambourjoise.
The subtlest shade in this range, N*ude-ist is a bordering-on-deep dusty mauve with very n^ude brown undertones - no surprises there. Deeper than my usual dusty roses. This is a deeper, more sophisticated Autumn and Winter version.
I was disappointed with Peach Club. I only love dusty rose or mauvey pinks and neutrals. This is a slightly deeper version of Too Faced Melted Coral, and I refuse to wear anything that is not dusty rose. DO NOT be taken in by subtle peachy-coral, rusty coral or pinky-peachy swatches and descriptions online! This is more orange. Only Belle's Boutique has got the shade right.
Ole Flamingo and Frambourjoise are my Mum's shades, kindly "borrowed" by me long enough to stick a brush in the tube and get an arm swatch. She describes the former as "her kind of fuchsia". 

From left: Peach Club, Frambourjoise, Ole Flamingo and Nu^de-ist. Natural light.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches


Drying time is quite long, as I said. Post drying, they look like this. Isn't that great pigmentation?
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches
 
Now for The Great Transfer And Smudge exercise. I did this to swatches after they had dried completely BUT they still smudged.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches


Here is the stain left behind. See how uneven and blotchy it looks?
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches

This is what N*udist looks like on my lips. Natural light within car, before and after drying, applied with a light hand. This is deeper than Rimmel Provocalips I'll Call You. Thicker coats or layering give you an even deeper result.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches NudeistBourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches Nudeist

Peach Club on me, with flash - it looks even brighter in natural light. Not my thing at all, so I only wore it this once. I tell you, most of the on-lips swatches online make this shade look so subtle-coral or pinky-peach! Even if you take into account the lighting, individual skintone and lip pigmentation, you would not call this subtle pinky-peach from any angle, would you? Worse, this shade brings out every flaw and flake on my dry lips.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches Peach Club

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks vs Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colours comparison

I am a long-wearing-lipsticks-are-best person and hate even minimal transfer, so my vote continues to go for Chanel Rouge D.I., but they have discontinued my shade, so the comparison is only between Rimmel and Bourjois.
Both have pros and cons - the former stays on longer and does not transfer, but peels mildly; the latter does not peel or need a glossy topcoat, but stains unevenly, does not stay on as long and transfers. It depends on whether you prefer something with a glossy topcoat but better staying power and no transfer, or whether you want something without a topcoat. I cannot say which formula is better than the other, so I bought enough of both in subtle shades, though my favourite shade of the lot is Rimmel I'll Call You.

A comparison of the swatches is below. Nu^de-ist is NOT similar to Rimmel I'll Call You (topmost) or Make Your Move (bottom), but somewhere between the two, combining dusty mauve with n^ude brown. All three are different enough for a subtle lipstick fan to want them all.
I believe Bourjois Pink Pong (not swatched) is similar to Rimmel Little Minx (middle), with the latter being a shade lighter and more fuchsia than Bourjois Ole Flamingo.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick review, swatches

Summary and where to buy online

If you love bold lip colours, you have some great options here, as seven out of eight shades in this range are bold. N*udist, the subtlest shade in this range, is my pick of the lot here and I have bought four in all - one for my travel bag, one for daily use, one in my handbag and one as a spare.This is a great Autumn and Winter shade for subtle-lipstick lovers. These are just £8.99 each and perform better than many expensive lipsticks out there but I do wish they left behind an even stain and did not transfer. I also wish Bourjois would expand the shade range or include some more subtle shades.
If I had to choose between Rouge Edition Velvets and Rimmel Provocalips, I would go for I'll Call You by Rimmel because of shade perfection.
I picked mine up from the Bourjois counter in Centrepoint Dubai. These are available in several Bourjois counters but if you do not have one close by or if these have not yet launched where you are, you can get them online at British-based retailers Feelunique.com and at LookFantastic.com. Both ship worldwide (Feelunique does it for free), and sometimes there is a three-for-two promotion and GWPs. You can pick them off Asos as well here. They are also available at Boots UK and Superdrug online and offline, and also at Priceline Australia. Like almost anything on earth, they are also on the ubiquitous Amazon here.

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  1. beautiful shades, I love matte and these look sooo pigmented. Difficult to choose which one is best shade. I want all :)

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  2. I have Pink Flamingo and I love how they are intense and stay long. I'm planning to buy the burgundy shade.

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  3. Kristin BassettNovember 21, 2014

    Ole Flamingo is my favorite, but all shades are lovely!

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  4. Lola SeicentoNovember 21, 2014

    Wow, these are not only gorgeous, but they have seriously impressive pigmentation!

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  5. I'd probably want the Nudist too. I can't find Bourjois here anymore so I'll be on the look out for the Rimmel!

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  6. This is a great review, very thorough! I have been wondering about trying these but my lips tend to be dry, so maybe I'll skip them.

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  7. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    I love matte too! But I am a subtle shade person so it was easy - there was only one choice LOL!

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  8. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    I wish they expanded the shade range and threw in a few more neutrals!

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  9. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    I agree!

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  10. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    Yes, they cover up very well!

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  11. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    There is an even bolder version of Peach Club, I think it was called Hot Pepper.

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  12. Love the shades on these!

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  13. renu ,
    peach club is looking lovely on you.
    i know it is all about the comfort level and also office environ ,but trust me it just pops up so beautifuly on you ,very fresh, you can wear these colors sometimes?

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  14. I love Nudist!

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  15. Such pretty colors and I love your swatching. xo

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  16. I like a lot of bold lippies, but I think I actually like Nudest best from this bunch. Very detailed review! Thanks!

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  17. I have been really waiting to buy these ones... nice swatches dear...

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  18. Such fun and gorgeous shades. The mauvy nude pink is my favorite.

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  19. Oh these look amazing! Love the colours!

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  20. Very pretty shades...that's a bummer that they fade blotchy!

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  21. Bold lips aren't really my thing either, such a shame they didn't release softer nudes!

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  22. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 22, 2014

    Nope, I have this aversion to bold lips... IMO they make me look terrible! I can take red or orange eyeshadow but not lippies!

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  23. Oh wow. I need these. All of them.

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  24. Love the colors! I do love my bold lips!

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  25. Betzy CarmonaNovember 24, 2014

    The colors are gorgeous !

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  26. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    Me too! Another instance of "our" shade lol.

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  27. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    Thank you <3

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  28. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    Thank you! It is my favourite shade from this range as well!

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  29. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    Thank you! Do let me know how you get along with these!

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  30. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    That is my favourite shade as well!

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  31. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    Same here, especially the neutral mauvey lippie!

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  32. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 24, 2014

    I love the pigmentation, but wish there were more neutral shades.

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  33. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 25, 2014

    Yes, I would rather they did not leave a stain behind at all, because reapplying over blotchy lipstick will make it worse.

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  34. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 25, 2014

    I would love a dozen variants of dusty rose and brownish neutrals :(

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  35. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 25, 2014

    You will LOVE them!

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  36. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 25, 2014

    Thank you! Bourjois is my favourite drugstore brand!

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  37. Lola SeicentoNovember 26, 2014

    Definitely!

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  38. Allison @neversaydiebeautyNovember 30, 2014

    Please give me this collection right now! Creamier, long-lasting, BOLD: I'm there! Gotta see if Nordies starting carrying Bourjois at my local store. And thanks, Renu, for the shoutout! So "cuboid" is the word I was looking for to describe the square "tube"!!

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  39. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    LOL! I'm not sure if that is the right word but let's call the things cuboid until we find a better term. I hope you find these somewhere, because these are defo less drying than the two-ended formulae and don't need the top gloss.

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  40. I am LOVING these -- especially Peach Club!

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  41. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    They tend to highlight flaws, as you can see :( I need to start exfoliating regularly, but I keep eating my Lush lip scrubs lol.

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  42. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    Both are great! I've stocked up on both a little too thoroughly lol.

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  43. Cosmetic SanctuaryNovember 30, 2014

    Pretty shades! I haven't used this brand in years!

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  44. The color of the nude-ist and frambourjois looks pretty but seems to be a little liquid-y for a matte lipstick. Lovely post :-)

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  45. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 10, 2014

    Thank you <3 It takes aeons to dry but sets matte once it dries.

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  46. Love Burjois. Great color, looks amazing on lips.

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  47. I'm a huge Bourjois fan, their products have so pretty packagings, they're good quality but was disapointed with these lippies. Don't like their scent at all :(

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  48. these lipsticks look gorgeous!!

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  49. Wow nice colors! and the lips look very beautiful

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