Beyond being a lip junkie, I'm a texture junkie. As much as I'm obsessed with depth of colour, my favourite part of putting makeup on is the actual feeling of applying product, and feeling the textures and seeing how they translate onto skin. The texture of this lipstick is phenomenal, especially for a matte. I often find matte lipsticks fairly drying, with a tendency to cause the skin to pull and emphasize any rough patches.
When I first apply the product, the bullet glides smoothly over the lips, depositing a highly pigmented, thin layer of colour. I can't even explain how impressed I am with the way this product lays down colour -- the colour is completely even in one swipe. What I like most is that the texture will never feel cakey, simply because you would never need to pass the bullet enough to build up the colour. As a result, the colour lasts for several hours on me (short of eating anything legitimately oily), since the colour doesn't collect and separate from your lips.
The colour itself is a browned raspberry -- at first I thought it would be an accidental dupe for Chanel #28 Romantic, but that's shinier, sheerer and cooler-toned; it pulls much more pink on my lips. By comparison, Pink Azalea is reminiscent of the brown-toned lipsticks of the 90s, but in the best possible way. It's incredibly versatile in that it can be a muted, office-appropriate lip, but with a couple more swipes, it turns into a beautifully dark, berry that gives your lips a vampy look without committing to a blackened lip colour.
The casing for the lipstick is matte plastic, and it's much lighter than its eye shadow counterpart. The Burberry check covers the lid, which swooshes closed magnetically. Incredibly satisfying.
Burberry lipsticks retail for $36/3.5g and are available at Holt Renfrew in Toronto and Vancouver. Based on the comments in the last post, I need to try Pale Barley, Midnight Brown and a blush! I was previously lusting Tangerine and now I'm also anxiously awaiting the arrival of Blossom.