I was looking at Bourjois’ Grand Cru lipstick for a long time before buying it. It looked like the loveliest shade of dark red (always my favourite) in the bottle (as it is a liquid lipstick). Testing a swipe on my hand and rubbing it away left a pinkish stain, though, which made me think that it might look dark pink on my lips, as tends to happen on my blue-ish lips.
A 3 for 2 offer at Boots forced my hand and I finally bought it last week. I hadn’t looked at reviews for it on the beauty blogs though, and so the high maintenance nature of its application came as rather a surprise. It takes a lot more work to apply it than I would ever usually put in.
I was expecting a dense sweep on colour across my lips straight away, so I was bemused when it didn’t seem to adhere to some parts of my lips at all when I first tried it. Repainting over the bare areas made no difference either and I wiped off the patchy mess and went to consult the reviews. Sure enough, this was a common problem with this lipstick – although other shades in the same line apparently don’t have this difficult formula.
After a few tries I think I get it (nearly). You need to make sure you’re applying it to well moisturised lips to start with. I also find that filling in your lips lightly with a lip pencil helps mitigate the patchiness as well. Paint a thin coat over your lips and then leave it to dry. It looks glossy on application, but dries matte. When dry, paint another layer, leave that to dry too, and hopefully you will have decent colour coverage by then. It takes a while for it to dry properly after the two coats and for the matte look to kick in, but when it does, it stays put pretty well for a long time. It is a lovely colour if you can get it even – it almost glows red, although it wasn’t quite as dark as I had hoped.
I still didn’t quite manage to do it perfectly though – there were slightly darker patches on parts of my lips, which were strangely in the same place as the parts which didn’t adhere at all the first time. I don’t know if this means they’re drier areas, but they’re not places I’ve really noticed dryness before.
In conclusion – this isn’t a lipstick to swipe on before work, but then it’s not the colour for that either. It’s quite a party shade, if you have enough time to dedicate to it when you’re getting ready. Unfortunately, time isn’t something I have much of at the minute, with little kids. Neither are parties for that matter – well, not ones that don’t involve superheroes anyway.
I’ll keep practicing though.