Bourjois Velvet Rouge, a.k.a) The Best Liquid Lipsticks

Prepare for some serious gushing here because ladies and gents I think I’ve found one of my favourite launches from this year to date. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks ROCK. Liquid lipsticks are nothing new but it’s almost like Bourjois have stepped back, watched everyone put their formula to market, learnt from their mistakes and then produced one of the most kick-ass viscous lip products I’ve ever used. Allow me to explain…

It’s an eight-strong liquid lipstick line-up that delivers opaque colour in one quick sweep. Firstly I must point out that though I’ve given a few of them a go, the darker shades of the spectrum available are where it’s really at – Hot Pepper (swatched on the left) and Pink Pong (swatched on the right) – excuse the awful duck posing, it was one of those days – float my boat the most. The name is a little deceiving as ‘velvet’ suggests a lighter finish, but let me tell you that once these have dried down they are full on mattes with an almost powdery finish. I love ’em. Now where these win over previous formulas I’ve tried (Hourglass Opaque Rouge I’m looking at you) is that layering is not a problem. You can throw on as many coats as you like and things will never get flakey and messy. The applicators are a people pleaser too; nothing fancy but the slightly pointed nib ensures precision-ish application.

The best bit is that these stains do not budge. No Miranda Sings smudges to be seen here. Lacquer them onto your lips and watch in amazement as they last hours. Seriously all darn day. I applied Pink Pong at about 11am and by 7pm when bedtime had rolled around (I like to get slumber ready early) the whole thing was still there. Not just some weird outline like with others. It took three eye makeup remover soaked cotton pads and one pretty sore pout to fully get it off which some may see as a pain in the derrière, but I’m ok with it. No one likes touching up now do they?

These will be making an appearance on Bourjois stands in the coming weeks for a grand total of £8.99 each. Like I said, skip the nudes and head straight for the brights. When it comes to these you’ve got to go bold or go home.


  • camdenlily

    Oh my God, finally a good dupe for the Limecrime Velvetines I’ve been lusting after all year! Cannot wait to get my hands on them! x

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Gorgeous shades and the finish looks incredible – I’m definitely picking up a few of these :o) Xx

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  • Kristy

    I love the fact that these are actually designed to last, will definitely be picking up at least one on their launch. Especially when a lot of these style lipsticks actually only last a few hours. Love the colours and finish as well.

    Kristy |

  • Avanti

    Burjois is a great budget brand! Their have absolutely nailed foundation and blush!

  • Stephanie Browne

    Can’t wait to give them a go. Have you tried the Lime Crime Velveteens?

  • Anna Blush

    These sound amazing! Definitely going to give them a try. Love a good highstreet buy x

  • I completely agree Anna! I reviewed them a couple of weeks ago as they came out earlier in Spain and was completely blown away. I love to apply one coat then take the excess off with a tissue. Looks super fun and not so ‘out there’ for day time wear :)! x

  • Mila

    I have two shades: Hot Pepper and Ole Flamingo which is the most vibrant hot pink I’ve ever seen, slightly redder than Ping Pong and while I think you can layer them, i wouldn’t advise do it more than twice. And I do find Grand Cru, which is a gorgeous wine colour does not have the same consistency, is sort of watery, it tends to divide and not as creamy as the other two so the application is patchy. They do stay on forever.

  • Bella

    Wow, these look stunning!

  • Hope

    My these look amazing. Liquid lipstick that looks matter!? Sounds like my cup of tea. I need to invest in Hot Pepper for sure! H xx

  • Katjusha H

    Love these, I even told u that on twitter !!! I have the shade 07 et I sometime apply it as a stain, it looks great !!! xx

  • These look great!! And they are such a reasonable price!! I definitely want to check them out!! Love the pout btw 😛
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    Elizabeth x

  • Manouk

    They literally do not come off, score!

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  • ecraftic

    I got the same two! Just try Pink Pong with Magenta lipliner from Mac, that’s just beyond perfection and insane lasting power!

  • Bianca

    These are off the charts! I love love love them. Definitely the

    I picked up all three reds, my favorite is number 8 here in South Africa which is Grand Cru. Yay for Bourjois!

  • Maquillage Magic

    I have seen so many people talk about these and I really really want to buy them!!

    Laura from Maquillage Magic

  • Lauren S
  • Loving the red one! Another item on my wishlist.. (damn you!)

  • I’ll have to try these! I love the hourglass ones but the layering/reapplication problem really is a problem if you’re planning to wear them all day!

    Cat x

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    These look amazing, love both shades on you and the red is gorgeous 🙂

    Sophie x

  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    I need to try these after reading this 😉 I’m so buying them when they are coming out.

  • Iso Bean

    I’m really looking forward to trying these out! Those shades really suit you!

  • Gorgeous!! I’m just gonna have to buy these now! x

  • Eleri Roberts

    Hot pepper looks HOT!

    Eleri Roberts x

  • These sound pretty perfect! I really love these shades as well, the red is perfect.

  • ohhhhh wow what beautiful colours, they look amazing on you.

    Jess x

  • Silvia B.

    I agree with you! I want to get Pink Pong because it’s the one I’d not normally go for in terms of colour. But it looks amazing ^^

  • Pues si que pigmentan para ser tipo gloss, y además los colores son muy brillante!

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Amiee

    These look so good but the colours look really similar, if I had to buy one would it be pink pong then? x

  • Imogen Stafford

    they look amazing! desperate to try them out!

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    Go bold or go home – I love that saying 🙂 I need to try the red one because I have been going crazy for red lips these days!

  • Parisian To Be

    These sound amazing! I don’t think I have quite the confidence to rock a red lip, but in my theoretical situation, these would be what I would wear.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Love! I wish the stocked more Bourjois products and my pharmacy. The red is incredible.

  • Couldn’t agree more – I wore Pink Pong for a night out with the girls and it survived tapas and a few glasses of sangria (without a straw!) without a problem. x

  • Both these colours look so gorgeous, and really suit you! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | YSL Lipstick Giveaway | The Little Deer Sunglasses and £20 Voucher Giveaway

  • Claudia

    Are the nudes not nice or do you just prefer to wear darker colours?x

  • heresyourchance HYC

    There are gorgeous! Bourjois can be hard to get in the US, but I am definitely going to look for them. Thanks for sharing, Anna!


  • Everyone is turning on the lacquer mode. They sure do look delicious and scrumptious. Really looking . forward to buying them.

  • Samantha

    I know you probably get tired of getting these all the time, but I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    TGCF x

  • Michelle Church

    I tried these in Superdrug yesterday and after several hand washings and a full shower, my had is still stained! if that isn’t an advert for long lasting colour I don’t know what is. I will definitely be picking up 1 (or several..) of these in the coming weeks!

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  • Gillian

    These sound amazing and the colours are gorgeous. Definitely need to try these.

  • Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Those vivid shades are so stunning on you. I’ve given up buying new lip products for the rest of the year (my lip stash is crazy, eek!), but I’m definitely bookmarking this one 🙂

  • prisca

    I have one of the reds. They are truly amazing!! I didn’t see nudes in belgium so far though.

  • Ivy

    yes, they are amazing! I have two and love them sooo much:) only wish they expand the colour range.

  • Daisy

    I love the red, it’s so vibrant!!!

  • These look stunning! Loving the pink shade for spring.


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  • Wow after reading this I’m going to have to step out of my comfort zone and give one of these a try when they drop 🙂 Can’t believe how long they last for, I know Lily Melrose can’t stand the scent of these you haven’t mentioned them so it must be a love or hate thing x


  • sofika
  • Oh lordy these look fabulous. And honestly, the pouting sold it for me

  • they look great! I picked up the buxom set last time I was at Sephora and have been obsessed. It includes both nudes and brights.

  • Emily

    These look so much better than the l’oreal ones, thanks for the post!

  • Ellen Findley

    Love it! Your pout is too adorable.

    If only I can convince ASOS to stock Bourjois’s full line…

    Also, is Hot Pepper more warm or cool? It looks like it has a neutral undertone, but sometimes monitors can be deceiving.

  • zldn

    Is it kiss proof? I mostly wear the Maybelline 14 hour ones and want to the try the new Loreal. Would you say it’s the same idea as those two?

  • Hannah Elle Bee

    LOVE THESE! I think a shopping trip is needed…

  • Taslima

    Pink pong is so pretty!

    Taslima | The little things in life

  • Oh Gosh! I think I’ve found my next purchase 😉

  • Martha C

    i got one called Frambroise

  • Lauren

    These sound ideal, love both these colours xx

  • Sarah Warnes

    absolutely gorgeous! Must try!

  • Annalouiseelizabeth

    I love the pink shade and the price!
    I have done a post on high street fashion budget buys too.

  • I never need an excuse to add to my Bourjois collection.. sold!

  • Love the photos, must try these heard so many good things about them!

    Kate xo //

  • Love the pout!

  • love love bourjois but i have never had a good experience with liquid lipsticks! but i will try these when they come out here in aus!

  • Jo Fisher

    These look great! Though I’m not sure I could be brave enough for the brights. I’ll see what I think when I see them for myself.

    Jo xx
    She Wears Burgundy

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  • naomi baxter

    These colours are gorgeous!

  • I wish that I could get my hands on these in the US – I’ll just have to cross my fingers that they’re in drugstores when I head to Europe this summer.
    Although I love a bit of Hourglass, I almost wish that I hadn’t splashed out for one of the opaque rouges now!

    • Kate Louise Ballantyne

      you can get these from asos, which ship wordwide x

      • Wow, I didn’t know that – thanks!

  • Wowie don’t these look delightful, I’m yet to be impressed with these liquid lipsticks formulas most are a bit meh or maybe I’m just picky can’t wait to give these a try super affordable too 🙂 x

  • Cosmetic Betty
  • I think I say this all the time about your posts but the photography is always beautiful! I love the flash of Porter in the background too – isn’t it a great magazine?!

    I need to try these – the Pink Pong looks amazing on! *adds to growing beauty wishlist*

    Claire x

  • Wow that’s some serious colour! I’ll definitely have to try these!

  • Aayushi Pankhuri

    Ditto.. They are my favorites too… 🙂 Nice post .. 🙂 Bourjois Rouge edition velvet lipsticks are a must have … their staying power is so amazing…. the longest lasting lipstick I have ever found.

    Check out Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review on my website

  • gail perry

    Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, I think it is the worse lipstick I have ever bought, it cost 8.99 for Boots and it was not worth the money. Applied to lips ten minutes later I had a drink and it left lipstick marks on the glass and within half hour/ 3/4 hour it was just like I hadn’t put any on.

  • Jayde

    Your post inspired me to go out and get me one of these, and they are perf!
    Thanks for the ace posts, I love your blog and you’ve got me starting my own! eek.

  • Sara

    I have three of these I’m these two shades and in Ole Flamingo and seriously it took me a while to warm up to them but they are bright, vivid in your face liquid matte that sticks around and doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the lips at any point (other liquid mattes require more drying or do that weird flaky thing that wears unevenly?) and my favourite thing? Super easy to apply. As in, if you’re pretty practiced with lipstick, you don’t need a mirror, it’s not super liquidy and doesn’t slip around as much as other liquid lipsticks. The smell takes a but of getting used to and the texture is definitely different to the other liquid matte lipsticks I’ve tried – I’ve tried a lot.

  • Absolutely love these lipsticks, the colours are so gorgeous. I’ve just done a review of them on my blog, which you can read here.

    Monica x

    Raid Her Wardrobe – A Beauty & Fashion Blog

  • Sound great! I was looking for these and was debating getting the Velveltines but they are such a pain to get hold of. Will definitely be trying this!

  • Are these long lasting? I’m looking forward to try these two.
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