I’m not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks in all honesty. I’m a cack-handed muppet and there’s a lot of scope for messy liplines when it comes to liquid products, when you add in the fact that one side of my upper lip is fuller than the other, well, liquid lipsticks are an entire world of pain for me. However, some shades can be worth the pain, is this red from Shiseido one of them? Let’s see.
I like the sleek and tactile packaging, which mirrors the camellia on the packaging. RD413 is a bright tomato red, which is a little scary in the tube, even for a bright lip-lover like myself:
To my eye, this looked rather light and bright to me, and I was worried that even I wouldn’t be able to carry off the shade. However, I was reassured a little on swatching, as, whilst it’s a rather sheer formula (surprisingly), it’s also a beautiful colour:
The red is a little on the orange side (my camera is definitely pulling out the orange tones here), but it’s definitely a red, and it’s beautiful in wear. However, I do have a couple of issues with the formula, it’s sheer and glossy (oh so very, very glossy), but as a result, the pigments can appear a little patchy in close up:
In real-life it is less of an issue, as my lips aren’t actually THIS BIG. Nearly, admittedly, but my head actually isn’t three feet across, so you don’t really notice the streakiness so much when my lips are in 3d rather than on a computer screen.
It’s comfortable to wear, and non-drying, but it doesn’t really have any lasting properties. The sheerness of the pigment make it more like a gloss than a lipstick, so it needs fairly frequent reapplication. However, some of the shades in this range are rather more pigmented, so I suspect this problem would be limited to this shade in particular.
Overall, this is a beautiful shade, but has it won me over to the liquid lipstick side? I don’t know. I’d definitely try more from the range as it’s a good, comfortable formula but for £23.50 a pop, well …
The Fine Print: PR Sample.