I've been eyeing up this latest release from the Body Shop for a while now so I was delighted for the opportunity to try these out. And try them out I have. Plenty. In fact, my other lipsticks (if they weren't inanimate objects) would be getting pretty jealous right about now.
Launched for Spring, the Colour Crush Shine range are designed to provide sheer pigments and rich moisture. Containing community fair trade Marula oil to seal in moisture and condition lips but without foregoing the super bright shades, these are like having the best of matte lipsticks (for the pigment) married with the best of a balm/gloss (for the conditioning effect). They are the perfect Summer lipstick.
I have three shades to try out; 18 Sunset Romance, a very wearable pink/nude (the classic "my lips only better"), 15 Fushcia Flirt, a warm pink/coral that looks outstanding with a tan and 14 Magenta de Rouge, a blue toned pink, guaranteed to make your teeth look whiter and brighten your complexion.
These are so very softening on the lips, I've worn these all day with no nasty dry skin afterwards. The brighter shades, particularly 14 can sometimes leave a light stain when they wear off but nowhere near as noticeable as a matte lipstick. As for the scent...the brand describe it as rose but (and it took me a good while to figure this out), for me it's earl grey with a slice of lemon. I know, oddly specific but that's actually one of my favourite smells ever so I'm loving inhaling it every time I wear these, even though it is actually quite faint.
I think you can actually see the differences in the shades best in the swatches below. 18 (Sunset Romance) is my personal favourite, I've worn it every day since getting it; it's perfect for work, daytime and paired with a smokey eye for a night out. 15 (Fuschia Flirt) is bright but still flattering as it has a nice warmth to it while 14 (Magenta de Rouge) is the kind of super bright pink I'm lured to but usually can't wear. Because this is a sheer wash of colour however, it gives the pop of colour I crave but without all the hard work of a matte lipstick (which I also love, I just don't always have the time or inclination for it).
These are €12.95 each and are available in The Body Shop now. You may be thinking €12.95 is a bit steep for a sheer lip colour but it's actually a fairly close price point to similar products on the market from the likes of L'Oreal and Maybelline and you've got the added bonus of knowing these are cruelty free and excellent quality. They get my vote anyway and I normally am more cautious about recommending make-up outright as it really can be very subjective.
What do you think of the colour crush lipsticks? Have you tried any yet?