If there’s one thing in this world that gets me foaming at the mouth, it’s a fabulous collection of lipsticks – ok maybe pizza…pizza has the same effect…oh and shoes…and maybe macaroons…OK fine there’s a lot in this world that gets me salivating!
I love seeing other people’s collection of lipsticks. A girl’s lipstick collection shows a lot about her personality. Girls who want to be noticed go for reds, girls who are playful go for deep purples, girls who are young and flirty go for pinks and girls who don’t like fuss go for nudes. To be honest, I’m a little of everything. I love my pinks, but I also love an understated nude lip or a sultry burgundy pout.
Gerard Cosmetics is the brain child of Jennifer Gerard, CEO and creator of the brand. After her success with Whitening Lightening, a professional at-home teeth whitening kit, Jen decided to turn her attention to the makeup world. Gerard Cosmetics have created iconic and easily recognisable products such as Brow Bar To Go and their amazing BB Plus Illumination Creme. Although an American brand, the phenomenon around their products have reach international heights with companies such as Beauty Bay offering UK consumers a slice of what Gerard Cosmetics have to offer.
I wanted the opportunity to try out their lipsticks after seeing Instagram images of their ever famous 1995 shade. As I was ordering these from the States, I made an informed, and almost indulgent decision, to try out a ‘few’ other shades. When I say a ‘few’ I really mean 8…I bought 8 of them. I will warn you though that if you do decide to try out Gerard Cosmetics, do not order direct from their website. Although they offer great bundle deals and international shipping rates, they also offer the worst customer service I have ever experienced. I won’t go into detail of the problems that I have faced, but trust me when I advise, order your lipsticks from Beauty Bay (links below).
I love the long wearing, full coverage that these lipsticks have to offer. The longevity of the lipsticks are definitely the selling point here. The lighter shades take a couple of coats to get the desired look, but the darker colours are so pigmented that one swipe is all you need. They’re extremely comfortable on the lips despite their staying power; which make them a great day-to-day lipstick.
The gold, bullet-style packaging reminds me of MAC lipsticks. It’s safe to say that these chrome lipsticks will never get lost in your handbag! However I would say that the packaging is so lightweight, it almost feels cheap. Not that they’re incredibly expensive (£9.50 each), but I expected more considering the finish on them. The only other downfall is that they pick up fingerprints and any other marks very easily. Not a major turn off, but it can get a little annoying if you have OCD like I do.
In terms of shade selection, Gerard Cosmetics have got it right. There’s a shade for everyone, including a vast selection of nude/pink shades; which will allow anyone to achieve the perfect Kylie Jenner lip. Apart from a few, majority of the shades are very universal and would suit anyone of any skin tone. If there’s one thing that I need to give Gerard Cosmetics props for, it’s the range of colours.
Colours below are ordered from left to right as in image.
1995 – Inspired by 90s grunge glam. This is a neutral toned, matte finish lipstick. Not just a brown, but rather the red undertones give it a beautiful multi-tonal effect. Think the girls from Beverley Hills 90210 (the original).
Cherry Cordial – This shade is for you if you want to amp up the sex appeal. This is a vampy, deep berry-toned lipstick that’s add the perfect amount of mystery to any look. Although its a satin finish, the staying power is incredible and it leaves your lips with a subtle stain long after the night is done.
Tequila Sunrise – Imagine a sun filled holiday in a lipstick. This is a peach toned, coral lipstick that looks AMAZING against a tan. I’ve definitely found my summer shade here. I only wish that it wasn’t a matte finish, but rather a shimmer as I’m not a fan of heavy, matte finish lipsticks in the summer.
Berry smoothie – This is a semi-matte shade; similar to Rodeo Drive. This, however, is more of a pink hue. Rather than a Barbie pink, this is more of a purple/mauve toned colour.
Kiss & tell – A flamingo pink, satin finish with flecks of glitter. You can play this up with a strong winged eyeliner or mute it down with a natural lip liner.
Vintage rose – A beautiful understated pink with a matte finish. This is a perfect ‘everyday’ shade and a it’s neutral tones makes it suitable for any makeup look.
Underground – Not my most typical of choices when it comes to lipstick, but you really have to see it in persons to appreciate how beautiful it is. This is a nude lipstick with a difference. A grey lipstick with subtle pink undertones. If you’re a of grunge glam, you will love this.
Rodeo drive – If I was to associate this lipstick to anyone it would be Kylie Jenner. This is one of Gerard Cosmetics’ most famous shades and it’s not hard to see why. This is the most perfect matte finished mauve nude that I have ever seen. Pair with a slightly darker lip liner, and you’ll have Jenner lips in no time.
Have you tried any Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks? Comment below with your favourite shade.