I love bright lipstick. Usually if I'm going to bust out a bright colour I go for a red but if I'm feeling daring I go for a spot of MAC Girl About Town because the pink has just enough blue in it for it to work with my pale skin. I love to wear brights on a night out but I think they're great for day time with just foundation and a lick of mascara.
Acessorize's Love Struck* is a bright, punchy pink with a matte finish and the colour made me mutter 'oooh yeeeeeah'. The packaging is pretty, although because I hate owls, the presence of one on the side knocked off lots of points - yes I'm that shallow. Also can I ask when this obsession with owls is going to end? They freak me out like no other.
Anyway back to the lipstick. First off I swatched it on my hand and although it was very matte it seem to have somewhat of a creamy consistency, which a lot of matte lipsticks don't have. I always worry mattes will leave my lips looking dry and flaky straight after application so if I'm honest I'm not usually drawn to them.
When applied the colour is just as bright as it appears in the bullet, however on application to my lips it is drier than it felt on the back of my hand. I'd suggest a hefty amount of lip balm before hand and maybe even a lip scrub the night before so you have super smooth lips. I applied the lipstick without lip liner, mostly because I only have two shades and neither of them are suitable and because for some reason I couldn't imagine it smudging or feathering. It went on well and stayed in place nice enough for about an hour but after a long conversation with my friend I came away feeling my lips were dry and parched and there seemed to be a lot of smudging around the bottom lip. I piled on some lip balm, tamed the edges with a cotton bud and instantly felt better.
The staying power was fair and it didn't go as flaky as I imagined it would, that said it did start to crack my lips and the dry feeling came back every hour or so. A quick reapplication made it fine again - which surprosed me because usually if I reapply to dried out lips they look far worse.
After about 2-3 hours the top lip started to smudge a lot, especially around my Cupid's bow but I feel I should say this is common for me if I don't wear a good lip liner - so I would be interested to see how it lasts when my lips are properly lined.
I really, really like the colour of this lipstick and I love how it shows up on the lip because some cheaper lipsticks look great only to be almost transparent when applied.The packaging (minus the owl) is nice and the price point excellent (£4.95), I just wish it wasn't matte.
I'll be seeking out a vivid pink lip liner so I can try out this lipstick on a night out. I'd love to hear any recommendations you might have.
Ooh also have you tried any of the Accessorize make up?
Accessorize make up is available from Superdrug and Accessorize, although I was unable to find it online.
P.S. Yes I'm rubbish. I meant to take photos of the lipstick when it was first applied but my friend called with gossip about Coronation Street and next thing I knew we'd spent and hour talking about Ryan's drug habit (a character I must add not a friend) and the opportunity to take a shot of the fresh lipstick was well past. You can send all lipstick related hate mail to her.