Beauty Test Drive: Topshop Gloss Ink, Lipstick & Lip Cream In Shades Of Purple

Before I go into this Beauty Test Drive, I’d like to declare my fondness for Topshop Beauty products. I’ve tried out a fair share of makeup in my day, and I’m generally a big fan of Topshop’s price point, quality and coverage. This time around, I decided to test three purple Topshop lip products: Gloss Ink in Cruel, Velvet Finish Moisturizing Lipstick in On The Town and Lip Cream in Double Take. Purple hues are NOT normally my jam since I have very fair skin, but I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give ‘em a whirl. With that said, it was not a good idea. My expressions pretty much say it all, but if you want the in-depth review, here goes nothin’…

Product: Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel

Price: $16, Topshop

Application: This gloss is very similar to a lacquer. It almost has the consistency of a nail polish in that it’s thick, but simultaneously drippy. It spreads easily and immediately stains the lips for dark, long-lasting color.

Results: If you’re looking for a lip ink that lasts all day, this product is for you. Unfortunately, in my case, the color of the gloss did not go well with my skin tone. It looked like I smeared very dark blood on my lips, and then, even after using makeup remover, it left an after-stain that made it look like I drank Kool-Aid for 24 hours. It seriously looked like my lips were transplanted onto my face from Robert Pattinson’s in “Twilight,” and not in a good way. Because the applicator is so small, I had to be very precise applying the gloss around my cupid’s bow, knowing that if I went even a smudge outside the edges, it would “stain” for a while. In my opinion, Cruel was a perfect name for this lipstick. Maybe I just need a tan? Or to never ever use it again. (On the other hand, some of the other Gloss Ink lip colors were raved about by some of our Frisky editors. Sophie swears by it. Go figure.)

Rating: 2/5 (Hell No)

Product: Topshop Velvet Finishing Moisturizing Lipstick in On The Town

Price: $16, Nordstrom (not available online right now)

Application: This lipstick is not quite as creamy and smooth as I would have liked it to be, so I had to apply several layers before it really coated my lips evenly. Even after smudging my lips together to help spread the pigment, it just seemed to accentuate every single fine line.

Results: I’m not going to lie: this test drive wasn’t pretty. I was hoping that the Easter egg lavender color would somehow appear a bit more subdued when applied, but it just made me look like I got into Barbie’s makeup kit in preparation for a rave. If you want to try out for the “Jem and the Holograms” movie, I’ve found the lipstick for you! This color was not for me. I honestly don’t know WHAT skin tone would go well with this hue. (Suggestions are welcome). The good news is, it’s easily removable. I laughed so hard when I put it on that my tears practically removed the lipstick on their own. It pains me to say this, but I think Topshop missed the mark on this one.

Rating: 1/5 (WTF?!)

Product: Topshop Lip Cream in Double Take

Price: $14, Topshop

Application: This lip cream was actually the easiest to apply of the three. It wasn’t too thin or too thick, it spread well and feels creamy and moisturizing on the lips. I only had to apply one coat to cover my lips. Bonus!

Results: I’m not sure I’m crazy about the color, but that’s a matter of skin tone and preference. Just as it appears in the tube is how it appears on the lips: bold, bright and no surprises. I did like the feel of this lip cream because it almost felt like lotion (hence the cream part), and wasn’t too tacky or shiny. It has a glossy finish, but I found that blotting the lips softened the shine a bit, which is good if you’re going for a more matte look. Overall, I think the product is good, but nothing to write home about. (See Sophie’s review of Topshop Lip Cream vs. Lipstick.)

Rating: 3/5 (Maybe)

P.S. I’m never volunteering to test drive purples again.