Ease of application:
The formula of Topshop Brighton Rock is super duper creamy. This makes it glide onto your lips beautifully, however it does cause some application problems.
With a lipstick this bright, it’s really important to have a precise application, because any inconsistencies around the lipline are bleedingly obvious. I have been unable to achieve this precise lipline straight from the tube, and I blame the formula. It’s so creamy that it melts a little during application, catching on every ridge and crease in your lips, and on every hair along your lipline.
Not the easiest lipstick to apply then, because you really do need to use a lip-brush.
Because of the super creamy forula, the longevity of Brighton Rock isn’t great. It wears off in 2-3 hours, although it does leave a pretty stain, so you don’t end up with lips that look “unfinished”.
I love the design aesthetic of Topshop cosmetics. The crayon-style artwork is so cute, while the cream and grey colour palette stops it from being kitschy and overly childish.
In terms of packaging functionality, the lipsticks are pretty standard in their packaging. My only complaint is that the bullet of lipstick has been slightly crookend since I first purchased it, making the side of the bullet scrape against the edge of the tube every time I wind it up or down.
Anything else worth mentioning?:
This lipstick has a slightly funky smell, sort of a chemically, artificial fruity smell. If you’re particulary sensitive to scented lip products, you may want to steer clear of the Topshop range of lipsticks.
What they say:
Satin matte finish lipstick to smooth, hydrate and nourish lips. Apply for fabulous colour and moisturised, matte finish, wear alone or with gloss for a shiny finish.
Topshop.com and Topshop retail locations.