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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle Review

Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle

How very apt that the Topshop Lip Ombre Kit I have is in the shade selection Baffle, the concept has left me just that - baffled. After a little digging around, okay glance over the official listing on the Topshop website I have to say the idea is very clever. Basically you have two cream to powder lip colours that can be worn together for a subtle, lip plumping yet altogether fun ombre look or of course use each shade solo. They can also be used on the cheeks but more on that later...

"To create a lip ombre look; apply top pan colour directly to lips with fingertips or brush to create a vivid base colour. Next, apply bottom pan colour to the centre of lips and diffuse out to give the illusion of fuller lips with a two-colour finish."

Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle
Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle
Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle

Before I go any further I do have to say kudos to Topshop in terms of packaging - anyone who has used cream lip products in the past will vouch it can be messy. The flip top design of the lip ombre's really minimises that, all the while looking sleek. Yes the overall design is a little bulky but you do have to keep in mind that it contains two large pans of product alongside a mirror.

Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle
Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle

The Topshop Lip Ombre's come in four different shade choices, I have Baffle which is the red option of the line up. Topshop Baffle contains a true yet slightly pink tinged red as the top layer, followed by a more coral and somewhat lighter pinky toned red underneath. The top red isn't all that special and could be duped by many red lip products out there but the bottom shade reminds me a lot of MAC Relentlessly Red - both in finish and colour.

Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle
Topshop Lip Ombre in Baffle

Swatches - left to right: top shade, bottom shade, half and half and blended together

The idea is that you apply the top pan all over the lips and then gently dab the lighter colour into the centre for a diffused yet plump look. Great in theory not so much in practise; if using fingers like Topshop recommend this can and will become messy. The cream to powder textures don't allow for precision, more often than not the end look was more bleeding/smudged lipstick than runway chic. I wholeheartedly recommend teaming the kit with a lip brush. Personally the ombre look is not for me but credit where credit is due the Topshop Lip Ombre formulation is pretty wonderful, not only are the shades well pigmented, super opaque but also long wearing and despite being matte they are not terribly drying. At only £9 per kit you certainly get plenty of bang for your money as the cream to powder formulation can double up as a cream blush - I'd go as far as saying I actually prefer the texture on my cheeks to my lips. If you are familiar with Topshop Cream Blushes then you'll know what to expect - the main difference is that this time around the formula is more matte and oddly powder based.

At £9 the Topshop Lip Ombre's are great little multi-purpose kits that would be ideal for those who travel a lot, or want to try the latest lip trend without breaking the bank. You can find all four options here via Topshop - link.

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16 comments:

  1. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Definitely a must have for Spring and Summer. Thanks for this review

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  2. Great review - I love those colours for spring.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  3. I think that it's such a great idea!
    xoxo

    www.randomindistilling.blogspot.co

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  4. I don't think i am all that keen on the ombre lip, but this does look like a cute little kit, so pigmented! x

    Temporary:Secretary | Fashion and Beauty Blog

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  5. This is a really cool idea and the shades look so smooth and pigmented - not sure I'd be brave enough to rock this colour though! xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  6. Have to say never seen anything like it before, and totally loving the idea. Will deffo check out in my Topshop store next time for other colours thats available. Totally loving it.

    breathefashion-world.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. looks like an interesting idea!
    http://ellesimpson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Looks like an interesting product, I thonk I might give it a try :)
    Have a nice day x

    itsnatt.blogspot.com

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  9. This is such a cool product and definitely one I want to try! The ombre look is so lovely and really adds definition to the lips.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  10. I keep seeing these everywhere and they look fantastic x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  11. These new products really drive me batty.

    If you watch youTube videos have a look for Kandee Johnson. she did a tutotial over a year ago on the perfect lip, which used the Ombre technique to make your lips look full and just plain lovely!

    She opted for a different but complimenting shade of lipliner to your lipstick. so you colour in most of your lip with the lipliner, then blend your lipstick over the top, leaving your lips ombre and your options limitless depending on your stash.

    I opted for a Pink outline with a coral lip most of this week, and it looked incredibbubble... and it cost me nothing :) #shopyourstash

    Erin || Make Erin Over

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  12. This sounds so fun! The colours are lovely too! x

    Joanne // Fashion Polaroids

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  13. such an interesting idea... not sure if i'd try it but kudos to topshop for originality!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  14. I do like the idea of this, it's different but not in an extreme way leaving you thinking 'how on earth can I actually wear this in public'! It does sound messy and not particularly precise so if I was going to go for it I think I'd use a brush for the all over shade and then my finger to dab on the follow up shade x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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