I have had my eye on these two shades of lipsticks for quite a while now; they’ve just been sat there in my Beauty Bay wishlist, screaming my name. So, I decided to take the dive and purchase them. Choosing these two shades was relatively easy as I knew I wanted a greige lipstick and 1995 had such great reviews that it was hard to resist. They weren’t even badly priced at £9.50 a pop. The first thing I kind of have to comment on is the gorgeous packaging; I love the gold as it looks so classic and really stands out on my lipstick stand against my other black mac lipsticks.
Gerard Cosmetics – 1995
I was so so disappointed with this shade of lipstick and the whole formula. It was so matte that I found it ridiculously difficult to actually transfer onto my lips… or maybe it was the shade but it literally barely showed up on my lips. You can see in the second picture that it was sticking to my dry lips (I know, I am trying to get them back healthy with the help of my Bare Minerals lip balms) which shows just how much I was really rubbing it on my lips to try and get any sort of colour. I mean, look at how red and gorgeous it looks in the tube compared to the shade it is on my lips… I just really was not impressed at all. I think this has to be one of the driest matte formulas in a lipstick I have ever tried which is a real shame as the colour is simply beautiful.
Gerard Cosmetics – Underground
This colour is just, wow. I am in love with this shade of greige and I find that, unlike my L.A Splash ghoulish lipstick, it is quite flattering on me. I just love this colour so much and need to start reaching for it more as it really works on my pale skin for a greige lipstick… I mean, you’d expect it to completely wash me out but it doesn’t quite do that. The formula is of similar qualities to that of 1995; it is a very drying matte lipstick so lots of lip balm is going to be needed after wearing it. What I do love about this matte lipstick, though, is that when it comes off I don’t get that awful “tide line” that happens with liquid lipsticks… I literally hate that bloody line from where my lips have been touching together and rubbing off – anyone else get that? But yeah, I was impressed with the colour payout on this little beauty and I will definitely give it a thumbs up.
So, overall, I think that Underground was well worth the investment as it was a gorgeous greige colour that was missing in my collection and the colour actually appears on my lips. 1995, on the other hand, I really did not like. The colour is a bit of a non-colour on me and the matte, dryness is just too much of a push for me personally. I would say that I do still prefer the Gerard Cosmetics liquid lipsticks by a landslide.
Have you tried any of the Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks?