I walked past Primark on my way to work this morning. In the window was a big poster, telling me about the Primark must have 90p lipstick. I didn’t have to be at work until 10.56am (I had one of those stupid ‘your parcel will arrive between 10.56am and 11.56am’ things), so I thought I’d do a bit of research on your behalf.
What I wanted to know is, how good really is a 90p lipstick from Primark?
First up, I should say that I am the least well qualified person in the world to write this post. I hardly ever wear make-up, and never wear lipstick. I did once buy a dark purple Mac lipstick, but when I put it on fiancé nearly cried. Belle said I looked sassy, but I think in reality it just drew attention to my teeth.
Wearing lisptick generally has always made me feel very self-conscious. It’s a kind of weird thing to do when you think about it – painting one part of yourself a different colour. Very odd.
As I get older though, I’m wondering if it might be a good chance to experiment. I care far less nowadays about what people think of me, plus I’ve always fancied being one of those woman who wears bright red lipstick all the time. There was an older woman who used to come to my netball group in Bristol. She’d rock up to every training session in her full kit, no make-up, except this slash of dark red on her lips. She always looked terribly glamorous to me.
So, the Primark 90p lipstick.
I stood for quite a long time wondering which colour to choose and then I remembered that it’s a 90p lipstick and I am a 38 year old woman. I could have bought two of each if I’d wanted to. I didn’t though, I just went for three, to give them a fair test.
I chose toffee, candy pink, and scarlett. I don’t know if they deliberately misspelt the colour scarlet or actually named it after Scarlett Johansson – perhaps you can’t afford proofreaders at 90p a tube.
Here they are:
As you can see, the finish isn’t totally smooth, but then it’s 90p, so what do you expect?
Let’s have a look then shall we at how the 90p Primark lipstick looks on my actual face. Remember how lipstick makes me feel mind, so don’t judge if I look a prat.
First, here’s the candy pink:
I was expecting this colour to be the easiest to wear, as it’s lighter than the others, but I think this was actually my least favourite. It when on nicely, but it looked a little bit odd around the edges. I noticed in Primark that they also did matching lip liners for £1, so perhaps these would be something to invest in if you wanted a sharper line.
I’m not sure what it was exactly, it just felt a bit like it didn’t cover my own lips properly? Yeah, I’ve done a crap job at describing that.
Let’s move on.
I tried the toffee next:
I quite liked this one, and the coverage was good, but I wonder if it’s a bit dark for me personally? I have quite fair skin, with a bit of a rosy tint to it, and I think the brown made me look a little washed out?
And then finally, the colour I was most scared of – the bright red:
Now I know this is a bit in your face, (or on my face), but I actually think that this one is my favourite. It’s not a deep, dark red, it’s a little more on the orangey side, and I think this shade works well with fairer skin.
It definitely made me feel glamorous, although I did feel a bit weird when the postman arrived with a parcel – like he might be starring at me and wondering what was wrong with my mouth.
I stuck with it though, and kept it on.
It felt nice. Often I find that lipsticks can be quite drying, but this one wasn’t. On the downside, it didn’t feel like it would stay in place for hours and there were a couple of times when I touched my mouth, forgetting it was there, and ended up with red stained hands. When I realised this, I was a bit worried about smudging it and not realising, but I think a lot of it for me is just getting used to the whole concept of wearing lipstick.
I do think you would have to reapply fairly regularly, but then for 90p, I don’t think you can really complain about that can you? The Primark 90p lipstick is what it is – an easy way to add a bit of colour and have some fun with your make-up without breaking the bank.
What do you think then? Should I become a regular wearer of the Primark 90p lipstick and if so, which is your favourite shade? Do you have a lipstick that you swear by, or do you shy away from it?
Leave a comment and let me know!