I am absolutely loving these new Lip Velvets. I will be the first to admit, these lipsticks are not astounding - but I am loving them nonetheless. Burberry have done well with the colour range - some of the Lip Velvet shades are incredible. But matte lipsticks are a tenacious beast - whilst modern day matte formulas have come a long way since the 1990's, I do often think that matte and mind blowing will forever be contradictory terms in the lipstick realm.
Regardless, I will always love matte lipsticks. And I do love these Lip Velvets.
Now back to Pink Azalea. Something my readers might find amusing, is that I went to Burberry this particular day to take a look at the Lip Velvet testers my SA had finally gotten in store, with the intent of being able to try before I buy when buying my third Lip Velvet. My SA had every shade of tester in, except for Pink Azalea. So what did I do? In true Bern style, I bought the one without the tester. And thus, Pink Azalea came home with me. I also scored the promotional gift with purchase Lip Velvet mini in #303 Antique Pink - my first Burberry mini!
Okay enough rambling peeps, onto the pictures.
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Pink Azalea is a very pretty colour, but it is verging on the 'too pink' boundaries of my personal taste. It does have an almost vamp undertone to it which is apparent in low light. If you love rich, medium toned pinks with a real depth to them, Pink Azalea will be right up your alley.
Pink Azalea is almost what-you-see-is-what-you-get straight from a tube - it applies a little more bright and vivid on my pale pink lips than what is seen in the tube.
The formula of Pink Azalea falls in between Hawthorn Berry and Bright Poppy. It feels a little more dry in texture, but not quite as dry as Hawthorn Berry, when applying. It is not as creamy feeling as Bright Poppy.
But it does wear better than Hawthorn Berry. The colour stays more true, like with Bright Poppy.
Pink Azalea wears off more evenly than Hawthorn Berry.
Pink Azalea wasn't as forgiving with application straight from the bullet, unlike Bright Poppy. I needed a lip brush to get clean lines, especially around my cupids bow (the pointy, asymmetrical little sucker it is).
There was some transfer of colour during eating and drinking.
As with the other two Lip Velvet shades I have, Pink Azalea does require touching up. Wear time was pretty much the same as for Bright Poppy and Hawthorn Berry - after eight hours of wear, it was mostly gone (during my lipstick trial day, with no touch ups).
Overall, I do like Pink Azalea. It is a lovely lipstick. But Bright Poppy is still the standout shade in the Lip Velvet range thus far with regards to the formula, texture, application and colour.
On a side note, as I mentioned in my post 'A quick look at the new Burberry Lip Velvets', the colour worn by Cara Delevingne in the Lip Velvet promotional campaign is Pink Azalea worn over Bright Plum lip pencil. I can say that Pink Azalea worn on its own, on me, does not resemble the colour seen on Cara (and my colouring is similar enough to hers). However, I will have Bright Plum Lip Pencil in my possession soon, and plan on trying out the combination of the two to see if I can recreate a colour resembling that seen on Cara.
If you are a matte lipstick aficionado, take a look at the Burberry Lip Velvets - but keep an open mind. You won't be blown away by them, but like me, you might find they still earn a special little place in your lipstick loving heart.
Thanks for reading!