Sunday, 26 July 2015

REVIEW: BOE Beauty Lipsticks...

Another of the gems uncovered by my recent lipstick refresh - BOE Beauty and BOE Professional. These two ranges are available at BigW stores - the BOE Beauty lippies are $2, and the BOE Professional ones are $8.95. I must say that prior to my explorations, my minimum spend for a lipstick was $4.95 - I wasn't being a snob, I just couldn't imagine how any lip product could be even vaguely usable if it cost less than that. Well I'm SO GLAD I cast aside this personal limitation, read on to find out why...
I'll start with the Professional variety. These come in a solid case that looks and feels classy, with the product colour visible on the base. The formula is creamy, rich and smooth, deliciously hydrating, and my nose can't detect any fragrance. The pigmentation is excellent, coverage is also very good, and the colour doesn't bleed. They don't last beyond a meal, but they do leave behind a nice little bit of stain, and transfer to drinking utensils is average. The display stand is on a par with any other similarly priced product range, and there were testers in my local store...

This first one is called Aphrodite - a gorgeous soft pink that will leave your lips looking supremely kissable ...


And here is Mocha - a lovely warm brown/pink which I'm loving this Winter, it's such a flattering shade without being too deep or intense ...


These next two are from the Beauty range. Being a bargain style, all the products are jumbled into plastic display bins, so it takes a bit of doing to work out just what colours are available - for me it was a bit like a treasure hunt, which I don't mind as these ridiculously cheap lipsticks are well worth rummaging for. Of course the packaging isn't nearly so glamorous, but sturdy all the same, and still quite impressive for the price. I bought one of each kind - cream and matte, both have a very faint waxy fragrance. The cream kind is certainly creamy, nicely moisturising, but I have to say I had quite a bit of trouble trying to get the colour to apply evenly for the lip swatch photo. I'll be going back for more though as I believe these warrant further investigation...

This is Paige - a most heavenly peach which I'll be putting away for Spring, isn't it just so pretty?...


And, well, you know me lol, I've saved the best for last. This is Shocking Matte Pink - an astoundingly brilliant and beautiful hue, although as you can see, it isn't matte at all. But I don't give a hoot because...I applied this early in the morning, went shopping, had breakfast and a latte, and 3 hours later, it was still going strong - the only difference was the loss of the sheen, but the colour and coverage were still intact! UNBELIEVABLE for a $2 lipstick, plus my lips didn't feel the slightest bit dry 


In summary, I think these are a great find. The BOE Professional lipsticks are excellent value, and both the formula and presentation are first class...

But...the one that impressed me the most was the $2 matte in the BOE Beauty range. I swear I'm calling into BigW on my way home tomorrow night to see if there are any other "matte" shades in the bin!

P.S. I've listed this over at Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness link up party - well worth checking if you're looking for new blogs to follow ♥

Take care of you,
kats xxx

23 comments:

  1. Good Morning! Yes! Love the BOE ranges! I own almost all of the Professional range, theyre absolutely fab! Only recently chucked my BOE Beauty colours, they were a bit heat affected, but Id worn them heaps and loved Shocking Matte Pink! I'll have to check out that tub again, agree 100%, I wish they'd display them a bit more neatly lol! :) Beautiful post and swatches, as always! Have a lovely day and week!

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    1. Hiya babe, how lovely it is to start my day with a bright and cheery comment from you ♡♡♡ These were a BIG surprise for me - I used to walk past the stand without a second glance, but not any more lol xxx

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    2. Ahoy! Sorry for writing this on a lippie post, Im wondering whether you could recommend a nice green/khaki palette or even single shadow in one of the drugstore brands? I found a little models prefer baked quad and an essence duo...would love your very learned opinion! Xo

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    3. Hey there gorgeous - don't ever be sorry, I LOVE hearing from you hon, whenever and wherever! As far as greens are concerned I can highly recommend the MNY Hyperdiamonds Emerald palette - still available I believe, also L'Oreal Color Infallible Emerald Lame if you can find it. As for khaki, I've been looking for a decent one for years, but I've had absolutely no luck so far - I have a few singles in my kit, but the pigmentation is woeful so I won't even go there. The essence duo sounds great though - most of their shadows are fab, and if the Models Prefer one is baked, it should be a beauty ♥ Oh and feel free to drop me a line anytime at katshepsutt@gmail.com xxx

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    4. Ello! Thank you very much!! Im taking the boys out today so I'll check out what you've suggested!! I'll let you know how the Essence and MP guys perform! Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate it!!! And I'll add your email to my address book right now!! Xoxoxo

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  2. Ohh these look lovely! I haven't really been able to try too many Boe products as my local Big W doesn't stock cosmetics :(

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    1. Oh no Jas - what a crime against beauty! My store had signs up about 6 months ago saying they weren't going to stock cosmetics any more, but thankfully they never went through with it. What a bummer - the only other place you can find them is on their websites, but that means shipping boo!

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  3. Wowsers, you can't go wrong for $2 can you? Loving the Mocha one!

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    1. That's for sure Di - the Mocha one is $8.95 but it's still a great price for what you get xxx

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  4. Great review and lovely photos as always! I have a couple of different formula Boe Professional lipsticks and a Boe Beauty one (not a matte one however) waiting to be used. I'll have to put them to the top of my must use next list! Plus a visit to Big W might also be required! I love that matte one!

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    1. It's a winner Ingrid - fingers crossed there's more of the same formula. Hope you do a blog post once you've tried them hon ♡

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  5. It's great to see that some of these cheaper brands are delivering some wonderful products. Great review and swatches, hun xx

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    1. Goodness knows how they do it for the price Indie, but I'm sure not complaining ♡♡♡ Thanks for your lovely feedback hon xxx

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  6. That hot pink shade is an absolute stunner! Great finds here! I used to like the $2 Boe lippies but I felt a little cheap when I'd reapply infront of others. The professional range looks like a big step up which is great.

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    1. The Pro ones are far superior packaging-wise Sarah, but that pink is unbeatable ♡♡

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  7. Mocha is so gorgeous, isn't it? I love the Boe Professional lippies I have!

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    1. Sure is TP - so creamy and moist, and the colour is divine - so glad you're enjoying yours hon ♥

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  8. Wow the pigmentation looks amazing! And I love the price too. I just saw on Instagram that you managed to grab a few more ;) Hope you enjoy ♥ x

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    1. Yeah a bit of whoops moment on the way home ha ha. Just edited my Instagram post with a very quick and dirty assessment of what I scored sweetie, looks VERY promising ♥

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  9. Great swatches! The BOE range is so great and so affordable!

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    1. Thanks hon and agreed - I've bought quite a few more so will be doing a second post with more colours xxx

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  10. Oh my gosh! I'm so jealous of all the great cosmetics you guys have over there!! Love these lippies! xo

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    1. Hi there hon - yes we are fortunate that some of the local products are super cheap and good quality. I must say though that most of my favourite eye shadow palettes are from the US or UK. Thanks for stopping by xxx

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