Sunday, 19 July 2015

REVIEW: DB Cosmetics Lipsticks...

As a result of my lipstick collection refresh, I've discovered a new lipstick brand love - DB Cosmetics. I've used their eye shadows in the past and at that time, tagged them with a "cheap and cheerful" label, but nothing to really rave about. Well now, according to my local stockist (Price Attack), they've recently revamped their range, and I'm superduper-impressed with their lipsticks, both with the colour selections, and the formulas. There are two - Long Wear and Moisturising. I bought one initially (Bronze), and adored it so much I added six more to my kit within a few weeks!...
The packaging is stylish and sturdy, and the lid gives an indication of the hue inside. The texture of both ranges is smooth and creamy, the colour payoff is excellent, and they leave my lips feeling soft and moist. The Longwear formula isn't quite so hydrating, though I find that goes for most lipsticks that are designed to last, but it isn't drying in any way, and none of them have any taste or smell that I can detect. Moisturising lipsticks are $8.99 and the Longwear ones are a dollar more - absolute bargains for the quality...

So here are the colours I chose - I swatched all these over bare lips during my early morning rush to get ready, so the application is far from perfect, but the shades are pretty darn close to true, well as true as they can be under a white makeup light 

This is 666 Bronze, a magnificent autumn tone, with a slightly pearlised finish...

And if you love hot pink, you'll need to pick up 661 Vivid Mauve - of all my magenta-ish lippies, this has the most blue content, it's just plain gorgeous...

Ahh yes, 678 Perfect Plum - one of my personal favourites. It's a Longwear one (the lid is opaque whereas the standard formula is clear), and another divine cooler season hue, this plum is...perfect 

662 Perfect Pink has a plain moist finish - a little pale for me for this time of year, but come Spring/Summer, I'll be trotting this out because it's so pretty and feminine...

The most beloved red of all I own - 665 Currant Kiss. This is deep and rich, supremely classy, and doesn't scream for attention like some of my other reds. A stunning spiced rouge that I'm constantly trying to work into my looks at least once a week simply because I love it so much 

Another of the Longwear range - 676 Classic Mauve. Nude lovers rejoice - this is halfway between a pink and a beige, flattering for most skintones, and it's one of those my-lips-but-better kind of hues. Subtle and sexy...

And here's 663 Cherry Love - I call it Cheery Love because it's such a happy hue, verging on a juicy ripe raspberry. This and Vivid Mauve leave the most stain on my lips...

They standard formula needs to be reapplied after a few hours (depending on how many lattes you drink), but the Longwear ones usually take me through to lunchtime...

In summary, this was possibly my greatest find throughout my lipstick refresh, and I highly recommend checking them out. There are 24 shades in the ranges (12 in each), and I'll be back for more. In fact I bought 677 Teak Rose (Longwear) yesterday, but I'm saving that for my next DB Cosmetics post - I have a strong feeling there'll be more 

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. Have a look at Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness link up party - lots of great articles contributed by some very talented bloggers 

24 comments:

  1. Two thumbs up for #OperationRefresh !!! Looove your colour choices, I'm adding a few colours onto my list based on these gorgeous swatches, namely currant kiss and cherry love! I think you may be one of the few people that can successfully wear a bronze lippie btw!!! Absolutely stunning on your beautiful skintone, as are the other shades!! Xo

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    1. Lol LTL - delighted you like the range hon, I'm planning on picking up a few more, they have LOTS of reds ♥ and thanks a bunch for the loooovely compliments xxx

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  2. I'm really loving these shades! All of them look beautiful on you! I love that DB have upped their game - because they're cheap hehe! Will definitely be checking these out! xx

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    1. Jasmine their whole presentation is classy - their stand has always looked a bit lack-lustre to me before, but now it's hot, and the products are great. I've bought two kohl pencils to try as well - the pigmentation is amazing and they're creamy soft. Will swatch and review soon xxx

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  3. Ooh, nice, I'll definitely be checking these out. I normally give DB a miss because they're so cheap, but yay for better quality! Loving Classic Mauve, Currant Kiss and Bronze. xx

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean Di, I felt the same, but they've really smartened up, and the lippies are terrific ♥

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  4. Currant Kiss is my fave too! I quite like Bronze but think I'd like it a smidgen darker.

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    1. Isn't it a beauty hon? I'm going to try a brown lip liner under the bronze at some stage, I'm sure it'll give it a bit more oomph xxx

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  5. I really actually love how these lipsticks are packaged!! My fav from your swatches would have to be 'Perfect Pink' because it's peeeeerfect! ;) xx

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    1. Candy I thought of you when I swatched the pink one - actually I think of you every time I find a pretty pink ANYTHING! xxx

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  6. These look great, Kats. Well done - the bronze one especially looks great as I think it is really difficult to get something in this tone that isn't wishy washy or harsh!! Great blog and beautifully photographed, as usual.
    With love,
    Trish

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    1. Hello Trish my darling friend - what a treat to see your name appear, gosh I've not been to bh for yonks, breaks my heart, but something had to give, my job is just SOOOOOO demanding :-( The bronze is a beauty my dear, one of my faves, and your're right, it's hard to find one that's the right tone and intensity. Love and hugs to you dear lady ♥♥♥

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  7. Ok, it's time I added some DB lipsticks to my collection. Great review and swatches, hun xx

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    1. Most definitely Indie, I can't imagine you being disappointed - they have a terrific colour range, and they're lovely and moist without being too slippery (if you know what I mean) ♥x♥x♥

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  8. Ahhh... Loving the look of that Classic Mauve!

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    1. It's a pretty one TP - would look so lovely on you, you gorgeous thing you xxx

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  9. Fab review as always! The shades all look so gorgeous but I especially love Classic Mauve! x

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    1. Thank you sweetheart - I had such a ball putting this article together! Classic Mauve is lovely, and it sure seems to be a popular shade xxx♥♥♥xxx

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    1. Ha ha neurotic - it's THE one hon! Somehow I just kinda KNEW you'd love this pink, it's truly divine ♥♥♥

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  11. Thank you so much for swatching all these DB lipsticks! My favourites are Perfect Plum and Currant Kiss! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for these two next time I need to purchase a new lipstick.

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    1. Well now Fabulous, same here - you MUST try them hon, hope you can find a stockist near you, that's always the issue for me. Was so chuffed when I found a fully stocked stand at Price Attack, complete with testers ♥

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  12. Awesome post! I will definitely get Plum Perfect! I'm always drawn to darker lip colours :)

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    1. Thanks stackcats ♥ The plum one is really gorgeous, can't imagine you being disappointed hon xxx

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