I'm such a lover of matte lipsticks, I love the way they look, the wear time you get from them and the feel on my lips, but the finish is something I tend to keep for the cooler months. With autumn being just around the corner (thankfully), I knew I had to snap up one of the new vegan offerings from Marks and Spencer.
There are 8 shades in the range and I chose Raspberry, which is a beautiful deep pink-ish shade. I ordered it online so couldn't be sure of the colour, but knowing that if it was pink or berry I would like it, I thought it was the safest bet. I actually think that Raspberry is the perfect name for it; it's not quite pink, not quite red, not quite berry but a mixture of all of those. It's a shade that I will reach for a lot over the coming months.
The lipstick comes packaged in a box, typical of the Autograph range from Marks and Spencer, with all of the information you need written on it. Open it up and you have a gorgeous thick, glossy black tube with the brand name etched into the lid in white. I love the packaging, it's super sturdy and the lid is kept firmly in place once you snap it shut. It feels a lot more expensive than its £10 price tag.
There is no scent to the lipstick, something that I really appreciate. As much as I enjoy a vanilla or fruity scented lip product once in a while, I prefer to use non-scented products the majority of the time. The lipstick applies very smoothly and, if you have a steady hand, there's no need for a lip brush. However, I like to tidy up the edges of my lips with a brush just because it's such a bold colour, I prefer the edges to be crisp and sharp.
I haven't experienced any bleeding at all, and certainly don't need to use a lip liner with it. Once on it feels very comfortable, even though it's matte it does have a slight slip so you can rub your lips together without them dragging. I've found that wear time is typical for a lipstick of this nature; definitely better than a glossy lipstick and it stands up well to drinking, but if you eat you will have to touch it up. I ate two meals and drank a few bottles of water whilst wearing the lipstick and only had to re-apply twice, which is slightly better than most lipsticks with a matte finish, in my experience. It does transfer slightly on cups and glasses, but no more than your average matte finish lipstick, and certainly less than a glossy finish.
I found that once removed, it did leave a slight stain behind, but nothing that wasn't completely gone by the following morning. If it had stained terribly I don't think I'd have minded too much, I wore it for a few days because I liked it so much, and that's really unusual for me, it's very rare that I'll wear the same lipstick two days in a row.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Autograph Velvet Matte Lipstick in Raspberry; the packaging is of great quality, it feels lovely on the lips, doesn't transfer too much and lasts really well throughout the day. I have a feeling I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this throughout autumn and am really tempted to pick up a few more shades. I'd even go as far as to say that this is one of my favourite lipsticks ever, vegan or not.
You can buy the Autograph Matte Velvet Lipstick from Marks and Spencer online or in store for £10.
Have you tried any of the Marks and Spencer make-up yet? Did you know that a lot of their products were suitable for vegans?