Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock – Review and Swatches

Topshop Lipstick (Packaging)

Another day, another lipstick! (TBH, i’ve wanted to do a lipstick overview post(s) for a while. But I keep buying new ones! One day, I promise!) This is Topshop’s very lemminged after Brighton Rock. Not being a huge pink lipstick girl in the past, I wasn’t sure how i’d feel about it. But I WANTED it soooooo badly! I bit the bullet (not literally!) and here’s what it…brought me.

General Information:

Same as last time girls…and guys. Do any guys read this blog? Anyway, Brighton Rock is one of Topshop’s many in-store makeup offerings. Topshop lipsticks run $16.00 USD each and contain 3.5g/.12oz of product. That puts them just higher up on the Price scale than MAC.


Again. Topshop’s lipstick packaging is adorable and protective. Buuuuuuut it’s SO prone to scratching/getting dirty it’s not even funny.

Color Accuracy:

I wasn’t sure what kind of pink to expect from BR. I’ve seen it look as fuchsia as Impassioned and as blue and bright as Candy Yum Yum. Topshop didn’t exactly do me any favors by describing it as a “Pink” . I need undertone people! Or at least a skin swatch! Anyway, here’s what it looks like on this end of the world.

Brighton Rock (Bullet)

And the swatch…

Brighton Rock (Swatched)

All in all, I can’t exactly say Topshop was WRONG in describing this as a pink. Because…it is. And while their official bullet image is spot-on, their paper swatch seems to indicate this is a little deeper than it actually is. Brighton Rock is a Candy pink – though i’ve seen it come off quite a bit more coral on others. It stays true to swatch on my lips, perhaps it’s cooled by the contrast of my skintone?

I should go ahead and tell you now that I have no similar shades to BR. But just for reference, here it is against MAC’s Impassioned which is the MOST similar (but not similar at all) shade I have to it.

Impassioned (Top) Brighton Rock (Bottom)


Bare Lips

Brighton Rock (Applied)

Candy pinks don’t tend to show up well on me (they fade into some nude horror that should never see the light of day: ie MAC’s Pink Plaid) Brighton Rock is an exception. Although it’s patch in some places, the overall pigmentation is above standard for such shades. I like that it didn’t get too-too influenced by my lip’s natural pigmentation. Like infrared, Brighton Rock can be worn full-force or sheered out for a touch of color. Though, I think we all know how I prefer to wear mine.


On a very dry lips day, BR only tugged a little. It’s not an easy glide by any means, but it won’t break chapped or cracked lips either. It also warms up easily; so if you have a hard time with it at first, just give it a second to warm up and you’ll find it slides more smoothly.


Brighton Rock is much more matte (I’d say fully matte even) than Infrared. Because of that, it wears a lot longer. I get about 4 hours of wear, a little less if i’m eating or drinking. Because it’s a paler shade, it looks much more even when fading. I did notice that it likes to cling to dry or rough patches – but that’s a fault of all matte shades, not just BR.


Brighton Rock > Infrared, for me. Which is both shocking (because Infrared is an orange) and to be expected (because of the pigmentation). I can’t imagine this shade wouldn’t look good on anyone: it’d be a boost to the fairest of the fair, looks demure on medium skin and can be surprisingly bold on darker skin.If you’re not a fan of candy pinks or blue-based lipsticks, i’d avoid this color.

Value: 4/5

I find BR to be a step up in quality relative to Infrared. But it’s still pricy for what you’re getting.

Packaging: 3/5

It’s cute and protective but it get dirty uncommonly fast.

Color Accuracy: 7/10

“Pink” a color description does not make. The product images and swatch are true to life, but not necessarily true to application.

Pigmentation: 9/10

Nicely pigmented for this color family, only a little bit patchy.

Application: 7/10

No serious tugging or pulling but it could be improved.

Wear: 8/10

Standard wear time and fades nicely.

Overall: 76% (C+)

Unless you don’t own any similar lipsticks, this won’t CHANGE YOUR LIFE. It’s a decent product with some minor issues that is a bit overpriced.

All for now!

<3 EA

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9 Responses to Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock – Review and Swatches

  1. oh yes, this one has definitely some more pigmentation. the color is HOT Ava! I like how it shoes up on this pic!!
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  2. this is a very pretty color on you!! I swear you make me want soooo many lipsticks!!
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  3. Kumiko Mae says:

    thats a nice bright pink! im so jealous topshop has makeup where u are. here, just clothes! -Loving Sunshine

  4. Larie says:

    I rarely see you wear pinks, I guess because of the wear issue you mentioned with them. But it looks fabulous on your lips! More pinks, EA, more pinks! (I’m not even a pink girl myself, LOL).
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  5. Ruqaiya Khan says:

    Thats a gorgeous shade!! Thanks for a detailed review :)

  6. Stacey says:

    I need this! Especially since you recommend this over Infrared (and I’m pretty happy with infrared already).
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  7. Such a pretty color on you! I like the finish, too.:)
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  8. Sara says:

    It’s such a gorgeous shade. I love matte lipsticks. They tend to stay longer on my lips. :) xx
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  9. Oh boy. <3333 I am in loveeeee~~. I absolutely don't do bright shade so anything on my lips, but this is so pretty to look at!

    This is definitely pretty awesome on you.

    And I like that it fades nicely. That's one way I DO use bright shades: as 'stains'. 8) Haha.

    All in all, loving these reviews of Topshop products. <33
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