Topshop Lipstick in Infrared – Review and Swaches
There’s something mysteriously alluring about imported makeup. I guess that’s why I read a lot about people in other countries lemming over things like Wet’n'Wild and NYX…granted…that should have probably been my first clue.
Topshop is (from what I gather) the UK equivalent of Forever21 in its relatively low cost (reaaaaaaaaally relatively) and frequent designer “inspired” pieces. They also have their own makeup line, which i’ve been wanting to try out forever. I had a 10% off coupon and they were having some sort of free shipping offer for Memorial Day, so I mini hauled. Here’s the first of the three I purchased, Infrared.
Topshop lipsticks cost $16.00 USD each and contain 3.5g/.12oz. That means they contain and cost a little more than MAC lipsticks. The US website currently features 15 shades and two of the shades that I purchased aren’t on there right now, so they have at least 17 (most likely more.)
The ingredients list for this is a doozy, but here it is:
INGREDIENTS: OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYBUTENE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, POLYETHYLENE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/METHYL STYRENE/INDENE COPOLYMER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICROCRYSTALINE WAX (CERA MICROCRYSTALLINA), MICA, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, PENTAERTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, LAURYL METHACRYLATE/GLYCOL DIMETHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERINE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, PISIUM SATIVUM EXTRACT, ALGAE EXTRACT, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE (SENNA POLYSACCHARIDE), GELLAM GUM, XANTHAM GUM, POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE LINALOOL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CITRONELLOL, AMYL CINNAMAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE.
MAY CONTAIN (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470), RED 6, RED 7, RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985), BLUE 1 LAKE (42090)
The packaging is a mixed bag. While it’s quite unique and cute, it gets dirty VERY VERY quickly. I’m not sure what it consists of – it kind of feels like some thin metal wrapped in a high quality cardboard (or a very thick cardboard.) It’s sturdy and I trust it to keep the lipstick safe but…I worry about touch ups on the go when your hands might be less than pristine.
Topshop provides pictures of the bullets and what appears to be swatches of the lipstick on paper. I can’t fault their logic because waaaaaaaaaay back when I tried similar swatches….it’s not the best way to get an idea of the applied product. Topshop also provides color descriptions. Infrared was decribed as “Orange Red.”
It’s more orange than red IMO, and doesn’t come off as red at all compared to other orange-red lipsicks (see below.)
Infrared is very pigmented, but not so much opaque (does that make sense?)
It’s got plenty of color, but it’s not totally solid/opaque. This is about as opaque as I can get it. With that said, it builds nicely and can be applied MUCH more sheerly for a light wash of color.
Infrared has a bit of a slippery finish and that also makes it quite difficult to apply the color evenly. I should note that not all Topshop lipsticks apply/finish like this (they’re a bit like NYX lipsticks in that they don’t have stated finishes – but they all vary.) This one reminds me a bit of Lancome’s Rouge in Love and the Revlon Lip Butters.
When I apply this lightly, it lasts about 1-2 hours (depending on eating/drinking etc.) Applied more opaquely the color seems to gain a little more slip and tops out at 3 max. The lipstick has a waxy finish to it and you’ll find wax in the ingredients list. It can be a little bit drying – but it’s not too bad.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Infrared from the other images i’d seen of it. But the descriptio nof Orange Red made me think it might vaguely resemble the other orange reds in my collection. I was mistaken:
Infrared (colorwise) is most like Morange. But Morange is noticeably more pigmented and opaque. Sail La Vie (which is less red than Lady Danger) is still much redder than Infrared. I gave my Revlon Tutti Frutti away, but I glanced at it for comparison and Infrared is MUCH more pigmented than Tutti Frutti (and more orange.) No dupes here!
Pricy and the quality isn’t there to justify it. But you get a good amount of product.
It’s cute and protective but it get dirty uncommonly fast.
Color Accuracy: 6/10
The images of the bullet are accurate enough. But the paper swatches and simplistic description leave much to be desired.
It’s pigmented…but not opaque.
A bit hard to get on evenly, but the wax content means it doesn’t pull or tug too badly.
This has very good wear….for a balm. But it’s a lipstick so points off!
Overall: 64% (D-)
I’m not thrilled with this purchase…but the more I think about it…I’m not sure why I expected to be. I mean…why would I expect Department store quality from a store brand? When was the last time you heard of a store-brand makeup being up there in terms of quality? TS lipstick fans, don’t fret! I still have two more shades to try out (as well as two blushes.)