Beguiled, my third Topshop Lips purchase, was a real risk. I've never been a wine coloured lip fan, I'm either a red-or-nothing girl, but Beguiled has been a bloggers favourite, so I thought it wouldn't do any harm to have at least one burgundy in my collection.
As I mentioned in my review of the shade Brighton Rock, the cute doodled black and off-white packaging is inviting but also very vulnerable to knicks and scratches that leave it looking battle-worn after a day rattling around in a makeup bag, so while you may feel like a million dollars pulling it out to reapply in public on the first day, the novelty will rapidly wear off. Me, I don't care what condition my products are in, as long as they're good products. Plus, this packaging has an almost magnetic kind of seal which clicks down, giving you a happy medium between pulling a muscle to open your lippy one-handed and losing the lid in your bag because it's too loosey-goosey.
The bullet scared me half to death, it's a few shades darker than the bottom label, almost reaching toward a brown undertone, but here it is on me, in an old FOTD from when I went to see The Great Gatsby (I don't dress like this everyday, but I would if I could):
Pow! The redness comes straight to the surface in a swatch, and it's nowhere near as dark as the bullet suggests. In the strong summer sun, you can even see a hint of hot pink, which I have to say I'm warming to.
The finish is matte, which I'm not a great fan of, but you'd think a dark shade like this would be an utterly unforgiving matte, which it isn't. This deep red actually looks better on a less conditioned lip which brings out its darker tones. Despite my initial fears that I wouldn't wear this until winter came around again, I feel more than happy wearing this on a summer day, and I think it'll be a great all-year-rounder, I can't wait to see how it looks in the autumn.
So Beguiled was ultimately a risk that paid off, even though at a hefty £8. I could complain about the price of Topshop lipsticks til the cows come home, but somehow it doesn't stop me grabbing a gorgeous new shade whenever I'm near a store.
What's your opinion on Beguiled?