I am all about a budget lipstick. What I am not about is prefacing my descriptions of budget lipsticks with the statement ‘they are good for the price.’ In my opinion something is either good, or its not and if its not good, it doesn’t really matter how little you paid for it, you probably won’t use it. These lipsticks from Freedom are certainly good for the price – at just one pound or AU$2 it would be hard not to be good for the price. But are they GOOD?
I have ten of the Pro Lipsticks. Some of these I paid for and some of them I received as part of a Freedom deal. It has actually taken me a while to make a decision about these lipsticks because the formula is unusual in my opinion, but I have decided that I do like them. In general I would describe these lipsticks as being balmy in texture; almost waxy. This has the positive effect of making these very comfortable to wear but it does mean they can be sheer and also a bit patchy, particularly if you purse your lips together. You really do need to exfoliate your lips with these guys because otherwise they will accentuate every dry spot and line. They are also quite sheer, even though the pigmentation is quite good. I have found the wear time on these to be hit and miss. The lighter shades can fade quite quickly, but the bolder shades have a surprisingly long wear time! I was impressed.
So lets have a look at the Pro Lipsticks in more detail.
‘Space Luxe’ is a colour that I would never have selected, but I was interested to receive it free just out of curiosity and I must say I am impressed. If you are looking for a gold lipstick this is really pretty opaque and super metallic. I can’t speak for the staying power, but it is very bold. ‘Mannequin’ and ‘Sooner or Later’ are very neutral shades and are both particularly sheer. They are ‘your lips but better’ colours if you have a fair complexion like me. ‘Whispers’ is a super wearable, neutral pink and I really like this colour. It wears well and has good staying power. The really disappointing shade for me out of all the ten Pro Lipsticks that I own is ‘Game On!’ and I am so bummed because I love this peachy colour but it swatches so much better than it wears on the lips. It is streaky, gathers in the lines of my lips and goes patchy if you purse your lips together. Its such a shame, because it is a beautiful colour 😦
Next we move to the more vibrant colours that I own from the Pro Lipsticks and these are much more pigmented. Juicy is a lovely colour. It is sheer, but I love this colour of coral. ‘Pink Lust’ and ‘Flushed’ are both really lovely pink shades and they last quite well on the lips. Adorn is a lovely berry colour. It is not as pigmented on the lips as in the swatch above, but I really like the fact that it is muted in tone. And lastly we come to ‘Red Wine.’ This is my favourite colour and makes me wish that I had purchased the ‘5 for 4 – Pro Lipstick Red Collection’ because I suspect that these bright shades are the best. This red is perfect. It is vibrant, it is comfortable to wear, it lasts really well and it does stain the lips slightly so that as it wears it doesn’t look too patchy. I really like this one.
So – overall, these Pro Lipsticks aren’t my favourite formula but I do like them. The only shade that has really disappointed is ‘Game On!” The formula of these is quite different from other lipsticks in my collection, but I do like the balmy feel of them and the fact that they are a bit more sheer and glossy for days where I just want something I can throw on and then touch-up without a mirror.
But hey – they are cruelty-free and at just AU$2, don’t trust my opinion, give them a go for yourself! You can buy Freedom Makeup online here.