When it comes to skincare, cheap is usually also bad. This is an over generalisation of course, there some cheap products that are good but most of the time, cheap skincare products tend to contain very little or none nourishing ingredients.
When it comes to makeup however, the situation is very different. Cheap and expensive products are a lot more equal in quality and the difference here is sometimes just branding. This is not to say that there aren’t bad cheap makeup or bad expensive makeup, or on the other hand, good cheap and good expensive makeup, but in general, they are a lot closer to each other in quality than in skincare.
In my mission to find cheap but good makeup, I have previously looked at a Primark foundation and a lipstick. They were a lot more impressive than I expected and actually worth their money, and perhaps more. If you missed those posts check out:
In this post I will be looking at another Primark lipstick, half the price of the previous one, to see how far can we push the price down whilst still getting a good makeup product. Is the Primark PS Matte Lipstick worth your money and time? Let’s find out.
These lipsticks don’t come with outer packaging but they do come sealed in a plastic wrapper, so you will know if the lipstick is brand new or not.
The packaging of the lipstick bullet is very nice. It looks simple but elegant and much more expensive than it is. It also feels expensive due to it’s velvet finish. I love the packaging and I could have imagined it on £20-30 lipsticks! So, for £1.50 this is amazing stuff.
I also love that you can immediately tell which lipstick you are holding because the packaging is all coloured to reflect that. This means that you don’t have to look through your draws and read tiny names on back labels to figure out which shade you have. I love that practicality.
I am using the colour Vintage Rose for this review, I have not tried many of the other colours in the range, but there are at least another 9 of them that I saw in the shop. It’s hard to say how many colours this range has or to comment on them since Primark doesn’t have an organised place on their website for them and each store has a different selection.
Nevertheless, there were pinks, browns and reds of different shades.
Texture and Finish
The Primark PS Matte Lipstick in Colour Vintage Rose has a thick and slightly hard to spread texture with a matte finish. It reminds me a bit of a crayon.
The lipstick colour covers the skin fully and is not patchy but it can feel drying. This is not the best lipstick if you have dry skin, but it is wearable, especially if you use lip balms or glosses on top.
Smell and Taste?
This lipstick has a sweet caramel-like scent which is pleasant.
I always add a taste category to lipsticks, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something.
This lipstick doesn’t take of anything.
This lipstick doesn’t last as long as some higher-end ones but it doesn’t really matter that much, as any lipstick will need re-applying after eating or drinking anyways.
The real drawback is the way this lipstick falls apart, not that it does. It breaks into bits that are stuck on your lips and it just doesn’t look great. Other lipsticks just fade away in colour but this one also gets some added texture that is neither comfortable to wear nor pretty to look at.
Well you can’t expect much from a £1.50 lipstick for 3g. However, sadly, I’d have to say that it’s not worth it’s money and if you just saved another £1.5 you could buy the other Primark Lipstick, Golden Rose, which is a lot better.
And if you didn’t like either of them but you are still short on cash, I’d still recommend saving your cash and buying a drugstore lipstick from Maybelline, Loreal or Revlon.
Practicality of use – user experience
This lipstick was a little hard to apply because of how dry it is, but it is useable. It feels a little dry on the lips and due to its “coming off in bits” property, you will need to remove it completely before re-applying to get the best visual results.
All and all, not the best experience but for £1.5 its easy to put up with it.
The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lipsticks anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that this lipstick is appropriate for all but if you have dry lips like me, it might be better to give it a pass, unless you are seriously stuck for cash and this is your best cheap option for makeup.
There are also no skin type specific ingredients.
This lipstick lasts for 24M, although considering that a lipstick is not the most sanitary of products, you might not want to use it for that long!
Primark doesn’t give any extra information on their website about this lipstick.
This lipstick contains 17 ingredients and 12 may contain ingredients, of which 8 will offer you some positive (some more than others), but it also contains 6 potential negatives and 4 irritants.
Overall, this lipstick has a very low on skin nutritional value and the experience from using it supports that too. Lipsticks are of course, makeup items and therefore, are not expected to be particularly nutritious for your skin BUT there are many other lipsticks out there with a higher nutritional value, so it makes you wonder why use this one instead.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or colour purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Paraffin – Skin conditioner and replenisher. For all the details check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate– Derivative of palm oil, can act as a skin moisturiser, smoother and cleanser.
- Isododecane– Solvent and humectant (=locks moisture in).
- Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
- Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) – Skin conditioner and replenisher. For all the details check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
- Cyclohexasiloxane– Skin conditioner that feels silky and slippery. Also applies a protective barrier on the skin and prevents moisture loss. Fills in wrinkles and lines temporarily.
- Glycol Montanate – Can act as a skin conditioner.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
- Perfume (Fragrance) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
- Benzyl Benzoate – Not for children and toxic to cats.
- CI 15850 (Red 6/Red 6 Lake/ Red 5 Lake) – A dye, banned or found unsafe for cosmetics in some countries and a suspected carcinogen.
- CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake) – A dye and suspected carcinogen.
- CI 77266 (Black 2) – A dye and suspected carcinogen.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough, I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Primark PS Matte Vintage Rose have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Perfume (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Full list of ingredients:
Paraffin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Polyisobutane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cera Alba (Bee’s Wax), Silica Dimethyl Silate, Perfume (Fragrance), Glycol Montanate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isopropene Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Benzoate [May Contain CI 15850 (Red 6/Red 6 Lake/ Red 5 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 16035 (Red 40 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake/Red 28 Lake), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77491/CI77492/CI77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
Sadly, the only thing that this lipstick has going for it, is the price. At £1.50 it is hard to beat but quite frankly, I don’t think it’s worth the money. It feels drying on the lips, it’s not as easy to apply and it breaks down in bits after eating or drinking.
Even if you struggle with cash, I’d recommend saving up a bit and buying drugstore lipsticks from Maybelline, Loreal or Revlon. Or save up for a while longer and buy a higher end lipstick, it can be worth it.
This is not to say that you couldn’t make this lipstick work, but with so many better products out there, it’s just not worth your money and time.
Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you?
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