Today is an exciting day because Lisa Eldridge is dropping a new collection and lipsticks and you know I love to time my reviews with the new drops. Later today, at 4 PM GMT or 5 PM CET, some new True Velvets and Gloss Embrace shades will be launched along with their matching lip liners. Today’s review is not for any of those new shades (lolz I wish!), but is for the Gloss Embrace, Luxuriously Lucent and True Velvet lipsticks that I bought last spring when the last updated happened. Currently, all these shades are still in stock.
Review: Lisa Eldridge lipsticks & lipgloss Gloss Embrace, Luxuriously Lucent & True Velvet
Let’s talk price point first. I already reviewed two previous orders of Lisa Eldridge lipsticks. My first review was on two of the True Velvets and Insanely Saturated lipsticks. My second review was on the True Velvets that launched last year and this review will be on my third and definitely not final order. I hope to be able to buy into the remaining True Velvet shades and possibly one or two Gloss Embrace shades to round out the collection. Some time later this winter, I hope to be able to show you where my Lisa Eldridge lipstick collection stands and update my lipswatch video that I did earlier in the year. The Gloss Embrace lipglosses retail for €22 and the lipsticks are €32 each. The website has several warehouses they ship from, also in the EU, so there will be no added customs fee and shipping comes at several rates that aren’t too bad.
Lisa Eldridge Gloss Embrace lipgloss Songbird & Muse
This was my first time trying the Gloss Embrace lipglosses. These launched in the fall of 2020 and when they were restocked this spring I decided to buy two: one of the shades from the initial launch (Muse) and one new shade (Songbird). I was hoping they would make for a great combo with Muse a more wearable everyday shade for that nude look that I have been loving creating with just a gloss this entire year. For Songbird I was hoping it to be a great neutral as well but a little less intense but since I wasn’t sure how these shades would pan out, I wasn’t sure which I would like best. Muse is one of my favorite shades in the True Velvet line so I was expecting that to be my favorite. Turned out it wasn’t and that is a running theme in today’s review.
What is the Gloss Embrace formula like?
So 2021 is the year I discovered lipgloss. I hadn’t worn or loved many lipglosses until the end of 2020 and that when I suddenly started trying some and fell in love. So naturally when Lisa Eldridge restocked these last spring I decided to buy two of them. The shades were lovely, the texture is great and yet this isn’t my favorite all time lipgloss. Mainly because it is almost too natural. I want my gloss to be shiny and still ‘visible’ on my lips. These I feel are so natural that you can barely tell you are wearing anything. The texture is more like a balm as well. So rather than a lipgloss I would label these as a liquid lip balm. The color is therefore not that longwearing and this will need touching up after an hour or 2.
How do the Gloss Embrace lipglosses swatch?
When I got these in I was a bit surprised that there wasn’t that much of a difference between the shades. I had expected Muse to be deeper (like the lipstick) and Songbird to be lighter and less peachy. However the texture of these felt very pleasant. It’s a creamy, nourishing texture which doesn’t make it the most longlasting lip product on the planet, but definitely comfortable. Where some glosses can be sticky and smudgy, these wear well even under a mask. Since they are virtually undetectable, I feel these products make for a great daily, quick and easy lip product that you can touch up on the go.
To my surprise, Songbird ended up working best for me. I usually like my glosses and lipsticks to have a bit of color to them. My lips are naturally quite pigmented, meaning many sheer, or nude balmy textures just don’t look great on me. This shade however, gives me that true my lips but better kind of vibe. It looks like there isn’t anything on my lips and yet my lips look smoother and feel great.
While Songbird ended up being my favorite, I can’t discredit Muse. It is a stunning shade, but it is quite warm toned on me, which the lipstick is not. I feel this therefore isn’t the best with many of my day to day looks, hence why I prefer Songbird as it truly goes with everything. I also feel this may be a great shade if you have slightly deeper complexion and formula wise these lipglosses are great for people with more mature skin that are looking for something nourishing but very inoffensive that just works well with anything you do.
Lisa Eldridge Luxuriously Lucent & True Velvet lipsticks
The big launch last Spring however weren’t the Gloss Embrace glosses, but the Luxuriously Lucent lipsticks. I picked out three shades and threw in the two shades of the True Velvet line that I didn’t own yet and that had restocked. The Luxuriously Lucent lipsticks were originally meant to be a limited edition launch, however because people loved it so much, the line was restocked, revamped and more shades were added. The shade Go Lightly has not become available again, but on Instagram the brand has said they are working on bringing it back. I hope the Luxuriously Lucent line will become a spring/ summer release and the True Velvets will become a fall/ winter release, that way there is a good spread of releases throughout the year.
The True Velvet line I already knew I loved as I had bought many of those shades previously. I just got Velvet Beauty and Velvet Morning this time around as those I didn’t own yet. I felt Velvet Morning wasn’t super unique to my collection as I already have quite a few orange toned reds and the description of Vevlet Beauty just didn’t make me jump for joy. I have since found however, that even if a shade has not sounded like something I might like, I usually feel it is a flattering shade on. The Luxuriously Lucent lipsticks I hadn’t tried before and so I was happily surprised when I ended up falling love hard with the range. I got three shades: Kitten Mischief, Rose Official and Painterly. I would at some point like to own the other shades as well, but I think I will await a spring restock as one of the shades Atomic Cherry is currently out of stock.
Kitten Mischief was one of those shades that I threw into my basket as a wildcard. I wasn’t expecting this to work on me: too peachy, too warm toned, not great wit my naturally pigmented lips that have a lot of purple in them. But to my surprise this ended up working like a great nude. And for the spring/ summer season, I felt this was exactly the type of formula that I was looking for. This is a lightweight, balmy lipstick that lasts well and in a way this is what I had hoped the Gloss Embrace formula was like. Not sure how they did it, but this is a lipgloss formula in a lipstick format.
Rose Official I bought because I thought the rose tones would be nice with my skin and undertones. And I wasn’t wrong. This wasn’t as pink as I had expected it to look based on the descriptions and pictures on line. Yes it is a rosy pink, but far more dusty and it has a bit of warmth but also some coolness to it, meaning that it play well against my natural lip color.
The shade I was most excited for was Painterly. The dark shade intrigued me and I was hoping this would look like a neutral toned red on me. That is a shade I have really fallen in love with in recent years and this didn’t disappoint. Again, the mixing of colors means that this works on my fair complexion very well. I think this would be stunning nude on someone with deeper skin, whereas on me this looks like a bolder more colorful nude that still goes with lots of different looks.
How do the Luxuriously Lucent lipsticks swatch?
As you can see this formula is a very balmy texture. Yet these shades are pigmented, last well throughout the day but never feel uncomfortable. Your lips feel great when you wear these and they last well under a mask. There is no smudging as cream lipstick sometimes do. The formula is also buildable: you can wear these as a stain with just one layer or you you can wear them more full on if you apply a few coast. I personally only wear these full on as I prefer my lips to have some more color to them when I decide to wear a lipstick.
Here you can see all three shades on my lips and what they look like on me. As you can see all three are very wearable, great for everyday shades. Kitten Mischief is possibly my favorite as it just goes with everything and is indeed the best nude ever. Rose Official is great for those days where I want something more rosey toned. While Painterly is a great, different shade that I don’t have much of in my collection and is therefore quite unique. If think that if Velvet Decade from the True Velvets intrigues you, but you are afraid it will be too dark or too matte for you, then definitely try Painterly.
Of the true Velvet collection, there were just a few shades that I hadn’t purchased as they just weren’t my favorite. I am still missing Velvet Fawn and Velvet Affair which are two nudes many people love, but that I just didn’t know would be right for me. I felt similarly about Velvet Beauty. This I was thinking would be too pink for me, but it turns out to be one of my favorite shades! On me, the blue/ purple undertones of this lipstick really come through and that’s why I feel this works great on me.
Finally I also purchased Velvet Mroning. This may be a great orange toned red and it is, but since I already owned a few of those by other brands I didn’t prioritize this shade when I first started buyig from the brand. I did wear it quite a bit over the summer and since I love the True Velvet formula I have been getting wear out of this for sure. However, I think it is very vibrant and very orange compared to some of the other ones I already own.
How do the True Velvet lipsticks swatch?
I already knew I’d love these and the texture of the True Velvets is one of the best ones on the market if you ask me. That is why I want to own all of these and that is why I have decluttered many of my other lipsticks in the past. Since buying these lipsticks for the first time I have not worn many other lipsticks and I think that says enough with how much I love these.
And this is what these lipsticks look like on me. Velvet Beauty ends up looking stunning and far less pink on me then I had expected. It is a lovely cool toned pink and I love how this goes with my complexion. Velvet Morning is great too but it s even more vibrant than MAC’s Lady Danger and that means this shade is not for the faint of heart.
My final thoughts
We all know I love me some Lisa Eldridge lipsticks and I really love the products I got this time round. Of these the product that I loved more were the Luxuriously Lucent lipsticks as that was a new to me formula. However, I also love the new True Velvets I got and the Gloss Embrace formula I want to try some more from to really get a feel for the line.