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Monday, April 7, 2014

Jolie Beauty lipstick - Imperial Purple | Review

Hey all! Jolie Beauty & Cosmetics is another Bajan beauty brand which came on the scene around 2012, rebranding themselves more recently to have a number of products other than lipstick. I must say, I was lusting after their lip colours for some time, as they looked gorgeous, but sad;y I just couldn’t access them at the time. More recently I came across the store which retails them (Blue Print), and now I know where to go whenever I want to purchase.

I also came across them at GFE 2014 and made sure to grab one of the colours I had my eye on for a while, Imperial purple which was $25BDS. As you can see this lipstick is not for the tame, it is definitely as vibrant on the lips as the bullet looks.

Packaging-wise, I was not a fan of the glossy paper sticker on the bullet, I thought it would look much sleeker without it or with silk printing on the tube rather, which is funny because I’m sure I saw this on some of the older packaging. Either way, it’s not horrible but it does knock down the luxurious look of the lipstick a notch. I  appreciate that there is a viewer window at the very top of the packaging and that the lipstick is clearly labelled at the bottom, stating it is one of the mega matte shades.

Imperial Purple has an interesting swirl of pearlescence running throughout the lipstick, and although it is very matte, the shimmer shows up, making for a very interesting purple colour.  I doesn’t take many coats to build this lipstick to full opacity, 2 or 3 for good measure. When they say matte, they were not joking either. This lipstick has absolutely no shine.

As with most mattes, this is DRY! I suggest moisturising your lips very well before applying this shade, or u will have a cracked, ugly mess. Don't expect this lipstick to budge for a good while either, unless of course you’re eating greasy food. I was very impressed by it’s staying power.

The Verdict:


  • Gorgeous full colour lipstick
  • Very matte
  • Long staying power
  • Can be toned down for daily wear
  • Affordable
  • Bajan product (woop)


  • Drying on the lips
  • Packaging looks cheap because of label
  • Availability (only found in Barbados)

The Raw Sugar:

I’m very happy with my purchase. I was able to wear this shade very lightly for less of a kapow, while still rocking purple lips, and I wasn’t stared at like a mad person. So that’s a good thing. I also mixed this with other lip colours to make very unique shades. Yet I can wear it full on vibrant and it just looks great! I just wish it wasn’t as drying.  I want to try the Allure lip gloss I’ve heard so much praise about and some other of their lipstick shades!

Where to purchase:

Jolie Beauty Facebook, BluePrint Store City Centre Bridgetown (Barbados)

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.


  1. Looking at the tube I thought it would have been alot darker but its gorgeous regardless. Great Review!

    1. I was a little shocked by the bullet too. But the colour on the lips is pleasantly surprising. Thanks Tomes!


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