If I had a dollar for every time a youtuber mentioned Gerard Cosmetics or gave all of their viewers a discount code in the down bar, I'd be a millionaire! After countless videos and reviews, I caved and purchased all the lipsticks and a few of their lip glosses.
I was excited to receive the lipsticks, because I had heard so many good things and at a $19 price point ( I got them for 30% off using a handy dandy discount code), I knew I couldn't go wrong. For, those in the US, I'm sure $19 is expensive for cosmetics and the price you traditionally pay for some higher end products, but the reality is in Australia Revlon Lipsticks retail for $24 a pop.
I must admit my first impressions of these lipsticks were a little lacklustre. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while you'd know I'm a sucker for packaging. Unfortunately, the Gerard Cosmetics packaging is very drug store in quality. While the gold is beautiful and eye catching, the lids on the lipsticks come off easily and the base which the lipsticks click into always comes out.
I know packaging isn't important to a lot of people, and let's be real, the quality of the product is what makes you want to spend your dollars. So let's get to chatting. First, and foremost I have to say their formula for their darker and more pigmented colours are great. Fire Engine, All Dolled Up, Cherry Cordial and 1995 are beautiful. They go on smoothly, and feel comfortable on the lips. Their lighter colours, are a little bit of a miss. Nude, Buttercup and Tequila Sunrise weren't what I expected, they felt a little chalky and I had to rub the product so hard on my lips to get the proper colour pay off, which made me a sad panda,,Tequila Sunrise looks beautiful in the tube and lovely when swatched on the hand, but it doesn't come off as great on the lips.
My recommendations would be 1995 and Cherry Cordial, because they are lovely and very different colours from what I have seen from any other brand. However, for the more traditional colours, I strongly believe the drug store has some lovely alternatives, which will set you back less than $19. However, if you are buying anything from Gerard Cosmetics, I strongly recommend their lip glosses, they are highly pigmented and feel delightful on the lips.