Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sisley Phyto Lip Twist: Review & Swatches - Pinky & Berry


Sisley may be late to the lip crayon trend, but what an entrance - and in terms of quality, Phyto-Lip Twists are streets ahead.  Available from 1 February, this is a truly buildable product designed to colour, moisturise and firm the lips.  Made with plant extracts to smooth and protect, one slick adds a subtle, but definite, wash of colour, which can be built to the opacity of a lipstick, leaving a gorgeous shine to the lips.  At the risk of sounding a bit 80s, I can’t think of a better word to describe the texture than silky, as that’s exactly how they feel both in application and texture.  If you hate the feel of lipstick and the stickiness of a gloss, but want a wash of colour you can apply and forget about, your prayers have been answered.  You can’t really over apply this product, so lip colour newbies need not fear either.



No4 Pinky is a luminous fuchsia pink, more neon in the bullet than it looks in the pic above, though softer and more wearable than other neons (like Stila Electric Pink).  No5 Berry is a burgundy plum, super rich yet wearable and looks great patted on gently and blended with a finger for a berry stain. I used two swipes of colour for these swatches, though on my lips, draw them on 3-4 times as I’m usually up for a full-on lip!

“Phyto-Lip Twist combines skin care ingredients to moisturise and protect, with highly pigmented polymers for intense colour and a glossy finish.”

On the Lips


Excuse Squinty Face - I was so happy to see the sun today, I couldn’t bear to shut it out!

On the left No4, Pinky is a cool, blue toned bright pink with quite a glossy finish.  No5 Berry (right) is not matt, but has a subtle sheen rather than shine.  Both literally feel like a balm and I forget I’m even wearing them until I catch a glimpse in the mirror some time later and am pleasantly surprised at how long they last. OH - very important point: these are twist up crayons, so no sharpening required - happy days!  With some degree of trepidation I twisted one out to full capacity and wish I’d taken a pic as it was a similar length to a standard lipstick, not always the case with this kind of product.

I realise I’m raving here… these are literally my dream formula and I’ll be picking up at least one more of the six shades - Nude looks a little bit gorgeous for with a smokey eye.  Of course all this fabulosity comes at a price - well justified in this case - Sisley Phyto-Lip Twists will cost £28 each and launch on 1st February at


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