Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Review: Barry M's 'Touch of Magic' Lip Paint

When it occurred to me that I hadn't yet reviewed this lipstick on my blog I was pretty surprised. I'm sure almost all of you have either used it or heard of it. It's my favourite lipstick, I love it very much.

Although called a lipstick, I would call it more of a lip stain, as I find it lasts a lot longer than most lipsticks. 


Yes, this lipstick is green. I know what some of you might be thinking: "Green lipstick? Why, why, why would you do that?" I have not turned back into a Goth, I shall not be revisiting pink eyeliner either - but more on that another day. It does not stay green. And this is where the science comes in - also known as possibly my favourite bit. ...Considering I'm pursuing a career in English, I do love my science. I digress.
Touch of Magic lipstick works by changing colour depending on the alkaline level in your lips. If you have a high alkaline level, it will be brighter, a low alkaline level, paler. Because of it changing on each person, I believe it is a lipstick that suits virtually everyone.

My lips before:

And after:

As you can see, it goes a gorgeous, bright shade of pink. Although it is a bit brighter in real life than the camera shows. You need to apply a few coats to get a real deep colour I find, but if you just want a more subtle pink tint, one coat will suit fine.
As I mentioned earlier, it lasts a long time, and although you will have to reapply throughout a day/evening, you won't have to do so very often. It doesn't bleed or crack either, bonus. It's waterproof, and contains aloe vera, so it doesn't dry out your lips - a problem I usually suffer from.
Now you'd think that it might change colour slightly when you reapply throughout the day - if you had been eating something particularly acidic for example, but it doesn't. It seems the pH of your lips stays virtually the same regardless. Although I imagine that if you rub lemons over your lips and THEN apply, you will see a difference. I don't recommend doing that.

I also swatched my arm: (Why do we do this? Possibly not the best idea.)

This is to show you the difference between the colours. Lips have higher alkaline levels than arms apparently, hence the difference in colour.

I've almost run out my current stick of this, but I shall certainly be buying some more when I run out! You can buy Barry M's Touch of Magic Lip Paint from Boots, Superdrug or the Barry M website, RRP: £4.49

Have you used this lipstick? What did you think?

Also, this is my 100th post! Wahoo!


  1. Wow this is so cool! I saw that green lipstick and was like gosh, i wonder what thats going to look like haha. I'll have to check this out :) xx

  2. I tried this in Boots a couple of years ago for a laugh because my friends wanted to see what green lipstick looked like... Man it was terrifying and it DOES NOT come off easily! If I'd been expecting it I would have loved it hahaha


  3. Wow it's like magic! (That's how my brain reacts to most scientific things :P ) I love the rosy pink the green turns into!

  4. i really want to try this now, the colour looks lovely on you. (so going to boots today to try it)


  5. This is awesome! I love how glossy it looks on the lips. May have to hunt this down...

  6. Great review. I love this lipstick too. You're right in that it suits everyone, as it is perfectly matched to that particular person! xx

  7. I've seen this around but am yet to try it out - but it does look lovely!

  8. Eeee this is so cool! I will definitely be looking into this :D

  9. Ooh! I'm still on the hunt for finding a long-lasting lipstick and this could be my answer! Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh xo

  10. I remember when I was younger me and my friends used to be so obsessed with green lipstick that was actually pink/normal toned - we used to be so amused with it lmao aww the good old days!

    The colour suits you perfectly!


  11. Oh wow, that's such a cool idea! I have to say I was thinking 'ohh, it's a bit early for Halloween makeup isn't it?!' but in real life it's gorgeous!

  12. this looks lovely. its something i've always wanted but never gotten round to buying. the staying power is such a bonus! xx

  13. Wow! That is impressive! Looks great, not too strong of a colour which I like. Btw, you have the most perfect shaped lips! x

  14. Wow, I love this! I really want to try it :)

    xo Samantha Grace

  15. lovely shade, not seen this before!

  16. That's actually amazing. I've looked at this so many times and genuinely thought why would anyone want green lipstick (Blonde coming out in me!) Thank you so much for this!(:

  17. congrats on the 100th post :)
    I have been after this lipstick for awhile actually, not sure why i haven't yet purchased?
    It looks lovely on you! and i shall definately have a look out for it next time i go shopping :)


  18. Same as everyone else really, I always eye it up in the shop after a friend showed me it once and I thought "that looks so awesome". But haven't bought it yet. Glad to read your positive review of it and will definitely be adding it to my payday wishlist.

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

  19. Wow! I think this would be great for everyday wear! :D
    ~Pauline @ NYX Philippines


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