Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review: Savvy by DB (part 1)

After a horrendously boring day at work (it was New Years' public holiday and I think most of Perth figured the city wasn't open) I decided to buy some new eyelash curlers since my el cheapo ones are kind of dead. While in Priceline I spotted a big stand of $2.99 cosmetics. All its contents were clean and shrink-wrapped, so no returns or rejects! I grabbed myself a liquid eyeliner, a nail polish, a pencil liner and a lipstick. All the stuff was by the same brand. I figured if it was good, then I'd go back and splurge on some other colours, and if it was crappy I was only out $11-something.

The only info I was able to find online for this brand were raves on the Australian Vogue forum - a good sign, though I was a bit miffed at not being able to find a website. I like reading the 'story' behind a company, and looking at all the different products.

I got:
Pencil eyeliner in Ivory
Liquid eyeliner in Plum
Nail polish in Violet
Lipstick in Poppy

I got all 'safe' colours - I wear/use a lot of purple, I've been looking for something a bit thinner than Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk for my waterline, and I love red lipstick.

Poppy isn't anything new at all, but it is extremely pigmented for a $3 lipstick. Swatches, from left to right: Stargazer 127, Savvy by DB Poppy, Morgana Cryptoria Twinkling Rubies (lip swatch here).

Lip swatch of Poppy:

Poppy feels a little thinner and more watery than the Stargazer and the Morgana, but it's the same bright, blue-based red that I can't seem to get enough of. The formula isn't drying at all, but it's hasn't got the moisturising qualities of Morgana lipsticks either. Staying power is amazing for the price - after a roast beef sandwich (nom nom) and a glass of water, the inner circle of my lips were bare, but I still had a LOT of lipstick left.  I'm definitely going to go back to pick up some more tubes of this lipstick.

The tubes themselves are brushed-metal-look plastic, and they click when you close them, which I like. They also have that clear bit on the bottom which has a colour representation, so you can tell the tubes apart. No ingredients on the tube, though, and since I didn't get any packaging with them... Well, let's just say it's a good thing I'm not A) vegan, or B) allergic to any common cosmetics ingredients! Since Savvy/DB also don't have a website there's no way for me to follow up on that.

Eyeliners and nail polish coming next!


  1. I bought a green baked shadow from Savvy and my friend got a lipstick just the other day! I really like the shadow and the lipstick looked really good when my friend wore it.

  2. I've always been a bit dismissive of that brand. I have no idea what to expect of them though I do have one lipgloss which I loved the colour (but haven't opened yet, i have too many lip products)...This is a great way for me to rethink!

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  4. I did a one finger swatch of the polish, it's very pretty but not very 'me'. I haven't touched the eyeliners yet, I've been so busy! I'll try and get to them soon so I can finish the darn review, lol.


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