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Shanghai Suzy

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Incredibly affordable and heavily pigmented lipsticks sounds a bit like a myth, right? Well, it’s now a reality thanks to Australian cosmetic range Shanghai Suzy!

Who is Shanghai Suzy? Founded by former cosmetics marketing exec Joanna Wheaton, Shanghai Suzy is a lipstick-only cosmetics brand housing a bold and bright range of lipsticks. The only cosmetics brand of it’s kind, Shanghai Suzy takes it’s cues from the fashion industry – each colour lipstick is limited edition and a new on-trend range is delivered every season. 

Tired of paying $30 or more for fashion lipsticks that she would only wear a few times, Joanna felt that there was a gap in the market for affordable, on-trend lipsticks that delivered in terms of pigment, formula, colour and packaging – and so Shanghai Suzy was born. 

The brand was launched in August 2013 and after a successful first and second season, a third collection of colours for Spring Summer was released in September 2014. Each bold hue is matched with its optimal formula – either ‘Matte’ or ‘Nourish’. The ‘Matte’ formula is thick, creamy and long-lasting, and the ‘Nourish’ formula contains jojoba seed oil and Vitamin E to care for and moisturise lips whilst delivering a beautiful colour with a slight sheen.  

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks are not tested on animals and contain no animal-derived ingredients. 

At just $14.95 each or all 8 shades of the current season for $80.00, you can literally have all the lipsticks your heart covets.

I was a little late to the Shanghai Suzy game, considering I have followed the brand on Instagram since launching in August 2013 but like all good things, they are worth the wait. For my first purchase, I chose to pick up the shade Neon Gauva which is a delicious incredibly matte neon pinky / corally / peachey shade that smells like bubblegum-yum!

Hot Tip: As this lippie is matte which can be quite drying on the lips, always prep prior to application by gently scrubbing lips with a lip scrub or even a soft toothbrush. Apply a slick of balm whilst doing your makeup and then wipe off before applying your matte lipstick. Bam – hot lips are yours! Available online or selected stores, just click Stockists to find out your local Shanghai Suzy supply.

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