I had been meaning to try the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream for ages and ages. I might even be the only beauty vixen left who hadn't tried it. But I finally did and it is cool. I chose the color Milan because it looked so pretty on one of those YouTube beauty influencers. Every picture of it everywhere makes it look mauve but in reality it is closer to a bright pink with only mauve undertones. And this comes in tons of different colors so I'm dying to try more. As for the consistency, it is a gentle matte - not dry or harsh in any way - you can barely feel it on your lips. It is a lip cream after all. It is not like a traditional liquid lipstick in that it doesn't dry down to 100% transfer-proof but it can be considered fairly long-wearing. For only $5.99 I need at least half a dozen of these beauties!
I ordered two lip products from Colourpop (only available online): the Ultra Satin Lip and the Ultra Glossy Lip. They were only $6 each!
The Ultra Satin Lip was actually a bit similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, but richer and less matte. In fact it is shiny until it wears on your lip for a while, then eventually turns into a satin finish. The velvety pigmentation is incredible! There are 27 colors which you kind of have to guess at because all there is to go by are the website pics, however they seem to be accurate. The consistency is like cream lipstick in a liquid form (uses a doe foot applicator). It will come off and smudge around if you eat or drink - but who cares - thats what lipstick is like. I chose the color Brooklyn, a bright Geranium pink. Fun!
The Ultra Glossy Lip is a lip gloss. The color I got (Tight Fit) is to die for but the formula I wasn't keen on. I was expecting this to look super shiny and plumping when in fact it's on the dry side. It's the driest lip gloss I have ever come across. And it doesn't wear for too long either. Still, it's not a total loss because like I said the color is incredible - a metallic peach with shimmer of pink, silver, and gold. I just keep it in the easiest to reach pocket in my purse to reapply frequently and liberally.
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are some of the best on the market I think. I bought a few of their Satin Finish ones the second they were released but now I want to talk about the Metallic Finish. I just bought Big Bang, a fuchsia sparkle/glitter. The color itself is on the sheer side so to get the full metallic effect you need to apply several layers. Even so, it is fabulous. I get more compliments wearing this than I do any other lipstick. It's not creamy but it's not dry. It's pretty comfortable and wears well; it doesn't get all smeary like some lipsticks do. The Metallic Finish comes in 14 different shades, and I say live a little - try some sparkle in your life!
Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint was another one I had been wanting to try for ages. Coloured Raine is a cool indie brand, mostly only available on line but not as inexpensive as ColourPop. At $17 a piece you need to choose your lip shades carefully but the photos are user-friendly and fairly accurate. I chose Mary, a burgundy matte with an unusual metal sheen. The color is exquisite! It only came out a bit darker on me than in the pic, but it is the formula I was truly disappointed in. It was streaky and I couldn't for the life of me get a solid finish on it even with a couple layers. It just looked messy and was difficult to apply. I really hate to bash indie brands however I did only try the one color; maybe the other colors work better. I would say it wears about as well as an average liquid lipstick.
A much much better liquid lipstick I bought is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat (a pinky terracotta). I'm not the hugest fan of the usual dry liquid lipsticks but when I tried this on in the store it was actually quite nice. The application was really luscious, smooth, and pigmented. It never made my lips feel like they were cracking. It lasted a long time however it is NOT transfer-resistant. It will come off on your Starbucks coffee cup or if you kiss your lover. It'll come off but plenty of color also remains. It wears down to something like a stain. But hey, no one's perfect. I think it's worth it just so I don't have to feel discomfort.
I am in love with my new Kat Von D Limited Edition Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita II! It is the first time her regular lipstick has come out in the famous color of her liquid lipstick Lolita II. AND the limited edition packaging is totally amped up to a gunmetal silver tube, not the usual black. How could I resist? The shade truly is incredible; maybe not super duper flattering on me but definitely divine. And at first I didn't like the texture of the lipstick. It is dry. But strangely not cakey dry. It is a sheer matte formula that wears for hours. It somehow molds to my lips in the most flattering way so that it doesn't look dry. And with a clear gloss on top it is beyond beautiful. I have come to crave the feel of it on my lips. Sounds corny? Maybe, but I highly suggest you run out and buy one of these limited edition lipsticks (they come in 3 colors) before they run out.
What lippies have you bought lately?
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