Lipstick swatches galore
A thing you might have already guessed about me is this: when I get bored, I go shopping. I don’t always buy something, but going and looking at all the shiny makeups is one of my favorite ways to kill a lazy afternoon. Last trip I decided I might as well make it productive, so while I was roaming the mall I risked the odd stares from other shoppers so I could take some swatch pics of entire lipstick lines. I’ve posted a couple on my instagram already (I post a lot of things there first), but I’ve got a few more here too so I didn’t douse everyone’s feed in lipstick. Sorry in advance for the inconsistent lighting between the photos – store lighting never wants to play nice, but I did my best.
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon ($37)
First impressions: The color payoff on these is really good, and the texture is very soft and creamy. I tried on #2 to wear around, and after several hours it didn’t migrate outside my lip line or gather in creases. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great shade for testing longevity since it’s really close to my natural lip color. Whoops! I’m going to guess they’re fairly short-wearing, but it was really comfortable. According to the Chanel site #11 & #12 are limited edition.
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme ($28)
First impressions: They’re very opaque in one swipe but have a little bit of a paint-like scent. I really like the range of nude/MLBB colors but I’d also like to see some more fun, bright shades in there too. They dried to a fairly matte finish.
Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color ($28)
First impressions: Most of the colors swatched a little bit sheer and took a couple swipes to build up to the intensity you see in the photo. They didn’t seem to dry down completely (on my arm, anyway) and had a semi-matte finish other than Petal Pink. It really doesn’t have any of the characteristics I think of for liquid lipsticks (matte finish, low transfer, intense color) so these are kind of a miss as far as I’m concerned.
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip ($24)
First impressions: The color intensity on these is stunning and I really love the selection of colors even if it is a tiny bit limited. I bet you could mix the colors pretty easily though. The sponge tip applicator on them seems interesting, but I didn’t test it in store (I used disposable wands because I’m not a barbarian). They dry to a glossy finish. I was still wearing the Chanel crayon when I swatched these, but I’ll be headed back for a second look.
In short: Out of the group, the MUFE Acrylips caught my interest the most, and bonus points that they’re not super expensive. The Chanel crayons also looked and felt really nice, so I have a feeling I’ll be adding one or the other to my collection before too terribly long.
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