Two bold lipsticks for timid wearers. 

It’s no secret nor shock that the beauty world goes nuts for dark lip colors during the autumn/winter season. I like to think that I’m different — a trend breaker if you will — because I rarely dip my lips into the deep tones that send other beauty gurus into a frenzy but the truth is, I don’t avidly avoid those shades for any reason other than the fact that I just don’t wear lipstick. Period. Light shades, dark shades, nothing makes a difference because I just don’t do it. Any of it. Well, I suppose any of it is a bit strong. I have been known to dabble in red lipstick every once and a while but that’s usually when I’m desperate for a confidence boost or I’m slipping into a “fuck it” attitude because I’m in a bad mood. If I’m putting red lipstick on, someone’s got to die and it’s either going to be my self-insecurities or the first unfortunate soul to cross my path — whichever crosses my path first. 

That said, I am working on getting out of my comfort zone on certain things and I would like to make lipstick my task for this upcoming chilly season. I feel a bit more comfortable with the idea of wearing dark reds and purples than I do nudes (it doesn’t make sense, I know that but just go with me here) so I figure now is the perfect time to get a jump on my aversion. I have a couple of darker colored lipsticks already in my collection but I’ve never fallen in love with any of them. I picked these two up from Burt’s Bees on a total whim (I’m a sucker for a sale) and I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised. When I originally swatched them on my hand, I loved the smoothness of the formula. I’m massively over matte lipsticks, I think they had their time and it was all well and good but please can’t we move on. I’m tired of sandpaper lips, they’re not cute. 

Left: 524 Wine Waves. Right: 522 Crimson Coast.

The formula of these lipsticks is what actually pushed me to purchase them (baring the 50% off sticker) because I think it helped balanced the dark coloring. As I said before, the lipsticks have a very smooth texture, but they’re not creamy. I would say they’re more so watery because they apply quite sheerly. This isn’t for lack of pigmentation though which I feel like is a common –almost shotgun– conclusion that people jump too when someone says the word sheer. Because the lipsticks have a sheerer application that doesn’t lose any pigmentation, they create a really nice middle ground that allows me to wear a bold color without feeling like I’m steeping too far out of my comfort zone. Think of it as baby step bold.

I’ve never been someone who believes in sugarcoating and when it comes to product reviews, nothing bothers me more when a blogger or vlogger doesn’t acknowlege or share the faults of a product. I think openly discussing the cons of a product is one of the more important things when it comes to reviews becasue it gives consumers a full and honest picture in regards to the item they’re interested in. I personally find that my trust in a b/vlogger takes a hit when they repeatly neglect to mention shortcomings of products, espeically is it’s a sponsored ad. I know that there are some sponsor contracts that don’t allow the discussion of problems with the product but then that always begs the question, what’s to hide? Nothing perfect, and I personally believe in being out and open about imperfections is a much better way to build trust in a brand. But hey, that’s only my opinion.

Heeding my own view, I thought I’d let you in on the issues with these two lipsticks. Actually, I should say the issue because I’ve only found one. Since the lipsticks are a dark color with a fair amount of pigmentation and a watery formular, they have a tendancy to bleed. This is by no means a deal breaker in my book because let’s be honest, there aren’t many non-matte dark lipsticks that don’t bleed, it’s a very common issue. As long as I make sure to wipe the lipstick off before eating and check on it throughout the day, I find that I can avoid the “just made out with someone while wearing lipstick” look. But if that’s your vibe, more power to you.


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