Recently I snuck away for a couple of hours to do some Retail Reconaissance in the maquillage department. This is the first of my finds from that expedition.
I’ve never been a fan of long-wear lipcolor. I like the idea well enough, but the execution has always fallen short of the hype. I have never found one that didn’t flake or dry out my lips (which tend to be dry anyway). This was yet another of those products I was strong-armed into trying by a very insistent Sales Associate when all I wanted was to replenish my Touche Éclat.
Some long wear lip products have two steps: the color and then the gloss. This one is a single step, and goes from barely-there sheer color with a hint of sheen, to a very laquered look, depending on how much is applied. It stays on….and on….and doesn’t wind up on the rim of my coffee cup either. And here’s the kicker: my lips feel moisturized for hours, never dried out. The color (I’m wearing #103 here) is bright but not overwhelming. As with other long-wear lip colors I’ve tried, the trick is to apply and then let it dry…don’t blot or rub your lips together to blend. For more dramatic looks, use liner and a second coat. The sponge applicator helps it go on evenly. And rather that getting blotchy or flaking off it just fades slowly over time. To fully remove, use makeup remover.
YSL “Rebel Nudes” Glossy Stain has become my favorite lip color, as much for how it feels and lasts as how it looks.
Do you use long-wear lip color? What’s your favorite?
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