Before I talk about the lipstick, let me tell you about my first Inglot shopping experience.
When I first went to Inglot, I haven’t googled for their lipsticks yet. I went in with no expectations apart from color variety. I asked the sales person where their matte lipsticks were and s/he pointed me to an area and said “790 po yan”. I said “ok” and swatched a few. I might have been pointed to the wrong area because everything I swatched had a lot of shine to them. I immediately assumed that Inglot’s matte lipsticks aren’t really matte, because there are brands coming out with matte lipsticks that should’ve been labeled satin.
So I went to the gel liners section and checked if there’s something I could use as an eyebrow, eyeshadow, and eyeliner product in one. The sales person came to me again and said “990 po yan” without me asking for the price first. I answered with “ok, kukunin ko ‘tong grey”. She replied with “kukunin nyo po?” to which I answered “yes, kukunin ko.”
At times like these, I feel thankful that I’ve become very very tolerant of many things. I’m not easily annoyed (I think) and I’ve become less and less concerned of what other people think of me. BUT. I hope Inglot tells their sales people not to do that because I know it can piss off a lot of people. To be fair to the lady, she did seem like she was just informing me how much it is. If they wanted shoppers to immediately know the price, they should have just placed a shelf-talker or something like how MAC does it.
Anyway, I’m happy to report that my second Inglot experience (with Becs) was better. They let us explore the whole store, swiping, swatching, and testing out stuff. And we found where the matte lipsticks were! But we were disappointed because they seemed sheer.
I don’t know what got to me, I went back to Inglot again, for the third time to check out the lipsticks. I’m not sure if it’s just because it was warmer compared to when Becs and I went there, but the matte lipsticks I swatched transferred more opaque on my wrist.
The texture and consistency can be likened to the MAC Retro Matte lipsticks. There’s a tug as you swipe it on and it doesn’t have any shine at all. If you’re a matte lipstick lover, you’d love this. If you hate MAC retro matte, this is not for you.
I checked out the Bright ‘n Matte lipstick collection and of course my eyes gravitated towards the burgundy-ish plum and the bright purple. But almost immediately, I stopped myself because I already have colors like those and I vowed that I’d only have one lipstick for a particular color type (?) at a given point in time.
Anyway, recently, I let go of MAC Viva Glam I. That red is a very gorgeous red but it’s not the red for me. I wanted a red that will make my heart beat a little bit faster when I see it on my face. Viva Glam I doesn’t give that feeling.
I just want to say, keeping only a few things at a time really raised up my standards for lipstick.
Going back to my story, I left the Bright and Matte area for the permanent collection reds and saw Inglot 412. I swatched it on my arm and I liked it. But that wasn’t enough, so I swatched it on my lips and I was in love.
I’m annoyed that I couldn’t take an accurate picture. In the photo above it looks like a berry-ish plum. In person, I swear it’s red.
I would describe it as a blue-red with hints of cherry, berry, and plum. I haven’t encountered a red like it. It may not be a true red but it’s THE red for me. Look at 412 along all the other reds and plums. It sits in that sweet spot that’s not really red red. But you can’t classify it under plum or berry.
It’s a kind of red that’s not blindingly bright. You can comfortably wear it in the day time but it still gives you the look of wearing a red lipstick. I can’t explain it well but I hope you get me. MAC Viva Glam I is kind of like that too, but that’s one a little bit brick-ish. Just imagine Inglot 412 as a bluer and cherrier sister of Viva Glam I.
The lipstick doesn’t have a lot of transfer — like most mattes. So it stays longer than most lipsticks. If you won’t drink or eat anything, it stays put. I drink water every 2 to 3 hours and most of it stays on my lips. It doesn’t give me the ring lip nor does it feather. But the latter is probably due to how I apply it (which is for another post).
It’s everything I want in MAC retro matte lipsticks but better because it’s cheaper and you have more color choices.
If you’re a matte lipstick lover, check Inglot’s selection.
P.S. Believe it or not I’m wearing 5mm thick eyeshadow on my lids. I tried not to smize in that one photo and I look like I just tight-lined. On all others it’s like it’s not there. Hahaha.