Sponge-tip Applicators. I have come to accept that my lips are not anatomically suited for shiny goop. Even basic lipbalm looks like drool on my lips. It doesn’t matter whether I put the gloss all over or just in the middle.
I have a few shiny lip stuff in my stash and I make them more forgivable on me by smacking a paper towel between my lips and recently, by this new trick I learned from Allure Magazine: Don’t Throw Out Your Sponge-Tip Applicators Just Yet.
The sponge takes away the shininess and suede-ifies the lipstick. I also used the sponge-tip applicator to blur out the lip line. I’m not so much a fan of sharp-edged lips (on myself). The sponge does a better job than a lip brush in blurring out the perimeters.
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Franken Lips. I was not supposed to buy another tube of lipstick but my 30th birthday is coming up and I thought that a classic matte red lipstick is in order. I bought Mac Ruby Woo and I love it but sometimes it can be overwhelming on the face. It’s a really bright red so I tame it down a little by blending in a tiny bit of Wet n’ Wild 919B – Vamp It Up. The color turned out to be something I like better than Ruby Woo. Maybe it could pass off as Guerlain G L’Extrait in Orgueil? I haven’t worn Orgueil yet but here’s a beautiful FOTD by Carina wearing it. It looks very very similar to the color I ended up with.
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Maybelline Bold Matte. I got curious when I knew about Maybelline’s latest addition to their Color Sensational line: Bold Matte. As I said, I like matte lipsticks. I thought maybe they could have dupes for some of Mac’s bright-colored matte lipsticks like Candy Yum-yum or Quick Sizzle.
Thank goodness testers were available coz these babies aren’t matte. As soon as I swatched each of them, they kind of melted and ended up with a sheen to them. Sheen = Not Matte. If you’re looking for a good drugstore matte lipstick, try Wet ‘n Wild Megalast.
I was also disappointed by how sheer the colors were. In the swatches above, you can see my skin showing through.
Since I didn’t buy them and I didn’t try them on my lips, here’s a review from someone who did: Don’t Buy Those Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipsticks.