When I saw this lipstick on my sister-in-law, I thought it was the perfect my-lips-but-better lipstick for her. I thought it would be for me, too. What I didn’t realize was that she’s at least 2 shades darker than me.
Stay Mauve is, indeed, mauvey. Although, if I understand correctly, mauve is supposed to be a muted medium purple. On my extra-yellow and somewhat greenish skin, this lipstick registers as an even mix of pink and purple. If it were slightly more muted, it would’ve been more awesome than the awesomeness that it already is…
I want to love this lipstick because of the color. Unfortunately, it feels slightly uncomfortable. Note that slightly for me is probably very for most people since I’m very comfortable with the driest of mattes.
This lipstick feels like the Revlon Ultimate Suede lipsticks. It sets to a lip decal-like feel that when I stretch my lips to smile, I become aware that I am wearing it.
Once it sets, it feels like I let Coke dry out on my lips. When I smack my lips together, I feel tackiness.
My lips feel dry while wearing it, but when I remove it at the end of the day, I find that my lips aren’t actually dry.
Opacity is another thing that keeps me from loving this. I consider it pigmented but some of my lips still peek through when I use just one swipe. I guess the Bobbi Brown Creamy Mattes really set the bar high for me when it comes to pigmentation.
I will let go of this lipstick soon. I don’t have much room for lipsticks that aren’t “favorite material”. In addition, I own a similar lipstick that I seem to be favoring more — 4U2 SHY 03. They look almost the same on me, but 4U2 has a bit more blue-purple in it and is more comfortable to wear. If I hadn’t found 4U2, I’d probably still keep Stay Mauve.
P.S. It could be that I’m only feeling the tackiness because I try to build it up to the opacity I’m used to. For another perspective, check out Thess Termulo’s review here: One of The Best Lipstick Shades Ever.