The Koshize lipstick line is just awesome (not to be mistaken with the regular Sophie lipsticks).
I know it says satinlips but these lipsticks are matte. In case you’re wondering, Sophie Koshize’s satin lipsticks are called nutrilips.
These are probably one of the most underrated drugstore lipsticks in Asia. And it doesn’t help that they’re only available through direct sellers (if you can’t buy it from a drugstore (i.e. watsons), can you still call it a drugstore product?).
I’ve gone through several de-stashing sessions this year and my 4 sophie paris koshize lipsticks always make it to the cut. At one point, I regretted letting go of 2 of them (I used to have 6). But I think they’re in good hands now, with Maj, Makeup in Manila.
There are 8 shades in the line. They are priced at Php 240 each. I like the formula of this line more than any other matte drugstore lipstick I’ve tried so far: wet ‘n wild megalast, ever bilena, 4U2, revlon matte balm, maybelline bold matte, Avon, and nichido. I think I love this line as much as I love MAC matte lipsticks.
All the Satinlips lipsticks are creamy and non-tuggy. They apply evenly and are quite pigmented. They are comfortable to wear and are not chalkboard matte. They feel but don’t look like satin lipsticks.
I love the colors in the range. There’s enough disparity between each shade and every one of them gives me a different look. The best part is all of the shades seem to fit my skin tone — medium greenish yellow. Yes, even the corals look ok on me, ahm amazed.
Anyway, here’s how they look like on a bare face.
KSL 1 – Dramatic Pink
Dramatic Pink is not at all dramatic. It’s a light pink with tiiiny hint of peach (or coral — not sure, I’m not knowledgeable in this area of the color wheel). It’s very similar to MAC Please Me. If you find the latter a little too drying (hello Donna), try Dramatic Pink. If you ask me which one I like more, I’d say Dramatic Pink :D
This is one of the 2 lipsticks I gave to Maj. It grew on me after getting the sampler set (I’ll talk about that later). I think this is one the least pigmented of the bunch, but as you can see, it’s still very much pigmented.
Matte and light colors usually don’t go well together — not with Sophie Koshize Satinlips. Although, I can’t speak for those with really dry lips.
KSL 2 – Rosebud
This is my favorite nude. Not just among drugstore lipsticks but among all lipstick lines, regardless of price point.
I’m only thinking of getting NARS Audacious Anita or Vanessa because I have a feeling they’re similar to Rosebud.
Rosebud is kind of an MLBB-ish type of lipstick on me, too, but it’s more like a my-lips-but-paler color. It’s a muted light pink brown with a hint of mauve.
It’s amazing how it’s obviously nude but it doesn’t make my face look drab and lifeless. But of course, it’s better worn with blush and eye makeup.
KSL 3 – Coral Wisdom
Coral Wisdom is a muted light coral orange (muted apricot?). This works as a nudish lipstick on me, too, but I like Rosebud more because that one’s neutral. This is the other lipstick I gave to Maj, if I remember right. I think I can wear it on its own but I feel like it needs to be complemented by other makeup products.
KSL 4 – Fierce Coral
While Coral Wisdom leans more on the orange side of coral, Fierce Coral is more of a light pink coral.
Not a color I usually go for but I think it looks alright — it makes my teeth look extra-yellow but no one ever died from that so, I don’t really care.
KSL 5 – Rouge Chic
Also known as the red I favored over MAC Viva Glam 1. I chose to keep this over Viva Glam 1 because it has less brown in it. Rouge Chic is a not-so-bright brickish blue red — my go-to everyday red.
KSL 6 – Daring Raspberry
Daring Raspberry is a warm berry red. I don’t reach out for this a lot because it doesn’t make me feel like I can take over the world. I don’t see the point in wearing a red that doesn’t make you feel something. But this is a good option for people who don’t like in-your-face berry reds. It is muted enough for everyday use.
KSL 7 – Naughty Strawberry
This is one of my most used lipsticks from the line. It is a slightly less blue and more plum version of NARS Velvet Matte Never Say Never. It photographs brighter than it actually is. I say it’s 25% plum 75% fuchsia. It’s not muted but it’s not bright either. The wrist swatches are more accurate than the photo below.
KSL 8 – Radiant Fuchsia
Now this is my favorite bright pink lipstick. I would choose this over MAC Flat Out Fabulous (less bright, more plum) and NARS Carthage (less bright, a lot less blue). It’s the matte-est of the bunch but it’s not as dry as MAC retro matte lipsticks.
Radiant Fuchsia hugs the lips so nicely and is one of those lipsticks that becomes part of the lips. One of my ex-officemates described it as kapit na kapit. I don’t know if there’s a direct english translation for that.
I love how bright it is without looking neon and/or garish. I love that it doesn’t have a white base. I didn’t do it justice in my lip swatch here: My 2013 Favorite Lipsticks. It is still one of my favorite lipsticks this year.
If there’s one thing I hate about this particular shade — it is so annoyingly difficult to remove. I have to use a two-phase cleanser + micellar water to remove all the stain it leaves. The stain might be a good thing for some because this lipstick lasts through meals (yes, meal+”s”), but I’ve become one of those people who dislike staining lipsticks.
The full-size tubes come in a packaging that is not the most elegant-looking in the world.
But it is the best packaging I’ve ever tried in a lipstick that only costs Php 240 (that’s what, $5?). The packaging has weight (even heavier than Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks) — not something I notice often in inexpensive lipsticks. The lipstick bullet feels secure, steady, and not wobbly (I’m looking at you, wet ‘n wild megalast!) in the tube. I’ve dropped these lipsticks several times (while closed) and I’ve tried applying them fully extended with pressure — not one bullet broke off on me.
The lighter colors do not last as long as the darker ones. But I’m ok with that because they don’t look bad when they fade. In general, all these lipsticks don’t bleed, feather, nor emphasize lines. There’s a subtle scent that I don’t care much for. The lipstick bullet in itself feels dense — think solid, like how MAC matte lipsticks are.
I don’t know how Sophie people made it possible to make a lipstick that feels balmy but looks matte at the same time, seriously. Even the bobbi brown creamy mattes have a lot more shine to it.
If you want to try all of the shades, they have a sampler for sale — all 8 shades for Php 240.
Right now, I don’t know from whom or where to get both the regular tubes and the sampler set. I bought my full-size tubes online but the seller closed shop. The sampler set, on the other hand, was gifted to me by Maj.
PS. If you’re bothered that I look slightly cross-eyed in some of the photos, no worries, I was focusing on an object that is too near.