(This review is a revised, updated, and reposted entry from my previous blog.)
The hype for matte lip creams is still going strong; and, why wouldn’t it? Matte lip creams revolutionized the world of matte lip colours with their innovative formulas that uniquely differ from one brand to another. Popular brands like MAC, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Sleek, Revlon, and L’oreal have come up with their own versions of lip creams, ranging from soft mattes to kissproof, transfer-poof, and smudge-proof formulas to suit every lip lover’s taste. What a time to be alive!
However, matte lip products have a known reputation for being dry and sometimes, uncomfortable on the lips; albeit, mostly tolerable. As a person who has very dry lips, my relationship with matte lip products are on a love-hate status. Fortunately, as I was browsing through Instagram one day, an answer to my prayers came. A promotional post from I. Le Blanc Enterprises (@leblancsbeautyph) about a sale on their all natural beauty products. Naturally, I had to go for the lip products!
I purchased the Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams. I was able to try the shades Aphrodite, Hera, Selene, and Freya.
Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!
Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.
Hera – Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!
Freya – Freya initially appears to be a midtone brown; but, eventually, its rosy hue comes through and softens the colour into a very flattering rosy brown shade.
I won’t go into details about this because this product is being repackaged into new, classy semi-glass acrylic 8ml tubes. Basically, this (older packaging) is hard plastic and the lip cream itself is applied using a doe-foot applicator. The shade names are indicated at the bottom of the tubes.
The packaging is very classy! It is made of high quality semi-glass acrylic tubes with gold accents. It feels very sturdy! I find that the applicator on the new packaging is much better and easier to control than the old one.
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
The consistency of the three older ones (Hera, Aphrodite, and Selene) are on the creamy, moussey texture. The formula of Freya is a bit more fluid. Fret not! This is not a bad thing! The formula performs much better, in my opinion. I don’t know if this is a reformulation or if the packaging’s quality makes a difference with how the actual product keeps in the long run. I suppose the glass acrylic case keeps it fresher.
These start out very creamy, but eventually settle to a soft matte finish that feels weightless on the lips. Seriously, these lip creams are so light, you will forget that you’re wearing a lip product! Matte and lightweight? YES!
These are surprisingly long wearing. Selene was able to survive through a meal without any need for retouching. All shades leave a pleasant stain on the lips when the product itself is gone. Also, it does not leave my lips feeling dry!
Overall, I think these lip creams are AMAZING! You are seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these.
Update: You can also use these as cream blush! Be careful, though; a little goes a long way!
YES! These are definitely staying in my beauty arsenal.
(Also, Freya is already a repurchase!)
To see more products and information, visit their Instagram account, @leblancsbeautyph.
Price: PHP 300+ (mall price); PHP 250 + shipping fee from Love Manila Place of Purchase: Poshmark Boutique: Love Manila store
Net Weight: 0.17 oz. (5g)
The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (What a mouthful!) is not a new product. In fact, it has gained a lot of popularity since liquid lipsticks became a trend. I’m pretty sure most liquid lipstick lovers have a couple of these in their stash. It is one of the most affordable liquid lipsticks in the market, after all.
I have the shades Rebel, Secret, and Stunner.
Rebel is a unique blend of purple and maroon. I instantly fell in love with this shade when I first saw swatches online. So far, I do not own a colour quite like it in my stash. It’s definitely bold and borderline vampy.
Secret is a deep oxblood red. Some reviews say that this shade goes on patchy; but, for me, it applies evenly.
Stunner is bright purple that is not for the faint of heart! It is definitely not an easy shade to pull off. I like how the shade exists, though. This particular shade goes on a little streaky and uneven. Applying a second layer helps to even it all out.
The consistency of these is neither runny nor thick. It’s somewhere in between, I would say. It’s still fluid enough to be a liquid lipstick and it is not creamy enough to be considered a lip cream or lip mousse.
The pigmentation is a hit or miss, sadly. The lightest shades are chalky an streaky while the darkest shades are uneven, streaky, and do not layer well (layering the dark shades will just rub off the first layer). The “miss” shades are not buildable. Most of them have a nice consistency and opaque pigmentation, though. Rebel and Secret both apply smoothly in just one layer.
The finish is very matte indeed. I question why the word “Gloss” is in the product name because it is void of any shine. The texture is not the best, but also not the worst. It has some tackiness to it which can easily be fixed with a light dusting of translucent/colourless powder. It holds up very well through a meal, except when the food is really oily. It doesn’t flake off or crumble even when you press your lips together. It is not exactly “weightless” on the lips. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy.
Removal is a bit of a pain if you don’t know how to remove it properly. It is advisable to use an oil based makeup remover to take it off. Personally, I use coconut oil.
Overall, I recommend this product to people who want affordable, good quality liquid lipsticks. I wouldn’t recommend the lightest and darkest shades, though. Other than that, it’s a really good product.
Would I repurchase? If they release new shades, I don’t see why not. However, I would rather invest in better liquid lipsticks in the market.