Prepare to stare at an uncomfortable amount of pictures of my mouth.
AVON Ultra Colour Rich in Apricot Mystery
Let me get the most mysterious part out of the way first: This is a cool pink lipstick with a blue (a freaking visible light electric blue) undertone. Why on God’s green earth anyone would ever call this shade apricot mystery is indeed a mystery.
For those who forgot, this is how apricots look like:
One could argue for pink, but there’s definitely very little blue.
It looks much warmer in this photograph than it does in real life, and especially in the bullet.
I’ve seen this described as coral, but I dunno. Whilst I willingly admit that all the undertones, hues, and other colour theory BS flies over my head– I just see no coral there. Maybe my product oxidised so much as to be unrecognisable?
My favourite thing about Ultra Colour Rich line is the bullet design. The scent of this is OK. It’s there but unobtrusive. Much weaker than in L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks, for example.
This lipstick was bought as part of my huge-arse Avon haul/ fail of many a year ago. It was intended as a gift for one of my aunts. She quite loves the frosty pink. And yes, this is a slightly frosty pink colour. It’s pretty sheer with a layer of blue sparkles certainly visible on the lips — and in the tube.
The formula is pretty drying. It also goes on in streaks if you apply a thin layer, and cakes something fierce (stickin’ in smallest lip lines an corners and all) if you try to go for better coverage.
I’d say it lasted about 3 hours on my lips if I didn’t eat or drink anything, and it would pretty much completely disappear after one cup of tea.
This was my first foray into Avon’s Ultra Colour Rich series. I found this disappointing enough not to go there again. There’s another one in my stash that I’ve barely swatched, let’s see if it fares better.
Apricot Mystery shade has since then been discontinued.
Oriflame Colour Drop in Rose Elixir 26905
This is a lipstick that I’ve been carrying around with me for a bit now. It’s a rather effortless nude with a touch of pink. One of those things that we oft refer to as ‘my lips but better’ — except that I can’t really say that it makes my lips any better.
Some five people from my circle of friends purchased this lipstick, and they kept recommending it. It looks good on them, but a bit off on me.
This is very creamy, and feels almost like a balm on your lips. Combined with the colour, it’s – here comes the word again – effortless, and this effortlessness is the only thing I like about this lipstick. Everything else — its colour against my skin tone, its texture, longevity, its scent, its packaging… — is not bad, but I can’t commend it for any of these either.
Also, it’s advertised as keeping its original shape until the very end, but it didn’t in my case. Which is weird, because usually all of my lipsticks stay close to their original shape.
Eveline Cosmetics Super Long Lasting 16h Lip Liquid Tint in 117
This is my most recent purchase, I think. I wanted a hot pink/ fuchsia lipstick. The colour of this is very close to what I wanted (a bright aggressive colour that almost looks terrible). I loved the texture of this (very smooth both during application and on the lips), the scent (good enough to eat), and the colour. It’s also not drying at all. However, if you take it just the tiniest amount out of your lip line – not so much outside it, but just on it – it will feather something fierce.
It also stains everything, including my teeth. Yes, it stains teeth.
Both feathering and stainage (below ) aren’t very visible in photographs, so I guess you’re just going to trust me on this one. Both are much, much more pronounced in life.
I usually love Eveline products. They’re very inexpensive, and usually do exactly what they advertise they will do. For example, this gloss will last on your lips for a long while. Maybe not 16 hours, but definitely 8. If it weren’t for massive staining and constant need to check if my lip travelled some five millimetres closer to my nose, I’d continue to use it.
To the bin it goes.