Vegan Cruelty-Free Paraben-Free Lip Veil (read: Liquid Lipstick)
I wouldn’t have found out about this brand if it had not gone viral on FB. I saw an article that featured this brand and its lip veils. I looked through the colours that was in its range and I was hooked. When I went on the website to see more stuff, I was disappointed to see that so much was out of stock. Typical Singaporean logic: if sold out = must be good right?
So I waited out for a while after before I went back on the site. Lo and behold, the lip veils were restocked and guess what? There was a sale going on. Ape lagiii I went to buy lah! There was a quantity limit though – 2 quantity per item per person. So no choice, I got 2 of the colours that I wanted to try.
Shipment was great! Tracking was so on point. I thought I was gonna have a courier knock on my door so I stupidly waited the whole day. Only later I realised that the tracking number showed that the product had already been delivered and the next day I checked my letter box to find it sitting beautifully there.
The packaging was just gorgeous. Right from the simple black box down to the lip veil bottle itself.
A little dent in the box, but hey it survived the flight from US all the way to SG.
Beauty for the Obscure, indeed. Much underground, this is.
2 Qty ea of 2 Shades
I bought 2 shades one is Tortured Soul and the other is Gore Couture.
I picked the former because it had a purplish hue and I was looking for something purple that was dark and greyish. So I decided to give this one a try.
As for Gore Couture, it looked more pinkish. It was apparently a fan favourite so I got to give it a try as well.
When I unboxed it, it reminded me of Kat Von D and Huda Beauty. The embossed rose on the cap was just similar to the KVD one that I had – not complaining though because I looove that design. Such understated elegance. And the frosted glass looked reminded me of the HB range.
What shocked me though… was its size. It was really small. Like those mini lippies. I didn’t check its volume before purchasing them and that was when the regret started kicking in. I told myself not to get pissed off and to give them a go to see how well they work. For the price that I had to pay per ml for this lip veil, damn it better be good.
Top: Tortured Soul; Bottom: Gore Couture
First thing that got me when I opened the cap, was the smell. Oooohhhh damn it was delicious. It smelled like chocolate to me. Sooo delicious. It was like putting on chocolate on my lips. The doe-foot applicator was pretty sharp at the edges, and soft like the KVD one so it was really good to swatch it over the lips especially at the corners and to make a sharp V at the Cupid’s Bow. Because the bottle was smaller, the applicator was shorter as well and that helps in controlling the applicator wand when applying the lip veil. I tried on Tortured Soul first. It was very well pigmented – I could overdraw my lips without having to draw on with a lip pencil. I was kind of disappointed though that the Tortured Soul colour did not look purple on my lips at all and ended up looking just brown. I guess it would only look good on very fair people. Sigh, the problem about lipstick. I realise it always looks different in pictures and in real life because pictures always feature fair skinned people, or very dark skinned people but very few show the shades in between those two.
Nope, no purple. Just… brown.
A few days later, I put on Gore Couture and wore it to work as a test to see how long it can last. Which turned out to be not very long. I bought breakfast on the way to work. It was during that time that I felt that the lipstick was starting to feel dry on my lips. When I reached the office and started on my breakfast, all hell broke loose. The lipstick transferred to my custard brioche, to my fork, and to my cup. What made it worse was that the lipstick fell off in tiny flakes which then also fell onto my office desk. So when I wiped the flakes off the table, there were streaks of red on my table. It was such a disaster. And a major disappointment too! What’s the point of wearing a lipstick that doesn’t last? And an expensive one at that.
The aftermath of it was worse. This was how my lips looked like after eating (picture below). A whole chuck of lipstick got transferred. And what’s left, smudged around my lips. I looked like someone punched me in the mouth. It was such a hot mess. I was so pissed off with the flakey bits falling off my face and dropping everywhere – messing up my desk. I paid so much for this? Disappointing. On the plus side though, it was easy to remove. I was so pissed off with the mess on my face so I took a regular wet wipes (not even the make up removal kind) and wiped the damn thing off my face. It came off so easily.
Wtf is this sia, srsly.
Verdict? A NO-NO. Bought it to try it. And regretted it. Not value for money. I could spend my money on better brands like KVD. I would say it would be great only if you are fasting so you don’t eat and mess up your lippie, yet still easily removable for you to take wudhuk and perform your solat. It would work for Ramadhan then. Lol.