I’ve been wanting to try this line for ages. Back when it launched, Sephora was going gaga over it. It was like a lipstick revolution with these things! I don’t own any Too Faced lipsticks so I thought this would be an exciting place to start. I swatched “Melted Nude” for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with the color. The formula left much to be desired but I assumed it was because my lips weren’t in the best shape that day. When it came time to make a purchase, I opted for Melted Kisses (the 4 piece holiday set) since it was a great deal and included “Melted Nude.” I didn’t give it a second thought. I have since developed a pretty confusing love/hate relationship with these. Product pics first:
Because I’m so wishy washy about these, I’ll break it down with the pros and the cons. Just to explain why I don’t 100% love or hate the product.
- It’s easy to apply. Squeeze the tube, product appears on the sponge, rub sponge all over lips. It was easy to control how much product comes out and the sponge was soft. It did a good job distributing product evenly.
- It’s very pigmented. The colors come out strong. You can get by with just one layer but it’s easy to layer up if you want an extra punch.
- When it wears off, it leaves a nice stain. I didn’t have any issues with peeling or ugly lines.
- They’re decently sized sample tubes (0.16oz), although that giant-ass cap makes it look bigger than it really is.
- It smells. Somebody asked me in the comments of my last post if fragrance is something I consider when purchasing lipstick. It’s not. But after this, it might need to be. This has an awful, strong, fruity chemical scent. The kind you can taste in the back of your throat every time you breathe. Gag.
- The vibrancy doesn’t last as long as I’d hoped. I specifically say the vibrancy because the product itself lasts a long time (even through a light meal). With “Melted Fuchsia,” the brightness dulled out after an hour.
- It can be drying. This was most noticeable with “Melted Nude” and “Melted Peony.” I had to apply it on top of the tiniest bit of balm.
- The colors are hit or miss. Which brings me to swatches:
From left to right they are:
Melted Nude: This shade is my absolute favorite. The color is a great, brown leaning nude. I have a hell of a time finding a shade like that that I love. It was also, for some reason, the most drying.
Melted Peony: This shade is the absolute worst for me. I looked like I’d painted my lips with Pepto-Bismol. This is entirely personal, as I’m sure somebody out there is rocking it, but it was awful on me. I can wear a pale pink, but this is not that pale pink.
Melted Fuchsia: This color comes out very bright and pigmented, then fades to a more muted shade after an hour. This is only a tad bit darker than MAC Dear Diary, so I’ll be keeping it as a backup for when that runs out. Gorgeous color!
Melted Berry: This is a very pretty berry pink. But, it’s a little bit on the boring side. I feel like I have other colors exactly like it in formulas I like better. I will say that it lasted a good while and faded into a beautiful, dark pink stain after a meal.
All in all, the pros and cons are evenly matched. I don’t flat out recommend it but I also don’t want to completely discourage you from checking it out. I think it’s a good set for somebody who doesn’t have a lot of lipstick variety already. Or people who can stand strong, sickly-sweet smells! As always, different products work for different folks. Nothing wrong with giving it a swatch! I thought about returning it but, for $25, it’s worth keeping around.
If you want to try them all, the set is a great value. A single Melted Lipstick is $21 (for 0.4oz) and these are honestly the best colors out of the whole line (aside from a traditional red).
It’s no longer being sold on Sephora’s site (not sure about in-store), but you can grab it directly from Too Faced here for $25!