Sorry it has taken me so long to get this one out. I got distracted by all my new goodies AND the World Series (GO GIANTS)! This post will round up the 4th week of the challenge, plus the last 2 days. So, it’s going to be even more wordy than usual! Also, I realized last minute that I forgot to take product pictures! I’ll update ASAP!
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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in “Aphrodisiac”
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in “420 (Darkest Cherry)”
MAC Dark Side
Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color in “Cherry Bomb”
OCC Black Dahlia
NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in “She Devil”
NYX Butter Lipstick in “Pops”
I’ve had this one for ages, and I’ve always hated it. I felt like the color didn’t work for me. It wasn’t dark enough of a purple. The berry undertone was weird. I kept finding a million reasons to hate it. Then I wore it for the challenge and fell in love. I’ve embraced the qualities I used to hate. Sure, it’s not terribly vamp. But that just makes it more wearable on the day to day! Yeah, the berry undertone is boring. But that makes it more universally flattering!
It’s a MAC Satin lipstick and I’ve mentioned before that that particular formula can be hit or miss. It’s a hit this time around. It goes on creamy and the pigment pay off is great. This is a great pick for somebody looking for an easy purple lip. The berry tones keep it from being goth and the soft formula means it isn’t a chore to apply. If you’re looking to punch up the look, I like to pair it with heavy black liner (doing a slight arabic eye in this picture). Since it’s not a terribly dark lip, I think you can have a strong eye look without looking too overdone.
Buy it here for $16!
Ugh, ok so, this shit. I plan on giving the Simply Vamp Lip Creams a few more chances. Then I’ll give them a separate post. Until then, this was my original review…
First off, the color is gorgeous. This is a deep, dark burgundy shade that is every bit as vamp as the product name suggests. I was thrilled to find a line dedicated to vampy shades, since I can’t get enough of them. Lipstick lines will usually have one or two dark shades, so it was great to see a bigger variety.
As for the bad… My first issue, why the chubby stick?! I’ve fussed about this before, so I’ll spare you a second performance. The real issue is formula. It came off so incredibly thick and dry. It dragged on the lips, causing the color to look really patchy. I tried applying with a brush but that didn’t help. I made sure to exfoliate and prime my lips and everything. It was useless. It was just a bad product. The weirdest part is, I own one of their Simply Nude Lip Creams, and it’s amazing! I’m assuming the issue here is the dark pigment? I’ve seen people rant and rave about the Simply Vamp line, so it’s hard to say it’s definitely worth it. I DO think you should try before you buy.
This is a great example of a drugstore vamp lipstick. You’ll often find that drugstore brands don’t always have terribly dark shades. A deep wine stain will be as far as they go, and for good reason. They’re all about reaching out to as many people as possible. A dark lip can be incredibly daunting. If you want to start getting into darker shades, this is a gorgeous (and affordable) place to start.
The color is a very flattering berry/wine shade that looks just vamp enough without making you look overdressed during the day. The formula applies like a dream and is easy to layer up if you want it just a little bit darker. It has a very light sheen to it that really helps soften the look. I usually prefer my dark lipsticks to be super dark, but this one is too pretty to ignore. Just a nice, daytime vamp!
Buy it wherever they sell Maybelline for $6!
Mmm, Dark Side. I went into MAC with my dearest friend (who used to work for MAC) for the sole purpose of finding a good dark shade. She went straight for this one. She, of course, nailed it!
The color is a beautiful dark burgundy with just the teeniest hint of a berry tone when it catches the sun. It’s an Amplified Creme (which y’all know I love) so it packs the pigment. That being said, I find it to be much lighter in terms of formula than other shades in that line. I always layer it up a bit. It has a great sheen to it without being overly glossy.
I wear it with all black because I’M COOL.
Buy it here for $16!
This is seriously one of the best lipsticks I own. I’d read a couple reviews where people were saying this was a Holy Grail drugstore find, so I had to see what was up. I have to say, it exceeded all my expectations.
I’ll be honest, the color isn’t terribly unique. Like I mentioned above, drugstore vamp shades aren’t very adventurous. But, it is a deep wine shade that looks absolutely perfect on the lips. The formula is where this puppy shines. I was blown away. It’s a bit thick, since it has a beautiful matte finish, but it can still be applied from the tube (I used a brush).
I will say that it looks cheap. Plastic tube, clear cap, flat bullet. So, if you’re a packaging nut, you should know going in that it’s not something you’ll display in a glass case on your vintage vanity. If you can stop being bougie, and listen to me, it is worth it! Worth every penny. ALL 199 PENNIES!
Buy it wherever they sell Wet N Wild for $1.99!
Quick disclaimer: The picture above (including the swatch) show Black Dahlia with 2 layers applied. I did this because I wanted it to match the shade that OCC advertises.
This is a really hard lip tar to work with, just because of the color. Because it’s so dark, you’re likely to see streaks and patches if you apply it sloppy. And, because it sets quickly, really have to work with it. It just takes a bit of patience and time. This shade is absolutely worth the fuss.
One layer will give you a nice, true wine stain. That looks gorgeous on its own. Two layers will get you the deep, vampy shade you see above. OCC really promotes this one as a dark, almost black shade. Just keep in mind that it won’t look like that right away. Like all lip tars, the wear time is great. Because of how much work it takes, I save it for more special occasions. Because I layer it, it tends to be a bit more drying than usual. Just make sure to moisturize before and use a good primer (I use OCC’s clear primer).
Oh, and GRYFFINDOR REPRESENT!
I won’t repeat everything I said above, so I’ll keep this one brief.
The color is beautiful. One of the prettiest dark purples I’ve seen.
The formula sucks. It was just as bad as the other one, if not worse. Again, I will be giving these another shot and doing another write up.
Fall isn’t just about vamp shades. I think a good, warm pink looks amazing this time of year. “Amorous” is one of my all time favorites. I want to wear it every day in the fall. It just looks warm and cozy.
It’s described as a “lovevstruck cranberry” and I can’t think of a cooler way to qualify it. It’s dark enough that it doesn’t look like another MLBB shade, but pink enough that it works during the day. It is straight up gorgeous.
This is another Satin lipstick and it applies beautifully. I think it fades beautifully, too. You can easily reapply this once it starts losing it’s oomph. I can’t recommend this shade enough. Definitely worth a try!
Buy it here for $16!
This is one of my go to MLBB shades. It is perfectly pinky-nude/mauve shade and the finish has a nice, natural sheen to it.
It’s one of only tw0 Butter Lipsticks I own, and they’re so great I’m convinced I should try out more. Like the name says, the formula is very buttery. I will say that I’ve had issues with it being too buttery, meaning that it slips around too much and smears. But that can easily be solved with primer. In the picture above I very lightly used MAC liner in “Twig” to keep it from slipping past my lips. I don’t recommend Twig for use with this lipstick since it’s nowhere near being a color match. I was just desperate (lazy) and used what I had.
“Pops” is one of those lipsticks that is so easy to just swipe on and go. No fuss. Just prettiness.