Like every other brand in 2016, Too Faced just released a line of liquid lipsticks. As someone who is always on a hunt for the perfect, non drying, non cracky, super opaque liquid lipstick (NB: like God, it doesn’t exist), I gave into the hype and bought one.
I’m so lame, but a big part of why I bought one is because these new lipsticks are super rare in England, word on da street is the USA won’t even send the UK testers because of such limited stock. So when I found literally three of the new lipsticks lurking in a drawer of my local Debenhams’ new Too Faced concession, I had to guess which would look nicest on me, and ended up walking away with Child Star. Such a lipstick hypebeast, smh.
Firstly, the packaging is cute. When judging a product we can’t first and foremost forget to judge the packaging, and this was pretty cute. Not my absolute favourite, but it’s nice enough. The bottle is heavy plastic, and the branding is nice, and I like that the colour of the boxes correlate with the product inside the tube, so if you’re into box hoarding, great! However, where the bottle flares out at the bottom, it makes you think you get more product than you actually do. Nice try, buddy.
Child Star is a very pale nude, and on me was just a few shades darker than my skintone. This made me super excited about it, as I usually wear pinky mauve lipstick and call it ‘nude’, whereas this is a true true nude. I hate saying ‘my lips but better’ but… it’s my lips but better. But sadly, that is where my excitement ended.
On the Too Faced website, it says that: ‘Our innovative formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte opaque finish. Infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler, Melted Matte ensures color always looks rich, full, and kissable – never dry, shriveled or cracked. Doe-foot applicator comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, saturated matte color that lasts for hours.’
*Extremely Dwight Schrute voice* FALSE. Firstly, when applying it, I needed to dip the applicator like three times, as it wasn’t massively opaque, so dunno where this ‘ultra matte opaque finish’ is coming from. And although all matte liquid lipsticks are drying, this one in particular was suuuuuper drying. My lips felt like they needed nourishment within, like, half an hour, and the colour accentuated every crack and line on my lips. And yes, it did my absolute pet hate of crumbling and going bobbly on the lips as soon as you drink something. Child Star in particular, as it was such a brown nude, made my teeth look super yellow. The lack of opacity also meant it was hard to apply, meaning it looked messy. In the picture of me wearing it above you can literally see where I’ve accidentally ‘coloured outside the lines’.
The only thing that *was* true about their claims was the lip plumping aspect. Well, I say this because my lips did tingle for the first few minutes after application; not in an unpleasant way, but I felt it. However, I didn’t actually notice a ‘plumping’ affect as the dryness of the product had shrivelled my lips up and accentuated every crack in them. Trust me, my lips looked like the polar opposite of Kylie Jenners’. I only tried this one colour and I fully accept that formula variations happen from shade to shade, but even so, I still wouldn’t expect a high end lipstick to do the exact opposite of what it claims.
Just to clarify, I’m not trying to bash Too Faced in any way. I love a lot of their products, I’ve reviewed their Natural Eyes eyeshadow palette on my blog before, and *hint hint* I have a new favourite eyeliner by them that I will be reviewing soon. Their formulas are always changing and they’re always upping their game, so I’m sure these concerns will be addressed. This lipstick wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever tried, but it didn’t fulfil its claims, and for £19, that automatically makes it way overpriced. As a (much better) ‘dupe’ I would recommend instead buying a £5.50 NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in literally any of their popular nude colours (Zurich is my personal fav). I’m sorry, Too Faced, but this one was a miss for me.
Have you tried any of the Melted Mattes out, and if so, did you have a different experience?