Lottie London Lip Kit

Since I had brain surgery in late January, I’ve been even more housebound than usual. I’m managed two short outings with my family since then and on both occasions I test drove this Lip Kit in the shade #TBT from Lottie London cosmetics. It has been waiting patiently for it’s moment for quite some time so I figure it deserves it’s own ‘first impressions’ post.

The first thing to note is that the shade of the liquid lipstick is considerably darkened (based on what you’d expect from looking at the tube) when the lipliner is used underneath. This surprised me but wasn’t a bad thing as such. Here’s how both products swatch separately and how it looked when they were both worn together:

{My first post-surgery makeup application, complete with hair scraped up to hide the scar}

Having tried wearing both products together and then just the liquid lipstick alone, I prefer the former. The lip look lasts beautifully through eating/drinking when both products have been used on the entire lips; no transfer and minimal fading. The liquid lipstick alone created a shade that was closer to the shade in the tube but the longetivity wasn’t nearly as good. The lipliner is nice and creamy and without it, the liquid lipstick felt and looked considerably drier.

I’ll definitely get more use out of these products and recommend wearing them together for the best finish. At £8.99 for the pair, they are reasonably priced and perform beautifully when both products are used on the whole of the lips. While this shade looks pretty dark against my super pale skin, I think it would suit quite a wide range of skin tones. While the darkness was a surprise, I really like the richness of the shade.

These lip kits are available from ASOS and I think they are well worth checking out.

Do you like lip kits or do you prefer liquid lipsticks on their own ?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

This Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has been waiting patiently for a while, looking forward to the day that I’d be well enough to take it for a test drive. That day finally came recently when I was able to go out to eat with my family. This post is intended to share my first impressions rather than an in-depth definitive verdict  – if I waited until I was well enough to wear this product for several full days, this post wouldn’t have been written for a looooong time. That’s Chronic Life for ya.

Let’s talk about the shade first. I found it difficult to tell online exactly what colour I was going to end up with, a not uncommon problem if you are forced to buy exclusively online as I am. Even with the help of Pinterest or YouTube swatches, there’s a bit of guess work involved. I opted for the shade Amore and was aware that it might appear darker on my very fair skin than on most online swatches.

Amore is a lovely deep berry kind of shade which in my opinion is a great choice for Autumn/Winter. I would say that it’s a lipstick that will look markedly different depending on skin tone, but I think it would still look pretty on anyone.

The formula dried down quickly and felt comfortable on the lips, thankfully not as dry feeling as Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick. It lasted well through eating and drinking, with the only signs of transfer and wear happening on the inner lip. Touching up that area was easy and no unpleasant crumbling happened when the product was applied over itself.

I found the applicator a bit annoying as it was a little flexible. I much prefer an applicator that doesn’t bend, as I find it easier to achieve clean lines that way. 

The shade ended up looking darker than it should have on me, as I found that getting the colour to look even took a couple of dips into the lipstick tube. As you can see, my lines aren’t quite as neat as I’d like, but I do like the colour.

Overall I like this product but it hasn’t succeeded in toppling theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes from the ‘My Fave Liquid Lipstick’ throne. I’ll definitely get some use out of this Stila offering over the Autumn/Winter; it’s a good choice for when you’re going out for a meal and want your lips to require minimal  touching up. I’d be interested to try another shade from Stila, something a bit lighter, to see if performance varies between shades at all. If you’re looking for a berry shade liquid lipstick (and don’t mind slightly flexible applicators)  you should definitely check this one out. 

Wishing you good luck and happy days, 

Kindra x 

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