[Product Review] Inglot Lipstick #175 (Dark Wine Red)

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Let’s take a break from fashion and OOTDs this week and talk beauty. Although I love dark lips for fall, I find it hard to pull of super dark colours against my pale skin tone. Mostly because if I have dark lips, people probably think I’m gothic or something like that (it’s definitely not something I want to be associated with at work). Also since I have strong eye makeup everyday, it could be seen as TOO MUCH going on if you have BOTH strong eyes and lips.

Be cautioned that when using dark lipstick I would strongly advise using a lip brush instead of just the lipstick itself, because it will be less likely for you to make an error and have to erase EVERYTHING.

After lots of searching, I think this Inglot colour is the darkest and most wearable wine red colour I could use. Don’t fret, the product may look almost black in colour but when applied it is much lighter.

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The lipstick formula isn’t as creamy as I would have hoped, so it did require a few more applications so my lips wouldn’t look patchy like a Dalmatian. A lip brush would definitely help with filling in the gaps without over-applying. From my experience, the worst thing about over-applying lipstick is it feels like you have a layer of paint stuck on your lips instead of it feeling sheer and natural. (GROSS!)

PRODUCT: INGLOT LIPSTICK #175 ($19)

Below are some closeups of what it looks like indoors, in the sunlight and outdoors in the shade.

Scroll to the bottom for my score of this lipstick.

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All in all this lipstick colour is an A for me but the texture is a B as it was kind of a let down with its sticky application and spottiness, but with a lip liner it could work and the stickiness subsides after time. Overall I’ll give it a B+ because I like this colour and would wear it out on the weekends or afterwork, but I don’t think I would repurchase it again because I wouldn’t really see myself using it too often. Only in the fall and only for night events, but if you’re looking for a dark wine colour this is the one for you and it’s not too much of an investment!

If you live in Toronto, there is a store close to the Eaton’s Centre.

P.S. If you’re wondering where the necklace is from, I got it at Express in the summer, so it probably is no longer available in store. A similar one can be found here and here.

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Review: NARS Satin Lip Pencil & Maybelline Color Whisper

Recently there has been two very popular lipstick trends, the NARS Satin Lip Pencils ($30 Cdn) and the Maybelline Color Whispers (max $10). Let me give you a quick run down of each and then I will show you swatches of the colours I chose, so you can go out and buy your own!

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Fade Proof: 10/10
Stay Time: 16 hours
Colour Pigmentation: 10/10
Usability: 9/10
Range of Colours: 12 @Sephora
Where to buy: Sephora, The Bay, NARS website
Price: $30 CDN or $25 USD

These satin lip pencils are a new spin-off from the original NARS Velvet Mate Lip Pencils. They have a few different shades of colour and both provides a lasting finish that can keep up with your long days.

I absolutely love these pencils, if they did not cost so much I would definitely buy more colours. I love these because they provide lasting colour through any meal, coffee or the few wipes throughout the day. The colour gives a tad of gloss, but enough so that it still looks like your natural colour.

The pencil is a bit chubby and so it’s not the perfect lip liner, but you can just use a lip liner brush to get the same effect. Another disadvantage is the fact that it is a pencil which needs to be sharpened, so you will need to invest in a lip pencil sharpener if you do not already have one.

Since, these pencils are very pigmented, for intensely bright colours – such as Luxemborg – I like to use my middle or ring finger to dab on the colour. You can also press your lips on a tissue after you apply the bright colour to give a lip stained look.

For me, this is a definite buy! However, not everyone’s wallet may be able to take this purchase, so I would hope that a dear friend/family would gift one to me on a special occasion. For a more affordable option, there is the Maybelline Color Whispers.

Time for some swatches!
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Paper swatches with 2 strokes

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LEFT: Lodhi; RIGHT: Luxemborg

Maybelline Color Whisper

Fade Proof: 7/10
Stay Time: 4 hours
Colour Pigmentation: 5/10
Usability: 10/10
Range of Colours: 20
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada only)
Price: $8.99 – $10.99 (dependent on store)

This is significantly cheaper than the NARS lip pencils, but it is also not as pigmented and long lasting. Most colours fade after a wipe or two and especially after meals. A few of the bright colours, such as “Who wore it red-er” and “Mad for Magenta” are a bit longer lasting, but the gloss will definitly fade. The first application is super glossy and semi-pigmented. It is more of a lip colour than a lipstick, but it also provides enough moisture as a lip balm would.

Last year, Revlon and L’Oreal both launched their renditions of a lip colour with the Lip Butter and Colour Riche Balm. The Color Whisper is not much different except it provides more gloss than a Lip Butter and less gloss than a Colour Riche Balm, more pigmentation than a Colour Riche Balm and the same as a Lip Butter and lastly has better colour choices than both lines in my opinion. Overall, the Color Whisper moisturizes more than both the Lip Butter and the Colour Riche Balm and could be a compatible alternative to lip balms. It’s perfect for those who want a lip balm, but also want some colour, then you can save on the cost of lip balms with this product.

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ABOVE: Paper swatches with 7 strokes
BELOW: Lipcolour examples with top lip bare and bottom lip using respective colour above.Maybelline-swatches 

With the Maybelline Color Whispers, you can use any bold colour and still look subtle. If you had the budget for both, I would suggest jumping on this bandwagon now before its too late. I know some of the Sephoras, Targets and Walmarts I visited are running out of certain colours.

Hope you love these lip products as much as I did!

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