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Thursday, June 18, 2015

L.A. Girl Glazed lip paints | Swatches & Review

By now you’d think that the hype of these would be dying down, but nah! These are still as relevant as ever. The first time  I spotted these (in September 2014) I was either in Cherish, or a beauty supply store and I was stoked, remembering Leina had compared them to the Too Faced Melted lipsticks . Hardly anyone else was on to them. Then of course, our lovely ladies at Moden Makeup posted about them and before you knew it, everywhere had them! Also like most things in Bim, with more hype comes higher, random pricing. So before you run out to go purchase these, be sure to check more than one place for the best price. I wouldn’t suggest paying more than $15 for these. If you’re more interested in the swatches, skip below the review.


I bought mine for around $6- $10. The best place to buy these would be in Cherish supermarket, then Total Care Beauty (in Bridge Street Mall), any of the many Syrian beauty supply stores and then Exotica Makeup, who tends to restock more often than many places, but prices are a bit higher.
These are as the name suggests, lip paints with a very glossy sheen to them. You could of course dull it down by blotting with tissue and powder, but it will significantly diminish the product’s colour. I definitely like the colour range of this line, with L.A. Girl expanding on the original 6 colours last summer, so now you have a total of 18 shades to choose from.

L.A. Girl Glazed lip paints


The packaging is… meh. A squeeze tube with a plastic slanted tip which is extremely messy. Applying product directly from this tip can be a real pain in the butt, as the product slides all over the tip and you constantly squeeze out more than you need during the application process. I suggest using a brush, or squeeze out some of the product on your finger first then apply more as needed. On the bright side, the tubes look nice and luxe for a beauty supply store brand, and each tube denotes the colour of the product you’re getting, so there’s little confusion.

The formula is good. I wish I had an OCC lip tar or a Too Face melted lippy to compare it to, since I’ve never had a product quite like this. Some people say it’s very comparable to those though. It is moisturising, but I recommend that you exfoliate prior to wear, as it will stick to those flaky lips like no one’s business, and it’s not a cute look. Even if you wipe it off, the colour remains stuck to the dry flakes and then you absolutely have to exfoliate.

Depending on the shade, you will get full opacity right away, such is the case with Coy and Blushing. However, I find the lighter shades an come off a little chalky, as is the case with Whisper and Elude. Again I am on that journey for the perfect nude. I like that these lip paints have the tingly mint scent/ flavour too. Feels very soothing and therapeutic to apply, or maybe I’m a little crazy.

These L.A. Girls lip paints blend together very easily to create a custom shade, or the popular gradient lip. I tend you wear a lip liner with mine if I want a longer wear time, since these last about 2-3 hours on their own. They don’t make it through a meal, but some colours will stain your lips which is a nice look too. Even if they don’t last, there’s so much in the tube that it’s worth reapplying, especially since a small amount stretches!

Now for the Swatches!

Whisper




Elude




Blushing




Coy






Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Easily available (except a few of the more popular shades)
  • Moisturising
  • Highly pigmented
  • Glossy finish
  • Some shades stain lips
  • Can be mattified
  • contains peppermint oil
  • Packaging denote product colour
  • A little goes a long way… like no joke!
Cons:
  • Applicator is messy
  • Product is a bit runny
  • Sticks to flakes on lips
  • MUST exfoliate prior to wear
  • Staying power of 2-3 hours

Product Specifications:
  • Product size: 0.4 fl oz (12 ml)
  • 18 shades available (from the palest nude to the deepest plum)
  • Cruelty-free
  • L.A. Girls says:
    • Provides the shine of a lip gloss. Gives intensely pigmented appearance of a liquid lipstick. Delivers rich colour with staying power.
    • Extreme bright colors cool and nourish lips with vitamin E and peppermint oil.
  • Ingredients:
    • Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil (Peppermint), Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Red 6 (CI 15850), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI 19140), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850), D&C Red 27 (CI 45410), FD&C Blue 1 (CI 42090)

 The Raw Sugar:

I would totally buy more, but I have to stop myself because for one, I have way too many lip products to be buying multiples of one type. There are definitely more lip fishies in the sea to try! I think these would be great for beginners as it’s not as dry, or “sophisticated” as lipstick, but it would definitely get you into wearing more daring, bright colours. They’re very affordable and blend together very well to make custom shades, or gradients.

Where to purchase: Cherish supermarket, Total Care beauty, Beauty supply stores, Exotica Makeup, L.A. Girl USA site


Disclaimer: These products were purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

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