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Did not live up to the hype
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After trying this lipstick for a special event, i can now give an honest review. To start, i loved the color. I received the wildest dream option, a cool red, which is gorgeous. It's hard to find a red lip color i like that looks good with my complexion and matches my personal taste. I'm not a fan of bright, flashy reds. This red is great because it's clearly red, but the color is understated. It's more femme fatale than fashionista, and that is hard to find.

But this lipstick was nothing like they advertised it. It doesn't have a velvety feel when you apply it, it goes on smooth but it feels dry as soon as I put it on. I have smooth lips, but the lipstick had serious issues with feathering, even after blotting my lips after application.

Make sure you get it right the first time, because if you try to use your finger or a baby wipe to fix a spot, like i did, it will just spread the color. Which stains your skin and does not come off easily. I had to be at an event in 20 minutes when i put the lipstick on and when i tried to touch up a spot along my lip lining, the color stained my skin and spread. Baby wipes didn't help, neither did soap and water. I finally had to give up and cover the red stain on my chin with concealer and foundation. I used sugar scrub when i got home to get the stain off my chin.

Do not touch your lips at all until you are ready to take it off, the color will stain your fingers or someone's cheek well after you put it on. I have a couple other red lipsticks that don't do this.

But the color does last all night, i will give it that. I had to put moisturizer on my lips while i was wearing the lipstick, because it made my lips feel tight, but the color never faded.

I'll still use it for special occasions, because i love the color and it was a sample in my birchbox, but i wouldn't buy it again. It's irritating to have to take extra precautions just to wear this lipstick. I really wanted this lipstick to be great, because i love birchbox. But overall, i had to give it one star. If they kept the color but fixed the formula, i would give it a second try.

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