Meal-proof lipstick search: Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint

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I am a big fan of purple. I have been since I was 8; this is the age I declared purple would replace rainbow as my favorite color. I went to the University of Washington for undergrad, so the purple obsession has persisted. And finally my hair has been either part purple or full on purple several times now. So a purple lip — yes please!

Thus, I bought and tested out Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in “Yaassss”. I did also buy the matching lip liner (“on fleek”) rather than using a Lip Liner To Go from Sephora. But the rest of my routine remained the same; prep lips with Ozone, line, and apply.

I applied 1 layer and thought maybe that was all I needed! This comes out so creamy and opaque from the tube, it’s kind of a dream come true. I did end up applying a second layer just in case, but definitely did not need three. It applied very easily and dried pretty quickly. I didn’t find it to be sticky and my lips actually felt pretty comfortable! I thought something this opaque for sure would dry me out, but it was actually a very enjoyable wear. Feel/wear is a 8/10 I’d say. Slightly less cushy/soft than the Stila lip paint I tried. But overall definitely not bothersome! You can see how rich this light purple color comes across both in yellow and bright white lighting.

My lips and I went to a bar for drinks and some french fries, then off to a minor league baseball game that included bottled water and a chicken tenders + fries dinner, then off to a local hard cider producer for another drink. Again, probably not as tough as a chicken biscuit but there was definitely some grease/oil involved in my food choices. At the pre-ballgame drinks my heart immediately sank. I was so in love with this color but there it was right on my straw! Was this bound to be another poor score? Is there even a lip color that can last a meal in existence?!?

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But I tried not to think about it (or reapply!) as the night went on. And when I got home I was pleasantly surprised!
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You can definitely see some wear, more on the top lip than the bottom. There are also some little chunks/flakes along my bottom lip. While the close up is far from perfect the picture of my entire face definitely still leaves the impression of pretty nice purple lips! It’s not as ever or opaque as in the “before” pictures, but it did largely stay on enough (and the parts that flaked off did so in a manner where it wasn’t patchy) to leave a lasting impression. I will give this a meal-proof score of 7/10. Not perfect but totally acceptable!

This is what I would consider the first acceptable lip color for a meal that I’ve tried so far. I would definitely recommend Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint by Tarte. It’s vegan, comes in a lot of lovely shades, and can last through several drinks and fries!

Current Rankings (note: number 1 is by a HUGE margin):
1. Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint
2. Stila Stay All Day 
3. L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color
4. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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Meal-proof lipstick search: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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My second attempt at a meal-proof lipstick was using Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lip Color in Forever Scarlet. Another very true red. Who doesn’t yearn for the perfect red lipstick?

This lip color runs about $11, compared to the $22 for Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick that’s a huge steal! It comes with both lip color and gloss and claims up to 16 hours of comfortable wear without any feathering, bleeding, or touch-ups needed. I applied the same primer and lip liner as before, and followed it up with 3 coats of the lip color. This time I really do think 3 coats were necessary. This gloss really is glossy so in order to achieve opaque color multiple layers are required.

Applying it was easy enough but as it started to try I felt like it was getting a bit clumpy. It also stayed rather sticky throughout the wear, and my lips felt dry. Application of the gloss helped with the dry feeling but seemed to only exacerbate the clumps.While I do like the gloss part of this the gloss clearly also takes off some color, as my gloss wand is now red instead of white. Wear/feel for this Revlon lip color is only a 3/10 I’d say. It wasn’t miserable, but especially compared to the comfortable wear of the Stila lipstick I wasn’t very happy. This color was less impactful than the Stila’s, but I still like how it looked on (maybe just not as much).

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I went out with friends to grab dinner and drinks at a local Bar Louie. We split appetizers of chips and dip and calamari, a pitcher of sangria, and I had a chicken quesadilla. This meal certainly was not as intense as chicken biscuit, but I was still drinking out of a wine glass and eating a quesadilla without using a fork. After the meal was done and I arrived home I saw some lip color left but also some definite patches. Particularly on my bottom lip a lot had flaked off and part were visibly looking chunky.

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While more color overall did stay on than my first attempt with Stila, I preferred how the Stila came off evenly as opposed to this chunky mess. I would not be happy if I was working and grabbed lunch to return with lips like this. Meal-proof score: 1/10.

For now my rankings are:
1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
2. Revlon ColorStay Overtime

I’m excited to try out other formulas and hopefully land on better results! On to the next lipstick + meal adventure.

Do you think this $11 lipstick is a better buy than the $22 Stila one?

Meal-proof lipstick search: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick review

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I love lipstick. There’s something about wearing it that makes me feel powerful. However, I don’t love planning my entire day around lipstick. Only eating tiny bites of foods via a fork and only sipping through a straw. No one has time for this! I want to go about my day as usual while also wearing lipstick without the hassle of constant reapplication. Thus, I am going to test a bunch of lipsticks I already own plus buy some others that promise long wear to see how they do. Now I know most or all of these lipsticks will look amazing if you’re careful about it and touch it up. I’m looking for a lipstick that can stand up to my life that I don’t have to worry about touching up.

First up is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. This is a beautiful true red that is not too orange and not too purple. I applied Ultimate Ozone primer to my lips, lip liner, then finally 3 coats of the Stila Stay All Day, waiting a couple minutes to let each coat dry. 3 coats is probably a little overkill but I like my lipstick to be very opaque.

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I love this shade of red and this lipstick actually dried pretty well. It wasnt cracking or flaky, my lips didnt feel thirsty, but it also wasn’t sticky. The feel of this liquid lipstick is a 9/10.

My partner and I took a lovely stroll around the UNC Chapel Hill campus for about 2.5 hours, then we decided it was lunch time. We went to the legendary Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (seriously it’s been featured on Food Network). I got a regular, plain, but spectacular chicken biscuit. Now I know this isn’t really fair to the lipstick! This thing is huge and my lips have to touch it to eat it. Its also a chicken biscuit so obviously some grease is involved. But that is precisely the point! I want to see what, if any, lipstick can really live up to eating a meal without being delicate about it.

I enjoyed my chicken biscuit; it is easily the best one I’ve ever eaten. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a magical place. But alas while eating I noticed I was eating a lot of lipstick. After every bite there was clearly lipstick on my biscuit. By the time I was done and had smacked my lips together a few times to try to even out what lipstick was left this was the result:

stila2This is… pretty dramatically different from where I started. There was a bit left giving just a hint of red, my lips definitely aren’t normally that colored. But largely this was a fail. Again, a chicken biscuit might be the toughest test but this lipstick did not stand a chance. Meal-proof score: 2/10.

While I love the color impact and feel of this liquid lipstick, it barely left remnants of itself after a meal. I’ll probably keep wearing this for drinks, but not for meals. Or at the very least I will be ready to re-apply throughout the day!

On to the next hope for a meal-proof lipstick.

Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

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I recently received a sample of Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. I have run of out of the Origins night cream I was using so I used this sample for two nights.

The smell was a bit strange. I’m not sure if this was just the sample and if the full size differs? But certainly my sample pod had a weird sort of expire lotion smell to it. As if you had bought a standard unscented lotion and let it sit for years and it absorbed some of the plastic smell. It very vaguely reminded me of plain greek yogurt, but that was not the primary scent I got. Usually smells for face care arent that off putting to me; those weird natural plant smells just dont bother me. But this one felt like a kind of synthetic smell and I was more bothered by it than normal.

I liberally applied this on my face and neck and went to sleep. The next morning there was still a distinct layer on my face. I washed it off and went about my day. This sleeping “facial” did fine but nothing fantastic. Yes, my face felt moisturized but nothing substantially more than what I get with other products. I personally am not a big fan of the next morning still having a distinct layer of moisturizer on my face–it makes me feel like it didnt seep into my skin.

This sleeping facial was a perfectly fine product, but for $46 dollars I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Off to the next product adventure!