No, it's not Slim Shady, but you were so, so close, it's me!
Yes, I did abandon this blog for a while, a long, long while. What's it been? (Goes to check) FOUR MONTHS!?!?!?!
It's been a while since I last posted here, and I know that really sucks, as in it really, really sucks. You know why? Because I've had all the time in the world a lot of time, to write, record, edit and post, I just, haven't. For that, all I can say is I'm sorry.
Aneh-whay, I have been more adventurous with my makeup-purchasing. I'm one of those people who will absolutely love something, and then when it comes to me finally having saved the money to buy it, I convince myself that I don't need it and will never use it. Thus me generally using 'safer' makeup options.
Nevertheless that is all about to change!
I used to be seriously into gothic makeup, style, culture 'back in the day', but never went even into red lipstick-realm, let alone anything darker. However, over the years as I wear more and more outrageous shades, I've been growing more and more confident in my colour choices, my teeth (thank you braces!), and my general application of lipstick. So I took the jump, and bought a black lipstick.
In the end, I went with Jeffree Star, and bought it from Cocktail Cosmetics. I like Cocktail Cosmetics a lot, however as they are a specialist boutique, they don't always have everything in stock. It's really easy to just contact them and ask though.
I am in lust, with 'Weirdo', it's practically perfect in every way.
The packaging makes me think of some crazy Nicki Minaj-Barbie collaboration, it's big and bright, shiny and super bold. Jeffree's coming out with some limited VLL's in November, with white and rose gold packaging, and I am entirely psyched for that!
They have a simple doe-foot applicator which is perfect for the product, meaning it has a nice amount of leeway for outlining, and it's a smaller, concentrated tip for better application.
The formula is super smooth, however, you definitely have to at least moisturise and exfoliate beforehand, as with other matte and liquid lipsticks.
I've found that the easiest way for me to get a smooth, clean line at the edge of my lipstick, is to take some product off of the wand, and apply it with a lip brush. I don't know where I was without lip brushes in my life, but oh hot damn they are so useful!
Once I've established my edges, as a smooth foundation for the lips, I then go in with a wand-full of product and smooth it on.
[Above photo is freshly applied]
The lipstick will remain tacky for a while, and you don't want to be smacking your lips together during this time. It'll make your lipstick patchy, cracky and a bit gross-looking to be honest. Just sit back, relax, and do something else. It dries very quickly compared to some matte liquid lipsticks that I have tried, however, you don't want to go smacking your lips together straight after application. You can always use a black lip liner, or even an eyeliner underneath/to line your lips instead. But, I can't be bothered, and frankly with a product this pigmented, you don't need to. Unlike a matte lipstick, this product will dry down.
With a matte lipstick, you are transferring one formula onto another base, whereas this one is liquid and turns completely dry. It's BEAUTIFUL.
[Above photo is dried down to it's velvety matte finish]
It's so beautiful I already have my eyes on at least three other VLL's and am in a veritable state of excitement about the limited edition collection to come this Autumn!
Price-wise they're pretty decent. If you buy them from Jeffree's cosmetics website they're $18 (around £11.60), and if you buy them from Cocktail Cosmetics they are £13, neither of these prices include shipping.
They cost less than a MAC lipstick, and are definitely on-par with them, if not better - if you like a matte formula that is.
It's more that a little bit perfect, the packaging is Barbie-bright and out-there, but I actually really like it, and it's a bit of a different shape to there liquid lipsticks on the market. It's shorter, rounder, and easier to get all of the product out.
I really like this, and would definitely recommend buying one of these, you could definitely try a lighter, more 'wearable' shade if black's not your thing. Jeffree Star has something for everyone!
You can see me using it in my latest video on my YouTube channel, and remember to SUBSCRIBE!