You know I love a subtle lip. Not for me are the deep berries, bold pinks or bright oranges. Give me your dusty rose, your neutral brown, your MLBB shades.... You also know I love my matte makeup - matte finish foundation, matte eyeshadow and matte lipstick.
The Lorac Pro Matte Lip Colors combine both these qualities. They do have bold shades, but the ones I picked are the subtlest of the lot. Add matte-but-not-drying to beautiful shades, great pigmentation and really good staying power, and these retractable lip colours have shot straight to the top of my list of best lipsticks. They are probably my favourite products from my mid-year makeup haul here.
Here is my review of the Lorac Pro Matte Retractable Lip Colors and swatches of Mauve, Pink and Rose Taupe.
Packaging of Lorac Pro Matte Lip ColorThese come in long, crayon-like tubes. I love that you can see the colour at the other end. These are retractable and there is no need to sharpen them.
The tips are sharp-edged so you can line your lips and then use the flatter side to apply colour all over.
Formula and staying power of the Lorac Pro Matte Lip ColorsThese are matte, yes, but non-drying as such. However, you need thorough scrubbing and de-flaking of the lips before application, since the colour WILL stick to the flakes and make them stick out, and actually accentuate any dryness, as you will see below.
The texture is just what the label claims: velvety-smooth. The colour glides on creamy and nice.
Staying power? Beyond brilliant. These stay on for longer than Lancome Rouge in Love, than Too Faced La Cremes, than Givenchy Le Rouge, than UD Revolution, than Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet... well, anything that comes in bullet form, with one exception - Barry M TMLP Lip Paint, seen here. But then those things are customised.
You can easily get through sandwiches or salads with these. Even after pizza, there is some colour left, though faded. I find that these are the non-liquid lipsticks which need the least reapplication. Of course, Chanel Rouge Double Intensite, MUFE Aqua Rouge, Mikyajy Sabaya and that sort of liquid or opaque stain formula will definitely stay on for longer.
Pigmentation and swatches of the Lorac Pro Matte Retractable Lip ColorsI picked three shades: Pink or Rose, Mauve and Pink Taupe or Rose Taupe. Yes, the first and third-named come with two handles. Needless to say, all three are subtle. They do have deeper and brighter shades such as Merlot.
I am actually kicking myself for not having bought Purple, which comes out as a beautiful pink. I could have skipped Pink, which looked different in store lighting. Ah well, next time.
Swatches, in pairs from left: Mauve, Rose Taupe or Pink Taupe and Pink or Rose.
The first swatch in each pair is one swipe, while the second is multiple swipes of colour. Pigmentation, as you can see, is great.
Mauve first. A medium dusty rose with, rather than an open mauve, though there are undertones. Picture taken in natural light.
Rose Taupe or Pink Taupe is a brownish neutral. There is some rose in there, but more brown. I took these pictures on a day when my lips were in reasonably better condition.
Pink Taupe is my favourite shade here, followed by Mauve. I really wish I had got Purple instead of Pink, though I can pull it off with lip balm. These are magnificent in terms of pigmentation and staying power, but I recommend application above well-scrubbed and well-hydrated lips. These are a must-have for any lipstick fan, and are currently my favourite non-liquid/gel/stain lippies. I am going to get Purple and N*ude the next time I haul from the ME!
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