I don’t know if it is age (sigh) or the fact that I have gotten a lot more confident with my makeup applying skills. But it seems that I am a lot more adventurous with my lipstick these days.
I posted in another article that I used to shy away from deep pigment lipsticks when I was younger. I fear that the pigment will stain my teeth and who wants to have lipstick-stained teeth, right? Apart from that, I am unsure how “apply the lipstick evenly”. So back in the days, I tend to buy sheer lipsticks.
Fast forward to this day, after discovering Korean lip tints, it drove me to keep trying rich pigment lipsticks – deep, dark red included! So during one of my trips to a beauty shop, I saw Ellen Tracy matte red lipstick on sale. I thought it was a “bargain” to buy this for €3 (after paying for €10 for Revlon lipstick) so I grabbed the opportunity!
I am not familiar with the brand. But I thought the shade was really nice. Autumn is fast approaching and after that, we have the cold winter nights – so I thought that this is a perfect lipstick shade for the upcoming season. Halloween is also fast-approaching and vampire lips are definitely “the look” for the event!
So far, I don’t want to use this shade during daytime (yet). So I was able to use once when I went out for dinner with a friend. And by far, loving it, too!
As expected, the lipstick was rich in color and heavily pigmented. I was really careful not to put too much pressure while applying. Probably because I really applied it lightly, it doesn’t feel cakey, sticky, or heavy on the lips. The feeling is almost similar to the light feeling of wearing lip tints – I was really surprised!
To prepare my lips, I applied a really thin layer of Vaseline. I want to moisturize my lips before putting any product to avoid the dry feeling. You may want to gently remove the excess by dabbing tissue or cloth on your lips. After that, I carefully applied the lipstick by making small, dabbing motion to my lips. I started with my bottom lip from the center and applied on my upper lip as well. Then, I smacked my lips (smacked not rubbed!) to distribute evenly. I made the smacking motion a couple of times until I was happy with the result. This is my photo with my vampire lips.
I really like this shade and can say it’s definitely a bargain. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the lasting power that I now enjoy by using Korean lip tints – I think the Korean lip tints got me spoiled in that area. That said, I think this shade will look great if I layered with one of the many lip tints I bought recently. So I will play around, mix-and-match, and see what worked best in tandem with Ellen Tracy!