It was a typical day at wht headquarters, researching and reviewing (i.e. watching TV and playing with makeup) when a box came from a line I had never heard of before: Mattése Elite. In it was the most interesting range of lipstick shades I think we’ve ever received. Usually, the ends of the spectrum aren’t so represented (light and dark). It’s usually a sea of pink, with a few scattered peachy-shades, maybe a red, maybe one nude. But the Mattése Elite package was different; several nudes, numerous gothy-darks, with the usual shades being in the minority (and especially vibrant versions at that). They got my attention right away, the sleek black cases furthering my interest.
But the true joy here is in the formula. Full coverage and lots of shine (dare I say glossy?) But also, a texture that actually feels good on your lips, almost balm-like. The hydrating feel comes from the ingredient hyaluronic acid, something often used in wrinkle filler products. Makes sense as there was none of the dry feeling often associated with lipstick; just a smooth, creamy, plump sort-of feeling.
Lucky New Yorkers are probably already very familiar with the line, as it’s exclusive to Ricky’s NYC. With 22 New York locations and one in Miami (could LA be next? Please-o-please!) Mattése Elite is just one of the reasons Vogue called this East Coast institution “A cosmetics junkie’s paradise”.
For those of us not blessed enough to just pop in, you can purchase the lipsticks (and the entire line) from RickysNYC.com. They’d be a bargain at $10 if they were even half as good. But $10 and fabulous? I’m sold!
Review Team, were you as impressed as me? Anyone else familiar with Mattése Elite? What should we try next? I hear good things about their nail polishes too…
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