I’ve said this before, I love a tinted lip balm. I love the moisturizing feel of it sliding on my lips, and just how smooth my lips look with a tinted balm. Sadly, most balms just aren’t as saturated in color as I prefer. I’ve often wondered why nobody made a lipstick as moisturizing as a lip balm.
Well, apparently Too Faced Cosmetics decided to answer my lip balm-in-a-lipstick prayers (Hey, you can pray for world peace all you want, I just want a purty mouth…) with their newly released La Crème Lipsticks.
This latest offering from Too Faced is chock full of moisturizing ingredients and manages to give the lasting power and color payoff of a lipstick with the buttery feel of a balm. With ingredients like white lotus flower (hydrates and locks in moisture, contains anti-oxidants) and power peptides (revitalizes, firms, and increases moisture), this not only makes lips look good, but feel good too.
My first impression is how smooth this felt upon application – the impulse to smoosh my lips together; just to enjoy the balm-like texture was too strong to control! The La Crème Lipsticks ($21) are available in 16 to-die-for hues and are divided into four flattering color families: nudes, spices, pinks, and reds – and we’ve got a look (and swatches!) of every single shade!
Cinnamon Kiss – Pinky brown
Naughty Nude – Peach-kissed light-to-medium nude
Nude Beach – Cool and dirty light pink
Spice Spice Baby – Pink nude
Stiletto Red – Classic, bright red
Marshmallow Bunny – Cool, bright pink
Coral Fire – Bright pink coral
Razzle Dazzle Rose – Cool, lavender pink
Sweet Maple – Plummy Brown
Naked Dolly – Lighter pink nude
Honey Bear – Shimmery mauve brown
I tested three hues, including Honey Bear, which I found (on my very pale self) to be ridiculously flattering. I can’t pull off a nude lip, but I find that I can pull off a spice lip. The medium brown shade blended with mauve is one of those universally flattering shades – it gave me a lovely, polished look that still managed to be natural. I find myself reaching for it quite a bit.
While Razzle Dazzle Rose is a very pretty pink, it’s a little too pale and cool for me. I think this would be gorgeous on someone with a tan – it reminded me of Malibu Barbie’s lips. Sadly, I am no Malibu Barbie. *pouts*
Juicy Melons – Milky pink coral
Fuchsia Shock – Bright hot fuchsia
I Want Candy – Coral kissed medium pink
In the Buff – True, skin-toned nude
Divine Wine – Wine red
Fuchsia Shock is just that – shockingly fuchsia – but that works on my pale self with dark hair. It gave me the bright pop of color I prefer on my lips during warmer months and the color stayed vivid for hours.
Overall, I’m pretty happy by the staying power of the La Crème Lipsticks. I managed 4 hours without having to reapply, which is nothing short of incredible. I also noticed that my lips felt smoother after I was done wearing this. Usually my lips feel a little dryer after wearing a lipstick. Color me impressed.
These are getting a solid 5 stars from me and I can’t wait to add a few more shades to my collection!
• Gorgeous, flattering colors
• Smooth texture
• Phenomenal Color Saturation
• Wears well
• Um, they’re not free? That’s all I can come up with – these are fabulous.
Readers and testers – How much do you love Too Faced’s La Crème Lipsticks and what colors do I need to buy next?[ratings]
Click here to shop Too Faced and all 16 shades of the La Crème Color Drenched Lip Creams at Sephora!
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.
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