The third category I swatched from the Sephora Collection Give Me More Lip set were the pinks. Technically, I’d call two of the “nudes” pinks, and with the exception of the PosieBalm, all of these colors fell into the vibrant pink / fuchsia category.
Onto the swatches!
Benefit – PosieBalm: First up was this barely-pigmented lip balm with a truly pathetic amount of product in this mini. The full size of this retails for $18, but honestly I don’t know why. There’s barely any tint to it at all, and it feels the same as any drugstore balm. The packaging is cute, but this one is a hard pass. It smells like roses, which might be a plus or minus for you.
Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment – Flush: I really wanted to try this product, but I’d always balked at buying it in-store. The Power Pigment line is about 1/3 smaller than Tarte’s regular Lipsurgence line, both of which retail for $24 in full size. The regular ones are similar in size to Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stains, which are $7-8, so basically I was hoping that the Power Pigments would have something other than super adorable packaging to offer. Because forreals, the packaging is A+, so cute.
Now, Tarte claims that the Power Pigments last “all day long.” This one absolutely did not. It lasted about two hours until it met its nemesis, a cheeseburger, and then it whimpered smearily home to its momma, leaving me with messy fruit punch mouth (it transfers quite a bit). But on the bright side: it’s a very pretty, wearable coral-undertoned pink, and it feels nice on the lips. It doesn’t have too much slip, and it does leave a stain. As for the color, I liked it in some lights, less in others (in yellow-toned lighting, it looked bad on me, in blue-toned, it looked great). I’d be interested in trying the other colors in the line, but to be honest I’m not going to bother unless they’re offered in a value pack, because imo, Flushed did not outperform its drugstore counterparts enough to justify the price. It has a mild minty scent for the first 2 minutes of wear, if that is a thing that matters to you.
Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick – Palomino: Of this set’s offerings, this is the only one I already owned. It’s a bright, bold pink that skews ever so slightly cool-toned, but will also work on warm tones. It’s amazingly pigmented, feels great on the lips, and wears 4+ hours before you need to touch it up. I’d say if you’re looking for a bold-but-not-clownish lip, check it out. Bite’s stuff is amazing.
Too Faced Melted Lipstick – Melted Fuchsia: I was really, really excited to try this one. I have been considering the Melted lipsticks for months now, so I was really happy an example of the formula was in this set. Granted, this is not the shade I would have chosen for myself– it looks good in pictures, but was just slightly too cool-toned in real life for me to feel comfortable with it. That said, I really liked both the formula and the applicator. It’s got a sponge-tip applicator that allows you to really precisely apply the product, and massage it into your lips for maximum stain potential. It had a beautiful satin finish. It’s definitely piqued my interest for the other shades in the line. I am thinking of trying Melted Ruby or Melted Berry.
Next up, my favorite color family: the berries!