Monday, 10 August 2009

Lipstick transforming power (or Maquillage Lip Essence Ex)

I figured that it was time to look at one of the basic topics of my blog, which is, looking at the not-so-standard makeup. Actually, that sounds a bit odd, because when I venture to look at Japanese brands, I am pretty sure that, at least, millions of females have been applying them daily. But, when I say not-so-standard, I mean the not so very publicised brands (such as *cough* MAC, nothing wrong with MAC, but I see them sooo much on beauty blogs).

My regular readers have probably figured out that I am not that very content with the shape of my mouth. Moreover, to complain a bit more, I think that the vertical lines in my lips themselves are too deep. That means that lipsticks that behaves properly on 'normal' lips are often not that flattering on me.

Since Japanese brands are often very innovative and also aim to create a natural looking, kawaii, mouth, I have good luck with most brands/textures and shades, because they seem to blur the vertical lines in my lips and slightly give the illusion of dewy, youthful lips. Big bonus! Lately, Western cosmetic brands such as Christian Dior has been issuing some versions of the dewy lipstick/lipbalm hybrid as well: they often look flattering on me too.

But but but, I have a couple of lipsticks I bought online (blind) and they are too matte, too thick or too dry...no offense to the makers of them...it is just that I do not have Scarlett Johanson type of lips that can pull of anything. I have, unfortunately, a mature mouth.

So, this is where my review starts (finally, LOL). I have been wearing Maquillage Lip Essence Ex on a regular base since a couple of months, and it has been such a lifesaver for several kinds of lipsticks.


First, when I received it, after reading some fabulous reviews on Fuzkitty and Lotuspalace, I thought it was lacking its promise. I expected a product that would function as a kind of Urban Decay Primer Potion type of product for lips: that is, a product that attaches the colour to the mouth. Maquillage Lip Essence felt too gloss-like...it sheered out the original colour of the lipstick...couldn't I just apply a random gloss and have the same effect?

After trying it a couple of times, comparing it with actual lipgloss-as-a-primer, and wearing it with the more-matte lipsticks, I found its purpose for me: TRANSFORMER LIPSTICK SAVER...

Pictures sometimes say more than words...

First, I did a swatch on the pale innerarm again. I kind of overapplied the gloss, so my apologies about the messiness.


Looking a bit closer: you can see the tiny shimmery parts inside. I see some reddish pigments and blueish pigments. It looks like a shimmering ocean...



Further on, it feels moisturizing on the lips. It is absolutely not sticky, but is different from an average lipbalm, who does not seem to hold the colour in such an extend.

It is, therefore, a wonderful buy for those who have lips who feel the need for a bit of the diffusing act. It also looks wonderful on the ones with perfect lips (yes, you Fuzkitty and Kathi from Lotuspalace).

It does not come cheap, but what does come cheap these days? I bought mine for appr. $23 on adambeauty, but they seem to be out of stock of it now. Another option is to buy it for $24.99 at Facial-shop.com. It is also available at gooddealer.com, ichibankao.com, bobodave.com, and probably on ebay as well. It is the one in the pinkish, white tube, and NOT the Pure Lip Base.

13 comments:

Jamilla Camel said...

Birkie! That's a wonder product!

BTW, I am selling off all but 5 of my MAC lipsticks ;-)

Jenn said...

ooo, this product does looks fab, love the close up view-what pretty shimmers.

I did not see any of the Maquillage in person before ordering. I only had the pics in magazines for reference. I did cave and I have one sheer and one color-on lipstick on order-will post when I get them =)

Shopn'Chomp said...

What an amazing product!

amynaree said...

ooh looks great! i have a lot of trouble with some lipsticks being too dry and cakey too..this stuff seems promising!

mizzworthy said...

Sounds like an amazing product - I really wish japanes beauty products were more readily available in the UK!

izumi said...

i loooooove your close up shot<3 it looks gorgeous!

Old Cow said...

Smooch me Birkie!! This stuff looks wowser!

ning * star said...

muah... u have nice lips...
yup yup yup, fuz and Kathi owns nice lips and cute!

miss wiggle said...

Great review! I must get this product now! The things is, I already put lip balm and lip sunscreen on... now a Lip Essence?! *SIGH*

And thanks for responding to my venting haha!! Sometimes I get really fired up tee hee ;p

♥akisa♥ said...

omg, I'm SOOO Getting the maquillage lip essence!

xisa said...

I originally thought this is an ordinary lip primer so I decided to give this a miss.

Your review have relived my lemming! XD

Yumeko said...

ooh i wasnt even sure to get this but now i totally want it

MiuMiu said...

sounds great, thanks for the great review ~!