Earlier this year, right after Too Faced debuted their Melted Lipsticks, L.A. Girl debuted their own version. You can read my review of the original six colours here, but I’ll just go ahead and say that I preferred the L.A. Girl ones because they were much much warmer than the Too Faced ones, and at $4 each all six of them cost only $3 more than one Melted lipsticks.
Fast forward a few months and L.A. Girl has released 12, yep a whopping 12 new shades of their lip glazes. The new twelve are evenly distributed between cool and warm colours, and they’re the same price as before.
I picked up the six warm shades from iKatehouse.com, a Cherry Culture sort of site that sells drugstore brands, often for even less than the retail price. Case in point, I got these six for $15.99. The retail price of all six is $24, so $8 dollars less. If you buy them like this. iKatehouse has all the lip glazes arranged quite nicely in sets. They have the first six in a set of it’s own, and the 12 new shades are arranged in a cool set and a warm set. Once again, you don’t have to purchase them this way, you can get them singly, it’ll just cost you regular price, clicking on the links will take you directly to each set. I also picked up three of the Pro HD Concealers since I’ve been hearing people rave about them. So in all with shipping, my entire order was $27. 41.
I’m not going to go into too much detail on the lip glazes, for that you can see my original review here. I’ll just go over the basics, they need to be applied rather precisely, with a brush preferably since the texture is sort of watery, they take a little bit to set, they do last a few hours when they finally do, and they leave a stain behind.
My package from iKatehouse was so very cute. A lot of times when you purchase from these sorts of places, the packaging isn’t very neat or carefully done. One of the many reasons I hate Cherry Culture is because their packaging is janky, like they want you to be aware that you haven’t bought high end cosmetics. A lot of care went into this package, it was tightly bound, and the glazes had been vacuum sealed in one bag and the concealers in another.
So let’s just get into the pictures. I didn’t take a lot of full face pictures because I just didn’t have the time to do so. But I did some arm swatches so you can see how the colours interact with warm undertones. The second picture is with flash.
Tempt – Deep Blackened Berry.
I actually took full face pictures of Tempt because it’s probably my favourite of the bunch. I thought that it would be more of a purple from the tube, nope. So now I have yet another blackened berry/burgundy colour. It could be worse. This one applies the best out of all the shades and dries fastest as well. The other two that apply very well are Seduce and Daring, so the darker colours it seems.
Feisty – True Orange.
Tease – Mid-Tone Pink with Silver Glitter
This colour is probably my least favourite of the bunch. It’s not the colour but the glitter. It’s really chunky and kind of uncomfortable to be honest. You can feel it sliding around your lips, and by the way, what the hell am I? A 12 year old pre-teen? It looks kinda weird in all honesty when it’s applied because the glitter makes it a patchy application, I may have mentioned a time, or twenty that I’m pretty hairy, and you can clearly see where it gets stuck in the hairs on my arm in the swatch below. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty and without the chunky glitter it’s probably one of the few pinks that I can wear. But the damn glitter is a deal breaker, just the few minutes that I wore it for this picture made me know that I wouldn’t be wearing it. Ever.
Daring – Deep Purple Violet.
This is my second favourite. It’s a soft purple with slight red undertones. The undertones may be more neutral or blue actually, because in real life it looks more like a deep violet.This was one of the ones that I took full face pics of because I was wearing it the day I was taking pictures for the Nars multiples post.
Seduce – Soft Pinky Purple.
This is my third fave. It’s a pinky purple, not really suitable for every day, but for a night of bar or club hopping, it works.
Gleam – Muted Orange Bronze with Gold Sheen.
This was a real surprise for me. I generally tend to stay away from bronzy lip shades, they’re often too frosty and clash horribly with my skin tone, go figure. This one however was so very soft that it looks more like a neutral in real life. The full face picture actually makes it look very frosty when it isn’t, it actually kind of fades against my skin. I think the orange in it is what makes it work with my undertones so well.
Just like the first time, I’m totally not disappointed in the purchase of these. For a fraction of the price or more prestige brands, you get really good colours that last for some time, and pretty much work the same way. If you do decide to pick these up, you should get them from iKatehouse, but they sell out really quickly, so I would hurry if I were you.