I’ll start with the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally (available from Priceline & Target for a mere $4.70). I think this may be a limited edition shade but if you scavenge through your local Essence stands you may find one. The shade is one of those soft greigey, mauvey shades that are quite on trend at the moment. The formula is a satin finish and feels hydrating on the lips. I don’t think i’d really call it longlasting but for a lipstick under $5 it does a pretty good job.
After wearing it a few times I thought to myself how amazing would this be as a matte lipstick, so I went about and did a little research on how to transform a lipstick into a matte shade. I then stumbled across the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base (RRP $12.95AUD), I’d seen this in store before and really not given it a second thought, big mistake HUGE. This is awesome, you simply pop this over your lips to matte them out and then apply any lipstick on top and it turns them matte. What is this trickery?
A couple of things to note though – you can do this same thing with baby powder, and i’m pretty sure that is one of the main ingredients in this lipstick, I just think it’s just easier to pop this on the lips underneath the shade you want to matte out. It does also lighten the colour slightly, as well as being slightly drying so make sure before you use it you’ve prepped your lips. The wear time also isn’t as great as from the bullet matte lipsticks, and it doesn’t really work too well with lipsticks that have a glossy/high shine finish, satin formulas seem to work the best.
All these things aside though, this is for sure a game changer!
I’ve also put a couple of swatches of it using some other lipsticks in my collection so you can see what I mean by it working more so for lipsticks with a satin finish. The first lipstick swatch is straight from the bullet, the 2nd swatch is with the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base underneath. From the left the shades used were Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally, Face of Australia Lipstick in Malibu Barbie & Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart.
I can’t wait to try this with so many more of my lipsticks! Have you tried it and it worked amazing with any colours? Let me know!