Amazing Matte Lipsticks! VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood

I am lipstick obsessed at the moment, and I have this dream that I will rock matte lipstick one day in a really HAWT way, but the fact is, I have dry lips and no patience to use a lip brush.  What’s a gal to do?

When I saw these VDL lipsticks – specifically, Expert Colour Lip Cubes, I had to buy two to try. 

VDL is a premium Korean brand (it stands for Violet Dreams Luminous).  

I chose two colours 501 Outbloom (a red) and 502 Rosewood (neutral pink brown):

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood

So what did I think?…they are FAB! And I am quite hard to please in the lipstick department!

The packaging is sleek black, in longish tubes:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 1

When I saw these in the tube I thought…did I accidentally get sent two of the same colour!?!? Because they looked very similar in the tube!

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 2

The gimmick of this lipstick is of course the squarish shape which is supposed to aid application – you can hold the top corner to your cupids bow and start creating an outline. It’s actually not bad for creating a good line HOWEVER don’t do this in a car!!! You do need a steady hand! Also the sharpness disappears after just one application as does the VDL lettering. 

The process:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 2

Here are the other colours – the range is pretty small:

VDL Lip Cube

I nearly bought 201 which is a beige sand but a nude beige and matte finish is just asking to look like a corpse – I wouldn’t mind adding 102 and 601 to my collection though! the pigment with the lipstick is so rich that anything too pale and insipid is pointless – if you are going to wear nude, might as well go for something creamy and rich methinks – you can only really show this texture off, I think, with a strong colour.  

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 602

Swatches:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 3

This matte lipstick is surprisingly creamy but not overly so – which I like it means I have more control over the application. However it doesn’t drag at all.

I was very impressed by the finish and texture of this lipstick and I do struggle with mattes. My lips still looked pretty healthy and I felt like they looked plump too – I’d say the finish is largely matte although there’s a slight sheen to it – a semi-matte maybe. Either way the finish is very nice and it genuinely didn’t dry my lips out which is a first!

Outbloom:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 4

This is quite a true red which I like.  Did I mention these lipsticks are supposed to be long wearing colours and they are – this red lasted as a stain on my lips all day. 

Whole face:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 7

I wouldn’t normally wear purple with red, it’s just the eye make up I had done for another product! 

502 Rosewood is another super wearable pretty colour.  It’s a rosy brown – MLBB kind of shade. 

On my it doesn’t show up a ton but it’s still quite nice:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 5

This works as a nice base for my favourite thing – sparkly lip glosses!

Whole face:

VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10 501 Outbloom and 502 Rosewood 6

Ingredients:

CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXA C5-9 ACID ESTERS, ETHYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, CERESIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, SILICA, SYNTHETIC WAX, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE, SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, RED 28 LAKE(CI 45410), RED 7 LAKE(CI 15850:1), DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE COPOLYMER, HYDROXYAPATITE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, QUATERNIUM-18 BENTONITE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, MICA, YELLOW 5 LAKE(CI 19140), RED 27(CI 45410), RED 6(CI 15850), FRAGRANCE

Verdict:
 
For me these are the best matte lipsticks I have tried in terms of texture and finish and just NOT drying my lips out. I find all matte lipsticks are quite drying even if they say they aren’t so this was a nice change! 
 
I would like a bigger colour selection; their online swatches are also slightly off from what the real thing is too which is a shame.  Apart from that – I really like this lipstick and will be buying a few more! 
 
I got these from eBay for around £14 each, just search for VDL. 
 
 
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