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):
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:
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!
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.
Here are the other colours – the range is pretty small:
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.
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!
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.
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:
This works as a nice base for my favourite thing – sparkly lip glosses!
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