I really can’t resist a nice lipstick…maybe it’s because if you find a great one, it’s an instant perker-uper, maybe that’s why I can always be tempted by a new colour or formula.
When it comes to Asian brands, the general consensus is that they are glossy, sheer and with sometimes creamy. Even when a lipstick has a word in it’s title like ‘deep’ implying rich colour, the lipstick may still be very much a sheer!
These Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipsticks caught my eye immediately – I have a soft spot for Innisfree anyway, seeing as they are a eco-friendly Korean brand. The products from Innisfree omit certain additives (such as parabens, tac, animal products, dyes, mineral oil,scent) – which additives depends on the product. This lipstick is 3 free, as it has no Benzophenone, Talc or Animal products).
These lipsticks are sold as being extremely pigmented, leaving a tint on the lips. They are supposed to be hydrating too but leave a semi-matte finish. It can be blended with your base to make a blush.
I chose two shades in the end – a hot blue based pink (no. 2) and a rich orange coral (no. 9). I have since ordered no. 6 (a nude pink) and no. 5 (a true red). Here is the full range (as of 04/2013):
The lipsticks come in quite plain cream plastic packaging. It’s nothing to write home about but it fits into the eco-friendly feel of the brand.
The base of the lipstick represents the shade in the barrel. You can’t pull this off as you won’t be able to get it back on.
As soon as I got these lipsticks out I was like WOAH. SUNGLASSES. These are really bright, like little sticks of painting blocks…or something. They are shimmer free, they are just completely pure colour.
1 layer swatches. Pretty pigmented. Another layer adds even more rich pigment. The colours are very bright and vibrant as in the barrel.
I was impressed that these lipsticks are actually as pigmented as advertised – in an Asian lipstick? About time!
Texture wise – this lipstick is indeed nice and creamy. It’s not uber melt creamy like say YSL Rouge Volupte which just melts on the lips – it’s harder than that, but it is still nevertheless really rich and not difficult to apply. I find the texture is similar to that of a high quality matte lipstick as opposed to a cream.
At the moment I can’t think of any similar formula I have…I am sure there is something but nothing else really comes to mind. My lips were pretty dry when I tried these and though they weren’t really drying, they did cling to any flaky bits I had.
The 09 Dandelion Coral:
02 Cocktail Pink – is a very very very bright blue pink. Very nice! Love it:
To give you an idea of the kind of stain that is left I got this after 4 hours of wear:
This is the most pigmented Asian lipstick I have tried and whilst I don’t think it is quite as moisturising as they say, it’s not drying and there’s such a lot of pigment in each stick! The colours are also real pick me up bright hues that just add some happiness to a dull day.
I really like these, and I have ordered 2 more shades already! They also make a ‘tint’ version of this which I will review very shortly!
*Purchased from eBay for about £8 each