The Face Shop is a Korean beauty brand, perhaps less well known than her sisters, Etude House and Tony Moly, but also more understated and elegant. Like Innisfree, The Face Shop tries to create products based around an organic ethos and with a natural vibe (i.e. Chia Seed moisturiser, Mango Seed Cream etc.). I find the brand quite interesting.
I purchased two of their ‘Black Label’ lipsticks a while – just because they were cheap and looked cheerful (about £3.50 including delivery). There are 10 colours and I chose 13 – Pinky Brown and 437 – Lady Wine.
Why does someone with so many lipsticks require more, seemingly plain, new lipsticks? I don’t know – I just had a feeling about these colours.
The packaging is very basic and simple – these shiny gunmetal barrels are lightweight and just very average – at least they’re not ugly or tacky.
The texture of these lipsticks is a real stand out; they are creamy and super hydrating and lovely to use on the lips but not too shiny or glittery. They are still pigmented despite have a light feeling – they feel far more expensive than how much they actually cost.
Pinky Brown is more of a nude beige with a shot of orange. It’s a nude orange beige in my opinion, much like the kind of shade that never used to leave my lips (like Nars Barbarella but more flattering).
Lady Wine is not as rich and deep as I expected (the online swatches from The Face Shop are pants and inaccurate). There’s also a metallic edge which I didn’t expect (like a silver pearl) and for me, makes it feel less modern. Having said that I don’t hate it – it’s certainly a wearable plum and if you find those shades quite daunting, then this is a nice way to try the shade out.
Swatches; despite the light texture, they are also pigmented:
Here are the colours on my lips.
This is Pinky Brown – I like this very much, for me it’s the kind of shade I would wear regularly.
Lady Wine – the more I use this, the more I like, and it’s certainly nicer on the lips than all the matte plums and berries I have been buying this season:
The quality is good – smooth, hydrating and wearable, the pigmentation is excellent and the price is great too at just a few pounds each (I bought them on eBay). The packaging is boring but functional, and the staying power is average – with it having a glossy texture it fades quite easily, especially if you are to have a drink. The darker colour lasts longer but doesn’t leave any stain – I personally prefer this cos I find stained lips a bit like stained nails…unsightly.
I would highly recommend these, I have no idea what the other eight colours look like but I am happy with my two choices!
Would you try these Black Label lipsticks?