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I don’t plan to do a lot of make-up reviews, as this is a fashion blog and not a beauty blog. But to keep things interesting, I thought I would occasionally share things that I think really need to be shared.
Living in the hot, dry desert as I do, lipstick becomes tricky business. Lipsticks usually dry out on my lips within an hour and are a chunky mess within two. I love to use L’Oreal’s HiP (High Intensity Pigment) lip gloss, as it never dries out or bleeds and the pigment is adequate, but their line of colors is extremely limited and not really Goth-friendly. Based on reviews from Little Miss Metamoroph and Metamorphosis (the name similarities being coincidence!), I ordered five shades of Morgana Cryptoria’s Lip Balms. These sounded like the perfect combination of EXTREMELY high pigmentation and moisture: just what I need.
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with this product. While not as moist as a regular lip balm, these are worlds better than regular lipsticks. The colors are all just gorgeous. Some of the shades worked out better than others, so I’ll give you an overview of each. I am wearing Eggplant (a medium-dark, low-chroma purple) in today’s photos. This shade is just perfect for work: slightly abnormal but not shockingly so. Eggplant fades a bit but is easily touched up without needing to start from scratch.
Diabolical Druscilla, a bright shimmery pink with a hint of purple iridescence (just a tiny hint), was the brightest shade I ordered. This one was the best to wear. It lasted a few hours before needing retouched, and never got chunky.
Conversely, Hathor is a dark, intense purple. The color is stunning, but it was difficult to apply smoothly and was much drier than Diabolical. It felt chunky after just a couple of hours and I had to reapply frequently. Out of the five shades I ordered, this one required the most maintenance. However, I think the amazing color is worth the effort, and despite this shade being drier while wearing, it did not leave my lips feeling chapped afterwards as regular lipstick does.
Merlot (a dark wine shade with lots of sparkle!) was the most moist of them all, yet I never saw a hint of bleeding into my fine lines. Merlot lasted for hours with little maintenance.
Countess Bathory is a lovely crisp red. It wore very well, but on me it was a bit on the orange side. I might try mixing it with the Diabolical Druscilla and see what happens!
I will be linking to photos of the other colors as I wear them for future outfit posts. Or you can check them out on the Morgana Cryptoria Web site.
After several wearings of each shade, I have found that a bit of my regular Burt’s Bees balm applied before these colors helps them all wear better without chunks or fading. I will definitely be ordering more colors of these fun lip balms!!
My fabulous eye shadows in these photos are all Bare Essentuals. But that’s a topic for another post.
Now, to bring this post back on-topic… I recently debuted a new necklace that was a birthday gift from dear friends. I love the Art Deco feel, and the striking contrast between the black and the crystal and silver tones. I paired it with a tiered ruffle top from Macy’s, because this top reminds me of the Art Deco days as well.