I mentioned in my Beauty Joint Haul that I had picked up a bunch of the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints and today I’m going to swatch them all for you and let you know what I think. These are super affordable, so I wanted to share them so you can decide if these are for you. Let’s get to it!
I picked up 9 shades out of the 18 available, ranging from light to dark so I could get a good idea of the range of these. All of these shades were applied with a lip brush, which is how I would recommend applying these as straight from the tube application results in a real mess.
Whisper is the first shade I picked up and also the lightest shade. This is a classic concealer type nude. I don’t like this one on me on it’s own, but I knew that when I purchased it and I bought it for the purpose of mixing. I think it washes me out on it’s own. So if you are of darker skin tone than me, I wouldn’t suggest this one to wear alone.
The next shade I picked up is called Elude and it’s a soft nude pink. This is one of my favourites out of the shades I have, it’s perfect to wear everyday or with more dramatic eye looks. I recently wore this to a wedding with a grey smoky eye look. I think this would be very flattering on many skin tones.
The third shade is called Flirt and it’s a bright pinky-coral. This is a pretty wearable way to wear coral and I think this shade will be perfect for spring and summer.
Peony is a brighter slightly more orange version of Flirt. I find this one to be a bit streaky and it takes a little more smoothing than some of the other shades. I still think this is a pretty shade and will be great with a summer tan (if I ever get one again haha).
The fifth shade in my collection is called Whimsical. This a lavender with strong pink undertones. I had to pick up this shade, it’s a lot different than any purples I own. While this is lavender, the pink makes it more wearable. I love this one and can see myself reaching for it in the springtime. The only negative thing is that it makes my teeth look a bit yellow.
On the brighter end of the spectrum we have Tango. Tango is a much darker coral with lots of orange. I think this is a great way to wear coral without it being too highlighter-ish. This also makes it easier to wear throughout the seasons, so even though it’s winter I still plan on wearing this.
The next shade is called Pin-Up and it’s a classic red. I really like this shade, I think it’s a good red for my skintone. Not a ton of orange undertone, which isn’t my favourite.
The second last shade I picked up is called Seduce and it’s a beautiful berry shade. This is so perfect for fall and winter and is deeper, but not super dark. It would be perfect for someone who’s not quite ready for full-on vampy lip colours.
The last shade is the deepest of the bunch and it’s called Daring. This is much less pink than the last shade and deeper. I personally love vampy lip colours for fall so I’ll definitely be rocking this in the coming months! Lip colours like this are perfect for quick makeup days, you can do very little to your eyes and pull all the focus to a dark lip.
Packaging and Application
The packaging of these is a big part of this review, as it has a great impact on the outcome. As you can see, the packaging for these is a squeeze tube with a slightly angled top. It doesn’t have a sponge or anything to help limit the amount of product that squeezes out. Due to this style of packaging, I would highly recommend (as I mentioned earlier) using a lip brush with these. You need so little of these to get full colour and without a lip brush you will have such a mess. It blobs out way too much with no way to evenly spread it out. The lip brush will sheer it out a little and you are able to build it up to your desired intensity. I purchased a cheap lip brush from Real Techniques ahead of getting these because I knew it wouldn’t work well without one.
Here are all the shades side by side:
From left to right: Whisper, Elude, Flirt, Peony, Whimsical, Tango, Pin-Up, Seduce, Dare
These shades are so pigmented smooth, but I love their versatility even more than that. The best part of these is that they can be mixed. I just put a drop of each shade I want to mix on the back of my hand, blend with my lip brush and instantly you have a custom shade. You can experiment to give yourself even more shades than the initial ones you purchased. To show what I mean, I mixed Pin-Up with Seduce to make a red-berry shade, perfect for fall. I could have easily added more red or more berry to change this up. There are tons of possibilities. Need something lighter? Add some of Whisper in to lighten things up. The possibilities go on and on.
To further extend their versatility, you can quickly make these matte. All you need is a little translucent setting powder. I have a sample of the Make Up Forever HD Setting Powder so I used that. I just took a fluffy eye shadow brush dipped it in the powder, tapped it off and brushed it over my lips. Now you have matte lip colours as well. For the price of $3.50, it’s amazing to me how versatile these are.
In terms of staying power, these act much like a gloss. Only the 2 darkest shades I showed have any sort of stain effect and they will wear off after a few hours of wear. They do pretty well for a gloss type product, but they aren’t sticky at all so that does impact the staying power. I don’t like really sticky glosses, so I don’t mind touching up rather than super sticky.
Overall I think these are a great product for such an inexpensive price. I think the packaging could be improved to make for easier application, but the product inside is worth getting out the lip brush for. With 18 total shades in the collection, there are tons of possibilities. I think these would be great in a kit because they’re so easy to customize. I wouldn’t recommend these if you don’t like to touch up because these aren’t an all day product. If you’re looking to build your lip collection with lots of shades for an inexpensive price I would recommend these!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you will be picking any of these shades up!
Bye for now!