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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

I made another recon trip to Ulta and picked up a few new lipsticks, including two colors of Urban Decay’s Vice liquid lipstick. The colors I got are “Amulet” and “Conspiracy”.

Amulet is described as a “comfort matte” and it does go on nicely. It’s not thick and gloopy. It dries quickly. It doesn’t dry out my lips. (What? I know!). The color is darker than my own lip color, but is still close enough that I consider it to be a “me but better” color.

I put it on last night and it didn’t transfer at all to my water cup (or pillow). In the morning, I had a chile relleno burrito for breakfast, which I was sure would kill it. In my experience greasy food will kill even the toughest long lasting/waterproof lipstick. It survived the chile relleno. For lunch, I had (left over) mushroom/cheese pizza. Again, it was still there. However, after two greasy meals, I will admit it needed a touch up. Since it was close to my lip color, it wasn’t an obvious problem. I will be able to wear this to work without worrying what my lips look like during the day. (And really, that’s my goal for my lipstick. Put it on and not worry about what I look like when I’m talking to my bosses. Or my bosses’ bosses.)

Conspiracy is a metallized dark lipstick. It looked almost black going on, but is pretty sheer. It has a LOT of gold flakes. This is probably a color that would like best when you’re going out at night. I don’t do that. The closest I get to going out at night is leaving the office after dark and heading home. I guess that counts, right?

While Conspiracy is too dark for me on a day to day level, it does mix very well with Amulet. I will probably layer the two for a long time.

Just when I’d given up on finding anything more durable than Revlon Colorstay Outlast, Vice walked in. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

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The Search for the Perfect Lipstick

The search for the perfect lipstick has not gone well. Maybe I want too much, but it doesn’t seem too much to me.

I want it to last. Last all day. I don’t want to wonder at any point during my day if my lipstick has worn away, leaving me with bizarre two toned lips.

Color. I want a deep, dark, rich red. The perfect fall/winter lipstick. A lipstick that says, “If you kiss me, you don’t know how this will end.” A lipstick that doesn’t make me feel like a clown.

Texture. I want a smooth texture. Not thick. Not goopy. Not sticky. I don’t care about matte vs glimmer, sparkle or shine. I just don’t want it to scream, “You’re wearing lipstick!” at me every five minutes like some sort of lipstick cuckoo that’s gone insane by the number of lipsticks that I’ve tried. Oh, and I’d really like it if it didn’t make my lips peel and that it costs under $20 dollars. (Though for the right lipstick, I’d be happy to waive that dollar limit.)

I say “lipstick”, but I’m not that picky. It can be a lip stain. A creme. A gloss, even. As long at it lasts, has the right color and the right texture, I don’t care what it’s called.

Unless it’s called chicken poop lip balm. Then I care what it’s called.

So far, the one that lasts the best, with the best texture, is Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in the color I’m looking for. However, I have found two that go very well with my natural lip color, giving my lips a “me, but better” color.