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Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Solid Matte Lipstick... Sort Of

I think I'm finally back in the lipstick mood long-term, and these babies definitely have something to do with it. Clinique's Long Last Soft Matte lipsticks have finally launched in Canada and (so far) I've come away with two of the nine available shades: Matte Beauty and Matte Suede.  

A look at Clinique's Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Beauty and Suede

Matte Beauty was the first one I acquired, and it's described as a "classic rose". It's a wonderfully neutral pink colour with a hint of vibrance on the lips, and it glides on smoothly. To me, the texture is more of a matte/satin, rather than just a straight matte, and it feels almost creamy on my lips. I don't find it to be drying, and it lasts pretty well too! I've been reaching for it quite often, and it has yet to disappoint :) 

Matte Suede was a total impulse buy, and really freaked me out once I took a closer look at the colour. It's described as a "light neutral nude", and it has beige-brown undertones. On me it pulls a little warm, so I wouldn't say it's a true neutral nude. This one is a bit drier than Matte Beauty, and doesn't apply as smoothly. I find it's best applied in one layer, as multiple passes caused it to crack and "split" whenever I moved my lips after application. Not pretty. The colour isn't my favourite, but I find it to be excellent as a "base" lipstick. It's nearly opaque after one layer so it leaves a really nice blank canvas of sorts to layer either another lipstick or a lipgloss on top. I've even worn it alone (after a very careful application!) and I didn't look too corpse-like. There's definitely potential here :)

A look at Clinique's Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Beauty

A look at Clinique's Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Suede

Even though Matte Suede didn't end up being a favourite, I really like the formula of this lipstick. Next on my list (unless I just buy ALL of them!) is Matte Petal and Matte Crimson. I've been trying to broaden my lipstick horizons lately, so I'd like to see whether Crimson is as big of a hit with me as MAC's Frank-n-Furter was! I've seen Matte Mandarin on other bloggers, and it looks stunning, but sadly I don't think orange is my colour. I'll have to take a pass on that one, unfortunately! 

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte lipstick, $19 CDN @ Sephora (link!)

xo Chloë

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