Aaaaand welcome to the first L&S post!
Excuse the absolutely awful wannabe-pun in the title. I am surrounded by friends and family who love puns and are good at coming up with them but clearly that skill has not rubbed off on me.
So if you're into make-up and beauty products then you've probably heard about/seen/tried the fall plum lip color trend that is and has been going on for who knows how long. There are countless reviews and lists of the best plum-colored lip products - just go to my Pinterest and you'll find that I've pinned plenty of plummy posts (I'm not too shabby with the alliteration, though, eh?).
I've never been into lipsticks or lip glosses or lip stains or what have you. Chapstick is about as sophisticated as I get, and my lips have to be practically peeling off for me to even go that far. I've never liked how lipstick fades awkwardly and accentuates the dryness of lips. Don't even get me started on the stickiness of gloss.
But I'm moving to Japan very soon, where apparently lip color is a requirement. My mother - who is Japanese - has told me numerous times that a made-up face looks unbalanced and washed out without lip color. I have taken that to mean that if I don't put anything on my lips while I'm there, I might as well not wear any make-up at all and hide away from society. Yes, I'm over-exagerating. Sort of.
In defeat, I went to the store and pored over every lip product available, internally cringing at the prices. We're talking Maybelline and general drugstore brands here, not M.A.C. or Chanel. Six dollars for a tube of chemicals and dyes that I'll eventually misplace seems like a travesty. Call me stingy, I get it from my mother.
I ended up choosing Revlon's Black Cherry to satisfy my desire for a plum lip color. Which is confusing because I sort of switched fruits but ... :) Overall, I like it. It looks really red in the photos but under certain lighting it looks closer to the darker shade I'd been hoping for.
I read a review saying that this particular lipstick doesn't provide very good coverage but I found it to be fine. It wasn't super dry but not moisturizing by any means - basically, neither bad nor awesome. Granted, I didn't wear it all day long, just for a few hours. I also used a lip scrub beforehand, though, so that probably helped.
Darker lip colors tend to make lips appear thinner, which was definitely proven to me via this lipstick. I'm no make-up expert but my overall opinion on this lipstick is that it's good for the price, and can be made better if you scrub and moisturize your lips beforehand. Duh, I guess??
I've come to believe that the ideal, perfect shade of lipstick we're all searching for does not exist outside of our own imaginations ... on a happier end note: let me know about your favorite lip product!