Here’s the thing: I received two Happy Skin lipsticks last May, and they’re not from the limited edition releases that I usually buy from. Up until this day, I have not purchased a single “lippie” from Happy Skin’s regular line, even though my Shut Up & Kiss Me count is currently at seven (including the two regulars). At first, it was because I found the original collection’s colors to be… safe. As in, the colors seem like dupes of popular lipstick colors. (A red-red, a beige-y nude, a purplish wine, a cheerful pink…) Then the limited editions always felt much more unique, and I was probably pressured to buy before they were gone forever. I almost didn’t want to give Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in First Kiss (PHP 549) the time of day, but it’s somehow won me over.
Quick Specs: 2.7 g ; made in Taiwan
Five Things About Happy Skin SU&KM First Kiss:
- My first Happy Skin lipstick was The Morning After. Click here to read a thorough review.
- While I read a lot of positive reviews about this particular shade, I wasn’t entirely sure I could pull it off. I’m used to what I call “Advanced Pinks”. Fuchsias, berries or plum-pinks that feel more complex, but not pink-pinks or bright pinks.
- First Kiss is the cheerful pink I was talking about. It’s a vibrant Barbie pink when swatched, but the glowing, hot pink truly comes out once on the lips. That’s how much it pops on the face, but it’s not as intimidating as it seems. Initially, I was so self-conscious. I kept checking my reflection the first time to see if it gave off the wrong impression, but the longer I had it on, the longer it seemed fine. It quickly grew on me, partly because I already had a love for fuchsia lipsticks to begin with. I guess I’m more drawn to electric colors than I realize.
- The formula is fairly creamy with a considerable amount of moisture and high pigmentation. Two swipes gets First Kiss fully opaque. The color doesn’t migrate to the corners, and I didn’t get any product on my teeth. At hour three, I could start to feel the dryness, but the lipstick remained fully pigmented. It gives about four hours of wear. *From my experience, Happy Skin lipsticks aren’t the kindest on lip lines.*
- Reapplication is absolutely required after eating as this color doesn’t stay on or stains. The bold color ends up as an unsightly line around the lips.
Verdict: Okay, so I never said that the regular collection had bad colors. I was just looking for something more unique. First Kiss is a playfully in-your-face shade of perky pink that I might have underestimated, but it’s gotten me to come around and give the non-LE lipsticks of Happy Skin more credit.
*I received this product free-of-charge as part of a prize bag, but the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.