Let’s not sugarcoat it: This isn’t a review. It’s a rant. When you think about a luxury product (or something you perceive as a luxury item), there’s a combination of mystique and reverence you reserve for it. There are high expectations. I had that same regard for Pat McGrath.
Despite showing up only once on this blog since its 2017 launch, BLK Cosmetics has constantly been on my radar. The price point and quality are attractive to me, especially after having tried their Velvet Lip Cream. I guess I’ve just been waiting for the launch of something particularly inspiring, and it came in the form of the BLK Universal Color Kit Bundle in True Tan (PHP 1,499 on Lazada).
Quick Specs: made in Taiwan
I swear I’m supposed to be on a lipstick ban, but here I go again. Not to sound like a jaded jerk, but after finding that I had over 50 stashed in my lipstick storage, I figured enough is enough. The only way I would want to buy another lippie that I probably won’t finish is if: A) the color/finish is unique; B) a luxe brand goes on super sale; and C) the formula is a winner. It’s the latter for BLK Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream in Flirty (PHP 299), coupled with the curiosity as to how a super-famous Pinay celeb like Anne Curtis will curate her own makeup line.
Quick Specs: 3.4 g ; made in Taiwan
I’ve always been excited by each new Viva Glam release from MAC. It’s a great
excuse reason to add to my lippie collection while also doing a good deed. But at the same time, I still want to pick out lipsticks that I know would be a flattering choice. From reading the reviews, seeing the swatches, and taking into consideration how flattering fuchsia lipsticks are, I instantly knew that
I just had to have the MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson Matte Lipstick (USD 17.50 / PHP 1,050).
Quick Specs: 3 g / 0.10 US oz ; made in Canada
If you go through my makeup stash, you are sure to find a collection of lipsticks and, to a lesser extent, some liquid lipsticks, glosses, and a couple of lip tints. It will become apparent to you that I still prefer the more traditional delivery system of lip color. And it’s not because I am a purist. It’s just that I’ve always had trouble embracing the experience of other lip makeup. So rarely do I find a formula that isn’t sticky or drying, and I especially hate claims of long-wear lippies.
But let it be known that Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet in Dollish Beige Rose (PHP 450) is a glorious exception. Thank goodness for yet another case of FOMO.
Quick Specs: 8 g ; made in Korea