Never in my life have I been a fan of matte lipsticks, just because of the reason that I have super dry lips.L However I just love that matte look on lips which is perfect for office and also I feel it gives out the exact shade of the lipstick much better than the moisturizing ones. I keep drooling at those lovely matte lipsticks and finally decided to try one from the Colorbar Velvet Matte range. The shade Irish Rose was my pick and it is a beautiful natural pink which is a daily wear kind of shade.
Claims: For a rich lip colour with a creamy shine, the Velvett Matte Lipstick, available in 45 stunning shades infuse the lips with vibrancy. Its unique 2-in-1 formulation gives the lips a creamy, yet matte finish. A one of a kind product in India, it has super softening agents that give the lips a soft and supple appearance while keep them nourished with Vitamin E. Staying on up to 5 hours on application, the Velvett Matte Lipstick can be further accentuated with lip gloss and lip liner.
Price: Rs 225
I love the classy round packaging with silver tube and transparent outer cover. Also, the bottom is colored with the exact lipstick shade hence making it easy to spot it among others.
I feel this lipstick lives up to most of its claims. It is creamy yet completely matte. I love how my lips look like after applying this- soft and supple as it claims! Irish rose is a natural pink shade which is decently pigmented; just one swipe gives you smooth n even lips. I found it perfect for office and look best when applied after lining your lips, though doesn’t look bad either when applied without a liner. Though my lips are dry and chapped at times, I have never felt this lipstick dries out my lips or settle into fine lines. Of course I make sure the lips are exfoliated well before wearing a matte lipstick. I prefer matte lipsticks to remain matte itself on lips and wear it without a lip balm beneath so that the exact shade is visible. And the claim that it lasts for 5 hours is also true to certain extent unless you drink/eat in between
Here is the swatch on my hands:
And here is how it look on my lips:
The only downside I could find is the smell which is quite strong; though nothing bad but I prefer my lipsticks to have no smell or just a faint scent at the max.
Though I have not bought any matte lipsticks in recent past, I have tried few from Lakme, Revlon, Maybelline etc some time back and I must say I found this colorbar one better among the lot. This would remain as one of my favorites especially the shade Irish Rose, though I use it sparingly compared to my moisturizing lipsticks just because am far too lazy to exfoliate my lips regularly!!
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