Sleek Matte Lip Cream

I’m a bit late to the party but the other day during a little shopping trip I picked up one of the Matte Me Lipsticks in the shade Petal which is only £4.99. I don’t usually wear matte lipsticks because I like more creamy formulas that don’t dry but I love the colour of this one so thought I would give it a go. I’m so glad I did because I just love it.

Packaging

I love the packaging of the Matte Me lipsticks. It’s smart, basic and you can see the colour of the product through the plastic. For me it’s a lovely size to be able to pop in my bag and not worry about. This is a personal preference but I love the sound and feeling when the lid clicks into place.

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Staying Power

I decided to swatch this before I wore it just in case I didn’t like it and it dried so nicely I was actually quite impressed. It also stayed on for ages and I couldn’t even wash it off without scrubbing which I like because it means  it’s going to last on my lips without me having to worry about it flaking away. I wore this when I went out for some drinks and it stayed all evening even though I had quite a few glasses of wine and it never left my lips.

Formula

I found it dries fairly quickly and didn’t cause me a problem because I put it on before my mascara and I don’t know about you but doe some unknown reason I always do that with my mouth open… Does anyone else do that?? The swatches below show the colour and texture before and after it drying which I thought was important to show that it doesn’t change at all other than obviously loosing the shine as it dries.

When applying the lipstick I would say you definitely need do two coats and not really swish it about because it could possibly end up patchy in places. Also, as with all matte lipsticks I feel like if you’re having  day with particularly dry lips it will cling to the dry places so I personally would avoid wearing it on those kind of days and stick to a balm, creamy lipstick or even a gloss.

The Applicator

The applicator for the Matte Me Lipsticks is a dofer and if I’m honest it’s a bit too big. When applying it to my top lip I found it a bit difficult to stay in the lines and not go over because you can’t hold it at an angle easily due to the dofer being so long and it’re more rectangle than round so for me it just made it that bit more difficult but nevertheless I’m still very much in love with these lipsticks at the moment.

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Overall, I do like these a lot especially this one as it really is the colour of a rose petal so the name is just perfect for this lipstick and think I will be purchasing another one in the colour Party Pink next! These are for sure Spring colours so I will really enjoy wearing these the next couple of months!

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Yay or Nay – Matte Nail Varnish?

One a lazy Sunday scrolling through Pinterest I found myself looking through pages and pages of nail art and various colours when I came across quite a few pictures of matte nails. It’s not for everyone I know but it just looks SO good! Admittedly I’m not one for salons and nail bars so I decided to hunt down some matte nail varnish online which is where I found it on the Ciatè website.

 

I was so excited when this beauty arrived. It comes in such a cute dinky box and I couldn’t wait to use it. The first time I used this I had just received a Birchbox with another Ciatè polish mini in the colour Pool Party which if I’m honest isn’t usually a colour I would go for just as it’s a tad too bright for me but I decided I might like it better with a matte top coat on…. and boy, did I!

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I put the base colour on first, waited for it to dry properly and then applied the matte top coat as you normally would. When I first put it on I noticed it dried super quickly and as it was drying stripes started to form across my nail which I was a bit surprised at but on the next couple of nails I made sure there was an extra amount of the top coat on the brush and it applied really well and very smoothly.

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I was so pleased with the finish… until it started chipping about 2 hours after I had only just done my nails. This I wasn’t as pleased about. I think that because it is so drying in order to have the matte texture it makes it more susceptible to chipping which is a bit disappointing, however, I feel like this would be brilliant to use for a night out or one off occasion as I just love the look and feel so much.

Have you found any other matte nail varnishes that I could try?

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