If you follow me on Twitter, you know that lately I am all sorts of obsessed with red. A color that I quite frankly used to be scared of and had no interest in wearing makeup or having my hair in-hued in that shade. Now, silly me, I have done both. Baby steps, though, baby steps….
Now, I need to add a little disclosure here saying a few things: 1- I have never seen a full episode of True Blood (shock! horror!) 2- I have never been a huge Tarte Cheek Stain fan (only 1 has impressed me so far..Eco Cheek). 3- Red normally scares me
Ok, with that said, on to the good stuff. First of all, the Tarte LipSurgence formula is brilliant. I have another shade in Sweet and it is with me at all times. I favor it over other shiny lipsticks because it’s not sticky and has a nice minty smell (not tingly on me though). I bet y’all want to see some swatches sooo…
You will notice glitter in this cheek stain. When I first opened the tube I was shocked by it’s glittertastic-ness. And for me, glitter on cheeks (unless clubbing) is a no-no. Upon swatching directly from the tube, quite a bit of the glitter translated onto the skin. I was getting worried that this totally wouldn’t work for me. Then, after using a stipple brush to apply it on the swatch, I got what you see above. You will see in the following photos that the glitter is hard to detect on my cheeks when I applied it this way. Can you see sparkle on my cheeks in person? Only when I put my face about 6 inches from a mirror and tilt my head side to side. And even then, it’s not like chunks of glitter. So, I was able to make it work. This stain is different in formula from others I have tried…it’s very similar to eco-cheek in texture making it less greasy and more pigmented.
The LipSurgence speaks for itself. It’s gorgeous, applies smoothly and acts like a stain on my lips, lasting 4+hours. It’s the least drying “stain” I have ever come across.
And of course, I had to show you all a pic of my new red highlights…. kinda hard to capture on film, but here goes:
Have any of you stepped out of your comfort zone and visited with Madam Red lately? Or was red in your regular line up already? Share some of your favorite red for lips, cheeks, nails….!