Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes


Better late than never, eh, dear readers?

I had a hectic April: My upstairs neighbors flooded their entire apartment and lied about it to the manager, and the damage to our place was so severe that we were staying in an empty unit for two weeks before they officially transferred our lease to this new place. It’s been a surreal experience, but now it’s over (except for all the unpacking). So you’ll forgive me for the April lipstick review’s tardiness?

Thank you; you’re too kind.


As promised last month, for April I tested The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes in the shade Devoted—which I’m fairly certain is the brightest red in the collection (which is what I was going for).  I had this “oh shit” moment on the 26th where I realized: 1) I hadn’t even bought said lipstick, and 2) I had no idea which lipstick to wear for our engagement pictures on the 30th.

Fortunately, I have Amazon Prime. And I had a $10 gift card credit. So this baby was in my mailbox on the 29th, and I only had to pay $8 out of my pocket—thus killing two birds with one stone. Good deal, right?

I’ll be honest, this wasn’t the first time I’d ever tried this formula. I had a teeny sample in my ipsy Glam Bag last October of one of their nude shades. But since it was nude, I couldn’t tell too well how much it transferred after application.

Itty bitty lippie
Not too much, it turns out (upon trying it in a vibrant red). And what little transfer there was came from my lip liner (I should probably invest in a clear one, huh?).

I was a little worried about how this would look on my lips—they’ve been horribly chapped and painfully dry (because stress does weird things to your body), and I didn’t want them to look peely and become even more dried out and painful.  But this formula is so soft and NOT drying in the least. And it has peppermint in it, which felt amazing on my poor, pathetic lips.

This lipstick is creep-approved.
The cons?

Well, I have absolutely none. This doesn’t bleed. It doesn’t feather, smudge, and it hardly transfers. It didn’t dry my lips out. The color stays vibrant all day. And it smells like frosting, you guys. How can you complain about that? You can’t.

Only the teeniest bit of wear at day’s end!
It endured coffee drinking, engagement pictures, and a greasy burger and fries afterward. And ice cream when we got home. Lots of ice cream.

Barely visible lipstick transfer
This has pushed the Revlon Color Stay completely out of the running, pushing Meet Matt(e) Hughes to the top contender for wedding wear. I love this formula. But I’ve also heard amazing things about ColourPop, which I’ll try this month!

Our list now looks like this:

 

Until next time, smell ya later!

—Marge

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