Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Lip Chic Lipstick Sealer

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a product that acted as a topcoat for your lipstick—prolonging its color all day and preventing bleeding? Well, there is. It’s called Lip Chic, and it’s kind of amazing.

I ordered this from Amazon to try for August’s Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science) because it couldn’t find it in any gosh dang store. It had really good reviews and seemed a bit like a miracle product, promising all-day lip color free from smudging and transfer after a few measly coats.

And it sort of does, depending on how well you apply it. Which does take a bit of time and a steady hand. And a LOT of experimentation.

It is $12 and comes in a small, clear bottle that looks a bit like nail polish—the brush even looks like a nail polish brush (but it’s surprisingly not bristly feeling on your lips). Inside the box is a sheet of “lip tips” and instructions for applying.

Since the tips suggest lining your lips with Lip Chic prior to full application to prevent bleeding, I opted for dipping a small liner brush in the bottle rather than lining with the not-so-pointy brush attached to the lid. And this worked pretty well–you just have to remember to wash the liner brush off afterward!

I’ve worn Lip Chic twice so far and have been mostly impressed. The first time was over Urban Decay’s Matte Temper (which already stays on pretty well), and then over a Mary Kay cream lipstick in Really Red, which seemed to transfer a bit more.

This doesn’t dry matte—it has more of a satin finish (not to be confused with glossy!). Which was all right with me, though I’d prefer matte. It felt a tad sticky after application, which, according to the Lip Tips, means I either need to apply more or less, or keep my lips apart for longer after application. This stuff is tricky.

Will I wear this for the wedding? Unless I continue to play with it and find an application strategy that works better, probably not. I will likely stick with Meet Matt(e) Hughes.

Was this a waste of money? Not at all. I know I’ll wear this in the future—but for events that require significantly less kissing.

Well, this concludes The Great Lipstick Hunt of 2016. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the unflattering pictures of my face. Stay tuned in early September for an overview of my bridal shower look, and again in late September for a breakdown of my wedding day cosmetics bag!

T-minus 36days, guys!

Until then, stay fab!

—Marge 💋


Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer

Wow, guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, right? This summer has zipped right by.

Toward the end of July I tested Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lacquer in the color Attract (for wedding science, of course). This was $5 at Ulta, so I figured, why not? My cousin had tweeted me about it quite a few months back, and it looked pretty decent.

I really liked it upon initial application. It’s creamy and not drying—and the color is super vibrant. It dries matte and isn’t sticky feeling.

Been workin’ on that wedding wing.
But after a bit it started flaking. So I touched it up and headed to the store to run some errands. No biggie.

Fast-forward 10 minutes later: I’m sitting in the parking lot, peering at my lipstick in the rearview mirror of my car, wondering why it feels like my lipstick is pilling. You read that right: pilling, not peeling—like what your cardigans do when they start to wear out.

Pardon the horrible lighting & unflattering angle.
I can only conclude that it was the touch-up that caused this. So I wiped it off and proceeded about my day, sans lipstick. Bummer. I really liked the color.

At this point, Meet Matt(e) Huges is still in the lead for wedding day lipstick of choice. I probably won’t get around to trying the rest on my list, since we are now officially two months away from the event, but I suppose anything is possible.

I know for sure I want to try Lip Chic this August, though. It’s technically not a lipstick, but it could broaden my options.

Anyway, until next time!

—Marge 💋

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!


Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

First things first, I’d like to point out that I was wary of this lipstick. So much that I’ve had it for three months and have been putting off trying it because drugstore lipstick can’t be that great, right? The packaging is blah. The name “Top Tomato” isn’t even appealing. It came from Walmart; how great could it be?

Oh, how wrong I was.

I fell in love with this within the first hour I applied it. I should have trusted the women at r/makeupaddiction and the Revlon Gods—this product actually does stay on for 24 hours, and it’s a bitch to remove.

I know; it’s pretty incredible.

My major concern with this was that it looked sparkly in the tube, and I am not a sparkly lipstick kinda gal. But I would like to assure you that it is not sparkly in the least when applied. It dries to a beautiful matte finish, and while it does feel a little watery and sticky at first, there is very little to no transfer. Plus, it’s not the goopy, thick, glue-like sticky I experienced with the Maybelline Provocalips.It does require two applications for maximum color coverage, but that’s a small price to pay for the finished product.


This lipstick lasted through two bowls of hot dog mac ‘n’ cheese, greasy Chinese food, two glasses of wine, ice cream, and a beer. Not bad, eh? I didn’t touch it up once, and look how vibrant it still is.

I wore it again on Monday—this time to work. It survived a whole day of coffee chugging, with minimal transfer, and a lunch of leftover Chinese, two hard-boiled eggs, pesto pasta salad, and a bowl of fruit + yogurt. I’m mostly impressed it held up to the eggs—they’re not easy to eat.

Also, it was leftover day, in case you were wondering. I don’t always eat like that.

Not much transfer for this coffee addict!

And while I’m not swooning over the color (I’d prefer a brighter red), I’m way impressed with this formula. It is soft, easy to apply, gentle on my lips (read: no peeling), and it lasts all day. And while I can’t vouch for how well it holds up for make-out marathons, it is definitely kiss-proof for PDA-approved situations (like weddings, duh). And it’s cheap as hell, at only $10.



This one is a definite contender (the only one so far) for Marge’s Big Day. Join me in April when I test The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.

Until next time, stay fabulous!




Things I’m Going to Put On My Face (For Science): Lime Crime Velvetines

Things I'm Going to Put on My Face (For Science)

Ah, Valentine’s Day—what better time to try out a potentially kiss-proof lipstick than on a day where chocolate, decadent meals, and smooches abound?

We had a reservation for a four-course fondue dinner in Portland, so I figured it was an excellent opportunity to try out February’s pick: Lime Crime’s Velvetines in the shade Red Velvet.

Test subject #2

People rave about this liquid lipstick and its amazing formula. It’s perfectly soft while maintaining a chic matte finish. It has a cult-like following. And the brand is vegan/cruelty-free as well.

It applies so smoothly and doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything on your lips. It dries within seconds after application (unlike the Provocalips) and it has a rather pleasant smell. When blotting after application, barely any residue is left on the tissue. A good sign indeed.

I wore it around the house/while running errands all day, and hardly had to touch it up before we left for dinner. It survived a messy lunch consisting of a tuna melt, tomato soup, and a couple sticks of Crazy Bread from Little Caesar’s.

Yes, even my clothing is lipstick themed.

The only faults I found with this product:

  • It does dry your lips out after a few hours, even with a prior application of lip balm (though not nearly as bad as the Sephora matte lip creams, which I love dearly and am willing to suffer for their beauty).
  • It feathers/bleeds after a few hours—even with a lip liner.
  • Though the product itself is kiss-proof and transfer-proof, lip liner is not, and that left an odd line on J.’s face.
    • Does transfer-proof lip liner exist? Enquiring minds need to know.
      • excluding clear lip liners, because a girl’s gotta have some lines to color between.

And now for the unflattering after picture.

Four courses, two drinks, and some unflattering light later…

You can really see how much it bled out (not in a ritualistic sacrifice way) from the nice, crisp lines I started out with. Not attractive.

Ahem. Now that that’s out of the way…

I also tried a new-to-me product in combination with the Velvetines the following day: Too Faced’s Lip Insurance, which is a lipstick primer that is available in both matte and glossy finishes.

I purchased the glossy one because Sephora didn’t have any matte ones in stock (thinking it couldn’t possibly make that much of a difference) and it was a huge mistake.

The Antichrist of lip products.

Though it does boost color and reduce feathering significantly, it leaves your lips uncomfortably sticky (not gloopy) and the combination makes your lipstick transfer way more than it normally would. However, strangely, the color stays just as vibrant even with such a profound amount of transfer. Maybe with some sort of setting spray/powder it would have stayed on better. Either way, it should not feel like I’m wearing glue on my face.

But at least the packaging is pretty? And it’s probably useful for situations that don’t require objects coming into contact with your lips. Like, if you never eat.

Eventually I’d like to try the matte version because you apparently apply it on top of your lipstick, which is opposite of the glossy one and doesn’t make much sense. I mean, “prime” implies you’re prepping your lips with it, not setting them. Riddle me that.

Overall, I liked the Lime Crime Velvetines a lot. I’ve even worn it a few times since the initial test and forgot I was wearing any lipstick at all—that’s how lightweight it is. However, I didn’t like that my lips felt they were peeling by the end of the day.

I was sneaky and ordered the lipstick from eBay for $13 (rather than $20 from the Lime Crime site), so I don’t feel like I wasted my money or anything. Unlike the Provocalips, I’ll continue to wear this one on as much of a regular basis that a collection of 50+ lipsticks allows.

Our list now looks like this:

Pop in next month, when I’m planning on testing the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick!  Smell ya later! 💋

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Maybelline Provocalips

Things I'm Going to Put on My Face (For Science)


For my first trick, I will eat a chili dog while wearing this lipstick.

You think I’m kidding. Do I joke about hot dogs? (No.)

Last week I kicked off Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science), which was met with more excitement than I thought it would. I mean, let’s be honest: Really all I’m doing is indulging in a bunch of cosmetics and telling you about them. But if that’s what you’re into, cool. I can get behind that. (Clearly I already have.)

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For the first session of TIGTPOMF, I selected the 14-hour, supposedly kiss-proof Maybelline Provocalips in Kiss Me You Fool. I tried to ignore the lack of punctuation in the name as I applied it, as well as any unsettling apocalyptic feelings the first half of the name generated.

I picked this one for a few reasons:

  • I have a few Maybelline 14-hour matte lipsticks that wear rather well
  • cute product design
  • Maybelline lipsticks smell nice

This, however, is a liquid lipstick with a sealer, so it doesn’t smell nice like a traditional creme lipstick would. The sealer is not a separately packaged product—it is on the opposite end of the tube of lip color. Think of it like a double-bladed light saber (and then stop, because we’re talking about lipstick and I don’t have time to entertain your Star Wars crap).

The lipstick itself applies well enough—you essentially paint it on your lips, it’s not too sticky or gloopy, and it dries fairly quickly. The sealer, on the other hand, looks like a tiny vat of Vaseline. And it feels like it. It took roughly 40 minutes for it to completely dry, but it was definitely kiss-proof, to J.’s astonishment (not so much to mine—modern cosmetics are often miracles in tiny tubes).

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Lip close-ups make me uncomfortable, so this is all you get. Ta-dah.

It left my lips glossier than I would have liked, but off we went to the mall to really test this sucker out. Four hours later, after a chili dog, an Orange Julius, and a nap, it had started to flake—much like paint. In a not-cute and definitely not 16-hour-wear way. I applied again, thinking I maybe I’d missed some spots with the sealer, and off we went again for birthday evening festivities.

After consuming three beers and a peanut-butter-pickle-bacon burger, the flaking was back.

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Unflattering picture of my face. For science.

And while I don’t anticipate gorging on chili dogs and burgers at my wedding (I mean, you never know), I’m not in love with this product. It’s an alright color, but the flaking is a big turn-off and the product doesn’t stay on anywhere near the 14 hours advertised. Overall, not bad for nearly $7, but let’s see what else is out there!

To be continued (in February)…

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science)

In approximately 10 months I will be married. And Marge’s Big Day wouldn’t be complete without a swipe of red lipstick, no?

Definitely not, which is why I’m embarking on a quest to find the perfect red lipstick for the day. (Also because J. doesn’t like it when I have goo on my face and kiss him, or some nonsense.) Mostly I just want to eat cake without touching up my lips, okay? Jeeze.

One would think this would be a relatively easy process, but to me (extremely organized individual), lipstick is Serious Business.


What’s in my purse? Mostly lipstick.
And since I lurk on r/MakeupAddiction from time to time, I’ve compiled a list of all the lipsticks mentioned as long-lasting and kiss-proof that I’d like to test out (for science!). The goal here is to try one new brand/product per month until I’ve exhausted the list, and by then I will hopefully have a winner picked.

The perfect red lipstick for wedding day must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must not smudge (for smooching)
  2. It must not transfer (for cake-eating)
  3. It must not dry my lips out (because pain)
  4. It will ideally have a matte finish  (because glazed doughnut isn’t a good look)

And now, the candidates:

As you can see, I don’t discriminate against drugstore brands, but I will say I am a little wary of some of them because I’m a firm believer of you-get-what-you-pay-for when it comes to cosmetics (lookin’ at you, Wet n Wild). Normally I would also include a price range these candidates should fall into, but, well, wedding. Enough said.

The process will involve wearing the lipstick all day. Go figure, right? Burrito-eating, coffee-drinking, dog-smooching, everyday activities. And then I’ll evaluate it at the end of the day. Cool? Cool.

I feel like it would be appropriate to inset a Hunger Games quote here, but I think I’m too old for that, so: may the best lipstick win!