Remember when the NYX Macaron Lippies ($5) came out? The hype surrounding these was insane. There were many colors that caught my eye but until I knew firsthand what the formula was like, I opted for only getting my favorite one. The shade I found most unique was Earl Grey, a muted cornflower blue. I haven't found many occasions where I've considered this lip color to be an appropriate one, specially since the formula isn't quite as good as I'd like it to be. Regardless, once I wore it out the color wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be.
Here's my issue with Earl Grey... I love the color and the pigmentation is great. The formula however is a bit too oily/slippery. It looks and feels good on the lips, but I don't feel 100% comfortable wearing it because it travels and transfers easily. Plus the edges around the lip line tend to look feathered. It feels like the NYX Round Lipsticks which I know many people find thin and oily. Although that type of texture is not my favorite, I usually don't mind the fact. However, it's definitely an undesirable quality with a bold color like this. I can't wear this out without having the worry on the back of my mind that this will transfer. To remedy the fact, you could put some translucent setting powder on top or apply a transparent lip liner underneath.
I would recommend Earl Grey (and the Macaron Lippies) for most people because they're novelty colors, something you will almost never wear, so there's no reason to spend a lot on a pastel lipsticks. As for myself, I'm looking into brands like Lime Crime or Melt Cosmetics because I want to wear colors like this more often and wish to find a longer lasting matte formula.
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