May 18, 2016

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick (Coral Red) | Review + Swatches


I have been having the "time of my life" at college, just—just havin' a blast, you know, and now I am back in my stale home state for the summer rotting in my bedroom as I try to find a job and avoid misery and feelings of worthlessness, so here I am back on my blog writing to passersby.

My search for a red-orange lip color never really ended since my NYX butter gloss review (that was over 2 years ago...). Most colors I stumble upon seem too pink or too orange. Pixi's lipstick in Coral Red seemed like a promising shade, and even though there weren't many swatches online, I went ahead and bought it during a sale a few months ago after seeing Shaaanxo's swatch video (Coral Red pulled a lot more pink on her, but I think it's because her lips were stained? The formula seemed very nice, so I risked buying it anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

The color is spot on but the formula is too thin, resulting in patchiness as the hours pass (not desirable for a bright color). THE SEARCH SHALL CONTINUE >>>

"Mattelustre" is kind of a terrible and confusing name, but after reading Pixi's description of the lipstick it makes more sense (but it's still kind of a stupid name). Pixi describes this lipstick as a "demi-matte lipstick [that] conditions, plumps and protects lips while giving long lasting, intense colour." The Mattelustre name comes from the lipsticks' "adjustable finish": straight application results in a glossier finish whereas patting over your lips with your finger results in a demi-matte finish. Seems innovative, but a lot of cream lipsticks do this...

The lipstick retails for $12/3.6g ($3.33/g, higher end of the drugstore price range) and comes in 11 shades, a range of everyday naturals and brights, nothing dark (which is appropriate for this formula).

Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Wax, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl/Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Silica, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Shorea Robusta Resin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Stearyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzophenone-3, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Water/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tribehenin, Hexylene Glycol, Ceramide NG, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/-Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

The ingredients are kind of peculiar; there's a lot of waxes and resin type ingredients that are presumably used to help seal in moisture?

The lipstick is in a plastic twist up tube that is a bit bigger than average (it has a 2 cm diameter). It doesn't feel cheap but it's nothing luxurious. The colored bottom is more orange than the actual shade, so it's slightly inaccurate. The bottom also doesn't screw off.

Coral Red is an apt name, it's a bright red-orange.

1 swipe - 2 swipes
Coral Red is buildable in pigmentation (sheer to medium), but if you layer too much it begins to look uneven and slightly blotchy. It works best applied on moisturized lips, otherwise it will skip and look patchy.

bare (thin layer of Burt's Bees) - 1 coat - 2 coats

This is a very thin lipstick with some slip; it's not really creamy in the traditional sense, and it doesn't leave the lips feeling moisturized (it moreover maintains moisture for a short period of time).

Nothing noticeable/strong, unless you inhale it (then it will smell a bit chemically, like some plastic toys).


Lasts for 3 hours until it starts going patchy/feeling dry. It doesn't fade gracefully, and it lightly stains the lips a warm pink.

RATING: 4.5/10
There's better lipsticks out there, ones that last longer, apply easier, and are cheaper. Coral Red is a pretty color though.

Target, Pixi

SONG OF THE POST: Animal Collective - Loch Raven

I saw them live in St. Louis about two weeks ago. I was in a tangible wave of sound. It was great.

I heard this song for the first time during the concert, and I felt like a cloud in high winds. Not sure how I had never listened to this album (besides the song "The Purple Bottle") before then because it's good.

Here's a shitty pic of Panda Bear and Geologist (some dude blocked yelping Avey):

this is why you should be tall and punctual
sick stage setup nonetheless B)

Look at this tripod review:


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