So when I heard Blue Ribbon Beauty was coming out with lipsticks I was over the moon excited. Why? Well I have a lipstick thing. While I never wore much makeup as a youngster…lipstick and lip gloss and lip balm was always my thing. While I’d use a handful of products on my face (tinted moisturizer, powder, mascara and a shimmery champagne eye shadow)…I always had at least 10 lipstick on hand…and that collection has just continued to grow as an adult. You will never catch me without something on my lips…even at the barn…even going to bed…there’s lip balm on at least. LOL. Lipstick is one of those things that’s easy to switch out if you change your outfit and always makes me feel put together even if there’s nothing else on my face but sunscreen. Plus you can tap a little on your cheeks to act as a blush and you’re done. I love lipstick. I also hate the feeling of bare lips…so maybe I’m a little bit odd about it. But there you go.
So of course I ordered two of these the day they were released. Once I received them I did note right away that the color swatches on the website are quite a bit brighter than in real life. I was okay with that as I’d expected and hoped that was the case. They are both gorgeous colors. I ordered the following colors and these are my thoughts on each.
Peachy Pony is a frosted shimmery light pinky peach. Very 1999. I really like the color, and it brings back some serious nostalgia. I actually don’t have anything like this in my quite large lipstick collection, so it’s a fun one to have. It good when you’re going for a bit of a dramatic eye and want something subtle on your lips.
Coral Sorrel is described as a warm coral shade…which isn’t quite right (and the swatch online isn’t quite right either). To me it has quite a bit of pink in it and a little brown (even swatched on white). Coral to me is a lot brighter than this, and it is darker than I expected from the swatch online. That being said…this is THE color that I gravitate too…kinda a “spicy rose.” And a perfect everyday color for a LOT of skin tones. When comparing a bunch of my other lipsticks with it…I have 3 very close dupes…like VERY close. Mrs. Kisses and Glowing Jen from Charlotte Tilbury and Nars Tolede. Those are described as a “golden peachy pink,” “tawny, beachy rose” and “pink rose.” I am in love with this color, but be aware it’s not as bright as it shows on their website.
The formula is a little waxy like older traditional style lipsticks (even the scent is very traditional lipstick smell (no added scent). If you like that older style lipstick feel, you’ll like these. There’s a bit of pull on your lips when you apply, but not terrible. For me I could care less, but I know many people want a softer glide these days. If it keeps it on my lips longer, I’ll take the trade off of a slightly waxier feel. It very much reminds me of lipsticks I had around Y2K times (especially the Peachy Pony). It is a creamy, satin formula with some shine even after dry down. The Peachy Pony does have added shimmer in it, where the Coral Sorrel is a regular satin.
Wear time is good for a non-liquid lipstick. It is non drying with a lot of good for your lips ingredients (however it’s not vegan so, if you’re vegan…sorry!). It doesn’t settle in lines, emphasize age lines or dry spots (whooohooo) and I’ve had no issue with bleeding outside my lipline. I think the formula is better than average, but not my very favorite. It has some staying power, but nothing like a liquid lipstick…so you will have to reapply through a long show day.
The packaging has adorable designs. It feels a little childlike so may not be sophisticated enough packaging for some personalities or the older age brackets (I like it personally). I do appreciate the cardboard for earth friendliness as there’s not as much plastic in the tube as a normal lipstick. I do wonder how well they’ll hold up banging around my purse, but we’ll see!
All in all I really like these lipsticks. Their price point is excellent putting them on par with drug store lipstick these days… (I know…prices are so high for everything). So the value is excellent for the quality and adorable horsey packaging. Are they half…or a third…or 25% as good as my more expensive lipsticks? Better. They’re very close in quality to MUCH more expensive lipsticks. They are not going to replace my go to show day lipstick because I prefer more longevity of a liquid lipstick so I don’t have to worry about reapplication, but I do use these regularly in my day to day. I am considering some other colors…but I probably don’t need to grow my lipstick collection any more. HA! Unbridled is looking pretty tempting for winter…