In my recent Fyrinnae purchase, I grabbed three trial size Lip Lustres and was really excited to give these a go. I’ve heard great things but didn’t entirely know what to expect, and it was so wonderful to be able to purchase $2 minis in order to become more familiar with their qualities and shades. I decided to try Dragon’s Blood, Meloncholy, and Winter Romance!
My review of these is going to be short and sweet. These are fabulous lip colors. I was actually kind of shocked out how great all three shades turned out to be, and the formula is really wonderful. It’s thin (but not watery), yet very pigmented. The color really sticks around and stains lips. I find that I can either wear them to full effect or I can blot a couple of times after applying for more of a stained look. Despite how well they wear, I don’t find them drying – and my lips are pretty sensitive and seemed to get dried out by just about everything. The first two ingredients are mango seed butter and jojoba oil, and I’m guessing that’s why they’re so kind to my lips.
The Lip Lustres come in tubes like lip glosses and have a doe foot applicator, but these are more like liquid lipsticks than glosses. The applicator for these minis is very small and precise but I assume the full size applicator is bigger, to stay in proportion to the larger tube. They have what I’d say is a satin finish and the initial sheen wears down over time. There’s a vanilla scent, but it’s very light and doesn’t stick around.
Meloncholy is an orange coral-melon. For me, the natural redness of my lips peeks through a little bit making the shade look a tad darker than it does on my arm, but it applies evenly and I think it looks lovely. I appreciate that it has just enough pink mixed in as to not look as harsh as a straight orange would.
Dragon’s Blood is a deep, cool berry-toned red. For me, this inches towards the color of red wine, and Fyrinnae says that it’s inspired by the vampy lip shades of the 1920s. If blotted or worn away, it leaves a berry stain on lips that I think is very sexy.
Winter Romance is a red similar to Dragon’s Blood but warmer. I feel like this could be likened to a red velvet. It does indeed feel very romantic and Fyrinnae suggests that it should suit a variety of skintones. This shade was released in their Winter 2013 collection.
If you’re curious, I’m also wearing: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland (review), NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (mentioned here), Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Light Bronze (review) and Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural on my cheeks, Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sleek & Spice for spring 2014, and Maybelline Illegal Length mascara in Very Black (review).
I think these are so great, and Fyrinnae has a lot of other shades to choose from. The trial sizes are $2 and the full sizes are $7, so they’re reasonable all around. In the future I might try some of the more adventurous shades. They offer everything from pinks and reds to golds, greens, and purples.
Have you tried ’em? Do you have any favorite shades?