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My 6:00am look:
A lip stain that could outlast a Taco Bell Burrito Supreme? A week ago, I would’ve laughed at you. Since I’ve been working front counter at Taco Bell, I’ve become more and more acquainted with their food, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that we’re respectably one of the messiest fast food joints you can find. I got used to reapplying my lipstick every few hours, and I didn’t even bother to try lip stains, because we all know they fade, even if they don’t wipe away at the tiniest mouth action, like most conventional lipsticks. Then, I came across Younique.
They’re probably most well-known for their mascaras, and to be honest, at first that’s what I believed I would be buying and reviewing. Before I could even make it to my online shopping cart, though, I came across a lip stain in one of the most beautiful shades I’d ever seen. “No”, I told myself. “You don’t need lip products, Sierra. You have an entire collection at home!”, but I didn’t have any lip stain in that collection…and certainly not any hydrating mineral-based lip stain. “Okay”, I thought. “I’ll decide on this purchase based on the price.”, and so I clicked the link to the product. It was just over $22. Affordable enough. “One more shade won’t hurt anything.”, I convinced myself. Besides, reviewing an eyeliner would mean showing close-up pictures of my lashes, which is one thing I had always been a bit self-conscious about. With that in mind, I purchased the lip stain in one of the boldest shades available, an orangish, coral-like, bold color dubbed “Shameless”.
It only took a few days to arrive in the mail, something I was particularly happy with. The box looked too big to contain just a lip-product, but I was pleasantly surprised to open it up and find that my order was correct. I was itching to keep the pretty purple tissue paper, but too excited over the new lip stain to bother with saving it, so in the trash can with the box it went. The lip stain went on wet. It took a few seconds longer than expected to dry, but I wasn’t complaining. When it did dry, it had a bit of a sticky texture, but nothing too difficult to grow accustomed to. In fact, I was relieved that the pigment hadn’t dried out my lips, as so many other lip stains had managed to do on the first application. I wiped the stain off with a baby wipe. Three swipes and it was gone. I snickered to myself. This product wouldn’t make it through the first hour of my work day, but I’d go ahead and give it the benefit of the doubt. I had promised the direct sales rep a review, after all.
The next day, I applied my lip stain in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart. (No judging, I was there to pick up a protein shake for breakfast. I checked the fridge that morning, but was out.) It was about 6:00am. When I arrived at the hospital and sat in the break room waiting for my ride to work to finish up with some paperwork, I fixed myself a mocha latte and cracked open my protein shake. Breakfast was served, and when I had finished, I opened the front-facing camera on my smartphone to check my makeup. The straw in my latte had surprisingly no lipstick residue, and my lips looked perfectly unbothered. Shameless had made it farther than I had expected, but could it stand the test of a hot kitchen, a lot of talking, constant water sipping, and best of all…a Taco Bell lunch?
My after-lunch look (1:00pm):
To my surprise…it actually did. I took my lunch break around 1pm. Up until that point, I hadn’t found a spare moment to check my makeup. So, I decided to go ahead and eat. I’d check the damages afterward. I was shocked to find that 7 hours and an entire Beef Burrito Supreme later, the lip stain was still there, and it was still covering the entirety of my lips. Granted, it wasn’t a beautiful, bright, shameless color anymore, but it was still acceptable. It had faded to a classier, deeper, pinker color. I had hoped that it would fade into something more closely related to the orange hue that I loved so much about it to begin with, but you can only ask for so much, right? I was tempted to reapply, but I refrained. I was going to test this. I mean really test this. I finished my shift at 4pm. I walked about a mile down the road to Sonic. They had a new pretzel dog that I just had to try. I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Dog with a small Oreo Master Shake. (Please ignore my two fast food orders in one day. It was a rough one, okay?!?) After eating that, I made my way home. I arrived home around 6pm. Just 12 hours after applying the lip stain that morning. I expected the results to look horrible, and honestly, they didn’t look great. I expected bare lips. Instead, I found traces of the lip stain still sticking to the edges of my lips. Actually, it looked like I had applied a lip liner. Which, when you consider it looked like lip liner without lipstick, sounds horrible, but it was so much better than I expected.
My 12 hours and a hotdog later look (6:00pm):
What is my verdict? This lipstick will get you through an 8-hour shift. It will last through a 6-7-hour school day. Both of those accomplishments are almost too good to be true! However, if you’re going to be out all day, as in 12 hours or more, keep in mind this lip stain isn’t Wonder Woman. It can’t handle everything. If you’re going to be out all day, reapply after you eat lunch, and you’ll be ready to go until you finally decide to remove it. It’s really that simple. It will come off with a simple wet wipe, but it can withstand the messiest of all fast food. I don’t know how it does it, especially without EVER making your lips feel dry or overbearingly sticky, but I really don’t care. All I need to know is where I can get it again, because now that I know I love it, I’m going to be needing one of every color in my collection.
If you want to check this product out, visit: www.fleurdelashes.org and support the same representative that I worked with, the lovely Lindsey Acree!