One of the many things I love about makeup is that there’s no rules. You can be as creative and free as you choose to be. That’s why I laugh a little when people take those old school makeup rules to heart. Like not wearing bold lips with smokey eyes, for example. I’m totally the girl that’ll walk into the room with sultry smokey eyes, mile long lashes and bright pink lips.
I’m also the kinda girl that doesn’t like to stick to seasonal colors all the time. Sure, I prefer to rock my bright oranges and corals in the spring and summer. But that’s not gonna stop me from rocking a fierce vampy lip in the summer. Nope! I know most people think fall and winter in a shade like Jordana Matte Dare Modern Matte Lipstick but I’ve been rocking the hell out of it this spring. It’s one edgy purple!
Matte Dare looks a bit intimidating in the tube but it’s considerably lighter than it looks. Which makes it perfect for season hopping. Judging by the tube, you’d expect some vampy purple goodness but Matte Dare is more of a mid-tone plum with a slight red undertone that gives it a nice berry tint. Not exactly what I was expecting but I like! I also like the sweet vanilla scent Matte Dare sports. It’s a refreshing change compared to all the powdery, floral and plastic-y scents most drugstore lippies have.
I like the formula too but it definitely needs some work! Matte Dare wears very well but the application is just mind blowing–for lack of better words. On the lips, Matte Dare feels creamy with a lightweight texture that hugs the lips without emphasizing imperfections. But it drags like crazy! It’s kind of like an oxymoron. How can such a creamy formula drag across the lips? I don’t know but apparently Jordana has managed to figure it out.
Thankfully, the dragging doesn’t feel rough or intense but it just isn’t ideal for lipstick application. Once you get past the dragging, Matte Dare is a pretty solid lipstick. It’s incredibly pigmented with full coverage in a single swipe and it wears like a champ. The color didn’t settle into my lip lines, bleed or feather and it wasn’t drying at all. Matte Dare wears for around 4-6 hours before fading into an intense stain that hangs around for a couple hours.
If it wasn’t for the dragging, Matte Dare would be the perfect berry lip. It’s creamy, non-drying and pretty long lasting. The formula is flawed but still not too bad for $3. Whether you’re a matte lip beginner or matte lip junkie I think Matte Dare is worth a try. But if you’re a high end diva who loves smooth, glide-across-the-lips lipsticks then this isn’t for you.