Sephora has some gems, y’all! For years, I would walk into Sephora and damn near get lost hitting every booth and swatching up stuff like a mad woman. Somehow, I managed to walk right by that good ol’ booth in the center of the store filled from top to bottom with Sephora Collection goodies. I wouldn’t say I turned my nose up at it. But when I come to Sephora I’m usually coming for the really good stuff. All this time I had no idea the Sephora Collection had some really good stuff hiding in that center booth.
Like the Cream Lip Stains for example. These lipsticks are the bomb and they’re pretty cheap too! After reading so many good reviews about them I hauled a couple and decided to see what the hype was all about. Let me tell you. I haven’t stopped wearing these babies since. The formula is sooo good!
And the colors I picked were just perfect! African Violet, formally known as 12, is a cool pale magenta with strong blue undertones and a sweet vanilla cake scent. Think of it as a soft Barbie pink. ‘Cause it’s certainly the kinda pink Barbie would rock while she’s cruising down the ave in her pink drop top.
The Sephora Cream Lip Stain formula reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks–which I really like. Upon application, African Violet has a thin, creamy texture that’s easy to apply and feels good on the lips. After a minute or so, it begins to set to a matte finish (not quite as matte as Kat Von D) that’s actually quite comfortable. That’s right. No stickiness or tacky feeling here. Sorry Kat Von D!
African Violet wears rather well for around 6-7 hours before I noticed some slight fading on the inner part of my bottom lip. The color didn’t completely fade away until around 8-9 hours so I’d say it’s a pretty solid lipstick to have in your purse. Just be sure to keep some balm on hand, though. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are formulated with avocado oil so they’re not too drying or hard on the lips but I still recommend prepping with a lip balm (and exfoliating, of course) and keeping one on hand as African Violet can start to get a little drying as the color fades.
If you couldn’t tell already, I’m slightly addicted to the Sephora Cream Lip Stains right now. They’re cheaper than most liquid lipsticks on the market ($13) yet they perform just as well as the heavy contenders. The only drawback is that the color range and the stock is a bit limited. So if you come across a color you like, SNATCH IT UP! Because, baby, these things sell out like hot cakes online and in stores. They’re that good!
Wearing Sephora African Violet Cream Lip Stain lined with MAC Cyber World Lip Pencil