Dreamy sigh. I love lipsticks. There’s nothing like opening a new tube and seeing that perfectly shaped tip and creamy color. Lip products can make your look pop, add a touch of color to your complexion, and express personality, all in a couple of swipes.
I usually carry about three or four sticks or tubes with me at all times (and then often forget to wear them!), just in case I want to amplify my look. I try not to go crazy and buy too many. However, it’s hard for me to resist these beauty items when I find them, especially when they’re inexpensive and highly rated, like these from ColourPop!
They’re normally $6, which is a great price, but I caught a special deal that offered three lip products for only $12…so you can imagine what happened! Sorry, not sorry.
Since I dislike the super dry feeling of most matte lip products, and don’t care for the sticky, wet, glossy feeling, I decided to order three from the Ultra Satin Lip range and checked out a number of swatch photos and videos before making a choice on which shades to purchase, hoping they’d work well for me. Each reviewer seemed to love the line, so I was convinced it was the right choice.
I did my best to pick three colors that were relatively unique to my current lipstick collection, though still within my comfort zone and flattering against my skin tone. I simply cannot wear those teal blues and muddy browns that are popular right now. So I chose one that appeared more of a nude mauve, a brown-toned berry, and a deep, cool-toned red.
What I wasn’t expecting was each color looking slightly different than in the tube. And by different, I mean slightly darker in the terms of the first two, and slightly brighter in the last.
Echo Park, while I guess would be a nude shade for some, it’s not really for me, though I’m not mad about it. It’s more of a moody shade than I’ve ever used before, and I like it! It’s feminine with a slight edge. I’m willing to bet this color will quickly become a staple in my collection since it’s such a neutral color that pretty much works with everything. I did notice Echo Park being a bit dry, even with the lip balm underneath, so sometimes I dab a touch of gloss on top.
Frick N’ Frack is described as a rosy terracotta, and I would say that’s accurate. The first time I tried it on, I was unsure about how well it worked against my pale skin, but I’ve come to really like the contrast, and noticed it looks better when I’m wearing clothing of certain colors. Plus, once summer arrives and I get “tan” (my tan is what most people’s skin tone is in winter), I think it’ll look even better. I definitely like this shade better with the lip balm mixed in than on its own, as Frick N’ Frack tends to make the creases in my lips more prominent without it.
Lost is such a gorgeous red! This is a bolder shade than what I’m used to wearing, but I do love a good red, and I don’t think it’s on the orange side enough to clash with my skin tone. The website says Lost is a red-brown, but I don’t see much of the brown when it’s on my lips. After removing it with a tissue, the pigment remains for a while, making this color more like a stain. Because of that factor, Lost is definitely one to apply carefully and clean up with concealer.
Although these Ultra Satin Lip products aren’t a true matte, they’re still a touch more dry on my lips than I usually like. But I found a solution! I just apply a quick swipe of lip balm before applying the color, and I’m good to go. As far as staying power, I’m pretty impressed. They’re not completely transfer-free, but each lasted longer than I expected, and if you don’t blend the colors with lip balm, they continue to hold out pretty well even through a meal.
I would recommend using a nude lip liner before applying some of the Ultra Satin Lip products, however. I noticed a little bleeding after a while when I used Frick N’ Frack. Also, I’m not a huge fan of the applicator. It’s a large doe-foot, but wider, flatter, and with longer fibers, so for me it makes application a little tricky on my thinner lips. It’s also quite messy coming out of the tube, like the stopper doesn’t take all of the excess product off the wand. And for someone who’s anal about keeping the top clean, that’s frustrating.
I want to know which of these three shades are your favorite! Tell me in the comment section below!
—Photos by Justin McKee—