Being a Black woman in Korea is difficult sometimes. You can’t find foundation in your color (unless you go to MAC or Nars), there are very few products for your hair, people try to touch you all the time, etc., etc. Another problem I’ve run into is finding lipsticks in Korean stores that are pigmented enough for me.
I have naturally brown, 2 toned lips. My top lip is darker, and my bottom lip is a bit lighter. Any lipsticks I use need to be pretty pigmented to show up properly on my lips. I’ve found that most Korean lipsticks are just not pigmented enough for me. Sheer lipsticks are okay for work, but when I need something with a bit more uumpf, I’ve been opting to go to MAC…and MAC is pretty fucking expensive here.
I thought all hope was lost until I found the two products I’m reviewing today: the Missha M Everlasting Laquer Rouge and the Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick.
You see that pigmentation?! Swoon!
Let’s start with the Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick. It’s part of the new fall lipstick collection out now at Innisfree. The only color that really spoke to me was the #5. It’s a rich berry color that just screams fall. It’s the one of the only lipsticks in a Korean cosmetics brand I’ve found that delivers full color in one swipe. As I said earlier, I have naturally brown lips, so it may show up considerably darker on someone lighter than me.
My one gripe with this lipstick is that it has a glossy finish, and it’s definitely not long lasting in any way whatsoever. When I’m wearing bold colors, I actually prefer them to be on the matte side. Be prepared to have to reapply pretty often. I also noticed a bit of feathering after a few hours. All in all, I’d give it a solid 3.5 our of 5.
Next up are the Missha M Everlasting Lacquer Rouge lipgloss/lipstick hybrid. They are a lipstick (?) that applies like a gloss, and the texture is quite runny when you first apply them, but they dry incredibly fast to a matte finish. Everyone keeps comparing them to the Rimmel lip lacquers, but I’ve never tried those so I have no idea how they compare. They come in 5 colors, and I picked up the orange (OR01) and the red (RD01). In the pictures they look incredibly similar, but the top left is the red color, and the bottom right is the orange. In the swatches you can see that they are two completely different colors. I have many, many thoughts about these, so I’m going to list them in a pros and cons list so I can organize them.
- They are incredibly pigmented. The swatch on my hand is from one swipe.
- Beautiful matte finish. When I say matte, I mean like dried paint matte. There is an optional shiny gloss that you can get to put over them, but I opted for the matte finish.
- They are really long lasting, and they don’t transfer onto coffee cups or your boyfriend. Trust me, I’ve tried. They do not budge. At all. Again, it’s almost like paint for your lips.
- I’ve found that they are really great for layering. Since they don’t move, I use a little swipe as a primer for my other lipsticks.
- The red and orange colors are gorgeous on dark skin.
- They are ridiculously drying. To be honest, it almost feels like you have paint drying on your lips. If you use MAC’s Ruby Woo, imagine that dryness times a million. It’s sort of absurd how drying they are. You have to make sure to exfoliate your lips extremely well before using, and maybe even dab a tiny bit of lip balm over the top to keep yourself from going crazy.
- Towards the end of the day, they are pretty flaky. Again, if you make sure to exfoliate well, it shouldn’t be too bad.
- They DO NOT COME OFF. I know I said this is a pro, but it’s also a con. If you are tired of the color, or it starts flaking on you, or you want to take it off in the middle of the day, it’s pretty much impossible without a makeup remover. The swatches on my hand lasted through multiple hand washings and a shower, where I scrubbed to no avail.
- The applicator. I normally adore doe foot applicators, but this is one product that would definitely be better in a lipstick tube or with a brush applicator. These glosses are just too pigmented, and dry way too fast for a doe foot applicator. It makes the application really messy and it’s just not precise at all. I actually ended up buying a brush wand to use instead.
What are your favorite lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!
(ps, I wanted to do a review on my favorite MAC lipsticks, let me know if that’d be something you’re interested in!)