So far I'm loving this. As noted on beauty blogs, the creamy color you start out with changes to a deep stain/matte that shows up about an hour later. The colors can be tricky, so make sure to choose your color wisely b/c the final stain color can be very different. The color "Off Duty" I inintially tried on at Ulta - turned a neon sickly pinkish orange on my lips! Thank goodness I did not buy it. Do note, I don't think these colors are as "koolaid" colored as other stains from the past in other lines.
I ended up purchasing Calypso - it's a pretty peachy pink that fades to muted pink/peach stain without being too harsh - more true to the color than the others IMO. The stain you are left with wears evenly and looks great with a clear or pink gloss on top. Longevity is supurb - I've gotten about 4-5 hours of wear with the stain, even after eating.
Got this is in Pink Social and After Dark. The Pink Social was in lieu of a lighter pink that I felt look like someone caught in the 80's. It was horrible. This seemed nicer, I wore it the rest of the day and it seemed ok. But when I applied it today without full makeup, yuck. The consitency is too thick, the color too garish, and it turned too dark pink on me, and I hated it. The After Dark made me look like I was one of those stained lips people in "Dune". Just messy. I don't like the formula, I find it gritty a big, and while it doesn't dry out my lips, it doesn't make them look better either. It just kind of sits there, and wanders a bit too. These are both going back.
I bought Rosewater, since I love light pink lip shades and this one fit the bill. The lightest one, Pout, seemed way too white, so I passed. In retrospect, I probably should have bought that one, because one thing I didn't know - they majorly stain your lips and the color gets deeper, so if you want a product that stays on your lips the same shade it looks in the tube or right after you apply it, this is not it.
Rosewater looks like a pastel, light pink right after application, and the shade deepens as time goes on, on me it reaches a medium pink within an hour. It's glossy and looks great, I like all the shades it goes through till that point.
The surprise came after I ate. I was expecting to have nothing left on my lips, but when I looked in the mirror - I had pinky-red lips, As if I had just applied a matte lipstick! I can't say I'm a fan of that shade, I don't do red lips, but it's definitely better than the usual fuchsia that stains usually turn on me.
It is not drying, my lips with the stain left feel soft, and I can just apply a clear gloss and I'm good for the rest of the day.
I'm not a fan of the wand shape, I think it applies the product streaky, but it can be worked with and after smooshing lips together the product looks even.
I was hoping the term "long wearing" meant that the color stayed on the lips for a long time as is, but what it means in reality is that they leave a pigmented stain behind - which unfortunately is a different color than the one you originally applied lol.
I think I'll try Pout as well, in hopes the stain it leaves behind is a lighter pink, not red.
I'm not usually a fan of lip gloss, as I hate the feel of it and it rubs off, but I gave this new lip gloss a try. LOVE IT! It feels very comfortable and nourishing. Of course it's very shiny; for me, I blot it after application to cut down on any excess as I don't like my long hair getting stuck on it. Well, this stuff actually stains your lips, so as time goes by, even though it may have lost some shine, your lips are still colored! Even after eating, I still had color on my lips! I love how my lips look- younger and sexy! (and I'm over 55!!!) This is a keeper for me!