Review of Besame Enchanting Lipstick in Merlot by aksaiyo
I got this in the luxury sample set (version 2, the one with a gram of product in each sample jar), and I'm planning to order to full size soon!
Previously, I had only owned Red Hot Red and Red Velvet. I had thought that Red Velvet is going to be my favorite color of the reds, but now I know it's Merlot!
I suppose it varies with each person's skintone, and on me it is basically a maroon color. Think the Hollister & Co. type of maroon, it matched with one of my T-shirts from them pretty much perfectly (though I have more than one shirt from them of the dark reddish tone but only one matched...). On my olive NC20-25 Asian skin, it looks a bit vampy (gothy?), but with winged liner and lots of mascara I totally dig the style! :D
The lasting power is great, and though I only have the sample right now, I know from my full size of Red Velvet that you can pretty much apply it straight from the tube without liner and it'll still look beautiful! If you want to use a liner though, neither end of the Red and Cerise Masterliner actually matches Merlot perfectly, Cerise is too burgundy and Red is a little too light. Personally, I'd choose the red side, but I've tried either one and you could pull off both.
As with all their reds, it does feel quite high maintenance though. I mean this in the way that these lipsticks are so pigmented, should you accidentally touch your lips, you could end up with a very difficult to remove red streak on your face. So...uh...remove it before you make out with your SO...I'm pretty sure he won't appreciate its removal...
(It does come off with makeup remover wipes and such, but no amount of rubbing will thin it out enough to not look like a red patch)