I added this to my most recent Sephora order because I have been wanting a brow gel lately and it was 50% off. I have very thick, full brows. They are a bit wild, though, and don't stay in place at all. The worst is the front of my eyebrows, where the hairs are a bit more sparse and a lot thicker, so it's basically a recipe for a messy eyebrow disaster. I think this brow gel does as it's supposed to, with a few caveats. It holds my brows in place, but if the hairs get moved around too much, it starts flaking off. The brush also tends to clump my eyebrows together if I'm not careful. Because of the flake factor and the clumping issues, I try to apply this only where I need it. I stroke it lightly through my entire brow, then I add another coat at the front, along the top, and at the very end of the tail. The one thing I do absolutely love about this brow gel is that it seems to beef up the front of my eyebrows a bit, which is lovely because they're kind of unnaturally thin in comparison to the rest of my brows. I don't think I'll be repurchasing this, mostly because I like to keep trying out new products, but I would use this again if I had to. It does it's job, albeit a bit mediocre. ALSO: I have discovered another use for this product, which is touching up mascara. My eyelashes are quit long, which means that my mascara tends to start flaking a bit sooner since my lashes are constantly scraping my glasses. Once I notice my mascara flaking, I swipe a thin, quick layer of this over and it stops the flaking (while adding a bit of extra shine).
This lipstick was quite disappointing. I was absolutely in love with the color, but the finish was just to hard to work with. It left lines, made my lips look cracked (even though I keep them in absolutely perfect condition) and settled terribly. I ended up exchanging it yesterday for the Viva Glam Nicki lipglass, which also settles into lines, but is much more manageable than the lipstick. Quite a disappointment- I've come to expect quality from MAC this was a letdown. I hope that anyone else who buys the product has a better experience than I did.
I bought this lipstick yesterday. I'd been waiting to try it for a long time. I initially wanted it because I had read that it was a yellow-toned pink, but it wasn't bright pink (which is nice because a lot of yellow pinks are either way too light or way too akin to MAC Viva Glam Nicki). I later read that it was very similar to- possibly exactly alike- what Audrey Hepburn had worn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I simply adore that film, so I bought it as soon as I could. I live in the country, so I initially drove into town to buy it. Much to my annoyance, none of the city stores I went to had it in stock; they were either out of stock or they simply didn't carry the color (presumably because it sells out so quickly that they don't want to deal with reordering). I eventually ended up going to my small town's local drugstore and they had two tubes left. I initially thought the lipstick would be too light for me. I was wrong, however, because it's the perfect shade of pink. I normally don't wear pinks or blue-toned reds because they almost always bring out the redness in my cheeks, but skin looks nearly perfect when I wear this. It's a peachy pink color with just a hint of coral to it. It's much darker than it appeared in the film- but that's okay, because it's the perfect pink for my skin tone regardless. This lipstick is also very nice because it's very natural without being a nude color. It's very obviously pink, but it's not that Candy Yum Yum kind of in-your-face, over-the-top pink. It's very simple, in a way. My only caveat with the lipstick is the formula. I was hesitant to buy a Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in the creme finish because they're just not all that- they tend to bleed, settle into your lip lines and highlight and flaky patches you have. While I always keep my lips in top condition (because I tend to wear a lot of matte lipsticks, which basically put a spotlight on any lip imperfections), I can't do away with lip lines- they're part of my lip. No amount of exfoliation will get rid of those. Needless to say, Pink in the Afternoon likes to take an evening nap in any creases it might find in my lips. Without lip balm under it, it takes about an hour before it's completely moved itself into lines. However, with a nice layer of thick lip balm underneath (I used Acure lip balm) it's a-okay (though it doesn't last the best- about four hours). All in all, this is a lovely color. The formula is a bit off, which is why I'll be looking to dupe this color in a higher-end range (maybe Clinique or Lancome). Until then, however, I'll be sticking with this, because it's most definitely the best pink I've ever worn.
I bought this because it was getting near time to buy new mascara (I try not to keep mine longer than the recommended three months, because I have sensitive eyes) and I decided to try something new. I've been wanting to test out Benefit products and I thought I'd start with a mascara. I always wear brown- not black, since I have long eyelashes to begin with and black is just too harsh and alarming- but I thought I'd go with plum since it looked rather subtle and purples naturally highlight green eyes. I love almost everything about this mascara. For starters, the color is perfect- it looks chocolate brown, just like I want brown mascaras to look, but there's just this slight hint of deep plummy purple that really brings out my eyes. The brush is also perfect. I normally use Maybelline One By One because the brush is well suited to long lashes... or so I thought. The brush on this grabs every single lash, no careful maneuvers or sleight of hand required. Granted, it is large- but I don't mind cleaning up the little mascara dots along my lash line because the brush does such a good job. The formula is also ace, too- not too wet, not too dry, not too thick, not too thin. I normally have to wipe most of the mascara off the brush before I apply it, because otherwise it instantly clumps, no matter how carefully I put it on. This applies great right out of the tube; all I have to do it wipe off the mascara at the end of the wand. This also performs just as well on the lower lashes, which is excellent because even the best mascara can absolutely bomb when it comes to the bottom lashes. Overall, I absolutely love this product. The only caveat is the size of the container. Yes, it's absolutely the best mascara I've ever used... but there's only 0.3 ounces of product. It seems like Benefit could have definitely cut back on the size of the packaging. It's a bit bulky and not very travel-friendly. It's still wonderful, though, regardless of size. Purple mascara sounds daunting and juvenile, but BADgal Plum is the most beautiful shade of mascara you'll ever find to highlight brown/green/hazel eyes. I don't know how this would suit blue eyes, but it seems like it would work well for almost any shade.
I've been dying to get my hands on this for probably three or four months now. My local MAC counter was consistently out of stock, even though it's not an uber-popular item (apparently MAC isn't renowned for their supply management abilities...), but I didn't want to order it online because I had an absolutely horrific experience with ordering lip products via a website. Needless to say, I don't buy things online if they can melt easily. I stopped by the MAC counter earlier today and decided to pick out a new lipstick on a whim. I was thinking of maybe Viva Glam Nicki 2 or Smoked Purple (something a bit bolder), but my mom (who was with me) reminded me that I had wanted this. They finally had it, so I snatched it up as quick as I could and hurried home to test it out. As far as reds go, this is probably a three on a scale of one to five. It's bright without being outspoken and loud. It's nice because it's orange toned without looking orange; I don't liked blue-toned reds (they turn pink on me and bring out the red in my skin), but I have issues finding yellow/orange-reds that don't look too orange. Dubonnet, as far as I am concerned, is my holy grail red. It had very subtle touches of brown, which tone it down and make it a bit more wearable. It also has some nice berry tones, which helps bring the glamour of a blue-red without bringing the issues- i.e., that horrible moment when you realize your beautiful red lipstick is now patchy hot pink. This doesn't fade to a horrible shade of 80s pink; it's just gradually dissipates to a beautiful, lovely brownish-berry, then a rosy nude, and then- poof!- it's gone. As far as wear times go, this lasts just like any other MAC lipstick I've tried- four to six hours without fading, six to ten with some visible wear. The scent isn't assaulting, but it does linger for a little while and it seems to be particularly strong with the tube of lipstick I got... It's a bit annoying, really, but at least it doesn't smell like plastic :) I'm sure this was just an issue with mine, though- I don't see why one shade would smell more strongly than the rest. All in all, this is absolutely going to be my go-to red. It's a lovely wearable shade when applied lightly and when layered on (most particularly with a brush) it's absolutely a showstopper- without being horrible bright or way too pink.
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Soft Shine lipstick- 08 Golden Brandy
noangles 2/2/2013 3:30:00 PM
A perfect slightly-rusty peach-toned coral. It's what I would consider to be my "holy grail" of lipsticks... I absolutely love it. This is part of Clinique's "Long Last" line of lipsticks, and they weren't kidding when they said "long last"! I put this on at around ten o'clock in the morning and it was still there at six o'clock p.m., through two meals and numerous beverages. Absolutely amazing! I cannot sing enough praise about this product. It's simply amazing, the color is beautiful (and ultra-flattering), and the coverage is all the way from sheer to full, which means this lipstick will work in multiple settings. The shimmer is super fine and looks like more of a light orange sheen than over-the-top sparkles. Definitely my go-to lipstick. I haven't worn anything else since I got it and I don't know if I'll wear anything else ever again.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss - Mango
noangles 1/16/2013 5:30:00 PM
I'd been wanting to try this lip gloss for a while and after the stars aligned and I was given a $30 gift card for Macy's, I decided to pop in and try it. The container comes with 0.5 ounces of product, which is pretty good (about 3.33 times the amount in a tube of Chapstick). It's a standard squeeze tip with a silver cap. The packaging is okay, but nothing to absolutely rave about. The lip gloss itself is smooth and pretty moisturizing. It's very thick, but not sticky; in fact, you can easily apply two or three layers of this without it starting to get tacky. It doesn't really have a scent or flavor to it, and it doesn't have much of a color, either. It's a very, very faint tint of a fresh, coral pink color. However, it's just enough color to bring the attention back to your lips. The color looks very orange in the store, but unless you're under bright florescent lighting. it's pink. The lip gloss wears for about five hours, but the gloss finish wears off in about three and you're left with a really sheeny, satiny look on your lips that you may or may not find desirable. As far as the formula and coloring goes, this is great. It's my holy grail lip gloss, and I actually saved the other half of my gift card so I knew that I could absolutely purchase another tube of this when I ran out. There are, however, some flaws. For starters, the lip gloss separates. It doesn't blatantly squirt out that clearish liquid as some glosses do, but it does start separating and putting out both gloss as whatever the other stuff is. I've found that you can prevent this by kneading the tube (with the cap on, of course) before opening and storing it in alternating positions when you're done (i.e. on it's side, on it's cap). The other issue is that it goes rancid. While I've never had this issue personally, I know a number of people for whom this gloss goes rancid. You should, however, be able to return it at the Clinique counter no issue. Overall: Great gloss, one of the best, with a few minor issues.
This was my second MAC purchase (and my second MAC lipstick). I went to the counter intending to buy some sort of red lipstick, but all of MAC's red shades look very pink on me and the one red-ish color that didn't (Dubonnet) was out of stock. I'd seen this color online and decided to pick it up from the store. I tend to like oranges because they can have the intensity of reds without bringing out red tones in my skin, and this is probably one of the best orange lipsticks I've tried yet. It's a pumpkin-y red orange that seems to have equal yellow and red undertones. I don't think this belongs in a particular seasonal category, but it definitely pops amongst the Christmas-y colors that are common through fall and winter. As far as texture goes, this is my first matte MAC lipstick, so I can only speak from my experience from other brands. It is a bit more drying than, say, my matte Revlon lipsticks, but it has amazing staying power, so I guess it's a trade off. Additionally, the first few applications were a bit chalky, but after a few uses it's pretty creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a great color that I can see wearing and repurchasing long into the future.
Lip Gloss -Burt's Bees - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Plum
noangles 12/25/2012 2:05:00 AM
Basically terrible unless you blot it. Once blotted, it's a really nice color that's super great for fall. Definitely not the best of Burt's Bees' products.
Lip Gloss -Burt's Bees - Super Shiny in NECTAR NUDE
noangles 12/25/2012 1:35:00 AM
SUMMARY: 100% natural gloss gives off light nude tint and naturally radiant shine, but not without slightly gritter shimmer and a possibly nauseous scent. To begin with, the package is made of a thick, sturdy plastic and the non-applicator end is thoroughly sealed, which means it won't break open and ooze lip gloss all over your purse. The cap on it comes sealed with a bottled-water like sealing mechanism, which means that you can be 100% sure that it hasn't already been opened. The container itself contains 0.5 ounces of product, which is the same amount of gloss as you would get in a tube of MAC clear lipglass. The products itself is thick and buttery and bit hard to get out of the container, but it spreads quite nicely on the lips. It's not extremely moisturizing, but beings that Burt's Bees lip balms aren't exactly incredibly beneficial for the lips in the first place I would say that their lip gloss is about on the mark in comparison with the balms when it comes to their claim that it's "moisturizing". The gloss is scented, and although it's not incredibly distinct it's a kind of sweet, herbal lemon. The scent isn't incredibly pleasing and it's a bit strong, but I don't mind it and it seems to dissipate quite quickly on the lips. People who are into strong incenses and/or coughdrops might like it. The actual texture of the gloss is smooth, slightly gritty, and a bit like a thick, Carmex-like balm. The grit, I'm presuming, is the tiny little shimmers in the gloss, and beings that they're not really all that annoying and actually really pretty, I'm not that bothered by them. The gloss isn't sticky at all... It's actually a bit on the negative side of the stickiness scale, since the lack of traction the gloss has on the lips contributes, I'm assuming, to why the gloss isn't incredibly long lasting. The color is very lightly tinted. It's a peachy-pinky kind of nude that's also slightly golden. It's not a skin-tone, corpse-like nude; on the contrary, it's actually quite natural. The shimmers in it don't appear to be any particular color at first glance but upon closer inspection the appear to be red, bronze and and an almost green-like kind of silver. Granted, they're really small and not super reflective, so I'm sure the color of the shimmer partly depends on the light (and the quality of your eyesight :p). This isn't an exactly exemplary gloss (though it does particularly well for being 100% natural), but it is nice because it has some alternate purposes. The gloss blends into the skin quite nicely, which is strange since glosses normally just sit on your skin and smudge around, but it's also a plus because it means that this gloss can be a great multitasker. It works nicely as a lightly golden-ish highlight on the cheeks, and the shimmers add a very subtle kind of "pop" to the look. Although I haven't tested it, I'd imagine that the gloss would also work well if applied lightly and blended well onto the eye area, though I must say that packaging doesn't say anything about it being eye-safe. Overall, I like this product. I haven't had an extremely ideal amount of time to wear it, beings that I'm not big on glosses in the first place and I'm not that into nudes, either, but it seems to do well. My only caveat is the "super glossy" title... this is definitely a light gloss. If you're going for the "wet look", I'd look elsewhere.
To sum it up shortly: A great way to wear a bold color without being usual. I was worried that MAC lipsticks weren't worth the hype- after all, you can't find some psuedo-beauty obsessive that doesn't worship them- but they're honestly the best lipstick I've ever tried. Vegas Volt is a hot, orangey coral that also leans pretty strongly to the pink. It wasn't my first choice (I intended to buy Dubonnet or Lady Danger) but my local MAC counter was sold out of both and, feeling rather rushed with all the other people ambling around swatching random things, I picked the first lipstick that I could remember putting on my list of shades to consider ordering. Be warned: The department store lighting is deceiving- the color looked much more like a pinky creamsicle orange color- but it's beautiful nonetheless. Because I'm fair with rather rosy cheeks this color turns quite orange on me but I would warn people with darker skin tones (or those with tans) that this could either wash you out or look like the orange equivalent of baby pink. Beings that I don't ever need to wear blush I haven't tried this on my cheeks, but just from blending this on my hand it seems like it would be a wonderful coral blush when used lightly. All in all, a wonderful lipstick formula (though it can be a bit drying on the insides of the lips, but what lipstick isn't?) and a wonderful color. Can't wait to order the rest of the shades I wanted!
I'm very much a makeup purveyor; there's a lot of products that I want but not very many that I buy. When I saw the ELF Matte Lip Color in store, I decided to take the opportunity to buy it and see whether or not I liked it. The Matte Lip Colors (which are part of ELF's Studio line, so they cost three dollars) are probably one of the best matte lip products I've ever found. They come in a pen-like shape that reminds me of markers. The packaging is quite sleek and black; only the brand name and product title are printed on the container. Because of that, I'd recommend saving the packaging that has the ingredients and whatnot printed on it. The design is by far the most ergonomical, truly "on the go" that I've ever seen. The cap is incredibly sturdy, so this is totally purse-safe, and the colored cap on the bottom pulls out of the tube to reveal a handy sharpener (though it's not really necessary, because the actual stick of product is small enough that it's precise even when the tip is flat. The product twists up out of the tube, and there's 0.006 ounces of products (a little more than a third of what you get in a tube of Chapstick). There's no distinct smell (just that hint of plastic that you get with most lipsticks) and there's not really any taste to it. The texture of the lipstick is smooth, though it's a bit firmer on the lips than your standard lipstick; it's very much like a very creamy lipliner. It's also incredibly matte, which means that this color is a lot more natural looking it would be if it was shiny. It's not a powdery or drying matte; it's actually very smooth and comfortable on the lips. The color is unlike anything I have (and also very unlike the packaging and the website). I would consider it to be a nude mauvy-purple, but that's coming from something who has kind of purple-tinted lips to begin with. It's basically a purple-like mauve with lighter brown undertones. My mom described it quite perfectly: a "lavender mocha". It applies quite light, but it does turn a bit darker within ten to twenty minutes of applying it. This was a bit odd, because my lipsticks don't normally oxidize the way this one does, but then again, I've never dealt with this range of colors before. Like I said, it's absolutely matte, but I did find a couple of items in my collection that looked nice over it. Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in "Lilac Pastelle" looked quite nice, and a layer of Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in "Berry Rose" (number 500) was also quite beautiful. I tried applying it over Burt's Bees Pomegranate Oil lip balm (which has a slight pink tint to it) and, while this lipstick does not apply over lip balm easily, it gave it a slightly more satiny finish and it was quite beautiful. Alternately, this could be used as a lipliner with most colors that lean more towards blue. It'd be especially beautiful blended into a baby pink. Lastly, I would definitely recommend exfoliating and moisturizing before wearing this, because (like most matte lip products) it definitely accentuates lip lines, wrinkles, and cracks. Overall, it's a great product, and I plan to purchase the rest of the line.
I'd been waiting for a while to be able to try the Burt's Bees tinted lip balms because I love both tinted lip balms and Burt's Bees. The tinted balms seem to be available in any store that sells the wider range of Burt's Bees, i.e. all the lotions and cremes and whatnot. A few of the stores near me didn't carry the individual tinted balms but did carry gift sets that had two different tinted balms in them. Beings that the balms individually sell for between six and eight dollars and the gift packs are $9.99, I would definitely suggest buying the gift set. The lip balm comes packaged in long, canister sized contained. The outer packaging seems excessive but it's actually great thinking on Burt's Bees' part. The outer canister has all the ingredients and other such information printed on it, which means that the actual lip balm tube is label-less- and thus, a lot more sleek. The actual tube is black, and just says "Burt's Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm 100% Natural". It definitely looks a lot classier and much higher end than their usual lip balm. Not to mention, there's no plastic label to get eventually start peeling off. Upon opening the balm, you're greeted by a sweet and very floral scent, which may be a bit offensive to those with sensitive noses. It's doesn't smell as much of honey as some other Burt's Bees products, but you can definitely sense the kind of spicy sweetness. The smell fades quickly after applying the balm to your lips. The texture of the balm is quite thin and slippery, though not in a troublesome way. It applies very slickly but seems to set up on the lips, particularly in colder weather, which is one of the reasons why I would definitely recommend this balm for people who live in colder regions. The slickness of the balm is a bit of a plus, though, because it's slightly glossy and thus the pigment does seem a bit more intense. The balms is more moisturizing than the other Burt's Bees balms that I've tried. The current balms that I'm using right now are their Mango Butter and Pomegranate Oil, and the tinted lip balm definitely has them both beat. The color is a very awkward level of opacity; it's quite sheer (they definitely meant "kiss of color" when they said it), but it's heavy enough that it would look quite messy if you went about applying this like a normal lip balm. It could just be me (I'm incredibly precise about the application and look of my lip products), but this definitely requires a mirror, or at least a very sense of exactly where your lip line is. The color itself is a very, very light red. The packaging is shows a very blue-red, but swatched on the hand it actually looks quite orange. The tint is so sheer, though, that it doesn't really matter what your undertone is, this will probably look good regardless. There are a few things about this tinted lip balm, however, that I don't like at all. Firstly, it seems like it would melt incredibly easy; for that reason, I recommend keeping it in the cardboard cylinder-type thing it comes in. Secondly, the taste isn't incredibly pleasant... It's not offensive or in-your-face or anything like that, but it's certainly there. It tastes a bit like burnt candlewax smells, which could be a bit unpleasant for those who lick their lips a lot. Lastly, this lip balm has absolutely no other uses. Granted, I bought a tinted lip balm, and it performs just fine as a tinted lip balm, but I'm used to being able to use most of my lip balms for other purposes. It's much too slippery to be used under lipsticks; I tried and they literally glided over my lips, just picking up the lip balm. It reduced some of my thickest and most drying matte lipsticks to absolutely zero color payoff. In the facial department, it's too pigmented to be used as a light cheek highlighter (which both rose salve and Burt's Bees Pomegranate Oil balm work wonderfully as), but it's way too sheer to be used as a creme blush. It's also too pigmented to be used as a last-minute eyebrow tamer/gel-like product. Ultimately, it's an good product. The pigment is justt a rosy hint and the glossiness is nice. There's much better ones out there, for sure, but seeing as I don't want to pay twenty-plus dollars for the Benetint Balm or something of that sort, this'll have to do.
As far as "my lips but better" shades go, I would consider this to be my end-all, be-all. The color itself is absolutely gorgeous; it's a slightly dark burgundy/wine with very strong golden brown tones to it. The red in it works very well with cooler undertones and the golden-ish brown works quite well with warmer undertones, so it creates a nice pop of color with a still slightly nude effect regardless of your skin tone. It works nicely with most lip colors, both as a liner and as a base. When used as an actual lip liner, I tend to put it on, then sheer it out by applying a lip balm and blending, because when applied straight to the lips it can look a bit chalky and uneven. If I use it as a base under another lip color or gloss, I undoubtedly have to apply then blend because the texture of the pencil (which is very hard and crayon-like, particularly when cold) results in patches that look very flaky and muddy. On days when I wear just this pencil (which occur more and more often as the weather moves into fall and winter, since this is a color very reminiscent of autumn), I usually line my lips, apply a layer of lip balm, blend, then fill in the rest of my lip, applying a bit more balm and once again blending. So long as I don't over apply the lip balm, I can usually repeat this process until I achieve the desired level of opacity. However, applying too much lip balm, gloss or lipstick- whatever your using- will result in it being nearly impossible to continue putting on the liner as it basically glides across the lip, scraping everything up onto the pencil. The pencil itself brings me to another gripe about this product: it's just a pain to sharpen. The color is lovely, even though the application is tricky, but the process of sharpening the pencil could drive me over the edge. The wood is flaky and brittle, which means that it's a bit uneven to sharpen, resulting in very wonky and extremely sharp ends on the pencil. I normally run the pencil down until I absolutely have to sharpen it, and then I sharpen it just until there's enough product showing to make the liner usable, otherwise the sharp points and crooked shape of the actual liner make it applying the liner nearly unbearable (and a bit painful, due to the rather hard composition of the liner). There is one merit, though, that I'm sure can be attributed to the texture of the pencil: It lasts forever. I've had a few of the Wet 'n' Wild cream liners, and they last about six months with normal usage. This liner lasts substantially longer, though; I use it about four days a week and I've only went through two in the two and half years I've been wearing this color. Overall, this is an absolutely gorgeous lip liner that works like a nude color without being flat and corpse-like, as nudes often can. The color makes it perfect to be used alone or under reds and browns for fall/winter, and also under corals and light pinks for a fresh yet natural spring/summer look. At only ninety-nine cents, the texture and composition are excusable; this is an absolutely divine lip color.
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Silk Finish - 510A Light Beige Frost
noangles 12/2/2012 1:33:00 AM
This is probably one of the best lipsticks I've ever owned. It's not really a beige, per se... I'd describe it as a pinky rose with brown undertones. Despite how bright my description makes it seems, it's actually a very natural color (which is where they probably got the idea to call it "beige"). In the tube the color can look anything from a bright coral rose to a deep pink brown, depending on the light. On the lips (or at least my lips, which are naturally a very pale, baby-pink color), it's much less brown. It still retains that nude-colored tone to it, and if you're in office-type lighting, it very much appears to be a coral-ish nude, albeit a rather deeper shade. However, in many other sorts of lighting- particularly natural light- this lipstick transforms into a beautiful rosy color, although the orange-y, pinky-nude tones to it keep it from being too bright or over-the top. In short, it's a very versatile shade that very easily moves from one setting to the next. As far the actual wear goes, I'm still very impressed by how well it performs. It wears four to five hours on me, and it fades very nicely. I usually wait until it's almost completely gone before reapply, because it's just as beautiful faded as it is fresh out of the tube. However, it's not necessary to wait, because unlike some other lipsticks, it doesn't get cakey or gross if you reapply without removing it first. This lipstick isn't necessarily completely opaque, but it's definitely not sheer. When applied straight out of the bullet, it goes on easily and smoothly with good color payoff, but it's not so opaque as to make your lips look like they're wearing a mask. It is slightly shimmery and the slightest bit frosty, but it's barely noticeable after a few minutes. As with most lipsticks, I would recommend exfoliating before applying, but it's not really necessary as this particular lipsticks formula truly is "featherweight", and it doesn't seem to accentuate lines, creases, or any chapped spots. It's not exactly moisturizing, but I don't find it to be drying, so there's not really an issue in that department. You could apply a lip balm underneath if you really wanted, but I've found that it goes on quite sheer over a balm and it also lasts a substantially shorter amount of time, so I wouldn't recommend it. My only complaint with the lipstick is the packaging, which is to be expected as this line of lipstick retails for about a dollar. It's cheap plastic and the lid does not stay on well at all, which makes it particularly hard to travel with. I try to keep it at home (since I've already had once accident with it coming open in my bag), and if I take it out and about I try to keep it either in one of my bag's zipper pockets or, if possible, in a lipstick case. Overall, this is my "holy grail" lipstick as far as the more wearable, rather subdued colors go. I'd prefer to be able to say that my go-to, everyday lipstick is something a bit more glamorous and high-end, but beings that the color is absolutely gorgeous, I'm not ashamed to say that it's a one dollar Wet 'n' Wild lipstick.