As soon as I saw this shade in my box this month I had some serious reservations. This did not look like a colour I could pull off in the slightest! However I was reassured by the product info telling me that this was sheer. Suddenly I thought that maybe this would be one of those lip products that was surprisingly wearable - not giving off too much colour. But let me just say this - whoever said this product was sheer had no concept of the word.
This little lip balm/gloss/stick/whatever you want to call it, seriously packs a punch! The pigmentation is really impressive, which given a more subtle shade I might have really appreciated. It feels beautiful on the lips though and applies like a dream.
I could feel something minty about this product from the moment I tested it. After looking it up I was reassured that I wasn't going crazy as this lippie contains Mint and Shea Butter to give refreshing, moisturising finish. And I'm happy to say that this product kept to it's promise and didn't dry my pout at all. The hydration qualities stood there ground so I was very impressed.
But as impressive as all that is, this is actually one of those products where the colour wears off when the moisture does. I was speaking about this in my post the other day about the Clinique Chubby Stick. I really appreciate it when the colour stays put after the gloss is gone but this colour does disappear after eating or drinking, which definitely means reapplication is a must. It's not really a subtle look when this shade of purple has rubbed off the inner part of your lips and you're left with a pinkish purple line around the edge. Not a look anyone could work I feel.
Over all I'm really happy with the formulation and application. The packaging is lovely and I like that it's a twist up pencil so you don't need a sharpener. Given a different shade I might wear it on a more regular basis but I think this one is definitely going to be saved for fancy dress or days when I'm feeling a little more daring.
Laqa & Co Lip Lube in Menatour - Coming soon to the Birchbox Store