This review will be on “Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Lip Pen in the shade “#40 Carmine Red.”
A two-in-one lip color that adds shape and volume to the lips.
What it does: The Pro Sculpting Lip is a dual-ended tool that naturally creates the illusion of a fuller-looking pout using light. The opaque, semi-matte lip color features an ultra-comfortable, creamy texture that’s infused with oil to prevent moisture loss. Available in four color combinations, the other end includes an iridescent powder-to-cream highlighter that volumizes and shapes your lips. Apply the highlighter before or after the lip color for your desired level of intensity.
What else you need to know: “The most important thing about sculpting is light. A touch of light is the key element when contouring & sculpting.”—Dany Sanz, MUFE Founder and Creative Director.
My Experience with Make Up For Ever #40 Carmine Red Pro Sculpting Lip 2-in-1 Lip Sculpting Pen:
Packaging: This is a two-sided lip product but what makes it so incredibly special is that one side has a creamy semi matte lipstick and the other side is a sponge tip powder highlight. We all know the trick of dabbing a bit of highlight in the center of your lips to make them look fuller and pouty, this is the same concept, but in a much more user-friendly format of having both products in one. The tube is sleek, showcasing the color family of the lipstick on the outside.
I do find the small rounded cut of the lipstick to give me precise application on the corners and even on the cupid’s bow. The other side which has the sponge tip highlighter has the product built in the cap so that the tip is coated every time you screw the cap back on, how innovative is that. Just be sure to gently wipe the residue lipstick off the sponge tip after use so that it doesn’t get clogged up.
Texture: The lipstick side is a creamy matte formula. This is one of the smoothest comfortable semi-matte lipsticks I have in my collection. It just glides on without tug and feels like velvet on the lips. It is hydrating and moisturizing yet gives this petal soft matte look to the lips.
The highlight on the other end is a powder-to-cream texture. Once you dab it on the lipstick, it adheres to it quite easily and with a couple of dabs of the sponge of your fingertips, it blends right into the cream without leaving any chalky powdery feel on the lips. I don’t feel any grittiness of the powder even as I rub my lips together and the highlight stays where it has been applied without muddling together. I apply this right in the center of my upper and lower lips and purse them together a couple of times and it gives dimension to my lips and makes then look fuller.
You can either apply the highlight just in the center on all over the lip. You can apply it lightly or heavily and really alter the color of the lipstick underneath. Each combination of lipstick and highlight is different hence there are so many possibilities.
Pigmentation: The lipstick is super pigmented. It goes on fully opaque in one swipe. I did have a slight issue having this lipstick deposit color on the inner part of my lips and color wouldn’t not transfer as you may notice in the lip swatch.
Shade: The shade “#40 Carmine Red” is a pink-toned red. It may also across as a true red under different lights. This is a very flattering shade of red and will suit all skin tones. The highlight on the other end is pale gold highlight. The combination of gold and red makes a very beautiful combo on the lips and both shades complement each other. It gives a very subtle ombre look to lips when put just in the center without looking too metallic.
Feel and Staying Power: These lipsticks are so comfortable, to the point that I even forget that I am wearing them. With this particular shade, I saw it accentuating my fine lines a little more than the other shades I have tried from this range, but it was not in a very unflattering way. They feel moderately hydrating even when topped with the powder highlight. The sheen from the highlight is very subtle and there are no visible glitter chunks.
The staying power is quite good. It stayed for 5-6 hours with snacking and drinking, which is a decent wear time. It feels quite comfortable throughout the wear and doesn’t have me reaching for the lip balm at all. I do need reapplication after a full meal and it leaves a soft pink stain behind. There is slight amount of transferring onto cups and glasses, which I am quite okay with.
Overall, I am in love with this product. I love the unique concept and both the highlight and lipstick parts are impeccable products on their own, and together, even better. I will recommend this lip pen.
In the LOTD, I have applied the lipstick by itself and next to it applied, the highlighter in the center of my lips.
Pros of Make Up For Ever #40 Carmine Red Pro Sculpting Lip 2-in-1 Lip Sculpting Pen:
- Creamy, moisturizing lipstick.
- Soft, semi-matte finish.
- Flattering range of colors.
- Highlight powder melts right into the cream and does not feel dry or chalky.
- No gritty shimmer chunks in the highlight powder, just a soft iridescent glow.
- It’s easy to create ombre lip look with this product.
- Unique concept.
- Travel friendly, two-in-one product.
Cons of Make Up For Ever #40 Carmine Red Pro Sculpting Lip 2-in-1 Lip Sculpting Pen:
- None for me.
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