Whenever I wear dark eye makeup I have hard time deciding as to what to wear on my lips – too light looks very unflattering on me and too dark makes me look like a clown and because of this dilemma, I have to spend a pretty penny to get the right shade for me.
I bought this particular shade for this very purpose; however it fell in the first category – way too light. It enhanced my look in a derogatory manner rather than what I desired which left me despondent but still I found a way to wear and play around to get the right shade for me. One of the bloggers had mentioned the Me Now lip colors as the perfect dupe for the Lime Crime Lip colors but I was a little skeptical, so I did a little research and found that these lip colors are in fact known for their matte, long lasting finish; since they are not that expensive, I decided to buy them in three different shades.
Below is my experience with it.
• Matte velvet finish
• Waterproof and smudge proof
• It is better to use a lip balm before putting it on your lip
• It will have good finish if a very thin layer is applied
My take on Menow Shade #18 Long Lasting Lip Gloss :
First of all, the name of these lip colors is deceiving – they are not lip glosses since they do not have a glossy finish and second they have shade number from 1 to 38 instead of a name which is rather dull – ‘ I am wearing number 18’ does not sound very interesting. But I guess the list of drawback ends here because from here on everything goes uphill.
Packaging: Skinny long tube, like a test tube with a solid black, twist cap which has a long doe-foot applicator attached to it. I like the packaging because they are easy to store, carry and recognize among the pile of other lip colors.
Texture: It is very creamy and smooth to apply, reminds me of NYX matte lip creams. It does not tug on dry lips; however a lip balm is recommended underneath.
Color: Nude beige which is perfect for nude makeup look on fair skin, but not so much on my skin tone or darker, however it can be used as a base to get an even-toned neutral lip and then apply some brighter color on top.
Pigmentation: Awesome pigmentation and this is a claim made by me, who suffers from lip pigmentation and finds it really hard to hide my uneven lip tone and get a flawless finish.
Shimmer and shine: It has no shimmer or shine whatsoever. In first swipe, it might appear a little wet or shiny however, in a couple of minutes it dries out into a smooth, velvet matte finish.
Fragrance: The product has a very subtle floral fragrance which I like since it doesn’t bother me too much and fades away eventually.
Wear time: One needs a very good makeup remover to remove these or they won’t budge at all. It might fade a little if one consumes oily food but otherwise it does not budge at all. In fact it is little too stubborn to remove.
Conclusion: I am really happy that I took a leap of faith and purchased these lip beauties. I can’t wait to buy the other shades as well.
Pros of Menow Shade #18 Long Lasting Lip Gloss:
• Test tube like packaging which occupies less space and is easy to store
• Color is visible through the clear tube which makes it easy to locate
• Ideal shade for fair skin tones not so much for darker beauties
• Has a mild floral fragrance
• Small quantity goes a long way
• Perfect for pigmented lips
• Absolutely waterproof and smudgeproof
• Easy on pocket
• Perfect dupe for Lime Crime Velveteen lip colors
• Available in 38 shades
Cons of Menow Shade #18 Long Lasting Lip Gloss:
• No shade name provided – just a number
• A bit too difficult to remove
• No ingredient list provided
Would I repurchase Menow Shade #18 Long Lasting Lip Gloss?
Yes and would try to stock up all 38 shades. I advise all the readers to take a leap of faith like me and try these lip colors.
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