Happy Wednesday! It's been a while since I did a lipstick review and that's because I stopped buying more as I needed to step back since I had quite a few colors and not enough lips. That changed and I am back at it but technically I didn't buy this per say because it came in a subscription box. I also thought I was giving up red lips as it isn't Christmas anymore and that's the only time I usually wear a red lip out but then Valentine's Day came around and there I go and sport a red lip a little longer. So here is today's lipstick review which I give my thoughts about the BYS matte lipstick in Celebrity status.
Description from here: A nice wine shade will always be in, so pick this BYS Matte Lipstick (Celebrity Status) and add it to your lipstick collection. The lipstick features a matte finish, perfect for those looking to go with the 1920s style.
The packaging comes in a sleek, black tube with a semi-matte finish. The cap is clear so it allows you to see the color and also just how much product you still have left in the bullet. The bad thing I find with this lipstick is it doesn’t disappear into the tube completely at first and you have to wait until it’s used up a bit so you have to be extra careful whenever you put the cap back on. I ended up damaging it a little so it has a crease in it ow. I'm glad I didn't completely slice it off on accident. Other than that detail its pretty god. It is plastic all around and has a sticker on the bottom telling you its shade and the batch it was a part of which is really handy. The product ingredients and all that other information you need about it are printed on an attached sticker which keeps the tube sealed which it is kind of hard to remove for some reason.
BYS Matte Lipstick in Celebrity Status is a bright red lip color that nearly resembles a red carpet color. My first impression on this lipstick is that this is a very good lip color for parties and special events. I can describe the color not as dark as it appears on the lipstick itself and I thought it would especially under bright and natural light like in the picture. It does appear more dark and a vampy red indoors and in it's tube as well. I was seriously expecting it to be a wine red like it was described and a more fall shade but turns out it was just darker than it appeared to be. I'm not disappointed with the color but I was quite put off but it turns out I like this color a whole lot better because I wear more reds like this instead of those vampy looking shades.
This swatch on my wrist is just one swipe which isn't all that pigmented and quite sheer but then it builds up and turns out to be a gorgeous color. Here it is on my lips right after I applied it without it drying to a matte. As you can see it is quite moisturizing and I applied this bare with no lip liner or lip balm underneath. I applied it straight from the tube to my lips which was really easy and the pointed tip really let me maneuver it and get it in the lines in my cupids bow. It also doesn’t bleed or feather, so maybe a lip liner isn’t necessary but it will help to make it last longer on the lips. I didn't have a hard time applying it and it is quite smooth and didn't stick to any dry patches but it did settle into my lines as you could see up close but not really noticeable far away. The formula was very surprising as it’s creamy and glides on smoothly like an ordinary lipstick and not a matte one. I usually have to stop and go again with a matte shade but this just flows. When it is first applied it has more of a satin finish to it and then it becomes slightly more matte after a little while but not completely.
I was expecting this lipstick to have a matte finish like it says but it doesn’t quite go all the way matte or what I think a matte is supposed to look like. It does dry after a few minutes, becoming slightly more matte, and that’s about it. It's kind of matte but I find it still transfers. As a result, unlike a typical matte lipstick I'm use to which dries right away and hardly leaves any marks this transferred to anything it touched. Maybe it was me right after I applied it but it still transfers a little after a few hours of wear unlike a lot of other matte lipsticks I’ve tried before. It does however eventually dry completely and it has the stained look about it. Despite the transfer, you don't need to reapply after blotting since the color really stays on the lips. It started to fade but mostly in the center however the lipstick does leave a remainder of it on the lips so there is color still there and you don’t need to touch up right away. It is long lasting and the color stays it just has a stain effect and isn't as vibrant when you first apply which I do quite like it slowly creates an ombre effect.
This next swatch is it a few hours after and it dried to a matte but it is still moisturizing which is nice. After a while it settles in and becomes a nice color and it did come off with drinking which I don't know how I feel about that. I guess if I wiped off the excess it wouldn't have done it. At the end of the day I noticed it did dry my lips out a bit and felt like it was chapping them but as I said I didn't apply lip balm so if I did it probably wouldn't have done that so here is a reminder to add your fave lip balm before application. I also included swatches of my Maybelline Downtown Red (you can read that review here) which I thought was my holy grail red lip but this is kind of replacing that. So here is the swatch side by side with one swipe and then a couple swipes. They aren't really similar which at first I thought they would be close but seeing them side by side there is quite the difference. The one on the bottom is the Maybelline and is a more blue toned red while the BYS is a true red and not as blue toned. I prefer the color of the BYS one and is nice true red color.
Overall ExperienceI do love this lipstick and it has it's ups and downs but it’s still a great red with good wear time. It wasn’t what I was expecting a lot of the time and it surprised me but still quite a good lipstick for my standards. I don't think I would buy this exact shade again unless they improve it but I'm not put off with trying more colors and maybe this is the faulty one and you never know that other colors are better.
My rating is: ♥♥♥♡♡
This is a quite a good lipstick but it isn't perfect. There are a few flaws but it isn't totally a thumbs down for me. The color and pigmentation is lovely and can last and I don't mind if I need to touch it up or not. The thing with the dryness can be fixed and the not being completely matte and the transfer could be looked over if you prefer which for me I can do just fine. I haven't found the perfect red lipstick for me but at the moment in my collection this is winning. It takes up some of your time with getting the right application but though the formulation can be improved it does have a great color.
- Color is good for a lot skin tones
- Lovely red shade
- Easy to apply
- Packaging (Cap is easily removed in my makeup bag)
- Messy to apply (Because it's easy to glide on the lips)
- Slow to dry
- Not fully matte
That was my review for the BYS Matte Lipstick and my final verdict of what I thought about. I did wear it in a couple of my outfit posts so if you want to see it in action there in my last style post and my lookbook. Even with my mixed thoughts in the end I am liking in it and it can be manageable. So I hope you enjoyed this review and if you tried this or any other colors let me know what your thoughts were.
What is your holy grail red lipstick?