Before I talk about the lipstick, let me tell you about my first Inglot shopping experience.
When I first went to Inglot, I haven’t googled their lipsticks yet. I went in with no expectations apart from color variety. I asked the sales person where their matte lipsticks were and s/he pointed me to an area. The lipsticks I swatched had a lot of shine to them. I immediately assumed that Inglot’s matte lipsticks aren’t really matte, because there are brands coming out with matte lipsticks that should’ve been labeled satin.
Anyway, I’m happy I came back (with Becs). They let us explore the whole store, swiping, swatching, and testing out stuff. And we found where the matte lipsticks were! But we were disappointed because they seemed sheer.
I don’t know what got to me, I went back to Inglot for the third time to check out the lipsticks. I’m not sure if it’s just because it was warmer compared to when Becs and I went there, but the matte lipsticks I swatched transferred more opaque on my wrist.
The texture and consistency can be likened to MAC Retro Matte lipsticks. There’s a tug as you swipe it on and it doesn’t have any shine at all. If you’re a matte lipstick lover, you’d love this. If you hate MAC retro matte lipsticks, this is not for you.
I checked out the Bright ‘n Matte lipstick collection and of course my eyes gravitated towards the burgundy-ish plum and the bright purple. But almost immediately, I stopped myself because I already have colors like those and I vowed that I’d only have one lipstick of a particular color at a given point in time.
Anyway, recently, I let go of MAC Viva Glam I. It’s a gorgeous red but it’s not the red for me. I wanted a red that will make my heart beat a little bit faster when I see it on my face. Viva Glam I doesn’t give me that feeling.
I just want to say, keeping only a few things at a time really raised up my standards for lipstick.
Going back to my story, I left the Bright and Matte area for the non-limited edition reds and saw Inglot 412. I swatched it on my arm and liked it.
I would describe it as a raspberry blue-red. I haven’t encountered a red like it. It may not be a true red but it’s the red for me. Look at 412 along all the other reds and plums. It sits in that sweet spot that’s not really red red but isn’t berry either.
It’s a kind of red that’s not blindingly bright. You can comfortably wear it in the day time but it still gives you the look of wearing a red lipstick. I can’t explain it well but I hope you get me.
The lipstick doesn’t have a lot of transfer — like most mattes — which means, it stays longer than most lipsticks. If you won’t drink or eat anything, it will stay put. I drink water every 2 to 3 hours and most of it stays on my lips. It doesn’t give me the ring lip nor does it feather on me. But the latter is probably due to how I apply it (which is for another post).
It’s everything I want in MAC retro matte lipsticks but better because it’s cheaper and you have more color choices.
If you’re a matte lipstick lover, check Inglot’s selection.
P.S. Believe it or not I’m wearing 5mm thick eyeshadow on my lids. I tried not to smize in that one photo and I look like I just tight-lined. On all others it’s like it’s not there. Hahaha.