Preview x Happy Skin | Too Cool and Hot Stuff Matte Lip Crayon Review and Swatches
I’m not used to using word nicknames, so instead of calling these lippies, the actual name of the product, I’ll call them lip crayons.
I’m a little disappointed that these are limited edition and that there seems to be no option to buy the crayons separately. Currently, it’s only available in Zalora but it will be available in Beauty Bar soon.
I had a feeling that the red crayon would be a wine red since they didn’t have that shade in their regular lipstick line. I already have a staple wine red lipstick and I have a no dupe rule, so I was only interested in the nude one. I messaged my friend, Cheche, and asked if she’d want to split the box with me (but I know I didn’t need to ask).
By the way, Zalora ships fast. I ordered around 6pm and the lip crayons arrived 9am the following day (I live in Makati. Maybe Zalora’s warehouse is near my place.)
Here are swatches and some of my thoughts on the crayons
Preview x Happy Skin – Too Cool
On me, Too Cool looks like a pink-toned beige concealer. Note: I have medium cool yellow skin tone (with greenish undertones).
I had two other friends try it on. On a friend who’s a shade darker but also has yellow-greenish undertones, the lip crayon didn’t look as flattering, too. On another friend who’s also a shade (or two) darker, with yellow neutral skin tone (no greenish cast whatsoever), it looked like the perfectest nude. I will not pretend to know how this will look like on other skin tones. Getting this lip crayon is kind of like a gamble.
I wouldn’t wear Too Cool with no other makeup on my face. It definitely needs blush and eye makeup. In these photos, I just applied eyeliner (which got totally covered by my hooded lids) and blush.
As a blush, Too Cool is a keeper. It’s subtle but it’s there.
This crayon applies smoothly. It doesn’t tug but I can’t describe it as creamy. It has a little bit of a silicone feel to it — similar to how Revlon Matte Balms feel, but with relatively less slip. Too Cool also applies more evenly compared to Revlon’s paler shades and is almost opaque in one pass.
My problem with Too Cool is that it doesn’t seem to wear well over time. If you’re like me who has tiny creases on the lips, the more I move the lips, the deeper those creases look, making my lips look dry when they’re actually not. This is common with pale matte lipsticks, though.
I am starting to think that with nudes, there’s no happy middle ground. The best looking pale matte lipsticks on me are of the ‘bone dry’ variety (like MAC retro matte and MUFE’s matte lipsticks). They cling to the lips and they don’t move (here’s an example from Ae’s blog).
If you can’t handle the drought, go for satin or more glossy finishes
Preview x Happy Skin – Hot Stuff
Compared to Too Cool, Hot Stuff also feels a tiny bit siliconey but creamier. It applies evenly and is opaque with one swipe. Also, unlike other creamy mattes I’ve tried, Hot Stuff has a true matte finish.
In my opinion, Hot Stuff has the best formula of all lip crayons that Happy Skin has come out with so far. This one’s worth the price. I still prefer drier and tuggier options, but I’m a hard core ‘sahara-desert dry’ matte lipstick lover so that’s that.
What blew me away with Hot Stuff is the longevity. It didn’t seem like it would last long because it has slip and doesn’t seem like it fully sets. But after eating ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, and spicy chicken wings, it was still intact. I wasn’t able to take a photo, but here’s my friend, Cheche, after ice cream:
After seeing that much transfer, I didn’t expect that there would be much lipstick left. The second photo is after ice cream. The third photo is after 6 hours of work. Cheche seems like a total b*tch here but she’s one of the kindest and jolliest people I know. That pout was for me to see if there’s still lipstick left.
If you eat right after application, I don’t think it would stay as long. We gave it at least an hour to set.
Anyway, although I was pleasantly surprised by how Hot Stuff looked and lasted, I’m still glad I didn’t get it. I already have two lipsticks that look almost exactly the same as Hot Stuff on my lips.
Here’s Diva and Hot Stuff:
Up close, you can somehow see a difference. Hot Stuff looks a little bluer and deeper. Maybe the subtle difference on me will not look quite as subtle on a different skin tone. But for my wallet’s purposes, they’re the same and I’m not the type to keep two lipsticks with no significant difference in color and finish.
Initially, I thought Hot Stuff would be closer to MAC Sin, but I was wrong:
Sin is definitely darker.
More comparison swatches:
In my initial swatch, Entourage and Diva seems significantly lighter. I must’ve sheered them out because I didn’t apply directly from the tube, I only used my fingers:
For someone with my coloring, I think this is not a must-have. Too Cool is not my nude and Hot Stuff is not a unique color. Also, I really hate limited edition stuff. I feel like I’m being deliberately deprived of time to think because the products will be gone soon. But I hate myself more because I fell for it!
Get it if you also want to use Too Cool as a blush (this is now my favorite blush), or if you like concealer-type pale lispticks, and/or if you’ve already moved heaven and earth to look for a long-lasting non-tuggy matte wine red and couldn’t fine one.
Another reason to get it is if you love matte lipsticks and you’d want to suport a local brand. We got our set for Php 999 (Php 1,099 less Php 100 from the coupon code: HAPPY).
PS I wish Happy Skin chose an MLBB-type of matte color instead of a pale nude.
PPS Thank you, Cheche for lending me Hot Stuff and for being a Scatterbraintures correspondent 😛
PPPS According to my husband, people who offer to lend me their lipsticks are true friends and we should make them godparents if we ever have children.
PPPPS Hot Stuff and Too Cool look good when layered. I ended up with a berry-toned shade.