In the parade that is silly and obscure holidays — National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, anyone? (November 20th, if you’re curious) — today is National Lipstick Day. How did you celebrate it, did you wear lipstick? Buy it? Covet it?
If you need another fix, here are some quick swatches of a quality lipstick that was my favorite price, free. A few weeks ago I got a postcard in the ol’ snail mail from Ulta. One of my member benefits was that if I took the card into an Ulta store, I’d get a free Clinique lipstick.
Yep, that was it. Didn’t have to buy anything, didn’t have to take a survey, nothing. And it was a full-sized lipstick, not a miniscule travel size. Let’s look!
My Ulta sales associate reached into her Box o’ Freebies and pulled out the shade All Heart. There were other colors but I was very content with All Heart. I no longer see it on Ulta’s web site, but it’s from the relatively inexpensive line called Long Last Lipstick and comes in the familiar Clinique light green case.
I don’t see the weight marked on the label, and as you can see it’s stamped “Not For Individual Sale.” However, I think this line of lipsticks usually costs about $8 U.S.
All Heart is a beautiful shade of darker-than-pink-lighter-than-red, which I love. It has a very faint shimmer that keeps it from being a plain creme, but it’s by no means glittery. What I love most about it is how it feels. When I was applying it, it felt so light that if I hadn’t been looking in a mirror, I wouldn’t have been able to tell any of it was getting on my lips. Honest, it’s that weightless, yet the pigmentation is great. It wore well for hours (went out to dinner so I eventually wiped most of it off) and left a very light stain after removal. It has virtually no smell or taste.
Here’s an All Heart swatch under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:
Can you see how different it looks in each light? And even though that last lighting makes my skin looks like I have malaria, the lipstick still looks great!