June 2014 From the Lab: Lip Color Stick Nos. 335, 336, & 337

This is my second From the Lab box—this month, they celebrated their first anniversary by introducing their first ever color collection.  Lipsticks!  Or ‘lip color sticks,’ rather.

Fun, flirty colors delivered in a sophisticated, long-wear formula that lasts up to 8 hours.  Lip Color Stick Nos. 335, 336, and 337 combine high gloss, creamy texture, and pure color pigments into a single lip coverage that nourishes your lips and keeps them smooth, supple, and hydrated.

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No. 335 is a bold, playful pink that brightens up your skin tone and your smile.  Its color depends on your complexion~

No. 336 is a sheer, beachy melon when applied with a light swipe and a bright, trending coral when the coverage is built up.  Great for a day look.

No. 337 is a classic red with blue undertones that compliments every complexion.

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And more product info:

  • These are ‘all-in-one’ products that replace your lip pencil, gloss, and lipstick.
  • No need to sharpen—twist up as needed.
  • Estimated retail value: $70+

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I’m not a lipstick person so I wasn’t jumping for joy when I got my box—but to be fair, I was open-minded.  I had a really good experience with last month’s lip product so if anything, I had a pretty good feeling about this!

I opened No. 336 (the coral) to try it out, because it was my favorite over the pink and the red (which seemed a little intimidating [strong colors] but I’m sure they’ll be fine as long as I don’t build the coverage up tooooo much.)

Creamy, check!  Good coverage, check!  Hydrating, check!  The stick applied very smoothly—the texture was more like a lip balm then a lipstick, and the color was GREAT.  I really like this melon/coral tint!  It lasts for a WHILE but….I didn’t like that it was so….sparkly.  Yes, I felt a bit like a Twilight vampire (YES a Twilight joke), especially because the first time I tried it out was at work.  A bit of sparkle is fine for the weekend and after I clock out for the day….but I’d prefer not to glisten under the lights of my conference room during a meeting.   The product sheet claimed that it could replace my lip gloss as well, but I didn’t think the finish was particularly glossy.

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In the end, yeah.  Definitely on the fence on this one, but it’s alright?   I like that From the Lab sent three of these lip sticks and after a couple days of experimenting, I discovered the perfect balance of coverage (not much, maybe one and a half swipes) to still get a nice tint with minimal sparkliness for work.

Very curious to see what next week’s product will be like!  I still have my fingers crossed for a mask or some moisturizer.  Maybe if I’m lucky, a serum?

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