I have the most amazing story about the Too Faced Unicorn lipstick. When I was visiting my mother-in-law last summer, I noticed some pretty purple flowers in her garden, and said something like “That color would be great for a lipstick.” When Christmastime came, my mother-in-law remembered that remark, and brought the flowers to a makeup store for them to find a lipstick in that shade for me! She’s so thoughtful.
I adore purple lipsticks. There are space-age blue purples, smoky grey purples, gothy dark purples… and Unicorn is a bright and flowery purple (fittingly for the story above.) It is like a darker version of that beloved 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid. My husband says that Unicorn reminds him of spring and Easter.
Of course, I have extreme prejudice towards this product, but believe me when I say, Unicorn is one of the best liquid-to-matte lipsticks I’ve tried. It’s easy to apply, as the wand is not too long (hello Kat Von D), and the applicator is a straighforward doefoot instead of some weird huge paddle (hello Anastasia Beverly Hills). I think it would be easy to draw a crisp outline with that applicator, if you’re into such a thing (I’m not. I just paint my lips and outline by blending the color down with a concealer brush.) The lipstick does not dry down immediately and stays malleable for a time, which allows for a beautiful even blend. Longevity-wise, it predictably disappears in the middle after eating or drinking, but I didn’t notice it cracking after reapplication. And it doesn’t dry out the lips too much, no more than a creamy matte bullet lipstick does.
Yes, in terms of quality this product is a win. But not everything is rainbows and, ummmmmmm, unicorns in the Too Faced world. I’m talking about some of the product names in the Melted Matte line. One of shades is named “Miso Pretty”–whoa, that sounds pretty racist! Seriously, Too Faced? Who approved that nonsense?! It’s 2018, jeez.
And, I’ve got another rant prepared for you, this time about the future of the whole liquid-to-matte lipstick genre. One of the Russian makeup channels I follow posted that the esteemed artist Val Garland has declared matte lipsticks over, i.e. not on trend anymore. Um… I do respect Val Garland and that channel, but these “trendy/untrendy” concepts need to head into the dustbin of history. We’re just getting the party started in terms of liquid-to-matte lipsticks. We’ve been seeing better and better formulas on the market, with Smashbox, Too Faced, and even Wet n Wild setting the bar high for other mainstream brands. I’d be down for having more good, comfortable liquid lipsticks available (instead of the crumbly crap of years past), in a variety of crazy colors.
Okay, rants over, time for the looks featuring the Unicorn lipstick.
This I wore yesterday. For my eye look, I used the satin mauve and the shimmery copper shade from an ancient Wet n Wild limited edition palette called Smoke and Melrose, as well as the dark red and purple shades from Charlotte Tilbury’s Vintage Vamp. The sparkle in the middle is the Stila Glitter and Glow in Rose Gold Retro. I’m also wearing a purple highlighter in the inner corner, Felicity from the Sigma Beauty Chroma Glow palette. (I am in love with Chroma Glow, but that would be a story for another time.)
And this was my New Year’s Eve look. Yes, my “party look” can be more demure than my regular Saturday face–that’s just the way I am. I used Zeal, the blue highlighter from Chroma Glow, as the lid shade (very subtle here), and framed it with my trusty old browns from Kat Von D’s Shade and Light palette.