Well it has been a little while since my last post but what better way to get back into it then by showing you my new favourite pink lip!
What is it?
Hit Me With Your Best Shot; a bright pink Natural Lipstick by Antipodes NZ. One of their natural mineral range that claims to be creamy, pigmented, matte with a slight shimmer (sounds contradictory but save your judgement for a moment).
What did I think of it?
I won this from Fashion Pas’ beautiful blog and was excited to try makeup from a skincare brand I love. Straight off the bat I was in love with how pigmented this hot pink came across in one smooth, single swipe of my lips.
The formula is creamy and feels lightweight which I love. The best part of the formula was how it felt hydrating and moisturizing all day long and I didn’t experience any of the dreaded dry-lip syndrome.
The colour is a perfect hot pink for me. Not too warm, not too cool but a great tone that suits a natural look (aka I forgot to wear any other makeup, hence the sunglasses) but would also look smashing with a smokey eye.
The finish was kind of confusing, but in a great way. Like the branding claims, it does settle to a pretty matte finish however there is a tiny bit of very natural shimmer that keeps it looking fresh and playful.
Lasting time was surprising to me as I thought it would wear quickly judging on how moisturizing it felt on the lips. I reapplied this once during the day, but even that was mainly out of habit. I ate, drank, talked (a lot) and yet although the colour lost some intensity it wore in a very natural way and remained bright on the lips.
Lastly, but importantly for some the packaging. I like the simple packaging of Antipodes’ lipstick range. The simple smooth, matte tube was pretty standard but sturdy. It looks like a premium lipstick without seeming over the top. There is a cute bird design at the top of the tube which helps me pick it out quickly although if I owned a few more of the same brand it might get a bit tricky (think along the lines of trying to find a particular Mac lipstick).
How do I buy it?
Buy it from one of their stockists in New Zealand or Australia (mainly) or pick it up direct from the website.
How much will I pay?
NZ $34 which is not the cheapest but for a premium brand like Antipodes I was expecting to pay more.
- The beautiful pink colour that is flattering and easy to wear but still bright and fun.
- The lightweight, moisturizing formula but the long-lasting power.
- The rather unique matte/shimmer finish that looks natural and fresh without making the lips look dry.
- Being pretty picky here but when first applied it has a bit of transfer. Although if you can find me a lipstick with zero transfer I will love you forever.
- Some will think the price is a bit high, but for me the quality is as good if not better than some of my Mac lipsticks so I think it’s worth it.
Would I buy it again?
Okay so technically I won this and didn’t pay a cent. Without ever trying it out I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, I save my splurge lipsticks for the Mac counter. Now that I have tested it out and realized that this could very well be my new go-to pink lip I would happily pay every cent to repurchase (or to buy a couple more…I have this dusky, vintage pink shade on my current wishlist).
Overall a big winner in my book and a new makeup bag staple for when I need to add a bit of colour to my day.