The Surratt Beauty Lipslique Lipsticks in Eglantine and Oh L’Amour were the highlight of my Sephora VIB Sale Haul. They’re officially described as “an alternative to lipstick.” I’d say that would be true a couple decades ago, but there are so many different formulas on the market today.
I purchased two Lipsliques after reading several glowing recommendations and a few meh reviews. I probably should have picked up one colour to start, but I couldn’t decide between a Eglantine (described as a “deep wild rose,” it seemed like it would be the perfect addition to my rosewood collection) and Oh L’Amour (ever since Glossier Zip broke my heart, I have been pining for a sheer, wearable red). Luckily, both colours surpassed my expectations and I’m pleased with the formula.
I’m still in the honeymoon phase (it’s only been a month!), but these lipsticks bring me so much joy. They’re very comfortable, lightweight (kind of like a light balm), and lightly moisturizing. You can sheer them out or build up the colour, and they look great at any level of opacity. They last for a surprisingly long time while talking, drinking, and even eating a light snack. They fade gracefully, which is the most important factor for me. If some lipstick rubs off, you can easily redistribute it by rubbing your lips together. The lipstick leaves an excellent stain; check out the picture below. You don’t have to worry about the colour settling into lines, bleeding, smearing around your face, or creating an unflattering lipliner-only look. The Lipsliques offer everything I want in a lipstick to wear to work or casual engagements.
If you’re expecting the pigmentation of a NARS Audacious lipstick or the lasting power of a matte lipstick, you will be disappointed. This formula is a cross between an excellent tinted balm and an excellent lipstick. I love it. I prefer this over sheer lipsticks from YSL and Tom Ford.
The packaging is the worst aspect of this product. It’s not awful, but it’s a light plastic that feels a bit cheap. The twist-up mechanism does not retract. Luckily, only a teeny bit twists up with each audible click, but it’s still annoying. It’s 2017. You can do better, Troy.
Considering the meh packaging and the small amount of product in the tube (1.6g or 0.05oz), I do feel that the Lipsliques are overpriced. However, I really enjoy using these and will most likely repurchase these shades and perhaps other colours in the future.
Thanks for reading! What have you enjoyed from Surratt?