Monday, March 15, 2010

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Tint in Poppia

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Sometimes cameras don't take the right pictures. sometimes computer screens don't show the right color. This my dear readers is one of those times.

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Tint lipstick in Poppia is a difficult one to photograph. This "basic" red lipstick is more than just a basic red. It is a bright and vibrant red that is a true neutral. I don't find it pulling blue or pulling yellow so this is really a true red. But beyond Poppia's redness is the fact that it is bright. Bright red. I just couldn't get the camera to capture it well enough. This is the kind of red that those with Alabaster skin and light colored eyes could wear and all anyone would see is those two red lips coming towards you. This is a red that those golden hued lovelies with green or dark eyes could wear and men would melt at first sight of the gorgeous lip. This is a red where dark skinned ladies could slick on and pull together a classic and ploished look with little or no effort. Yes. this red is that versatile.

Kevyn Aucoin's The Expert Lip Tint Lipstick formula is slick and shiny. It is well pigmented and applies like a dream straight from the tube. There is a slight waxy/crayony smell that I detected, but that could be me and my sensitive nose. I don't smell it once it's applied, just when it's in the tube.

The Kevyn Aucoin website describes the Expert Lip Tint as such:
• Gorgeous, long-lasting color for plump and smooth lips.
• Provides rich pigment without becoming heavy
• Moisture-rich texture
• Use alone or under your favorite lip gloss
• Packaged in a sleek, square lipstick tube
• Poppia is a sheer, true red shade

Yeah. That's all I can say here without retyping what the Kevyn Aucoin website already said. The formula is slick and lightweight. It is a lip tint but I find it to be the most opaque lip tint I have ever used in my life. The formula is moisturizing. I never felt a need to reach for lip balm to help out dried lips. The lipstick tube is in the signature burgundy to black fade colors in a nice square shaped tube. but it's nothing to write home about. It's functional. that's about it. These lip tints retail for $23 each, however I was lucky enough to purchase this from a recent hautelook sale for about $6.50.

I know some of you may be afraid of wearing red lipstick. I honestly understand. I used to be afraid of it too. I think it was that I just didn't have the right red to wear. As there are about 94,756,904,376,908,476,807 different shades of red lipstick out there. I think that there really is a red that will work for you. Find a red lipstick you like and wear it for a week straight. Then find another red and wear that often, next thing you know you have 37 red lipsticks and wondered how you ever left home without one. Can I get an amen? (Looking at you Sara M)

Do you NEED this? Well It is a unique red. I'll give them that. But I'm not sure if it's worth $23. Maybe it's because I already own 1,938,456 red lipsticks I have become jaded. I think I need to try this in another color to say for sure if this is a must buy. I do like the formula very much. I'll give you that. And this red is very very close to my Besame lipstick in Besame Red, which is one of my maybe you do need it. But maybe wait until you can find a sale. I dunno. The whole Daylight Savings time thing is playing tricks with my mind. Oh screw it. It's a red lipstick. YES YOU NEED IT!


  1. You know I'm all about the red lips, but I found this one almost a little too bright on me. It looks fabulous on you though.

    I love Talula and Bloodroses from his line-up. Kevyn was such a star.

  2. That sounds INCREDIBLE. Hope I can catch another KA sale on Hautelook, I passed the first time since I hadn't seen any reviews on the lippies (and mine are so dumb and sensitive). Now I know, lol! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I thought it might be a pinky red from the skin swatch, but it really is a true red on your lips!

    Also: you have awesome lips. Jealous :(

  4. It sounds like if I just slick back my hair, put on my gold hope earrings and put this on my lips I can slither around like Sade...

    okay only in my dreams or when I'm home alone singing "Sweetest Taboo"

  5. This red looks gorgeous! I totally imagined the women you described, LOL

  6. you just reminded me of checking this brand out! i have been dying to see his stuff in person but i am so lazy to venture to the city. i hate crowded places.

    gosh, you wear reds so well.

    and of course, taupe e/s too

  7. Grace London: I agree. This one is VERY bright. The camera didn't show how almost neon this one in. I think i would be perfect for riding around on a sunny day in a convertible. Don't ya think?

    Catherine: I have a feeling there will be another KA sale in the future. This lipstick feels really nice on, but I'm not sure how it is for sensitive lips. Red pigments can be very irritating to sensitive skin...:-(

    SilhouetteScreams: Yeah. the swatch on my arm pull a lot more pink than on my lips. And TY for the compliment on my lips. *blushes*

    Lexi920: YES. You could be Sade!

    Marce: :-) Thanks! I'm glad you liked the post.

    Jojoba: Thank you! Yes. Now that you live closer to more mainstream cosmetic counters you should check them out! TY for the compliment!


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