Since I work from home, I don’t wear a lot of makeup. And when I do wear it, I tend to stick with neutral colors because they’re more forgiving. All of my lipsticks (and I have a ton for someone who doesn’t wear makeup very often) span the spectrum from pale nude (my version of nude) to deeper nude. I’ve tried varying reds over the years, but never found one that I really liked.
So when I heard everyone raving about the new Stunna lipstick in Uncensored from Fenty, I pretty much ignored it. I was happy that so many people liked it, but I had almost no faith in a red that would actually look good on me and that I would like enough to wear out of the house.
Did I love it as much as the rave reviews promised me I would? Well… sort of.
First of all, let’s discuss this packaging. This is a gorgeous lipstick. Even if I never wear it again, I’d keep it just to look at it.
So, I started off by applying it about 9:00 this morning. And, y’all, this is an intense red for 9 a.m., let me tell you. Here it is after the initial application:
So far, I am loving it. The applicator is so good. It applies the lip paint in a smooth, even coat, and it only took one coat to get that lovely rich color you see in the picture above. But every lipstick would be great if all we did was sit around doing nothing, so I went out into the world to put it to the test. To be clear, by “out into the world” I mean my home office. Not actually out anywhere. That would be silly.
One of the features I hear about so much with this is that there’s very little transfer. Well, no. There’s transfer. Here are pics of my coffee mug and my water bottle:
And though I didn’t get any pictures of my hands, it was all over them. It comes off really easily any time I tried to smooth it out or fix a smear. And it doesn’t come off of them easily. But, moving on.
I took this one walking the dogs after lunch, which had consisted of a pita filled with chicken salad and a can of La Croix:
Frankly, I still thought it looked pretty good. At this point, though, it was definitely a matte; there was no shine left at all, and it was starting to get that standard dried out matte feel to it. My lips felt really dry, but I didn’t want to mess with my experiment by putting on lip balm or anything. And even though I think it still looked great at this point, up close it was messier and there was some bleeding into the fine lines that I definitely don’t have.
I work from home, so other than a few video chats I had to talk through, there’s not a lot of activity or anything that would wreck my lipstick. It stayed pretty much like this for most of the rest of the day, so I didn’t bother taking any more pictures until after dinner.
After dinner, however, was a wreck. I had a cheeseburger, which is admittedly a greasy food. Post dinner, this was the situation:
First of all, yes, there’s a filter on this photo. It was 9:00 at night, my face was super shiny, I had a migraine, and I was a mess. But you can see the lipstick, which is all that matters. Well, more technically, you can see what’s left of my lipstick, which isn’t much. If I had worn this out to dinner, I’d be very upset right now.
Taking this lipstick off is a chore, too. I have to use makeup remover to get it all off, and it takes several minutes because as it’s being removed, it smears all over the place.
So – my overall impression is that I love this lipstick, love how it looks when it goes on, but within a few hours, it starts to bleed and get drier, and I love it a little bit less. I think if I were going out to a shorter event that wasn’t going to involve a lot of food, I’d be thrilled to wear it, but it wouldn’t be my everyday lipstick even if I wore makeup every day.
At minimum, it gave me hope that I can eventually find a red that I do like wearing on a more regular basis. What about you – have any of you tried this with better or different results?