I’ve been meaning to make this post for the longest time, but I feel that I could never really properly do so. So if you’ve been waiting for my review on this product, then today is your lucky day!
I’m sure you’ve been aware of the “Harry Potter” liquid lipsticks that have been raved about through the Internet. Buzzfeed even made a video feature on these lipsticks from LA Splash! They aren’t official HP merchandise, but as a Potterhead myself, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on a couple of them!
From the LA Splash website:
Bathe your lips in intense color! The Smitten LipTint Mousse seals color on the lips for a waterproof, smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its innovative weightless formula glides on effortlessly over lips, laying down bold vibrant color with exceptional longevity and feels feather-light over the lips. When applied, the initial liquid texture immediately dries to a velvet matte, lightweight tint. The angled, dense sponge applicator makes applying the lipstick fast and easy, and precise application.
Unfortunately, they’ve renamed most of the Harry Potter lipsticks! I was lucky enough to get my hands on these before the hype really blew up, so hooray for Potter names!
It swatches differently on different people, so when reading swatches and review posts please take those with a grain of salt.
I purchased two:
- Nymph-adora (now called Nymphaea) – I would describe this as a cool-toned rosy greige. I think this is my go-to liquid lippie when I want to go for a nude brown lip – when I feel like channeling my inner Kylie J.
- Bellatrix (now called Belladonna) – Swatches cool-toned violet on my hand, but on my lips they come off with a touch of blue!
Here’s the packaging:
The liquid lipstick comes in clear tubes, with the product name printed in magenta foil lettering which matches the color of the caps. The name of the shade is on a sticker on the bottom of the tube, and includes the product’s expiry date. My only pet peeve is that if you leave the tube in your purse or somewhere where it can tumble around, the foil lettering rubs off. It can even transfer onto your fingers.
Now, for the swatches. This is how my lips look bare:
My lips are actually quite pigmented, so if you’re like me, I’m sure you’d appreciate opacity! Luckily, LA Splash lives up to expectations.
Nymph-adora is named after Nymphadora Tonks, one of the most colorful characters in the HP Universe, and a pride of the Hufflepuff House. She is the wife of Remus Lupin, and like him, is a member of the Order of the Phoenix. A metamorphmagus, she has the magical ability to change her appearance – most notably, her hair, which changes into multiple colors throughout her being mentioned in the series. At first, I was surprised that the Tonks lipstick wasn’t bright or sparkly, but a nude brown! But then again, a good nude lippie goes with everything – even with Tonks’ wild locks.
I don’t really use lipliner, so this was applied straight from the tube. One coat delivers full opacity, but I add a second coat to at least show the true color of the product. I love Nymph-adora! It’s one of my all-time favorite nudes. It does not look ashy on me, nor does it make me look like I awoke from a thousand-year slumber. I wore this to a Thai dinner and it stayed on pretty well! However, once I ate something particularly oily I could feel it chipping. (But this is to be expected! These waterproof liquid lipsticks tend to come off with bi-phase or oil makeup removers.)
This shade is very versatile. I can pair this with smoky eyes, or even with simple eyeliner. It transitions well from day to night, so that makes for one less lipstick in your purse!
Bellatrix is named after the diabolical Bellatrix Lestrange. A loyal fanatic of Voldemort (and is no doubt hopelessly devoted to him – look, I made a Grease reference), sister to Narcissa Malfoy (Draco’s mom) and Andromeda Tonks (Nymphadora/Tonks’ mom), she is one of the most dangerous Death Eaters to ever come out of Slytherin House. She killed Dobby (!!!!!!), which totally made me cry both while reading and while watching in the cinema. I absolutely hate her, but that’s what makes her such an effective antagonist! (Helena Bonham Carter, I give you mad props.) This cool violet would definitely be something she’d wear on a “casual” night out, killing people and whatnot.
I’m sure this would go well with smoky eyes too, though I prefer to wear this with practically bare eyes. It’s definitely a head-turner of a shade!
- The product goes on opaque in one swipe.
- Application is a breeze. That mousse texture is no joke!
- It lasts for hours, even through food and drink. (Just don’t eat anything too oily, as oils remove it!)
- It’s good for girls who can’t really be bothered to worry about reapplying. <(￣︶￣)>
- There’s no sticky feeling, as it dries matte.
- The foil print on the packaging rubs off quite easily. (ﾉД`)
- The smell of the product.. is quite odd. (It dissipates quickly upon application, though.)
Overall, these are pretty stellar products. LA Splash has such a wide variety of shades among their lipstick lines. I actually used to have Sirius (a midnight blue), but I gave it to my friend Gax because she likes those bolder shades better. (She actually owns Nagini, that deep emerald green, as well.)
Thank you for reading, and hope to see you in the comments! 🙂