I would definitely consider myself a lipstick connoisseur. I love lipstick and I’m always looking for the newest lippies, drugstore or luxury brand and in between. Admittedly, I have an affinity for drugstore lippies. I feel like they work as good and sometimes better than their more expensive counterparts. Drugstore lipsticks may lack in their color range, but outside of that, they’re pretty good. Generally, I gravitate toward matte formulas, but I love a satin or glossy lipstick from time to time.
When Pixi Beauty sent me a box full of their lippies, I was excited to try each and every last one. So, I did. You all know how I do: I swatch, I smell, and of course I wear them out. So these lippies went through the same routine. But before we get into the pros and cons, let’s talk a little bit about their specs.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm
The Shea Butter Lip Balm is a tinted nourishing lip balm that has shea butter and vitamin E to nourish and protect your lips. All good stuff and really nothing special when it comes to lip balms, since most of them have these ingredients that deliver the same benefits. Now, to be fair, I’m not a huge fan of tinted balms, generally. I don’t care for them because the color pay off is minimal and with my lips being as pigmented as they are, balms don’t generally look good on me.
They make your lips super soft and they have a classic lipstick smell that I absolutely love. The color pay off of these balms are actually pretty good to be a tinted balm. The coverage is a little more than what I was expecting and may be similar to some satin lipsticks.
I don’t have many cons for the Pixi balms. They are super moisturizing!
The next lippie that I received in my package was the Mattelustre Lipstick. The claim to fame for these lippies is that they are full-coverage, demi-matte, plumps and protects your lips and are long lasting. These lippies contain peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to make your lips fuller and smoother. Sounds good, right?
This is probably one of the most moisturizing lipsticks I’ve tried from the drugstore. You can really tell that there is vitamins C & E infused in this lippie. My lips felt smooth and hydrated.
The smell on this lipstick is extremely distracting and strong. It’s a smell that I can’t describe and frankly, it smells bad. The color pay off is not what I expect from a matte based lippie and I wouldn’t describe it as full coverage, especially if your lips are pigmented. I was admittedly disappointed wearing and swatching this lippie.
Overall, the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm and Mattelustre Lipstick are pretty standard for a drugstore brand. I wasn’t particularly blown away, but these lippies will come in handy during the cooler months of fall and winter! Have y’all tried these yet? Let me know what you think!