Like a cola-flavored Icee, this new red Lip Tint by Lush is super chill…
Chill, as in relaxed. It’s not cold or anything, although I think it does taste and smell kinda like a cold Coca-Cola Icee, probably on account of the cola flavoring derived from cherry and date extracts.
I think of Santa Baby less as a lip tint and more as a sheer matte lipstick in pot packaging. Like a matte lipstick, the finish is flat, and there’s a good amount of pigment in it, ensuring that you can actually (hopefully) see the red color on your lips. I can, and I can still also see my natural lip color peeking through.
It’s all very casually cool…like a sweet pair of distressed jeans or a broken-in leather jacket.
I apply it with my fingers and skip the lip liner, and then have to reapply about every 3-4 hours after that.
In an emergency (uh…a makeup emergency?), it’ll even double as a cream blush.
And the lightweight, non-sticky formula feels like next-to-nothing on my lips, which I like.
Even though Lush loaded Santa Baby with moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, fair trade Shea butter and carrot oil, I still feel like it could benefit from a little more moisture… My lips are hella dry, though, and I’m always fighting the good fight against flakes. 🙂
If you don’t have to deal with that drama, then 1) lucky you! — and 2) you probably won’t feel like you need to layer a moisturizing balm underneath this, which is what I’ve ended up doing.
Red isn’t a color that immediately comes to mind when I think of natural lip looks, but here it looks surprisingly natural — like the color of lips after a hot kissing session.
Wear it with a glossy mascara, a hint of tinted moisturizer, and you’re ready for the mistletoe. 🙂
PRICE: $8.95 for a 0.2-ounce pot
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Lush stores and lushusa.com
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