I don’t remember much from my brief stint in community theater as Misc. Shark Girl #3 in West Side Story, but I do remember how during auditions people would whisper about the “triple threats,” and how it was, like, a big deal to be one.
Sounds thuggish, right? — a triple threat! In theater parlance, it’s what they call someone who can sing, dance and act. Of course, I was barely able to do one of the three (I could dance a little)…but I also had long black hair that from far away helped me pass for Puerto Rican. Score!
Like multi-talented stage stars, Buxom’s new Lip Tarnish Plumping & Moisturizing Lip Stains ($18) want to do it all. Blackmail (a blackberry truffle), Busted (a cherry red), Caught on Tape (a hot pink) and Wardrobe Malfunction (a candy pink) go on sale exclusively at Sephora this August, and they hope to lavish lips in not three but FOUR different ways, tinting like a lip stain, shining like a gloss, hydrating like a lip balm and plumping like…something that plumps.
From the left: Caught on Tape, Blackmail, Wardrobe Malfunction and Busted
Swatches from the left: Wardrobe Malfunction, Caught on Tape, Busted and Blackmail
Caught on Tape
I’m not sure about wear time yet, but from quick first impressions with them today, I think they’re kinda like plumping versions of Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters ($24).
Like most plumpers, they feel tingly on my lips. In this case, it’s not painful, but I can definitely feel something goin’ on. I don’t see a difference in terms of the size of my lips in the mirror, but I rarely do with any lip plumping products.
Compared to the Lip Lusters, Lip Tarnish feels stickier and looks somewhat subdued. As for the other senses, Tarte’s peppermint flavor and scent fade quickly, while Buxom’s strong brown sugar fragrance lingers for at least an hour. Unlike Tarte’s twist-up packaging, Buxom went with a traditional pencil for these, which means you’ll need a sharpener. Thoughtfully, Buxom provides one hidden in the cap.
INGREDIENTS: BIS-BEHENYL/ISOSTEARYL/PHYTOSTERYL DIMER DILINOLEYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, ISOCETYL STEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, POLYBUTENE, SYNTHETIC WAX, SILICA, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, MENTHONE GLYCERIN ACETAL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYCINNAMATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TRIBEHENIN, TOCOPHEROL, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, LIMONENE. (+/-): MICA, CARMINE (CI 75470), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), IRON OXIDES ( CI 77491, 77492, 77499), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (15850), RED 21 (CI 45380), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410).
At $18, these cost significantly less than the Lip Lusters do at $24, and they might be worth checking out this August if you don’t mind having to sharpen (not gonna lie, my lazy @ss prefers to twist!) and find you like the strong brown sugar taste and scent.
AVAILABILITY: Coming in August exclusively to Sephora stores and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Just brought home a pizza for din-din, and now I’m looking for something to watch. Hope you’re having a nice Friday night.