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Black Radiance recently launched six new shades of Black Radiance Perfect Tone Matte Lip Color. I picked up all six (I got them from their website—I find it hard to find all the colors in drugstores near me) and gave ’em a whirl.
These aren’t MATTE matte—they’re more of a creamy matte. Very comfy on the lips and the color pigmentation is nice. These aren’t going to be long-lasting (they have a “lasting adhesion” claim on the site) and I did experience bleeding of the color while eating. But at $1.99 a lipstick, if you’re on a serious makeup budget or want to experiment with certain colors without breaking the bank, that might not be a deal breaker for you.
So the lipstick packaging doesn’t have the names on them but the site has the names but no numbers so I assume they go in number order the way they’re listed on the site.
5118 (Hollywood Glam): a bright Barbie pink with a slight iridescence
5119 (Afro Chic): a berry red
5120 (Retro Berry): a grape-y shade
5121 (Vintage Plum): a dark berry red
5123 (Red Carpet): an orange-based red
5124 (Mod Mocha): a deep chocolate brown with slight shimmer
I filmed a spring makeup tutorial the same day I shot these swatches (hey, gotta get as much in as you can at once…lol) where I was using a lot of products for the very first time. So for instance my highlight looks a little off (to me) and is more of a cooler tone than I would normally use (I prefer a more golden undertone with my highlight–read more about that here). The images above are actually screenshots from the video.
Also some of the colors would look better with a few makeup tweaks but again, I was filming a bunch of things all on the same day so I would have been tweaking A LOT. Stay tuned for the video on the makeup look to come out soon.
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Bottom line: I personally don’t love these but I also don’t hate them. You get some pretty colors and a decent formula (aside from the bleeding) and you don’t feel like you bought a “$2 lipstick.” They aren’t very long-lasting, but for the price if you’re either on a makeup budget or looking to try new shades like I mentioned earlier, this might not be a deal breaker for you.
Price and where to buy: $1.99 each at blackradiancebeauty.com.