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I was a bit sad that there weren’t many new lipsticks for summer, but for fall we got eight shades of Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lip Lipsticks. There is a range of dark to light shades; from a berry colour to a pigmented nude.
The Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks ($21 CAD) is the first full coverage lipstick by Mary Kay to use gel microsphere technology. It has silica microspheres that will make the colour adhere on top of the lips.
To reduce the appearance of imperfections and lip wrinkles, optical diffusers are used to scatter light – this helps create a soft focus effect, prevents feathering, and prevents bleeding.
The lipsticks are coated to give it a gel-like fluidity and makes it glide effortlessly over the lips. One of the biggest concerns with matte lipstick is dry lips; the Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks uses sunflower oil and jojoba esters to keep lips conditioned.
*Whew,* got the facts out of the way!
I like the this black bullet packaging; it looks expensive but doesn’t have the same price tag as most lipsticks you would find at Sephora. It has a window on top so you can see the colour. It’s a bit hard to see the colour of lipstick anyway; after doing this post I pretty much have every shade memorized in my head so it’s faster if I read the bottom of the lipstick for the name.
If you like using the lighter shade of lipsticks; definitely must exfoliate the lips. It can cling on to dry patches and make the lips look crusty; like cereal just magnetized itself onto my mouth. Wear wise; these lasted around 4-5 hours on me. Even though the Semi Matte Gel Lipsticks aren’t transfer proof, the colour still locked onto my lips. I wiped my lips after drinking a coffee and made my lips super wrinkly and drier, so I’d have to wear a balm and then put on the lipstick.
I found it a bit tricky to line and fill in the contours of my lips evenly; in the future I would probably use a lip brush to save time. The lipsticks have a good creamy consistency, like the Burberry Lip Velvet Lipsticks.
Surprisingly, I liked Rich Truffle more than I thought I would. Bashful You is a bit too light washed for me (so I had to complement it with heavier eye makeup.) Mauve Moment is probably my favourite everyday MLBB shade; not too bright and pink enough for my liking. Midnight Red and Crushed Berry is perfect for autumn OOTD’s – plaid scarf, ankle boots, and a wide brim hat…I can picture this already.
You can see that the finish isn’t entirely matte, hence the ‘semi’ in the name. Overall, I’m loving the variety of colours and they wear pretty well!
You can purchase Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks from your local Mary Kay consultant.
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Disclaimer: Press Sample provided, all opinions are my own. t