Before we jump into my wonderful Performance Colors haul I have an exciting side note! September 11 (this upcoming Thursday) I will be doing a guest post for Toxid Lotis at http://toxid-lotus.net/!! I’m super excited but now onto the review!
I uh, bought a lot of lipsticks. So much so that I was thanked for my ‘extensive’ lipstick purchase. I had heard quite a lot about this company regarding their lipsticks and now that I appear to have a small addiction to all things lips, I jumped right in. Every thread I saw asking for a lipstick suggestion had Performance Colours pop up and with 3 for $10 I got 15. With my order I also received 2 eyeliners as a thank you gift! She gives extras with every order $20 and over (shipping not included) and samples with every order over $10 (not including shipping.
I bought the lipsticks with the 3 for $10 pack and shipping was $9.70 to Canada. It came in a box instead of a bubble mailer but was well packed and everything came safe and sound. The order was made August 18th and I received it on the 28th. 10 days for an international order isn’t too shabby!
The formulas I purchased were the Restorative Lipstick formula and the Matte Lipstick formula. The Restorative lipsticks are made with shea butter, jojoba oil, and beeswax. These are advertised as being “nourishing, lightweight, and nongreasy – the perfect balance of color, shimmer, and healing protection”. They are also apparently sweetened with stevia although I did not really notice any sweetness but I don’t make a habit of eating my lip balms (it might explain why someone on Facebook mentioned their dog ate all their lipsticks though). I found the formula to be very creamy and moisturizing. As promised these were light weight and non greasy, and my lips felt so soft afterward! It was like I had been using lip balm! Wear time for the Restorative lipsticks was about 4-5 hours (drinking and even eating non-greasy foods) which is pretty awesome, especially since I am a smoosher (I like to smooth my lips together lots).
The Matte formula is suppose to be lightweight and non-sticky. They don’t have any mica so they won’t be reflective or sparkly and like the other lipstick there is a slight fragrance of vanilla, and they’re lightly sweetened with stevia. The formula is nice, lightweight and non-drying. I liked this much more than any other matte lipstick I have tried as I find they can be a bit drying although it did settle into my creases and lines a bit. These lipsticks also lasted pretty long, going about 3 hours before fading and needing a touch up.
There are also Semi-Matte formula’s which are just like the matte formula but with a dewy finish. These lasted about 4 hours and felt nice on my lips, moisturizing and light. They too are slightly scented with vanilla and lightly sweetened with stevia but I couldn’t really tell.
Coral Kiss is up to bat first. This lipstick was the only one of the bunch that did not have the smooth dimpled top. This one resembled Hello Waffles balms. I found that the lipstick looked more orange in the tube than it applies on the lips. It is described as a ‘highly pigmented, medium peachy pink coral with gold sparks, opaque’ but it is more pink than peachy pink in my opinion. The swatch on the website shows this being a lot more orange than mine showed up as.
The gold sparkles did not play well with my camera although you can see them a tiny bit in the direct light photo (on the top lip). They are more noticeable in real life although they do not over power the lipstick. I am always weary about glitter in lipstick as I feel it can easily be too much and look like you got attacked by fairies. It’s not usually my thing but the glitter in this lipstick was subtle (as subtle as glitter can be anyways) and I actually liked it.
This colour’s description is “dark violet brown colour, gives that dewy full coverage velvety look” and there was no available swatch online. It is a beautiful plum colour that can be applied lightly for a lighter more natural look, or applied a bit heavier to show off the purple.
Samba’s description is simply that it is a “highly wearable light natural pink colour” and it is listed as a “Neutral Flesh Pink”. I would describe it as a brown leaning natural pink tone. This is very brown in the tube but applies more pink and is a lovely neutral colour; it’s great for everyday wear! The swatch online is pretty darn accurate although it appears a bit more pink (my yellow undertones may tone that down a bit). If you’re a pale gal like me, this is a good neutral colour to try.
I asked the Mr. if this lip colour temped him, he just rolled his eyes. So if you are looking for a siren song of a lipstick that will have men begging for a kiss, this is not it but it is still a pretty damn nice colour. This is a “natural neutral pink honey colour” and like Samba, it is a great colour for everyday wear. The online swatch is a slight bit more pink but still very close to true colour.
I apologize for the bad photo of Pink Chocolate in the tube. Apparently the original photo was having a difficult time and ran away so I had to take a new photo after it had been used. This colour had been suggested as a My Lips But Better Colour so I added to my list of colours I must have! It is described as a “opaque neutral brown pink” and that pretty much nails the nail on the head. The online swatch is a bit more pink but I love it just the same. This colour has quickly been one I find I reach for everyday and I will be buying another one to keep in my purse. It’s a great MLBB colour that’s a bit deeper than temptress and a bit pinker than Samba.
This is a great colour to be paired with a bright eye look, understated and natural. It is described as “a light pinkish neutral flesh tone with a touch of cocoa, perfect for pale and light skinned beauties”. I’m about a NC15 for these swatches and it works great with my skin tone but it is a pretty light colour that may be too light for many people. It is a true matte with no shine/gloss that gives a very natural look. I will be using this when I want to go a little crazy on my eyes or when I want a natural understated look.
Does any one else think of the Spice Girls when they hear Posh? That’s where my mind goes and I actually think this is a colour that you’d see on that character. This is described as an “opaque toned down neutral coral adobe colour”. This is a wearable orange coral in a semi-matte formula. It leans a bit more pink in indirect sunlight and orange in direct sunlight.
I have discovered with Performance Colors lipsticks that you can’t rely on the appearance in the tube for an accurate colour. Many of these lipsticks look very different on the lips from their appearance in the tubes. Showdown is a bit more burnt orangey red in the tube than on the lips. It is described as a “warm bright deep corally burnt lighter warm red”. Uh, yeah, that’s pretty close. It is like a pink leaning burnt coral colour…but only slightly burnt, like a toasted marshmallow, not burnt like when the marshmallow catches on fire.
The description for this online is “a warm neutral and reads pinkish taupe but has rose reflections and coco/plum low color in it”. The swatch on the website shows the plum colour but I didn’t really get any of that in my swatch, just the pink taupe with a bit of rose. This is a nice neutral colour with a little bit of a girlish edge from the pink tones. It is much pinker on the lips than it appears in the tube.
If you want a statement colour, this is one you should try! This is described as a “neon deep peach coral lipstick”. The description and online swatch are pretty accurate as this is a bright peach coral lipstick. This is the deep orange/red colour you find on the mango’s skin, popping out between the red and green colouring. It is definitely a BAM POW! colour and although I didn’t think it would get a lot of use, I find myself reaching for it a lot.
In the tube, this is a deep brick red but once on it transforms into a red pink colour. This is described as a “super-saturated, semi-transparent saucy deep pink red” although I did not find it very transparent. It applied evenly and opaque so if you are looking for a tinted balm like colour, that is not what this is.
The description for this lipstick, “deep neutral rose flesh tone”, is very accurate although I find the online swatch is not. The only way I could see the swatch online being achievable is to layer a lot of this lipstick on as the swatch is quite red and the lipstick in real life is a nice rose. This is another MLBB colour and it is at the front of my Performance Colors lipstick stash as it is one of my personal favourites. I will also be grabbing a second Rumor for my purse so I can re-apply while singing to Adele.
This is described as a neon colour but it doesn’t jump out as a neon like Mango does. The description, “shiny and reflective in neon lilac pink colour”, is a bit off as I don’t really consider this a neon colour, it isn’t quite bright enough, and it isn’t exactly shiny. It is however a beautiful lilac pink with little flecks of sparkle and shimmer.
If you want a just bitten look, this is a colour for you! This is described as a “deep dark berry black red with red sparks”. This is a beautiful black cherry colour, a very wearable purple/red. The online swatch is pretty accurate although the colour is more purple in the shade/artificial light.
The sparkles in this lipstick are also camera shy but they are there. They aren’t in your face but the subtle red sparkle they add to the colour balances out the purple.
First off, this colour is highly transferable. Second, my boyfriend rocks purple kisses. In the tube this is a very dark purple with ripples of blue shimmer; I tried to capture the blue sparkles that dance on the surface of the lipstick in the tube in the image.
This is described as “blue sheen and high reflection in a violet purple colour, looks different colors from different angles”. This a a lovely violet purple with blue shimmer throughout and appears more pink or more purple depending how you look at it. It is stunning on! It can be a bit streaky when applied but using a brush helps even it out.
Thank You Gift: Eyeliners
As my order thank you, I received 2 eyeliners in Black Pearl (which I can’t find on the site) and Emerald. These are supposed to be “creamy and soft drying down to smudgeproof, waterproof line”.
The Emerald liner was so soft that the tip came right off and later, the whole exposed liner came off. I did not have this issue with the Black Pearl.
The Emerald is a dark green with some green sparkles. Smudged out it is a beautiful dark sagey green with shimmer and sparkle.
Black Pearl is a deep black with multi coloured sparkles that blends to a nice charcoal grey. The black was more difficult to smudge than the emerald.
These are supposed to dry after 30-60 seconds to leave time for corrections but I found I had to wait closer to 3 minutes before they were decently smudge proof. They are pretty water proof and resisted even my makeup remover! The black also stained my ghost white skin. These were nice eyeliners although I wished the Emerald was a bit less creamy as it doesn’t really work as a pencil liner.
I really like the products I got and am not unhappy with any of them. There are some that the websites swatches or descriptions were not great for and others I will will wear more than some but overall I am very happy with my purchase. The formulas for the lipsticks are very nice and I didn’t have dried lips while wearing them. The eyeliners are nice and smudge-able, decently waterproof but take a little longer to dry. The lipsticks get a 9/10 and the eyeliners a 8/10 from me.
Customer service was great, she responded very quickly to questions (why was there 2 Samba listings? Were they different?) and fixed issues right away. This shop in general gets a 10/10 from me and I will be buying from her again!
(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. I have not accepted payment for any of my reviews.)