If my recent lipstick haul wasn’t enough, this sample haul from My Beauty Addiction may convince you of my new addiction to lipstick. I bought 3 of the sample packs (3 for $4) during the recent back to school sale they had and got the colours Flaunt, Exotic Orchid, Cranberry, Fire Island, Bronze berry, Coral Crush, Mauvalicious, Sinful, and Red Hot. Flaunt is a HD Lip Paint and the rest are the Color Rich Lipstick formula. I also got a lip scrub in Frosty Mint!
For my international friends, shipping was a bit steep at $9 for this order. I justified it with the coupon code (20% off) but I would not make a purchase without a coupon simply because of the shipping.
Samples come in clamshells and include a generous amount of the lipstick so you can get a couple wears in before you decide if you want a full size. I used a brush to apply them but you could easily use your finger for fast and easy application.
The Color Rich Lipstick formula has Vitamin E and Shea Butter for a “nourishing & healing lipstick that delivers maximum colour”. This is supposed to deliver intense opaque colour and is not a sheer color, or a lip tint.
HD Lip Paints are described as very vivid and intense lipsticks that use a dye base rather than a mica base. These “intense, vivid colors that are opaque and offer great coverage, matte to semi matte finish and long wear”.
Bronze Berry does not have a very descriptive online description: “a cross between our Frosted Bronze and Mauvalicious making for an extrememly beautiful & unique shade!” Okay, so what does that mean? Well Frosted Bronze is described as “a warm bronzey shade that is super frosty” and Mauvalicious is “a beautiful frosted mauvy-pink with a pink/purple undertone.” The online swatch is slightly more pink than I found it to be.
This colour is a very pretty mauve/pink bronze. It is slightly metallic without looking like you have metal lips and applied evenly and easily. It did not require more than one coat for the nice opaque colour in the picture!
During wear, there was minimal feathering and the formula is pretty moisturizing. My lips did not feel dry but the lipstick needed to be re-applied after about 1-2 hours.
This is described as a “rich red with a pink undertone”. This wasn’t the easiest to apply and because of this the colour isn’t as opaque as it could be. To achieve the colour of the online swatch you would need to apply more, making it quite thick on your lips and affecting your wear time.
I found that the colour in real life was a reddish pink with a bit of shimmer. This lasted 2 hours before needing re-application but I found it was quite drying after a while.
The online swatch makes this colour seem a little more muted, but don’t be mistaken! This is a very bright purple! I wish I could wear this colour more often but it is perfect for someone that likes to have bright, statement lips! This is described as a “light medium purple with a hint of pink in undertone, opaque and has a semi-matte finish.”
I used 2 coats to achieve full opacity and it has a lovely semi-matte finish. The formula was smooth and easy to apply but this colour required touchups quite often as it was obvious when it started to wear off and my natural lip colour came through.
This is described as a “a soft peachy-pink shade with a hint of magenta underglow.” The online swatch for this colour is a lot more pink than I found this to be. I think this is more of a neutral pink than it is portrayed as on the website. The magenta is just a whisper of an underglow, making this more pink than brown.
This is a nice neutral colour for when you want to do something a bit brighter on your eyes. It lasted 3 hours before needing reapplication and was pretty moisturizing.
This is supposed to be a “bright, light coral/orange”. Flaunt is the only HD Lip Paint that I got a sample of and it isn’t my favourite formula. I found it was more difficult to apply and get even coverage, and it settles into my lines. It was a bit patchy and streaky, and didn’t apply evenly. The formula made my lips feel really dry too.
The online swatch isn’t quite as orange as this colour appeared in real life, as I found it to be a light coral that leaned orange but that could still be worn day to day. This required reapplication at the 1 hour mark as I found I kept licking my lips since they felt dry. Even with a lip balm, this colour sucked the moisture away!
This is described as a “beautiful frosted mauvy-pink with a pink/purple undertone”. I love this colour and the description and online swatch are almost dead on for this colour! This has a pretty frosted appliance that stops the colour from being too bright, muting it and bringing it down to earth.
This was pretty moisturizing and I didn’t feel like my lips were dying. It settled a bit in my lines but not too horribly. Reapplication was required after about 2 hours. I like this colour and think it is great for a darker look while still being work/school appropriate.
This lipstick was a pain in the butt to apply; you can tell by the swatch that it fought me! This applied splotchy and streaky; I had to work really hard to get even coverage. It is a shame since it is such a pretty deep red.
This is described online as a “deep spiced red with an orange undertone” and the description is very accurate. The online swatch is more of a true red than the lipstick is in real life but matches the lipstick in the clamshell before application. Applied I found it leans more orange (like the description says) and has a slight metallic edge.
This required reapplication after about an hour and it did not wear evenly. It was okay for moisture, not horribly drying but not pumping moisture into my lips either.
The description of this one is that it is a “deep hot red with a hint of warmth.” It might be a difference in lighting for the difference between the lipstick in real life and in the online swatch, but they aren’t even close. The swatch is much more pink where I found the lipstick to be very orange in real life.
This is supposed to be a “rich wine/red shade” but I find it to be more of a deep brown purple shade. This colour is a beautiful deep colour that can add drama to any look even though the colour doesn’t match the online swatch at all. The online swatch is much lighter and pinker than the lipstick in real life.
This will be a great colour for the winter months! It needed reapplication after 2 hours but was good on the moisture front. It feathered a bit but nothing a good lip liner can’t handle.
The lip scrub doesn’t really look anything like the picture on the website but the appearance isn’t very important to me. I’m much more concerned with if it actually works!
This lip scrub contains shea butter, jojoba oil, cane sugar, jojoba beads, and flavour oil. You apply it to your lips with your finger, smooth your lips together and massage it in, wipe it off when the sugar dissolves, and finish off with lip balm to lock in the moisture. This applies really easily and smells awesome! It’s like a vanilla mint and tastes like one of those soft pillow mints! My lips are left soft but not sticky after using the scrub. This is a 10/10 for me and I want more!
I found that some of the lipsticks were awesome, and others not so much. Most of them were the same formula so the application issues and varying moisturizing qualities can’t be attributed to the formula. Maybe I got a couple fluke samples? It is possible that a couple had dried out a little in the clamshells.
Overall it was a pretty good experience, more good than bad. I will be getting more of the lips scrub but think I will pass on full sized lipsticks; I have so many already (61) that I don’t feel the absolute need to buy any of these in full size. Bronze Berry, Coral Crush, and Mauvalicious were my favourites out of my order, not including the lip scrub which was a big winner.
All in all, they’re worth a try if you’ve got a coupon code. The samples were generous and you can get a couple uses out of them, especially if you use a brush to apply.