the idea of a thin coat of long lasting colour with a clear glossy top coat is great, especially for bold colours. however i seem to get sucked in by the lighter tones again :P
with those, i find the cheaper ones from dugstore brands not inferior to more expensive brands, they work the same.
the base colour is very drying, whatever brand you choose. and if you don't use a veeeery thin coat of it, it will crack and crumble on your lips anyway (but some brands less than others). apply the colour on bare lips (take off anything that was on there), that have received a good scrub beforehand and are soaked full with balm, to achieve the highest longevity of the lipgloss. i get at least 5-6 hours of even-colour-wear with them, eating+drinking included, they will also survive "light" kissing. i like that they are transfer resistant.
the thing to maintain the colour is the top coat. you should keep reapplying it regularly, as most times it's of a thinner formula and won't last very long on your lips.
i know MAC also has such lipglosses, but Manhattan (drugstore) also offers a nice range of colours at a fraction of the cost, so i did never see a reason to purchase the expensive version. also because trying it over and over at the counter never wowed me in no way at all.
special tip: don't drink too much strong alcoholic drinks when you wear such a lipcolour - the alcohol will break the colour surface on your lips, dry it and cause it to crumble off of your lips, which doesn't look very sexy particularly if it's a bold colour. i speak from experience ;)
there is a nice selection of colours by Manhattan, they don't only have darker shades, but also some naturals and even nudes (which are rare in those in the drugstore world). they cost about 5.50€.
the colour side has a doe foot applicator while the gloss side, in this case it's more like a glossy balm, has a weird soft brush of natural hair (i think it is). if you don't want to ruin the clear gloss (like i did), you should apply it onto the back of your hands before dabbing it on with your finger.
the colour "lacquer" is of a thin formula, but very pigmented and incredibly longlasting. i still have a light pinkish swatch mark on my arm from the weekend - even though i have rubbed my skin over and over again, even with alcohol. but on your lips, it's not that bad, with a little rubbing i can get it off with my normal cleaning wipes.
i don't like that Manhattan still doesn't have names for their products, the numbers are horrible.
is a light pearly peach-pink.
is a light pearly peach-pink.
is a bright china red, no shimmer. my favourite for a red lip. because i only wear a red lip when i demand for attention, and then i will wear the brightest red i can find ;) and this is sooo low-maintainance! it's great!
|Manhattan 44Q without the gloss on top - please excuse my sloppy outlines as i wanted to swatch it quickly before the lighting got worse :)|
|Manhattan 44Q with the gloss added|
Basic Perfect Kiss Permanent Lipgloss
again the same idea, this time with a more liquidy lipgloss on the other end, which comes with a very nice brush applicator. the scent of it is very very artificial/plasticy, so i can't recommend it to sensitive noses :( . you can get this brand at Schlecker, i think the glosses were about 4€ each. they don't have names either, i don't think they even have numbers?
the lighter one i have is a blue-toned light pink. it does have slight silver pearl to it if you look closely.
|i think i got too little gloss on this swatch|
the other shade is a raspberry-plum, a great colour for fall.
so how do you like these? have you tried them?