Good evening guys!
Bold lip colors, like Ciate London’s Lip Velvet in Envy (show above), are not for everyone. I mean, anybody CAN wear them, but not everyone feels confident in out-of-the-box hues like this one. For those of us who love a pop of color though, unique shades really get us hype!
I was so excited when I came across the Ciate Lip Velvet formula. I know I say this a lot, but it’s unlike any other formula I’ve tried! Velvet is a perfect descriptor for the way this creamy color glides on. Dark colors are already intimidating, but if the formula is rough, you might as well throw on a nude and call it a day.
What makes Lip Velvet unique is that it has Sodium Hyaluronate, aka Hyaluronic Acid, to hydrate and plump the lips in a non-irritating way. It’s also full of dimethicone and other silicone derivatives, which makes it very smooth, but also means it won’t completely dry down. It will have a matte finish, but not be totally transfer-resistant. Just food for thought!
I also love that the applicator isn’t your standard doe foot. It’s a little wider with a precision tip, making it super easy to define your pout without a lip liner or huge mess involved. The wide end gives you opaque lip coverage in a single swipe, which is no mean feat for a color like this!
Overall, if your lips are insanely dry and unquenchable like mine, you’ll totally appreciate that this formula doesn’t give you butthole lips 🙂 And don’t worry – if Envy isn’t your jam, every other shade currently available is much more ‘normal’ and extremely wearable. From plums to nudes and hot pinks, Ciate has you covered for $19 a pop, which is not bad at all. Check them out online or at your nearest Sephora!