Simply Lippy Challenge Day 207 | Sephora Flash Jumbo Matte Lip Pencil in Shade 02, Coral Express

Like many beauty lovers, Sephora is my holy grail. Whenever I am in a city where there is a Sephora store, I take a visit and happily while away the minutes and sometimes hours, swatching and trying out products to buy. In fact, I have never left a Sephora store empty handed!

But for all the products I’ve bought over the years, I had never try one of their own brand lipsticks so for the sake of my lipstick challenge, I decided to buy a few and put them to the test.

The first one I tried out today, was this jumbo lip pencil, which really is a lip crayon, and though I am completely in love with the shade, I’m sadly not that impressed by the formula.

The pigment is gorgeous and this shade is exactly the kind that I love; it’s bright, bold and the perfect shade of coral pink (it’s called Coral Express though I do think it’s more pink than coral personally). Because of the incredible pigment, the colour pay off is also brilliant so I do love that.

However, the matte formula is very matte and quite difficult to apply. I had to really work hard to apply this on my lips evenly, and a lot of layering was involved. What’s more, when I went to blend it by puckering my lips together, there was just no creamy element at all and even that was a struggle.

By mid afternoon my lips felt so dry that I ended up having to put some Blistex balm on, which I very rarely have to do with a lipstick. And by the time late afternoon came, the lipstick had worn off because of the balm, and I didn’t even bother reapplying it.

The fact that I didn’t reapply is a real tell-tale sign for me that I don’t like something, and it has only happened a handful of times throughout the entire challenge.

The other lippies I bought are different finishes, so I’m hopeful that I will like those a lot more. However, although I love the colour, this lippy just wasn’t for me.

Sorcha 💋

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