Lately I've been on a bit of a budget lipstick-buying craze. I blame the change of seasons—nicer weather calls for brighter colors, I guess. So naturally when Memebox released a collection of spring lipsticks in collaboration with famous makeup artist/YouTuber Pony, I knew I had to have it!
The Memebox X Pony Blossom Lipstick Collection is actually part of a larger collection that also included three eyeshadow quads, but I was only feeling the lipsticks for whatever reason. (Which is good, keeping in mind my poor, poor wallet.)
There are four shades in this collection: Two semi-matte, two glossy. All four lipsticks sell for $12 apiece and contain 4.5g of product.
A brief overview of the shades:
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #01 Rose Garden: Semi-matte finish. Brick Red if it lived in a lighter, happier universe. Slightly orangey.
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #02 Spring Romance: Semi-matte finish. Kind of a dark cherry/pink color, for lack of a better explanation.
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #03 Orange Dahila: Glossy finish. A vibrant pink coral.
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #04 Blooming Love: Glossy finish. An adorable bubblegum pink.
Arm swatches in indoor lighting:
Arm swatches in direct sunlight:
Hey, guess what? I put them on my mouth too! Here's what that looked like:
Let me start with my thoughts on the semi-matte lipstick (shades #01 and #02). I'll be honest: I had some issues with them. Both are surprisingly sheer for matte lipstick... they're definitely buildable, but when I applied more than one layer, both of them had a tendency to creep into the lines on my lips throughout the day while the lipstick on the rest of my mouth wore off. Not terribly flattering. If you have smoother lips than I do or use some sort of primer you can probably get past that issue, but for me it made the whole experience a bit more fussy. My solution? Wear them with lip balm underneath. That eliminated the gross fading issue, but it also made them less matte (and less long-lasting) at the same time. Again, fussy! There is one silver lining though: The matte lippies aren't especially drying, even without balm underneath.
As for the glossy lipsticks (#03 and #04): I have no complaints. They aren't terribly long-lasting either, but I wouldn't expect any lipstick with this sort of texture to be. I love how smooth they are... almost balm-like. Neither of them really stain your lips, so you're definitely going to need to reapply throughout the day.
As a collection, I really think this is a perfect selection of colors for spring. I deem #02 and #03 to be the loveliest (and probably most universally flattering) of the bunch, and I've been reaching for #03 (Orange Dahlia) far more often than the rest of them. Oh, and in case you're wondering how they smell, all of them have sort of a vague fruity scent. Pretty inoffensive.
Overall I like the Memebox X Pony Blossom Lipstick collection, but I don't love it. The colors are trendy and pretty, but the formulation of the matte shades could use a little bit of work. I have no regrets about buying it though—it's been a fun addition to my lipstick wardrobe, even if the wear times are brief.
If you want to grab any of these for yourself, you can do so here:
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #01 Rose Garden: ($12)
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #02 Spring Romance: ($12)
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #03 Orange Dahila: ($12)
- Pony Blossom Lipstick #04 Blooming Love: ($12)
Don't forget that Memebox orders over $30 ship free! You can use coupon code MAKEUPLOVE for 15% off your purchase too.
What do you think of the Memebox X Pony Blossom Lipstick collection? Which shade would you reach for first?
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