I picked up one of the new Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick ($24) shades because of the packaging. Yes, I’m that girl who buys makeup because it’s pretty. Sometimes you have to give into the illogical side of your personally and buy matte lipstick, even though you really don’t like mattes, because the packaging is so gorgeous. It’s ok if you don’t want to admit that this has happened to you before. I totally get it. But we all know it’s happened to every makeup lover at some point in your lives.
As you know Pretty Vulgar is all about the pretty. This new brand recently popped up on Sephora.com and everyone got terribly excited because of the princess-y packaging. I have to admit in recent year’s I’ve become a bit immune to pretty packaging. Sure, I love it but I’ve tried so much makeup that I realize, finally, that packaging isn’t everything. It’s really how the makeup performs that matters most. But for some reason or another Pretty Vulgar ended up capturing my eye because it reminded me so much of Jadilla J, which is a Korean brand that’s very similiar in style to Jill Stuart.
Cute pretty packaging is fairly common in Asia but I think the US market isn’t as quite up to speed on such packaging. Sure we have elegant brands like Guerlain but compared the smaller, cuter, budget friendly brands like say Etude House from Korea, well, that isn’t something you commonly see available in our market. This was one of the key selling points for me when I saw Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics.
Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick is a $24 lipstick available in eight shade selections that’s 0.1 oz in size. It comes housed in a pretty little decorated with tea cups and roses which gives off a Marie Antoinette Let Them Eat Cake vibe. The actual lipstick barrel is just as pretty with a swirled rose gold metallic design that has intertwined with rose vine. It’s a pretty presentation to say the least and very vanity worthy. The lipstick bullet is imprinted with a tiny bird which seems to be Pretty Vulgar’s signature! The brand seems to like birds and birdcages.
I picked up Prim and Proper which looks like a sienna nude on the site but is actually a pale dusky nude pink. I did a major boo boo picking this shade up as it isn’t quite a nude that works for me and the shade will influence this review a tiny bit but more on that in a little bit. This is a wearable shade for me so long as I put clear gloss on it otherwise the color is a little too living dead girl looking on my lips.
The formula is lightweight, creamy, and applies quite nicely without tugging. I detected a very faint lemon-y flavor and fragrance but it seems to disappear quickly after application. This particular shade looked horrible on my lips for some reason. I don’t think it has anything to do with the formula, it’s just the shade that didn’t quite work out. It looked less than smooth on my lips not to mention it settled into my natural lip lines and made my lips look dry. I think if I got another shade it would have been smoother because this formula is very nicely creamy. It’s just the zombie nude shade that didn’t work out for me or at least that’s what I’m assuming. I will absolutely buy another one, re-try, and revise this review with my thoughts soon!
Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick has a very nice, creamy consistency that doesn’t feel dry or stiff. It feels like a very comfortable matte to me but I think the shade I choose made it less than smooth looking on my lips. The packaging is simply stunning and will be appealing to those who love beautifully packaged makeup. I’ll share more of my thoughts about this formula as soon as I try another shade. So far, it seems promising enough!
Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick is available now at sephora.com.
Tried it already?