I’ve never worn latex before but I imagine it is as confining and suffocating as Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick. Holy cow this stuff is forged in hell by the Devil himself! It’s odd because expected more from the company who created the fantastic, fabulous, and incredible Mirror Mirror Lipgloss which released several years ago and I rave to this very day. I was expecting shiny, pigmented, and crazy glossy.
I got suffocation.
Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick released in 16 shade selections as a counterpart to the Melted Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick. I mean if you have a matte version it’s a given at some point a brand is almost guaranteed to release a glossy one right? If you have a lot of the original shades and you’re worried about the identical packaging that both the Latex and Matte version have no worries. When you store them, store them upright, and you’ll be able to tell the difference between the formulas by the fact that the mattes have a gold cap and the Latex ones have a black cap. As for the price it remains the same at $21 and a size of 0.4 oz.
Too Faced markets these as a high-shine lipstick in a liquid form that has a lacquered, glossy finish or as Too Faced calls it, “juicy shine”. So, basically a hybrid formula that has the pigment of a lipstick and the shine of a lipgloss. Awesome! I was all hands on deck when I heard that. You see, if you’re old and gray and you’ve been collecting makeup for a while you recall Too Faced’s very nifty Mirror Mirror Lipgloss which had this incredible shine factor that was just outstanding. This made me want to try Melted Latex even more because I expected that same sort of shine. I didn’t get it. These do not have the shine of latex finish nor the glossiness I expected. They have a good sheen to them but not the “juicy shine” or high-shine finish I expected. I was rather crushingly disappointed at the lack of shine but that isn’t even the worst part.
What’s the worst part?
Oh my god the formula.
This is a very, very thick, creamy texture that’s quite sticky and difficult to spread and apply on lips. This is the type of formula you have to apply and smooth out with the applicator over and over and over again. If you don’t take time to use the applicator over your lips in several swipes the formula ends up falling into your natural lip lines in one gunky, separated mess. It’s really an uneven and less than smooth application so swiping the applicator across your lips several times ensures you get the smoothest, most even coverage. This is heavy as hell and I felt like my lips couldn’t breath with it on but I stuck through and I got about 5 hours of wear out of before I felt the need to wipe it off and that wasn’t because it was uncomfortable that was because it got really gross looking on my lips. It doesn’t migrate through the wear so, no worries about it feathering into your lip line or traveling up it but it does separate and falls into your natural lip lines which ends up producing a rather messy look at around hour three of wear. I pressed on with it for an extra two hours but after five I had to wipe it off because I looked like a train hit me in the mouth. It was an awful mess. Honestly, it’s as if they melted down latex and expected you to wear it on your lips.
As for the scent and fragrance, well, that’s just as bad. These have a bitter sweet fruit punch taste that’s a cross between Hawaiian Punch and cough medicine. It’s a bitter flavor that stays in your mouth through the wear. Another interesting aspect that deserves mentioning is I experienced a slight tingle when I applied. Almost as if I’m applying a plumping gloss. This isn’t a big deal for me as I’m not sensitive but if you have sensitive lips I think it should be known that there’s something here that produces a slight tingle.
Anyway, Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick is one hot, ugly mess of a lip product that I’d recommend avoiding.
Big thumbs down on this one.
These are available now at sephora.com should you wish to chance it.