December 7, 2020

My Toxic Romance with Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in Praline

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3 stars out of 5

Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in Praline is one of three limited edition shades that launched for Holiday 2020. I’m a little confused what exactly is happening with these new Satin Lipsticks. On the ABH website there are three shades but there is nothing listed about them being a limited edition however, on Sephora’s website there is only one shade available and it launched with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday 2020 Collection and it is limited edition. I think they are sort of a preview of a Spring 2021 launch maybe! But I could be wrong.

None the less, I was curious enough to purchase one as I thought Praline looked like a nice nude.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in Praline comes housed in a very pretty nude beige plastic barrel. It’s 0.10 oz in size and $20 making it smaller and more expensive than the regular Matte Lipstick line which are 0.12 oz and $18 each.

I totally have a love hate relationship with this lipstick. I love the shade but I need gloss to make it look good! As for the formula it’s just ok and again, I need clear gloss to make it look good. The thing is when you have to bring in other makeup to make another piece of makeup look good it becomes a toxic romance you’re having with this product. I mean, if you’re paying $20 bucks for a lipstick you want it to look good out of the box. You don’t want to have to add other lipglosses or lipsticks into the mix to make it look good. Sadly, I need to add in clear gloss to have this work for me.

First off, this is a very thick, creamy lipstick that has a satiny matte finish that does cling to drier lips and will fall into the natural lines of your lips. It’s just not a product that doesn’t want to sit smoothly on lips. It likes to make lips look dry even when they aren’t. See? That’s why gloss is helpful! I’m prone to drier lips so not only is the color falling into my natural lip lines it’s also clinging to the drier areas on my lips.

That being said the formula is quite nice. As I said it’s thick, it’s creamy, and it applies smoothly (I just wish it stayed that way). It’s very pigmented as well and has a very faint vanilla flavor but I didn’t detect any fragrance. It wears on me for a solid five hours without migrating or feathering on my lip line however, during that time frame the color doesn’t remain fresh looking. It’s just a formula that looks aging on my lips giving them a dry, cracked appearance even when they aren’t dry. Although satiny matte in finish the finish does lean towards being more matte and that translates to a drier formula to me. The creamy texture is lovely but doesn’t translate to a hydrating finish. This formula feels very drying on and looks it too.

The color is gorgeous! It’s a light pink nude however, without gloss it does give me a bit of a zombie look. You can kill two birds with one stone by adding in a bit of gloss! Not only will your finish become smoother with clear gloss but the nude pink becomes more flattering on a skin tone with a bit of warmth to it like mine therefore resulting in a nice nude pink that isn’t zombified. Of course, this does defeat the purpose if you want a satin finish.

I don’t mind doctoring this formula with clear gloss! It’s a nice shade and I like a shiny finish anyway! However, if I were looking for a satin finish lipstick this isn’t the formula I’d go with! The texture is great, pigment is fantastic, but the formula can be dry and it looks very dry on lips.

Where to buy

Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in Praline is one of three new Satin Lipstick shades that recently launched. This lipstick has a beautiful soft texture with a creamy feel that glides smoothly on lips. It has excellent color pay off and the color Praline is a beautiful nude pink and the wear is quite good at around five hours. Sadly, as creamy as the formula it is dry and it falls into finer lines giving the appearance of a dry, cracked appearance. The color is beautiful but it would work for a lighter skin tone and does look a bit too light on my light medium skin! I found clear gloss was the solution to making the color and finish more wearable but those seeking a satin gloss might not love that fix!

Pros

  • Thick, creamy luxurious texture.
  • Excellent pigment.
  • Wears long.

Cons

  • Color looks and feels dry.
  • Color falls into natural lip lines giving an uneven less than smooth appearance.

Who

Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in Praline might be a good fit for you if you don’t mind applying a little clear gloss to make it more wearable!