Post #22- Will It Last? – part 2: Lip wear vs. Food!

Yes, you read that correctly! I ate for you…well, really for me, so that you and I will be prepared in any food related event in the future.

Don’t you just hate it when you are hungry and eat to your heart’s content and then you remember that your lip wear choice for the evening was not compatible? Was it even transfer-resistant? What other part of your face is also wearing your lipstick?

Now I am not one of those who plays coy when it comes to food choices when out on a date, for example, for that first meal across from whomever-you-are. If you’re paying then I’m getting what my heart desires and if we’re going Dutch, then I am definitely getting whatever is good on the menu. I don’t want to worry about my lipstick leaving when I eat or have to do this weird dance with my fork barely touching my lips while trying to drop morsels of food into my mouth like a crane carefully dangling over a construction site. Ain’t nobody got time for that! That being said, I spoke to my bestie, Jilly to hear her perspective on the meal choices for this experiment. She was very supportive and even tried some of them with me (but will not be shown here. Moral support counts, lol!) Together we decided on this list: Pasta, Salad (with a messy dressing), Fried Chicken, Pizza, and a Cheeseburger, and of course the drink. My other bestie Vanessa also suggested a dessert like licking ice cream off of the cone, but that may just have to be a sequel for this one. Dessert, anyone? My body will need a short break after this week’s test.

This food is greasy, oily, soul, fulfill-that-craving-for-that-time-of-the-month type of food. No judgment here, Baby! Sometimes these just hit differently. And yes, I usually have healthy options too, but oatmeal and bananas are hardly a threat to my lip wear. When I wear a very committed lip colour, I usually use some coconut oil or a makeup remover with some oil content to remove it. Thus the need for this experiment. And I know someone has probably written about this already, but I needed my two-toned palette to try it once and for all on purpose. The lippies of choice ranged from cream to matte. Sheer lipglosses were left out for this experiment since they would not last past the first few bites. I also wanted to revisit drugstore and luxury brands with a representation of both. Below you will see the lipstick choices and a short time lapse video of me eating…yes eating LOL! Also if you see me rocking from side to side, that is just the joy of flavour-filled food filling my bones. I dance when I eat yummy food. ☺️ It was awkward to have a camera focused on my mouth but anything for authenticity and for lip wear!

First up is a lip I received in the mail a few weeks ago. It is by HUDA and is my first lip from HUDA (yes, I know I’m late. Offer me some grace, please.) It is from their metallic lipstick collection in a wonderful purple colour named After Party that looks like it’s all decked out for the Oscars thanks to all of the shine, sparkle, and metallic within its composition. It isn’t a matte but it is a strong satin I was confident about wearing. I paired it with Pasta laden with ground beef and a dinner roll at lunch. Water to drink. See for yourself how this went.

Huda Metallic Lipstick “After Party” vs. Pasta

Second on the list happened for dinner on the first day I started this experiment and is the newly introduced Ultimatte by Maybelline in the colour More Magenta. This one was a surprise. It goes on so smooth and is nicely pigmented. I had meatless spaghetti with loads of tomato sauce and another dinner roll. More water to drink, check my glass. It lasted and the colour still popped! I’m sold and full!

Maybelline Ultimatte “More Magenta” vs. Spaghetti

Next on the list is a matte liquid lipstick by Anastasia in a colour I absolutely love named Poet. It is a light mauve that acts as a soft nude for me. It dries quickly but can be crumbly once it comes in contact with oil or even too much saliva. I had worn it for a while when this video was shot. It lasted very well under my mask so I thought it would do well during lunch. I picked up some breaded chicken breast at a local grocery store to accompany my kale version of a Caesar salad with all of the fixings. Unfortunately, the lip did not last when paired with this yummy meal. I still had enough for the top lip and the perimeter of my bottom lip, but the inside or butt of my lip was all gone, eaten by my food. I wasn’t mad, I was full. ☺️

Anastasia “Poet” vs. Chicken Caesar salad

This brings us to half way through this experiment. I picked a colour I was confident in because it does not disappoint in pigment or feel, but man alive I forgot about the transfer 😩. FentyBeauty’s Mattemoiselle in Gisele is beautiful if I am only teaching or speaking or posing for a picture, but it was not cheeseburger and fries ready. It ended up all over my chin and fingers and thankfully did not interfere with the taste of the yummy cheeseburger. What a pigmented beautiful mess! Fruit punch to drink.

Nearing the end I had to pull out the one I was saving and honestly thought would be the winner. It did not disappoint. I have so many of Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Liquid lipsticks. They are long lasting and pigmented and go on easy. I decided on a bright red named Pioneer. It was Pizza day and I was trying to be healthier after almost a week of junk food so I ordered a thin crust pizza and then loaded it with 4 extra toppings that were falling off of the very thin crust. It was a sloppy hilarious mess that was so yummy 😊. I kept on eating until I saw some colour fade away. Thank God I ordered a medium, because it took 5 slices and I was still impressed. No wonder I need the good stuff when it’s time to remove this lipstick. See for yourself.

Maybelline Superstay Matte ink vs. Pizza
After Pizza…not bad!

Finally, at the suggestion of my bestie, Vanessa, I chose a luxury brand. YSL‘s Rouge Pur Couture in 52 has been mentioned here a few times, (and yes I’m making room for more luxury brands to be sent my way), but I had yet to pair it with fried chicken and honey-glazed biscuits. This colour goes on like a satin lip but has enough pigment in it to stain your lips creating a confident base that showcases the colour longer than expected. I was pleasantly surprised that there was still cream, shine, and satin goodness when the meal was over. This is what winners look like. Perhaps luxury is the way to eat comfort food…maybe.

Hopefully my cholesterol-filled week is helpful to you when it’s time to consider the perfect pairing. However, there are a few things to remember. My lips are not just two-toned but they are also two different textures. My bottom lip is a soft pink plump cushion while my top lip is more smooth and opaque. Both welcome colour and yet my top lip holds colour better and longer which is why I prefer matte colours. My suggestion to you is to try out your lipsticks, and try around people who love you regardless of how messy your face may get. Always carry your lip choice with you and if it’s a good night or a good choice, you won’t even have to use it. Try to think about your food choices ahead of time if you can help it. And lastly, choose a lippy that fits your life so that you don’t have to sacrifice nutrition for beauty. There is always room for both!

See you on the gram! Follow me @thelipstickblogger and tag me in some of your finds or shoot me a DM for any lip wear suggestions you think I should consider. Stay sweet my loves and #WearItLikeYouMeanIt 💋…the lipstick, not the food! 😅

Published by Temeka W.

Temeka Williams is a Toronto based 30-something-year-old Musician, Singer-Songwriter. She loves Jesus, Cheese, her friends and family, Aunty time with her niece and nephews, and colour in any form. If she’s not teaching ESL, she’s probably playing her guitar , writing a new song, or testing out some new lip-wear.

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