Four months. Four long months I waited for this product, and finally it's here!
Sugarpill is a semi-indie cosmetic company that focuses on vegan, cruelty-free, and bright, bold makeup. Shrinkle (Amy Doan), the founder and owner, is a style icon and her brand and image focus around performance/theatrical and drag-inspired looks. Also she's incredibly adorable and I'm supremely jealous of her clothes and makeup skills. Supremely.
I want to make it clear that I do really like this lip color and I'm super happy to have it, but there are a couple things about it that I'm not totally pleased with.
First of all is the smell. It smells like orange creamsicles, but not in a gross or weirdly chemical way. It's actually pretty spot-on and if I had my eyes closed and had to smell a creamsicle and this lip color, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I just don't like the smell of orange creamsicles. Weird, I know. I would have much preferred a more vanilla-based scent, but then again, everyone does vanilla-scents and this is Sugarpill we're talking about here. I commend them for doing something different, it's just not my personal preference.
Second is the color. The color is actually quite pretty and most of the swatches I've seen of it are stunning. But unfortunately, it's not a color that looks flattering on me. I think there's just a bit too much brown in it and it's just a smidgen too warm. I could probably make it work with a specific look, but it's not something I can just throw on and be confidant the color looks good. Again, nothing at all wrong with the product itself, just a personal preference. I know Sugarpill said they were hoping to make more liquid lip colors, and I am super excited to try them if they do!
Third and final issue I have with this product is the removal. Since this is a liquid lipstick, it dries down and it sticks around for quite a long time. In order to remove it, I had to use a coconut oil-soaked cotton pad. That's not the issue; that's actually a feature! My issue is that, after I removed the color, I had gold glitter everywhere. Glitter is a nightmare to clean-up, and I wasn't too happy with the gold glitter beard I was sporting after I tried to remove this lip color. Even after a double cleanse (I always use an oil cleanser first, followed by a regular cleanser), I still had glitter all over my face. If you already have glitter all over your eyes and cheeks, then you probably won't mind a few extra specks of gold, but I personally don't like it when anything gets left behind on my face after I take off a product.
Overall, I am very happy with this lip color, especially since it still has the limited edition sexy mermaid artwork! I don't think Trinket is currently available from Sugarpill, but they did imply that they would be making a permanent version (probably without the mermaid), along with more colors, which I am super excited to try! If you love liquid lip colors, I would recommend giving one of these a try when Sugarpill launches them, hopefully sometime this year!
Thanks for reading! <3