The day AFTER wisdom teeth removal is the day of ice packs and pain meds and salt-water rinses. Bleh. I want coffee and a pain au chocolat, not this. Where is the extremely decorative butler when I need him?
Atticus’s Tips to Life: Be really weird, work very hard, have good manners.
Black tends to be a difficult lip color to wear but that doesn’t stop many of us goths. If you are as meticulous and OCD about your makeup as I am, the process of applying and wearing black lipstick can be a pain because it demands precision and can quickly become shabby looking through the course of eating, drinking, smooching, talking, etc. Luckily, a lot of very good quality black lipstick choices have come on the market that minimize a lot of the stress about maintaining a neatly done black lip. This review is about one of those options, a shade called Raven from Topshop.
Raven is part of Topshop’s Velvet Lips line. Velvet Lips are liquid lipsticks that go on shiny and quickly dry down to matte finish. These are touted as long-wearing, like many similar liquid lipsticks.
I first heard about Raven through another blog, and sought it out online. Initially, I purchased it from Topshop for $20, shipping from the UK. This was during the holidays and I became impatient because of the long time it was taking for the order to be dispatched. I then found it was also available through Nordstrom’s website for the same price, ordered it, and had it in a couple of days. The one from the UK showed up a short time later, so now I have a backup.
Raven comes in a clear tube with a twist-off cap and an attached doe-foot applicator. Pretty standard. The product applies evenly and is opaque with one coat. Lip liner is optional. It has no discernible fragrance or flavor.
To apply it, I like to start from the center of my lips and work my way out to just inside the edge of my lips. Then, using the pointed end of the applicator, I fill in along the outline of my lips. It’s important to let the first coat dry before filling in anywhere that might need it, otherwise it can look caked on.
Once dried, Raven is a true matte black with tiny silver sparkles. So pretty! Somehow, I feel the sparkles soften the look a bit.
Like similar products, Raven can make lips look and feel dry, even powdery. It also accentuates any dry or flaky patches on your lips, so exfoliating first is a good idea. These traits seem to be true of most liquid lipsticks.
Raven lasts a very long time, but with a few caveats. If you apply a chapstick or balm before or after putting on Raven, it will smear. Likewise, if you eat food that is oily/greasy, it will fade and require blotting away any grease before touching up (I have yet to find a lip product that lasts through a greasy meal; I don’t think it’s possible). Lastly, if too much of the product gets applied, I find that it starts to flake and crumble off, so if a touch-up is necessary, it should be done with a *very* light hand.
Raven can be removed with a bi-phase makeup remover that’s safe for lips — I like Lumene Waterproof Makeup Remover.
Compared to other black lipsticks that come in traditional tube packaging — e.g., Illamasqua, M.A.C., Manic Panic, Make Up Forever, even PBLC — Topshop Velvet Lips in Raven is the choice for longest wear and a deep black, velvety matte look. It’s also unique because of the sprinkling of silver sparkles in it.
- very long-wearing, stays put once dry (no feathering)
- even, opaque, velvet matte color
- silver sparkles add dimension and interest
- drying, and balm/gloss makes it rub off
- can be tricky to apply
Overall, I give this a 4.5/5 star rating. If you think this is for you, then I suggest you grab it; I believe it is limited edition.
Good review, and now I really think I want this lip color.
This is my brother in law Adam. He went missing last night (early morning of 3/3/2014). There were threatening e-mails found on his computer, and he was instructed to go to Celebration Park in Seattle, WA. If anyone sees him, please contact the local police there.
Please repost. Thank you.
Many of my co-workers know this man. The apparent story behind his disappearance (a stalker, a home break-in, threats against his family if he didn’t go ALONE to a deserted park late at night…and now he hasn’t been seen since Sunday)…all awful.
If anyone knows anything, please help.
If you have any information you are asked to call 911 or Detective Jeffrey VanderVeer, 253-835-6791 or email Jeffrey.VanderVeer@CityofFederalWay.com
rabababe asked: Aunt Jilli, do you know the names/brands of the eyeshadows in that polyvore set? I NEED THEM!!!
The red/black one is from the Armani “Eyes to Kill” line, and is called Lust Red. And I WANTS it. My budget will not permit me to spend $34 on a single eyeshadow, but oh my I want it.
I have no idea if the dark red color in the bottom right of the set is eyeshadow or lip color, nor do I know who makes it. But whatever it is, I also wants it.