I’m such a fan already of the Zelens Lip Glaze – I’ve used two full tubes of Pink even at £29 a time, so that tells you something. So, I had high hopes for the forthcoming lipsticks in February. They’re matte, and I’m not a matte fan, but they’re not ordinary lipsticks. In fact, they’re called Lip Treatment Colours. I’ve been testing them out over the weekend. First thing to know is that the pigment is high – these are proper colour lay downs, second thing to know is that the formulation isn’t your usual lipstick recipe. Tripeptides, hyaluronic acid and retinol esters are features of the formula.
Obviously, because these are so new to me, I can only talk about the immediate effects rather than the longer term ‘treatment’ element, and can say that if you like a gentle matte finish (as opposed to a Kylie matte finish) but hate the drying effect, you absolutely will not find these drying. However, they’re not ultra long stayers either, so be prepared to reapply. You will find longer wearing mattes out there, but these are just not that lip-clingy kind of formula because of the long list of skin care ingredients. I have crinkly lips and always have had so in terms of smoothing, I felt there was an immediate smoothing effect (although not really the stated ‘filling’ effect in any noticable or meaningful way) and not one single hint of dryness. Often with mattes, once the liquid has evaporated the colour sucks into your lips exacerbating any lip lines and making them look puckered.
As you can see – perfect pigment. I have six of the 9 forthcoming shades so starting bottom to top: The Rose, Nude Pink, Deep Red, Merlot, Nude Beige and finally, Nude Plum. At £32 each, they’re right at the top end for lipsticks – my information suggests a 54.2% increase in lip moisture after a month’s use, which based on how hydrated my lips feel after wearing them, I can believe, but increases of 15.6% and 12.8% firmness and softness respectively – that doesn’t really a) seem a lot or b) measurable. Bottom line here is that if you struggle to wear a matte lip, I very much doubt you would struggle with these; if anything else happens from wearing them, that’s just a bonus, but for the complete lack of lip dryness and the comfortable wear, I’d recommend.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated