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During May Glamour magazine ran a beauty competition where every day you could win some beauty items. I was a lucky girl and won a few beauty items. One of the items that I was looking forward to trying a lot was this Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick. This retails at £16, and I am not sure I have ever paid even half as much as this for a lipstick when buying my own, so it was an indulgent treat.
The Marvelous Moxie range is available in ten shades from nude, through many shades of pinks, reds, and lilac. The shade I have is called Never Say Never, and this is described as a hot fuschia colour - this is a very vibrant pink, and not a look that would perhaps suit everyone, but with my dark hair and pale skin combination, I feel that I can carry off the look.
The tube arrived in a black and pink box with silver writing on it. The box alone looked very premium, and came with an instruction leaflet inside it. An instruction leaflet? That is the first time I've ever had one of those with a lipstick. I then realised that without this leaflet, I couldn't even open the lipstick.
The format of the lipstick tube is similar to other brands, but with a bit of a twist. The packaging is a glossy black tube with tiny branding showing the bare minerals brand on the side, and a discrete sticker advising you the shade of your lipstick under the base. To get into the lipstick, you need to press and slide a silver button on the side of the tube which releases the lipstick.
First thoughts of the lipstick were - my gosh, that really is pretty bright. The lipstick looks really glossy, and quite soft. Applying this the first time, I thought I would just wear it at home as I don't often wear make up during the day. I wanted to see what this was like before trying it on a night out.
Applying this is very easy. It glides across the lips, going up to the lipline without seeming to go over it. It looked really glossy and pretty. Your lips do need to be pretty smooth, as any dry patches, it will stick to and accentuate them.
However, this first outing, I did notice that the creamy texture does mean that although it slides onto the lips easily, it also slides off just as easily. It ended up on my teeth which is a pet peeve of mine. I then got it on a glass I was drinking from, and I ended up wiping it off as I was just too concious of where it was ending up. In spite of it going everywhere, I still appeared to have plenty on my lips. When I took it off, I had to scrub quite hard as it did sit in any fine lines around the edge of my lips and looked a bit cheap and nasty.
When I wore this for a big night out, I took a lot more time over the application of the lipstick. I applied it as before, but this time I blotted the lipstick with tissue. This meant it was less glossy, but it also seemed to be less transferable. I then added another coat before blotting again, then sealed it with a coat of lipcote. The lipstick transferred badly onto the lipcote brush, but I found this method meant that I could wear the lipstick without all the transfer onto the glass I was drinking from, and I got about 6 hours of wear from the lipstick without any going on my teeth. By this point, it had faded completely and I needed to reapply it.
This is a very pink look, and I think if I had more lines then I might struggle with this lipstick bleeding along my lipline. As it stands, my lines are not prominent enough to have much effect. The look is quite pretty and feminine but in a bold way. While wearing this, I was very subtle with the blusher and eyeshadow shades that I chose, as it would have been too bright and a bit clown-ish for my liking.
Claims for this lipstick are that your lips will look fuller and more voluptuous, and the infusion of vitamins along with the Abyssinian oil and omega fatty acids leave your lips feeling softer. Its hard to say how well these claims are met as I have quite naturally full lips, and I think the bold colour does help to accentuate this. My lips are very noticeable and certainly feel well conditioned, but how much of this is down to wearing the lipstick? Well I don't think you can say.
Would I buy again? I'd definitely consider it. I do love the shade, but I'm not sure if I am now getting a bit too old for such a look. I like how easily it went on my lips, and it had pleasing longevity when combined with blotting and lipcote. I think I would perhaps go for one of the subtler shades. I think it has a very glamourous look that follows from the product to the packaging, and I would not feel embarassed to whip this one out in the bathroom of a pub to reapply while out.
The thing that does put me off a bit is the price. It is nice, but I am not sure I think it is £16 worth of nice. I might stretch to more like £10. I can't see this being a long lasting lipstick as a lot does go onto your lips when you apply - more than you need. I don't need to blot half as much off when using cheaper brands that are a harder stick with less of the buttery texture.
It has been a lovely treat, and I definitely am glad I got chance to try it. The name Moxie allegedly refers to an attitude of sassiness, and you do need to be a bit sassy to get away with wearing it. Definitely one for big occasions and not for pottering to the shops in.
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick / Make an impact with Marvelous Moxie Lipstick / Creamy / super-saturated / ultra-pigmented colour glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish / Lips look fuller and more voluptuous / An infusion of minerals revitalises lips for a healthy-looking pout / while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple / baby-soft smoothness / All the while / an encapsulated vitamin a / C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense / so you're ready for anything-and everything.