La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick
This lipstick promises to deliver the ultimate in hydration while treating and enhancing lips. Its creamy-slick texture goes on like butter (those prone to color feathering into lines around the mouth take heed), but then the formula takes a turn for the worse.
Although lips are treated to some beneficial ingredients and moisturizing emollients, this strongly scented lipstick also contains potential irritants that can break down collagen and potentially make dry, chapped lips worse.
That's a bummer given the gorgeous array of shades, each of which are richly pigmented with a plush-shine finish. If you still want to give La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick a try, there are enough flattering colors to complement a variety of skin tones and preferences. Just know that doing so may also drench your lips in unwanted side effects.
- Feels moisturizing and smooth.
- Plenty of gorgeous shades to complement a variety of skin tones.
- Pigmented colors and shiny finish for a luxe lip look.
- Fragranced formula puts lips at risk of irritation.
- Color can feather into lines around the mouth (if you're prone to that).
Too Faced At-A-Glance
Too Faced is the brainchild of Jerrod Blandino, who got his start in the cosmetics industry as a department store makeup artist in the '90s. According to brand lore, Blandino's clients sought him out for his lighthearted, playful approach to beauty, which led him to create his own line. Soon he teamed up with business partner Jeremy Johnson, and launched Too Faced. The brand caught on quickly, getting distribution in stores like Nordstorm and Sephora.
Too Faced's biggest hook is its emphasis on a feminine persona that seeks to make beauty seem fun. There are several food- and scent-themed palettes, and many products bear trendy or cheeky monikers. The brand offers some top-notch performers, including some great powder products and its top-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, though there are some mis-steps as well (see our individual reviews for more information).
Note: In November 2016, cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought Too Faced for $1.45 billion. Despite the fact that Estee Lauder sells products in China, where animal testing is in some cases required by law, Too Faced's founders say they maintain their commitment to no animal testing (and there are no plans so far to sell Too Faced products in China).
For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics call (949) 553-4431 or visit the Web site at www.toofaced.com.
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