Buxom’s says their “Big & Healthy Lipsticks” have a creamy-velvet texture, define your lips like a liner and plump lips “to their full buxom potential.” I recently got this sample of the shade Brooklyn from a Sephora points bonus – it’s half-size (full size is .03 ounces) and in different packaging, but it’s the same lipstick available in the permanent collection. Brooklyn is described as “harvest fig” – it’s a plummy color that’s halfway between a brown and a neutral pink, making it a great slightly deep neutral.
I’m going to review this for Buxom’s three claims, and then for all the other stuff we care about.
- Texture. It’s like matte but with a hint of creaminess that’s not quite shiny. It wears very much like a matte, feeling dry on the lips rather than wet or slippery.
- Defining. With a texture like that, it’s not surprising it acts like a lip liner. I haven’t experienced any feathering with it (though I rarely do), and I definitely don’t think you need a liner with this one.
- Plumping. Buxom’s plumping is far from extreme – it’s actually pretty subtle. You know how when your lips are really well hydrated, they’re a little plumper than when they’re dried out? That’s what Buxom gives you. And this is great for a near-matte lipstick, since they can dry lips out and create temporary wrinkles and lines in them. Brooklyn keeps your lips at their natural plumpest, even though it feels dry.
- Wear time. Brooklyn wears like iron – seriously, it doesn’t fade or anything for quite a few hours. Even if I eat or brush my teeth, it tends to fade rather than disappear.
- Comfort. As I said, it can feel like a dry product on the lips, and it doesn’t move around at all like a creamy lipstick. But it’s not drying to the lips – it wears comfortably the whole time I have it on.
This lipstick quickly found a home in my bag – I love the look of mattes, and when I can find one that doesn’t make my lips pucker up strangely or feel dehydrated, it becomes a favorite. I also love that Brooklyn goes with just about anything, and yet it’s a bold color rather than a generic nude.
Available at Sephora ($19). Scroll down for swatches and photos!