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First Impression: L.A. Girl Lip Paint #MarchMadness

From the site: "Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed Collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips.
This proven iconic product offers shades that range from nudes to brights to deep berries. Cool and nourish your lips with the added benefits of vitamin E and peppermint oil. The Glazed Lip Collection is an instant must-have that accurately portrays the color trends expected to be seen on the runway. A precision tip applicator is provided to facilitate application.

-Provides the shine of a lip gloss.
-Gives the intensely pigmented appearance of a liquid lipstick
-Delivers rich color with staying power

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil (Peppermint), Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Red 6 (CI 15850), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI 19140), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850), D&C Red 27 (CI 45410), FD&C Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Of the 18 shades available I have five: 'Blushing', 'Pin Up', 'Coy', 'Elude' and 'Tempt'. There is 0.40 fl. oz. or 12 mls of product in each tube.

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints -
L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint swatches -
L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint swatches -
L - R: 'GLG783 Blushing', 'GLG785 Pin up', 'GLG788 Elude', 'GLG786 Coy' and 'GLG798 Tempt'

Originally there were only six cream shades but the range was later expanded and some of the new ones contain shimmer. I ain't bout that shimmer life.

I first saw the original six displayed in Up Beat retailing for $9.95BDS.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint display -
posted on our Facebook page June 19, 2014 

Many months later I saw the new display in Total Care with them selling for $6BDS.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint display -
posted on our Facebook page October 22, 2014

I've most recently seen them in Beauty Mart for $6BDS as well.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint display -
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Exotica Makeup and Extensions sells them for $10BDS so that's the price range across the island.

Now price is out of the way let's get on to packaging.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint packaging -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint packaging -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint packaging -

There's a plastic seal around the tube/cap to prevent tampering (or show if it has been opened). Each tube is colour co-ordinated with the product to give you an idea of what to expect. The back of the tube lists the ingredients and other manufacturing information.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint packaging -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint packaging -

The black plastic slanted applicator dispenses the product via a hole in its centre. Contrary to what L.A. Girl says I wouldn't consider this "precision tip". A lip brush or those disposal wands are your best bet for even application.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Blushing' swatch -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Pin Up' swatch -
'Pin Up'
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Elude' swatch -
'Elude' sheer
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Elude' swatch -
'Elude' attempting to build it
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Coy' swatch -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Coy' swatch -
L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint 'Tempt' swatch -

Speaking of even application, that won't be possible with all colours as I did notice some inconsistencies across the board. 'Coy' and 'Pin Up' were the two easiest shades to reach full, even opacity. 'Blushing' is a gorgeous colour but it doesn't seem as "full bodied" on the lips as it did in the arm swatch. 'Elude' looked ok sheered out (with my finger cause a brush was leaving nuttin but brush strokes behind), but built up it almost looked chalky. That's weird for a glossy product. 'Tempt' seemed the sheerest of them all, which is disappointing as the colour seems so rich straight out of the tube. It wouldn't even build upon itself.

Still I'm not knocking them; for $6 - given how much is in the tube and how little you actually need for each application - they're a definite bargain. Paired with a complimentary lip liner I'm sure we can make most if not all of the colours work. And you're absolutely going to need a lip liner. Also try to apply the least amount of product necessary because these will migrate all over your teeth if you put on too much.

Looking at the ingredients I can't help but to think how similar these are to the Free Spirits Cosmetics Lip Creams. Peppermint Oil is listed further down on the L.A Girl ingredients list though. Due to the style of packaging may persons have compared these to the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Having tried those for myself I can tell you that the products are different. The L.A. Girl Lip Paints maintains its glossy finish whereas the Too Faced Melted dry down to a semi-matte consistency. Others have compared them to the OCC Lip Tars. They're most similar to those but all the Lip Tars I have tried are far more pigmented. 'Coy' might be the closest thing to Lip Tar consistency.

'Pin Up' and 'Tempt' showed the most staining power but I didn't wear any of them all day so I can't speak to true lasting power. All of them were a breeze to remove. In the time that I did these lip swatches I experienced no dry lips or discomfort.

With the bombardment of matte liquid lipsticks on the market recently I think we can all seek a lil comfort in these "hyper glossy" lip paints.

What colours have you tried from this range? Do you think $10 is a ridiculous price? On the L.A Girl site they're $4USD and on they're $3.49USDLet's discuss it in the comments.

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