There is an actual point to this anecdote - I've eaten a lot of popsicles in my life, and (sigh) more cherry ones than I'd like. My mouth has been stained bright pink on many a hot summer's day. You know the pink. It's a cool pink while frozen but the very essence of bright pink once on your skin. Bright but not neon.
So when Epically Epic released some new lipsticks in the winter, I was intrigued. I was particularly intrigued by the one called Cherry Popsicle. I don't have the description because they aren't in stock at the shop, but I recall something about it being inspired by the colour of cherry popsicles and smelling like one. The second is very true - I've found the Epically Epic lip products to be strongly scented, but they always smell exactly like the descriptions of their scents. This smells like a cherry popsicle.
The colour, however, is not what I expected based on the description or the name. I actually bought this off of a friend after I had seen her swatches so I knew what I was getting, but I know she didn't originally, because there weren't any swatches on the website. Or mention of the very fine shimmer in this. It's a colour that's grown on me, but a pinkish-red with very fine gold shimmer.
I may not have the website description, but I'm pretty sure it did not say anything about shimmer, because it was the chief complaint of my friend, who would not have purchased it at all if she'd known about the shimmer.
Top to bottom: three swipes, two swipes, one swipe
I mean, I like it. It's a pretty colour. But it's not exactly what was billed on the listing, and I feel like I would have been less happy with this lipstick had I bought it at launch like I originally planned (and then wisely didn't). I will grant this: the pictures of the colour in tube and packaging were fairly accurate, but it's hard to get an idea of what a colour looks like in the tube. And the shimmer wasn't evident in the photo.
One coat of Cherry Popsicle
And that ushers in another complaint: why is is so hard for makeup companies to put accurate portrayals of colours on their websites? My swatches are nothing to write home about, I fully recognize that, but I'm also a 24 year old librarian who blogs for fun, and even large makeup retailers like Sephora cannot seem to get their shit together and put up swatches or anything that would help you get an idea of the colour.
Since the launch, people have swatched all of the colours, so I may pick up another one at some point, but I'll be looking at swatches and reviews to make sure I get a colour I really will like. And while this doesn't look like a cherry popsicle, I do like it.