(I try not to get all precious about the Sephora reward system because Sephora owes me nothing but the products I pay for AND I did a focus group for Sephora Canada in the fall and I got a zillion points in exchange for me telling the consultancy firm to please chill with the fucking emojis because this was a focus group, not Instagram. But sometimes the incredibly low effort that Sephora Canada puts into pretending that they have a rewards program blows my mind. It's pretty sad that I'm excited about a tiny lipstick for 100 points which is theoretically the reward for $100, for those who don't mouth off in focus groups. On the upside, at least one of these came from a code rather than spending my points.)
Look at them. They're so precious.
L-R: MUFE Sweet Pink, Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, MUFE C211, Bite Gazpazcho, Bite Liquorice
This is a "true blue-red." I've talked about my resistance to true reds and how I've overcome it. It's nice and luminous, but it's really, really close to Bite Sour Cherry, which I also have and like a bit more. It does wear really nicely and isn't patchy at all, applies smoothly and is generally comfortable. If you're looking for a red, this would be a nice candidate.
Oh God, Liquorice. I had hopes for it. It swatched beautifully and looked fine when I first swiped it on in admittedly awful yellow light because winter means no daylight. Have I mentioned I literally never see daylight Monday to Friday? A million times already? Well, it needed to be said again. But in daylight, putting some effort into applying it properly and nope. Just nope. It's patchy, it will not adhere to my inner lip for more than thirty seconds, and it just looks bad because it will not be even. I like the idea of this beautiful oxblood, but it is not even a little bit good in execution.
Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
I already talked about this one, so I don't have a ton to add. This pulls more of a bright pink on me than I expected, the formula is comfortable, but it's nothing especially exciting. I will continue to wear it but probably won't seek out MJ lipsticks or anything.
Make Up For Ever C211 Rosewood
This is my favourite lipstick find, possibly ever. This was in one of those sampler bags that Sephora stuffs with deluxe sizes and samples, and I picked the sampler bag that contained this one because it also had a mini of CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight. But it turns out that C211 is my favourite thing out of this bag. It's such an unusual colour, like a dark mauve, almost vampy. I love it. Despite the fact that it smells like...well, lipstick ingredients. Come on, MUFE. Toss in a little vanilla. Some of us find the lack of scent to cover up the lipsticky smell makes it taste more strongly that it should (read: I can taste it at all). Buttttt the formula is so comfortable and long lasting, it fades evenly, and I LOVE this colour. I don't have anything like it. When (this should probably be if) I finish it, I'm getting a full size. It's not a perfect lipstick, but it makes me really happy and I don't spend several minutes debating if I should be wearing it to work, an exercise I often perform every morning and then wear the lipstick in question anyway.
Make Up For Ever 202 Sweet Pink
I like the Plexi Gloss formula - really smooth, highly moisturizing, and minimally sticky. Sweet Pink is kind of a weird choice for this colour, though. It reads more orangey in the tube? And it's a nude gloss on. I'm trying to move away from gloss since I really don't wear them enough to use them up before they go bad, but this is a really great size to try one out and conceivably use it up. Gloss is weird, though. I'm over my long ago aversion of it, but it's still not my favourite type of lip product. Do I really need more than one gloss? Probably not.
Now, all that said, I think I'm going to get rid of both Bite lipsticks and probably the gloss, even though I didn't shit all over them, except for you know, Liquorice. They are all very nice. But I've learned something in getting these and trying them out: I got them because they were there, not because I really wanted to try Gazpacho or Liquorice or Sweet Pink (or even C211 or Kiss Kiss Bang). That's not what I want to do. I have so much stuff that I don't need to be seeking out little bonus lipsticks of shades I don't even really want all that much. I said I was going to try to pan Liquorice since it was similar to others I have, but being honest with myself: even its wear issues aside, which I hadn't fully explored when I said I was going to pan it, I have other lipsticks in the same family that are more wearable and I like more. So why force myself? I'm going to get rid of it and instead work on learning the lesson here: just because it's free doesn't mean that you need it or want it.
C211, though. You're a winner.