Here’s an interesting fact. If you try to look up pictures of Malibu Barbie you will realise that Malibu Barbie actually wears a baby blue swimsuit/playsuit/ whatever they make Barbie wear. Not a slick of pink on her. Not even her lips. Don’t believe me? Fire up Google and see 😉
So I found it very fascinating that Face of Australia named a bright pink lipstick Malibu Barbie. It most certainly is barbie pink and is most certainly one of those bright lip colours that make you go “Er… I’m not sure I can pull it off. Its so PINK!” <- Its this sort of pink!
But Tina (Chasing Elixir) tells me I have to try it because its surprisingly lovely on so after a spell, I did. Was she right? I hate to admit it but yes she was. The Face of Australia Lip Quench in Malibu Barbie looks really quite scary in the tube. Its a hot pink that I thought pulled cool and that is quite scary because these sort of colours can really wash you out and make you look like the walking dead. Add to the fact that I’m not much of a pink lipstick wearer, preferring my roses, berries and reds. But there are times when you want to branch out of your comfort zone, and pink is a pretty girly colour with which to do so.
I’m going to say this though – I dislike the scent in the Face of Australia Lip Quench lipsticks. I’m sorry but they do put me off. I have looked through a few Australian blogs but no one mentions the scent. I don’t know if its my nose that’s too sensitive, but there is a waxy scent that I dislike. Kill the scent and I’d be very happy with these.
I couldn’t get the original colour of the lipstick to really show up in photos. So if you can imagine, it is a little between this photo and the one right on top. Either way, its bright and its pink and its not something everyone will gravitate towards.
But it would be quite a pity because its not really half as scary when swatched as when you look at it in the tube! In tube, the colour looks to be a cool toned pale pink. On skin, it warms up and much to my surprise, brightens up the complexion quite prettily.
I wasn’t expecting to like this one, but I did. As for the Lip Quench element, I personally did not think this lipstick particularly moisturizing per se. I will advise that you ensure your lips are flake free before swiping this one on. But once on, it does not dry out the lips and feels nice and glossy there is SPF25. Nice wot? 😉
In a nutshell
An inexpensive moisturizing lipstick from Australian drugstore brand Face of Australia. Malibu Barbie is a bright hot pink that is surprisingly quite flattering and not as cool toned nor as bright as it looks once you apply it on. The colour is opaque, covering up my original lip colour quite nicely and it isn’t drying. The only gripe I have is the scent which fortunately dissipates after a while and leaves no lingering taste.
Pros: Affordable, Not drying, Interesting colour, Creamy opaque texture
Cons: Hard to find outside of Australia, Waxy scent that dissipates (thankfully!)
Am I the only one getting that waxy scent in the FOA Lip Quench lipsticks? Would you wear a lipstick like Malibu Barbie or do you like pink lipsticks and have another one to recommend? I am only at this advanced age learning to wear pink and it always surprises me how young it makes me feel … and (I hope) look 😉
Face of Australia Lip Quench Lipsticks Price: A$9.45 Availability : Face of Australia counters at Priceline and selected pharmacies in Australia Online: FashionAddict.com.au (I’ve never used their services)