The last matte lipstick I truly felt any affinity for was the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet and it was lovely to know that so many of you found the formula wearable too. Matte lipsticks are a little tricky because they can actually be less flattering if you don’t have properly prepped lips, and are always potentially drying. I don’t know, it must be something that goes into making matte lipsticks, that make them all feel the same way. A little dry and a little drying.
Recently, I was urged to give a new matte lipstick a go. It was the Clinique Long Last Soft Matte lipstick which is, interestingly only sold online here in Malaysia, on Clinique’s website. I thought to be quite an interesting marketing tactic, because for the most part, consumers here are of the test-before-they-buy mentality and it would be interesting to see how it goes down.
I was actually given Matte Crimson but as luck would have it, my resident makeup loving pixies have spirited it away and I couldn’t find it. Long story short, I decided to test out the Clinique online store and pick up these online exclusives while I was at it. Would you buy lipstick online, sight unseen?
Shopping online at Clinique.com.my
I thought I’d share briefly my experience with shopping at the Clinique online store. It’s relatively painless and it’s laid out in a similar layout to the international website and everything’s easy to spot.
There are 8 shades available in the new Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick and unfortunately, the swatches aren’t quite representative of the actual lipstick. It isn’t surprising but it will be a challenge for anyone who buys a shade expecting the colour they see on the monitor and get something else. Online, Matte Crimson looks like a darker brick red. In reality, which we’ll see below, it’s a fairly bright crimson as the name suggests. Matte Beauty online looks like a blah pink nude, and in reality, is a soft pink.
My suggestion therefore is to do what I did and go out there, do a quick search online for swatches on beauty blogs and gauge the colours from there before you make your purchase.
After that, add the colours you want to your bag, and check it out. You will be prompted to sign up before you check out and there is a shipping fee of RM12 (boo!) for purchases below RM250. Above RM250 it’s free shipping. For RM12 I expected the product to arrive the next day. It didn’t. It turned up 3 days later. Boo! It’s shipped by courier from DKSH who I believe handles the online store so it isn’t Clinique themselves who are handling it, but their partner. Personally, because let’s face it our market and geographical location is fairly small, it isn’t impossible to have products delivered the next day. Poslaju does it and it doesn’t cost RM12. /rant
I happened to find a code floating around online that I don’t see anywhere on the site, so if you are planning to make an online purchase on the Clinique website, use the promotional code TTCC which gets you a deluxe sample of the Take The Day Away Makeup Remover and Moisture Surge CC Cream. I happen to like the CC Cream so it was a very handy code to have. (It was valid when I used it, and I’m not sure when it’ll expire).
Your purchase will arrive in a sturdy white box, with a Clinique paper band around it. We don’t have many brands locally who have their own online store so I think it’s great to be able to shop with confidence at the actual brand’s website, knowing you’re getting the real deal. I think it’s a great facility and a positive step forward but ultimately still needs some improvement in the shipping time and cost.
Now, onward to the Long Last Soft Matte lipstick which is an online exclusive, and my thoughts on it.
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick – Matte Crimson and Matte Beauty
I quite like these, if I’m to be honest, and I surprised myself that I liked them.
Although they are supposed to be matte lipsticks, I found the texture quite creamy and they do have a soft cream sheen to them so they aren’t flat and dry the way a lot of matte lipsticks are. That is both a good and bad thing. Good if you aren’t really looking for a matte lipstick, but instead want something that’s not glossy or shiny. Bad if what you really want is a true matte.
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte lipstick Left: Matte Beauty Right: Matte Crimson
These are the swatches of the lipstick, in just 1 swipe. They are fairly well pigmented and I found that Matte Crimson was quite creamy so it slid down my arm without any tugging. Matte Beauty felt a little drier. Also, don’t extend the bullet too far. My Matte Beauty broke off at the base because I tried to do a swatch with the bullet extended. Bad idea. Bah 🙁
That’s because I found that I quite liked Matte Beauty and how it looked on me. Matte Beauty is a nice natural looking pink that doesn’t wash me out at all which is quite a feat since a lot of pink lipsticks do. Matte Crimson is a straight out bright red lipstick that’s quite incredible.
Matte Beauty, as you can see, can catch a little on lip lines. It actually doesn’t look as bad as it does in the photo, but be warned that it can look like this. So, wear a lipbalm underneath if you’re prone to dry lips or better yet, don’t get this one and get a glossy, more moisturising lipstick instead like the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense (love love love!)
Matte Crimson is more forgiving in texture and as I’ve mentioned above, feels almost like a creamy lipstick isntead instead of a matte. I didn’t find either texture too drying although I wouldn’t call these moisturising lipsticks. I don’t mind wearing them (and I’m picky about lipsticks that feel drying) but I wouldn’t wear them daily.
et voila! Here’s how they look on me in a full face shot.
Matte Crimson would be a fun, glamourous lip colour while Matte Beauty is something you can wear everyday in the day, or if you prefer, pair it with heavier eye makeup for the evening. With Matte Crimson, it doesn’t matter what your eye makeup is, all you’ll see are the lips! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Clinique Long Last Soft Matte lipsticks are a new range of creamy, matte lipsticks which in Malaysia are only available from the Clinique online store. There are 8 shades available and I’d advise you to look at online swatches before you make your purchase, just to have a better idea of how each colour looks. I find the texture of the lipstick fairly creamy and not dry so it is quite easy to apply without tugging on the lips. However, you do have to have fairly well maintained lips as it will still accentuate flaking lips and lines. Of the 2 shades I have, I found the texture of Matte Crimson more creamy and has a slight sheen, while Matte Beauty was a little drier. I did not find either one particularly drying but I wouldn’t wear these everyday, even if I like the colours.
PROS: Texture is quite creamy and not too drying, Does not tug on lips if you don’t have dry or flaky skin on lips, Colour is well pigmented and flattering, Affordable
CONS: Online swatches aren’t true to shade, Not truly matte in texture for those who are looking for a true matte lipstick
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who prefers lipsticks that aren’t too glossy or shiny
Have you tried shopping at the Clinique online store? Would you buy a lipstick online?
I often buy makeup online sight unseen, but I don’t think I’m able to speak for the majority as I’m a bit different and perhaps a little more daring. Also, I do tend to do my research quite extensively before I pick my colours online and even then, I’m known to make some horrendous mistakes. As I said however, I don’t think I’m in the majority here, so what say you? 🙂
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick comes in 8 shades Price: RM70 Availability: Exclusively sold at the Clinique online website (Malaysia)