This was my first time purchasing a LipSurgence lip creme pencil from Tarte, so I figured this Dressed to the Nines holiday set would be the perfect way to test the waters. I was figuring these would probably be rather sheer since that's been my experience with many other lip pencils, but WOW -- these Tarte pencils blew me away! SUPER pigmented and creamy, so application is a breeze and touch ups are a piece of cake (especially with the pointed pencil tip to get inside the corners of the mouth easily). They smell like mint, and though some of the shades look similar when looking at the outside plastic packaging, once you apply them all 9 colors are obviously different from each other -- ranging from tan neutrals to bright, holiday berries. The lasting power of these without touch ups is pretty average in my book (I can go about 4 hours and it still looks perfect), which is great for the price because I've bought a single lipstick from high-end brands before that won't even last 2...
This is great if you want to try tarte for the first time. These lipsticks are 20 a piece separately. I love love love the matt shades and the other shades are just as cute. Theyre moisturizing but they do come off and they fade a little in the day. The colors are bold and bright and lively so if you don't like that, they arent for you. Me personally, I love lip surgence and I prefer them to every other lipstick I get. You should try it!
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