It's been a long, long Wednesday for me, girls! I'd rather not get into the office awesomeness, but instead I'm excited to bring you my review/photos/swatches of the first Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick to arrive at my door: Pop Art Pink! ($24, katespade.com, but I paid about $17 for it during their F&F sale).
It came in a huge, non-descript mailing-box with lots of pretty beige-and-brown striped tissue paper and air-filled plastic mailing bags, but the pink-and-red cardboard box (remniscent of Victoria's Secret packaging) still got a little crushed. Over-package much?
As soon as I removed the tube itself, I was surprised by how large it is. It's light-weight but still manages to feel luxurious. I haven't seen this type of packaging before, either. The bullet-side sits upside-down in the cap and you push on the little spade "button" to pop it out. So, the lipstick is actually smaller-looking than the large cap/base suggests. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of the spade "button" because it's actually the bottom of the bullet-side!
|With a Fresh Sugar Passion Lip Treatment and MAC lipstick for size comparison|
If you're a fidgety person, you'll have a lot of fun fidgeting with this. It could make a good conversation piece for a girls'-night-out! (LOL yes, I've noticed my abundant hyphen-usage in this post. Please don't hold it against me - it's been a really long day at work!) The lipstick seems to have no fragrance but if I sniff at it really hard (as I do love to sniff products I'm reviewing... weird), it smells a bit waxy. Not pleasant, but you won't detect it unless you literally try to inhale the thing through your nostrils. It wouldn't fit through most, but my nose... ok, I'll stop trying to be funny now :-P
|Left is one stroke (sheer, no?) and right is many strokes|
The "Pop Art Pink" color itself instantly reminded me of (Almost-dupe-alert?) CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Temptress, one of my favorite lipsticks of the year which got me wearing bright lips to the office in the first place. It's a watermelon-pink, though the Kate Spade is quite a bit sheerer and doesn't stain like the CoverGirl does. This makes the lipstick last an average amount of time, around 3-4 hours.
|Far right is CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick in Temptress. They're very similar but Temptress clearly has more blue in it.|
Like the CoverGirl lipstick, it has a slick, moisturizing feel that resembles a balm (though I would say the Kate Spade is lighter-feeling). It has a weight to it but it's not uncomfortable or sticky. I like to feel a lipstick on, personally, because that means I can usually tell if it has migrated as I wear it without having to check a mirror (nice when you're wearing a bright color).
|Why does it always rain on me?|
I don't really love the sheerness though it is buildable, and the cheaper dupe is still my preference. I do adore the packaging, though! Ideally, you'll have both and put on the CoverGirl Temptress in the morning. Later in the day when the CoverGirl has shifted into a lipstain, you could whip out this Supercalifragilipstick button-tube and touch-up, and all the girls will remark how cute and clever the lipstick is!
|I wanted to do a lip swatch, but you can see I have lots of flaky dry skin going on right now! How embarrassing!|