Sparkle for Twilight: Blog Update! This week has been fantastic for many reasons. Number one because my Twilight Beauty order arrived in the mail. Number two, yesterday was the last day I had to wear false eyelashes (Re: Thanks Kellan and your hotness). Number three, west coast best friend, aka Westie, finally caved and agreed to read Twilight! And number four--are you ready? It's official--Taylor, Rob and Kristen are going to be at the VMAs.
(By the way, this isn't in the Sephora stores yet. I actually called them the next morning after Twilight Beauty launched, and a rep told me they wouldn't get the venoms till late September, and funnily she said a person had called her not five minutes before me asking the same thing.)
When applied, the color of the actual stain or "blood" part of the Lip Venom is a sheer, but strong sheen of ruby red with an undertone of magenta. It also has flecks of ruby shimmer that sparkle like Dorothy's shoes, but it's fine shimmer, not chunky glitter. However, the shimmer glittery part doesn't seem to be a factor when it is applied because it doesn't really come out on your lips. I reckon the stain color makes your lips look a bit like you just ate one of those pure sugar cherry ice pops, but in a nice way.
I think the shimmer is mostly apparent in the bottle to makes the product look aesthetically appealing (not that anything that has "Twilight" on it isn't already appealing).
Taste and Scent
The Lip Venom bursts of cinnamon. It totally tastes like Red Hots. The "bite" part of it is spicy. The tingling it does to your lips only lasts about a couple minutes before it wears off, but I'm not actually sure it makes your lips plump or not. Maybe it subliminally convinces you they do because your lips are all peppery and ruby-colored by then.
I went to Starbucks with Bestie like usual, and told her to close her eyes and hold out her hand. I surprised her with an extra Lip Venom I ordered for her as a gift between friends and she went all OMG! with excitement like I did when I got the mail earlier that day. She's the only other person that would scream in delight of new makeup and Twilight so it was well worth it. She sent me this email when she went home (pay no mind to her calling me "sir" because we call everyone "sir" and "lady" disregarding their actual sex, just for fun):
sir this stuff feels slightly like venom on my lips like edward had plunged his poison into my veins.
She didn't know it was going to be tingly. I quite like the hotness though, it's refreshing like you just used cinnamon mouthwash.
Here's where it gets a little tricky. The liquid is actually very runny, and you need to shake it vigorously, and I mean vigorously, to get it incorporated enough so that when you take out the brush, there are beads of color that you can actually run on your lips. Sometimes I had to shake, apply a swipe of the color, then recap and shake again to get more pigment. Otherwise, what you get is just a swipe of clear "venom" and no color.
It's difficult to blend evenly on your lips using just the brush because not enough of the "blood" pigment gets caught on the brush. I end up using a finger to help it along. Also, this might be harder to explain, but the "blood" pigment goes onto your lips in beads, so that's the other reason why a spare pinky finger is needed to blend the color into your lips. Once you do get the intensity and color you want, the stain is fairly long-lasting. I ate a meal and some of the color was still on, so I'd say you can get a 2-3 hours in without reapplying. (I topped the stain with a coat of lip balm like I do with all stains since they aren't moisturizing like lipsticks or lip glosses).
Overall, if you're a makeup lover and a lover of Twilight, I don't think you'll regret buying this novelty item. It's like peacock feather headbands and rhinestone barrettes, you don't need them, you probably won't wear them, but you inexplicably want them just to have them.
The Twilight Lip Venom is definitely not making my must-use-daily list, but it's very fun to play with and add to both your makeup case and Twilight collection. When you do get the color on, it definitely does look pretty lush and gives you the sudden urge to put on black glittery eyeshadow even if it's still daylight hours. (The MAC Beauty Marked Eye Shadow looks purple online, but its actually black and has flecks of plum-red shimmer that's not noticeable when applied, just in case you do want black eyeshadow info).
I'm a sucker for lip stains, and while the Twilight Lip Venom isn't fast and easy to apply, it still gives a nice end result with a little effort. If you like the color of it a lot, but want one that's easier to apply for everyday use, I suggest Benefit's BeneTint. The colors are very similar and the bottle is way bigger.
I prefer lip stains that come in marker form though, and since YSL discontinued their marker stains, my current favorite is coincidentally from a line called Bella Il Fiore. I came across their stuff before I was even aware of Twilight and I love their Double Agent Lip Tint in Subtle Berry (also a steal at $13).
You know, I often have pangs to fulfill my secret desire of becoming a makeup artist, but then I have a vision of my father and his response to that. "Hey Dad, thanks for the quarter mil for my ivy league education. Forget grad school, I'm off to beauty school!" I wonder if Twilight Beauty is seeking making artists...
Till then I'll just have to settle for talking about makeup and hair by creating tangents related to Twilight. I hope this review is somewhat helpful, but I know everyone is different since makeup is personal. I'd love to hear your thoughts!