Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches

Sunday, September 11, 2016

These matte lipsticks are the newest release from Seventeen and have been in stores since August 3rd. The collection contains 12 shades, ranging from pinkish nudes to a daring, pastel lilac (yes, you heard that right!), meaning there truly is something for everyone included. They promise to be creamy, last for 13 hours and give off a gorgeous, vivid colour on the lips, so with claims like these you can understand why I was dying to try them.

Seventeen Cosmetics have really upped their game recently after a brand makeover, making improvements to the packaging, quality and formulation of products, except the prices have stayed affordable. They're no longer seen as a brand for younger makeup users, but are much more on-trend and a rival for bigger drugstore brands like Maybelline and Rimmel. Given the update in Seventeen's brand and the amazing claims of their Mega Matte Lipsticks, I knew that I had to review them for you as soon as possible.

Before I continue, I'd like to thank Seventeen for these products. I received four of these lipsticks, alongside some other products, in my goodie bag from the Seventeen Bloggers Event and was honestly thrilled by the generosity of the brand. To hear more about that experience then click here . Now on with the post!

Packaging and Appearance

The Mega Matte Lipsticks come in a sturdy black casing with a chevron detailing on the bottom, which I think adds some interest to the packaging and gives it a sleek yet fun feel. Each tube is incredibly lightweight and slim, meaning they're perfect for keeping in your handbag. The shape of the actual lipstick is actually flat, not too dissimilar from a lip balm, which makes the appearance seem less generic and basic, yet may hinder its ease of application. They truly are Instagram-worthy products and look gorgeous in photographs.

Shade Range

There are 12 different shades available in these lipsticks, so I can guarantee that you'll find what you're looking for, whether that's a subtle nude or a daring crimson. Seventeen have truly got you covered and have included any shade you could possibly imagine, as well as a couple purple shades that are definitely unusual and eye-catching. I particularly love the quirky, creative names that each lipstick has, which add to the excitement of the product and are perfect for the target audience.

I own four of these lipsticks, so below I have included a description and swatch of each one, as well as some of my thoughts about the colour.

Roses Are Red - this is the perfect, staple red lipstick that is a must-have in my collection, being a really complimentary shade. It's a rich, true red with a slight orange undertone to it, and as someone who doesn't often wear red lipstick, I think this will be a necessity to have when looking for a bold option. It's really flattering and you can guarantee I'll be wearing it often as Christmas approaches. It's also incredibly pigmented, so only one swipe is needed to create this bold wash of colour.

Violet Summer - I never thought that I'd find myself wearing a purple lipstick, yet here we are and I'm actually surprised by how pretty and wearable it is. I'm not usually one to opt for bold lip colours, but I think this vibrant violet is stunning and definitely convinced me to give it a try. I actually find that it's semi-metallic, despite the lipsticks claiming to be matte, but I'm not complaining as this adds to the beauty of it. It's a very unusual shade for a lipstick and will likely attract a lot of eyes, but it'd look amazing if you have the confidence to wear it.

Back To The Fuchsia - this is a deep pink that is rich in colour and very pigmented. It has slight blue undertones to it and I was unsure if it would wash me out, but I actually think that it's a gorgeous shade once applied. It's like nothing else I own, so I can't wait to rock this as a bold lip and embrace its bold appearance, or alternatively dab it lightly into my lips for a sheer wash of colour.

I Lilac It A Lot - when I first saw this shade, the only thing I could think was wow, how on earth am I going to pull this off? It's a vivid pastel lilac shade that I think would be perfect for the spring and summer if you're daring enough to try it. I don't think that this is an everyday shade and definitely isn't the easiest to get away with, but the colour is stunning and it's great to see brands like Seventeen step out of the boundaries and create more unusual and inventive shades.

Application, Texture and Pigmentation

The Mega Matte lipsticks are definitely creamy and soft in comparison to some other matte lipsticks and so I was pleasantly surprised. However, I found that these lipsticks clung to any dry patches, especially the lilac and violet ones, with their application not being incredibly even and you had to build up the product in places. Your lips need to be in extremely good condition for these lipsticks, as with any matte products, as they tend to cling to any flaky skin and accentuate the dry areas, but if you apply some lip balm and let it soak in, I guarantee that you'll get a much better application and a beautiful look in return.

I find that the other two lipsticks, the red and fuchsia, are extremely pigmented and bold once applied, only needing one swipe for a concentrated amount of product. They can also be applied lightly for a sheer wash of colour, depending on the look that you want to create. They're really buildable and so you can tailor them to whatever look you want to create, which is ideal. Once they're on your lips, you have a short amount of time before they set into place, meaning they don't feel sticky or uncomfortable on the lips.

Durability and Lasting Power

Seventeen claims that their Mega Matte Lipsticks will stay in place for 13 hours, not budging off the lips. I'm always a little sceptical when products claim to last for such extensive amounts of time, as they're usually quite unrealistic and inaccurate, but I still put this to the test nevertheless. I haven't tested them for this amount of time, as it's unlikely that I'd wear a lipstick for 13 hours, but I did find that they exceeded my expectations and stayed in place longer than I thought. I found them to stay intact for quite a while before touching up was required, and they also remained intact when eating, which was definitely impressive for me as I usually find lipsticks disappear incredibly quickly from my lips. Also, when they do start to wear down, they fade evenly and don't leave you with the embarrassing ring of product around the edge of your lips.

Overall Opinion

In conclusion, I'm very impressed with these lipsticks and definitely think that they have a lot to offer, so I'd definitely urge you to try them out. The best thing is that they're only £4.49, which is crazy as they're of an incredibly high quality and worth every single penny that you pay. From the pigmentation to the packaging and everything in between, I found it hard to fault this product and I can't wait to get more wear out of them in the future. I hope you enjoyed this review and I'll see you next Sunday with another new post!

Love from Daisy x

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