Recently, on one of my many late evenings on Makeupalley, I saw a post about Portland Black Lipstick Company, someone just asking about them. I had never heard of the company, so I quickly felt compelled to research them. If there is one thing I love, it's "Indie" cosmetic companies. So within a couple of hours I ordered some sample.
If you've seen my some of my other posts, you know I have terrible sensitive and easily dried out, peely lips. 99% of the lipstick on the market dries my lips out so badly that I cannot wear it even for a few hours, let alone daily. I didn't wear lipstick for years, and then when I started, I was eliminating formulas left and right. The only brand that didn't get burned at the stake and was easily accessible at Ulta I found was Poppy's Lipstick Queen.
I am extremely sensitive to ingredients. A lot of chemicals really just don't agree with me. I was never a pusher of more natural products until I discovered that natural products were the only thing that didn't cause my skin irritation.
Now on to the Review,
I believe when I initially made my order the Company was on a Holiday, and I was unaware. They were slammed with orders when they got back. I did pop a quick message to make sure everything was okay and I got a delightful and professional reply within 12 hours from the owner Kim Damio. She sent everything out promptly and even took the time to confirm everything with me. Normally, they ship out within 3 days ordering. I recieved my order from Usps a day earlier than scheduled. Which is fantastic because I was DYING to try them.
Basic ingredients for some/all of their lipsticks:
Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, May Contain Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, other FDA approved mineral pigments, and/or carmine.
It looks like a list of ingredients for a Balm. It feels like a balm, but I assure you they are 100% lipstick awesomeness. Yes this will be a Glowing Review.
I ordered 4 samples:
Coffee Black, Black, Undead Red, and Blood Red.
Now for Swatches!
My Bare Lips (my bare lips stock photo lol):
Coffee Black, up close:I attempted to take the photos at different angles and different in Natural Light to give the best result I could
I never wear browns, but this one spoke to me, I actually think I like how this looks on my complexion more than Black. Coffee is going to become my new dark lip lover.
Black, up close
Undead Red, Upclose
Bonus: My lovely decided she wanted to see the lipstick upclose as well
And then curl up in my legs while I photographed
Blood Red, up close
Blood red after 4 hours of drinking and 90% humidity outdoors:
Now since these are samples, I applied them with a lipstick Brush, my skills with a brush need fine tuning, but I did my best to attempt clean lines but my lips are often difficult to work with (scaring on my the left upper lip causes uneven application but apparently most people don't see it) I applied these Opaquely for photos, but I wore Blood red until there was nothing left and then applied it again blotted down. It was divine (no photos though as I was barefaced at that point).
The Formula is amazing. This is THE best lipstick I have ever worn. My hunt for the Perfect Dark and the Perfect Red is completed.
Have you tried Portland Black Lipstick Co. or any other Indie lipstick Brands? What where your thoughts and experiences?
And as always Thank you for Looking ^_^