I wasn't the hugest fan of the Apocolips lip lacquers that hit the market last year- I liked them, but I didn't rave about them the way many of my blogging chummies have raved. In fact, the only one of the half dozen or so that I own that I actually wear is the shade Celestial because it is a gorgeous dusky pink shade, perfectly work appropriate. I have seen much hype about these new Provocalips but didn't rush out to buy them as soon as they became available, and even when I did find them instore, I picked up just one shade to satisfy my curiousity. The shade I went for is a gorgeous pinky/mauve called I'll Call You- I absolutely adore sophisticated pinks and this one made me feel very sophisticated indeed so I parted with the cash (€5.99 introductory offer, €8.49 full price I believe) and made this mine.
The premise is simple- lip colour on one end, "lock and shine" topcoat on the other end- just your average, non-ground breaking lip stain. It promises 16 hours kiss proof lip colour. The doe foot applicators in each of the tubes have very small heads making them just doddlesome to apply and allow great precision. The lip colour part applies quite matte and is sticky as fook on the lips until you pop the "lock and shine" coat on and then the stickiness and discomfort fades away and you are left with gorgeous colour that lasts and lasts and lasts through eating, drinking, talking and, erm, allegedly smooching. You have to work quickly applying the colour because when these bad boys set, oh boy they SET and they do not budge or shift or move at all. They give a nice consistent coating to the lips when applied properly.
|The first coat applies quite matte and feels very tacky on the lips, but...|
|the second coat "lock and shine" enhances the colour and makes the product feel more comfortable on the lips.|
I have to say, I am very very very impressed with these, and I will definitely pick up a few more colours. The lasting power of these is phenomenal and will come in handy over the Christmas party season this year (yay for Christmas parties and being able to legitimately mention them without sounding like a mofo!) They are quite drying I have to admit, but the weather is getting colder now and my lips are getting chapped anyway.
Have you been enticed by these yet?