What do you do when it's snowing heavily? For me, beside crawling under layers of comforters and stress-buying lipsticks (don't blame me, I dread the freezing Monday ahead and need my Kanebo-comforting), it's the time to gather up all of my newer aquisitions and prepare for some snowy photoshoot.
This afternoon, I grabbed my large tote bag (normally meant for snack-hoarding) filled with my pretty shiny toys, stepped outside of my house-y apartment. After some quick foot-shovelling and three minutes of walking around (and taking out, uncapping one lipstick), I gave up as my fingers felt like they were falling off. As I got home, I realized I should just finish up something from the last weekend-snowfall.
Jill Stuart Lip Blossom has be around since spring of 2014 and aside from the original 10 shade line up, new shades are being added each season. After having done some initial testing with the brand, I confirmed that I could indeed tolerate the plastic packaging so I started collecting bit by bit.
As a lover of pretty shiny things, the mirror-like Jill Stuart packaging is a pure joy to photograph. Plasticky as they all are, I do like the details and how they hold up.
The Lip Blossom has a slender figure and is quite light weight. You can see the plastic from the base and inside the cap but it didn't bother me as much. Even thought it's very insubstantial, the plating on this is much better than the ones on Coffret D'Or (2500 yen, a mere 300 yens cheaper than Lip Blossom)that they withstand daily wear without catching scratches.
There is a tiny pop-up mirror on top. At a normal makeup-application distance, I can see 1/3 of my mouth with it but I prefer it over the huge Guerlain Rouge G.
The top of the lipstick has a round gem cut. It's a little something that made me smile even though it goes away in one swipe.
The shade I picked, 08 Pretty Poppy is a warm red in a balmy gel texture. YSL Sheer Candy Sweet Fig is a touch brown while Lipstick Queen Medieval looks more neutral. Pretty Poppy is the glossiest of the three. There is that same peachy floral scent that are more agreeable in lipstick form (as opposed to gloss/powder).
My purply winter mouth makes it look orangey but it is a face-brightening tomato red. The formula is fair for its price, reasonably hydrating but not as long-wearing and quenching like highend Kanebo. I prefer Lip Blossom over YSL Sheer Candy, which I find thin and slippy.
Admittedly, similarly colored Coffret d'Or RD-214 feels nicer and have a glassy shine that stays better (but that's discontinued). Jill Stuart makes up with tougher and prettier(totally subjective) packaging. Would you pay a few extra bucks for that level of princess overkill? I would.
Verdict: I am eyeballing another shade (Black Cherry from last fall) but I am undecided if I want another of this princess wand in my collection. It's kind of like the western highend lipsticks, one is nice too look at but two is too much. #firstworldproblem