Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick has been around since 2010 - I didn't find any shade interesting until earlier this year, when the brand introduced several brights in the range. Of course, I picked up the reddish orange one called Purty Persimmon.
In terms of the yellow-red balance, Purty Persimmon is a tad redder than shades like Revlon Siren and Milani Mandarina (the two are really similar so I only swatched one) and a little more orange compared to shades like Revlon Coral and Sula Awake Till Sunrise.
Purty Persimmon swatched alongside Milani Mandarina, Wet n Wild Salsa Lessons and Sula Awake Till Sunrise - You can see that it doesn't have that cherry undertone that I dread (love cherry red by itself, just hate it in orange-red lipsticks since it turns them punchy pink).
The texture of Megalast lipstick is rather unique - The stick is hard (no wobbling!) that in cooler days, it can feel like dragging a stick of wax on the lips. With a tad bit of pressure, the color deposits nicely and evenly on the lips, leaving a creamy-but-not-slippery layer that's reminiscent of barely dried lacquer, semi-matte with a bit of sheen that's neither drying nor moisturizing (It did enhances smaller dry flakes I have but that's expected with bright colors like this). I need to be a little more careful than usual when I put this on, as it doesn't get wipe off as easily when I go over the lip boundary.
While I do like the lipstick itself (the finish works well with the bright color, which itself is tropical and retro-looking at the same time), the packaging is a little more than what I am used to...
I can deal with the protruding lipstick and easily scratched off print (it's Wet n Wild after all) but I am not sure what's with the base, that's made with clear plastic with an layer of paint. The paint started to melt/rubberize the first day I bought the lipstick (I thought it was sticker residue at first) and within 2 weeks (I have only used it for 3 times), it has turn into a sticky mess like this.
Do I like this lipstick? Yes. Do I like it enough to have black sticky stuff on my fingers every time I apply it? Sorry, but this is just disgusting...