For weeks, I’ve been hearing around the Blogosphere that the new L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are dupes of another new lip color product from Too Faced that people have already deemed “holy grail status”, the Melted Liquified Long Wearing Lipsticks. While I haven’t had the fortune of trying the Melted lippies yet, I was on a mission to find the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in my area, because I had to see if they were the bargain that people were saying that they are! (Plus, the shades looked really pretty!)
I wound up locating them at a small accessories boutique, and wouldn’t you know, they only had two left. One was Hot Mess, this fun orange, and the other was Pin-Up, a red in which I have a dozen other similar shades. So Hot Mess it was!
From previous research, right off the bat, I can tell you the applicators are totally different on Glazed versus Melted. In fact, I don’t recommend applying Glazed directly out of the tube at all, you’ll make a mess! The product has a little bit of a gloppy consistency if you apply it that way, it’s extremely pigmented, and it’s sure to be applied unevenly and will result in bleeding/migration outside of the lip line.
After experimenting, I have to apply this with a lip brush, and build it up in layers to get the right amount. If you squeeze from the tube directly to your lips, it’s unlikely you’ll have much control. By applying it with my lip brush, I found I wasn’t able to achieve the exact bright orange hue that’s in the swatch, but a little more muted of a tone on my lips. That was fine by me, because the color was still bright and glossy, and nearly opaque. The coverage was there.
After about two hours of wear, the gloss wore down to a satin finish, and I lost some of the opacity, but I still had color. The product transferred to drinking glasses, which I expected, so that wasn’t a surprise. It’s not a bulletproof product by any means, but gave decent wear considering its low price point. I didn’t find it to be too sticky, but there is a little bit of tack there. There’s peppermint oil in the formula, but I didn’t find the mint to be too overwhelming. Other than that, I didn’t detect much scent or flavor.
It retails for $4 on the L.A. Girl website (around $8 shipping to my location—so no thanks!), yet just $3.49 each on drugstore.com. I paid $5.99 at that small boutique I mentioned, so I’m thinking drugstore.com might be the best way to go since you can combine other items you need (that don’t even have to be beauty-related) and get free shipping. If you can locate these elsewhere with free shipping, or at a boutique in your area, I’d go that way as well. If you’re looking for a bold lip glaze with a similar look of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, but don’t want to pay $21, I’d say give the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints a try. However, performance-wise—I’m not at liberty to say these will perform the same way as Too Faced Melted.
Have you tried either L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints or Too Faced Melted? What were your thoughts? Any differences?
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