Y’all know that I prefer mattes over any other lipstick finish in the world. For me, it’s more comfortable and a lot more practical because for a lot of matte lipsticks, there’s no need to constantly reapply them throughout the day. This means you use less product and you really get your money’s worth.
But that’s just me because I know a lot of other people who dislike mattes because they’re drying and flat-looking.
A few weeks ago, I posted this photo on my Instagram as a belated #NationalLipstickDay entry. These are 5 lipsticks that I used to really love, reach for often, and wear a lot but gradually stopped using.
But I made it a point to use them up slowly because there’s really no point in keeping them if I won’t. Plus, once I hit the edge and empty them up, it gives me an excuse to buy more as a replacement and a reward.
Lol @ being the lipstick addict that I truly am.
So after god knows how long, I picked up this bullet of Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in the shade 1995—a true 90s nude color (hence the name) that would make you think about and reminisce over the amazing grunge decade. (Proud 90s baby/kid right here!)
I’ve completely forgotten about how extremely dry this lipstick is! As in this actually, literally tugs my lips during application because it’s that dry! And it takes about 3 to 4 swipes before it actually gets easier to put on the lips.
Because the formula is so incredibly dry, the color pay-off is not the best. Like I mentioned, it takes 3 to 4 swipes for easier application but it takes an additional 3 to 4 swipes to actually get some acceptable pigment and opacity.
And since it’s not creamy, application is completely patchy and a little bit splotchy so you have to go in there and pat-swipe-pat-swipe multiple times. It’s not too bad on the eyes and the flaws are barely noticeable but it’s definitely a lot of work, and I don’t need nor want that in my life.
Good news is that despite it having a super dry formula, the product is not at all drying on the lips. Ironically, it’s actually tacky which I dislike on matte lipsticks, but it’s not too much on this so I don’t mind the stickiness.
Wear is not too bad as a whole. It’s definitely not transfer-proof and waterproof but it does fade evenly—meaning, at the end of the day, I’m not left with what looks like I just put on lip liner on the edge of my lips, nothing else, and just got on with my day.
It’s overall not a bad product but there are better options out there. Too bad because this is a really great nude shade and I haven’t found another matte lipstick that’s even remotely close to it. If you have, please tell me! I’m dying to get my hands on a similar, if not exact color but one with a better formula!