This is a lipstick that I would never have picked up in a shop. I read all the good things that people have to say about lavender lipsticks (MAC’s Lavender Whip and Pervette among them) but if I hadn’t received this as a gift, I think it would still be on my ‘curious, but I don’t think I ever will’ list.
The formula is super creamy, as you can problem tell from the first photo. As a result, you need to apply this carefully to ensure the whole thing doesn’t snap in two, but of course this also means it is a super-hydrating lipstick. You can probably also tell from the first photo that this lip paint is not a fan of the hot Australian sun, so it might be difficult to throw this into your handbag during summer.
The staying power is pretty reasonable given this lipstick’s creamy consistency. I didn’t find I need to reapply in half an hour, as I do for the YSL Rouge Pur line. I have heard that all Barry M lip paints are not created equal though, so not all of the lip paint range have this moisturising consistency.
The only down side is the scent. It smells, well, cheap. If you’re used to high-end brands, this may come as a bit of a shock, but I think the colour and wear of the lipstick are enough to help me look past it. This lip paint has sheer, build-able coverage (the photo above is three swipes worth) and eliminates the need for a lip balm underneath. You can build it up to a chalky, mod look if you like, but I prefer just a few swipes for a more natural look:
Barry M Lip Paint in129 is available from smallbaldman on Ebay for USD $6.58 plus $3.86 shipping to Australia. You can also buy this from WomanlyCharm.co.uk for a similar price. The Barry M website does ship internationally, but you’ll be looking at around eight pounds for shipping.