**DISCLAIMER: I was given these products for free to try and review. All opinions are my own.**
Storytime: Shane gets his hair cut at Pro Cuts near our apartment, and when the manager, Carlita Smith, learned that I have a blog, she gave Shane some lipsticks for me to try and write about. Carlita, I am SO sorry it’s taken me so long to do this. Thank you for the amazing products!
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten dressed up enough to wear lipstick, but I finally decided to last night when we went out for a good friend’s birthday. Plus, Shane had been bugging me to wear the lipstick so I could review it. I received two colors: Tarsha, I really pretty shimmery lighter pink that looks much better on me now that I’m a little tanner thanks to being outside more (versus the palest pale I am during winter), and Carlita, a fire engine red that is smooth as butter and super gorgeous.
Carlita, as previously mentioned, is a bright red with orange tones and nicely pigmented. I loved how smoothly it went on and lasted without staining my lips at the end of the night. I wore it for five hours and put it through four alcoholic beverages, half a chicken tenders and fries basket, a few cups of water, kisses from the hubby, and no reapplication. My lips, though worn, were still bright red by the end of the night. That is a feat in and of itself. Also, and this is my favorite part, at no point did my lips feel dry or like I needed to lick them. Granted, I put my homemade peppermint lip balm on before application, but I do that with every lippie (except matte) and still experience dryness with some brands. Good job, Carlita!
This is a really sweet pink. Almost cotton candy colored, but with a bit more depth and shimmer. It didn’t go on as smoothly as Carlita did, but with my lip balm on first, it was fine. Originally I tried this back in January when I’d received it and was not a fan of the color on me. With my pale skin, it washed me out. Now that the weather is nicer (not that we actually had a winter here in North Texas this year) and I’ve gotten tanner, it looks much nicer on me. I could definitely see myself wearing it out and about and it’s the perfect color for the warmer weather. My recommendation, if you want to buy this color, wear a pigmented liner underneath, and if you’re on the fairer side, I would avoid it. But honestly, I’m not exactly Gold Coast tan over here, so you have to be almost glowing in order for it not to work on you.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this brand to others. I’m especially excited to try the liquid lipsticks because it’s a product that’s intrigued me for a bit. You can find Carlita Luxury on Facebook, Instagram, and on the website. She does more than makeup, though. She carries all sorts of accessories for men and women, and she knows her stuff. If you’re looking to buy from a small business, I would absolutely recommend Carlita.