Can I just start this blog post by giving a major shout out to Zaron? These guys are clearly not resting on their oars. They keep up with global beauty trends by constantly innovating, keep it up guys! Read my recent review of their BOMB Uno eyeshadows here.
I was pleasantly surprised when they sent me 8 lip products from their new matte lipstick collection. You guys know I'm the lipstick monster right? My absolute favourite item to collect! I'm fast running out of storage space for my lipsticks but I digress…Anyway, there are two product categories in Zaron's matte range- Lipsticks and Lip Stains.
Zaron Matte Lipsticks
I received 4 shades of the Matte Lipsticks:
01 Fierce: a medium dark red
03 Temptress: a medium brown/mauve
11 Marigold: a bright coral
12 Ebony: a dark chocolate brown
I am really impressed with the quality of these lipsticks. I know you guys might think that I am biased but seriously when a brand (especially Nigerian) makes great products I will sing their praises to high heavens.
In terms of length of wear these lipsticks can stand beside any of my Mac lipsticks and hold their own. They even beat it! I have worn them everyday in the last week and boy do these last. I'm talking sun-up to sun-down and never having to retouch at all.
They can improve on the formulae though, these lipsticks tend to drag on the lips when being applied. This is a common issue with matte lipsticks though so be sure to properly moisturise your lips before applying. The drying effect can also affect colour payoff as you will see notice in a few swatches below.
Pictures and Swatches
|Top L: Marigold; Top Right: Temptress; Bottom Left: Fierce; Bottom Right: Ebony|
My favourite shade of the 4 has to be Ebony. I'm really into dark lipsticks at the moment and the fact that it's brown just makes it even hotter! It's like LimeCrime Salem on steroids!
Marigold comes a close second because it reminds me a lot of Mac Vegas Volt but better. I don't know what it is but Vegas Volt always comes off patchy and weird on me. I'm never able to get good opacity with it but Marigold gives me that so I'm happy! :)
Fierce comes third, it's a nice red but not very different from a lot of reds that I own. It could pass for a lip and pocket friendlier alternative to Ruby Woo though.
Temptress comes last because I wasn't really sure where this colour stands. It's brown but a really light brown? I don't know I just couldn't place it and it was the most difficult to apply.
Zaron Matte Stains
The matte stains are Zaron's answer to the liquid lipstick frenzy going on right now. I was sent 4 shades:
03 Violetta: a medium purple
04 Royale: a deep plum
05 Pout: a bright pink
07 Tyrant: a bright orange
I thought the lipsticks were great but these lip stains are even better. I was able to apply them really easily because of the great formula and the shape of the brush. The colour payoff is also much more intense than the lipsticks. These lip stains will get your lips popping for real!
They faired really well during application, smooth and even. It was very easy to achieve opacity which can be an issue with some liquid lipsticks. I really can't find any fault with these except that they did not dry to my desired level of matte. Not sure if that makes sense but they turned out just a little shiner that I would expect which is not necessarily a bad thing but I like my matte, MATTE…
Zaron's Matte Stains hold their own in the liquid lipstick world. I have been enjoying wearing them and will be purchasing more shades.
Pictures and Swatches
|Top L: Royale; Top R: Violetta; Bottom L: Pout; Bottom R: Tyrant|
Absolute fave is Royale, love it! I think it could be a dupe for Mac Rebel (mine got broken by the way so I'm happy I have this).
Next up will have to be Tyrant- its beautiful, bright and in your face. Reminds me of Mac Morange but definitely much more wearable.
Pout is a lovely pink shade that looks similar to Mac Impassioned.
My least favourite is Violetta, it's just a purple lipstick, nothing much to it.
Where to Buy and Costs
These lipsticks and lip stains can be bought from Zaron stores and distributors nationwide including their head office at 9 Alhaji Kanike Close off Awolowo Road Ikoyi. The lipsticks retail for N2500 and the stains retail for N2750- serious value for money if you ask me!
Have you guys tried anything from the new matte range? Any favourites?
Peace and Love,