Good evening ladies! Here's a review of my Excel Paris lip creams. I bought #510 (coral) several months back while #502 (fuschia pink) was given by my dear friend (thanks Drei!). Despite all of the reviews about the product being like a paint, I still bought one. The color #510 looks so pretty on the bottle. Perfect coral shade! Is the product really worth trying out? Scroll down and find out!
It has a doe-foot shaped applicator for easy and precise application.
I was impressed with its pigmentation upon swatching. I achieved that color in just one swipe. It dried up instantly. Very matte and dry finish. Once it dries up, there's no way you can remove it with your hands alone. It's really hard to remove even with soap and water. You need to rub it several times before you get the color out of your hand. It lives up to its 24 hour lasting claim.
I was able to swatch other shades through my friend. She has plenty of Excel Paris lip creams. Shade 502, 503 and 507 looks just the same. I can't tell which is which from my hand swatch.
The formulation is terribly drying. It gives off an absolutely dry and matte finish. It may look good on the pictures but not in person! It's like paint applied on the lips. 502 is of a fuschia pink color. It is slightly darker with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa which I reviewed here.
510 appears to be neon coral (is there such color? hahaha) when applied. It's overly bright. I think this shade cannot be worn on a broad daylight unless you want people staring at you. It also appears drier than 502.
If you remember, I used 510 in my 500 Peso Makeup Challenge.
What I like about it:
- Color. I love how the color is so accurate and pigmented. What you see in the bottle is what you get.
- Looks great on pictures. Because of its nice color pigmentation, it definitely appears great on pictures!
- Cheap. I bought mine for only 35php. Online stores have it for 35-50php each.
What I don't like about it:
- Finish. It looks like paint when applied. Poster paint.
- Hard to remove. It's such a pain to remove!
- No list of ingredients. It might be harmful to your lips!
- Smell. It has a faint weird scent. Paint?
Aside from its uberly matte finish, its strong staying power is another problem. I've learned a trick from Ms. Martha of The Beauty Junkee on how to remove strong lip stains particularly red lipsticks. Applying lip balm or petroleum jelly on top of the lip cream surprisingly does the trick! It comes off on a tissue paper easily with lip balm/petroleum jelly on top.
I do not recommend this product because it might contain ingredients that might be harmful to the lips. Its incredibly cheap price is questionable. You only have a single pair of lips. Better take care of it!
Where to get: 3 for 100php at Chic Cosmetics Manila
Have you tried Excel Paris Lip Creams? Any thoughts about this product? I would love to hear from you!
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