Reg: August 2001 Location: No. California Posts: 8194
Date: January 18, 2006
Price you paid?: $14.00
Hm. Although this is next to sheer wearable red lipstick perfection for me, it is well to point out some of the weaknesses in the formula.
There is more transfer with this lipstick...I'll guess it's the formula rather than the shade...than with, say, a MAC Lustre. There is also somewhat more bleeding.
Both of these can be corrected simply by touching up more often. If you're looking for a "put it on and forget about it" formula though, there are better ones on the market.
I'm liking this better and better, the more I wear it.
I still find that the pitch for it...that it's supposed to be "lip gloss in stick formula"...doesn't pan out for me, at least with this particular shade. It's glossy when it goes on, for sure, but not any different from, say, a MAC Lustre. I'm not getting that high-gloss finish.
Not that it matters to me. I don't wear gloss anyway. I like the finish but I'm lazy; gloss is more maintenance than lipstick.
But...the overall color and finish of Apple Brandy...it's more and more becoming "my red lipstick." I don't wear red-red, full-coverage lipsticks. It's nice but then it has to suit your personality and the rest of your makeup. I tend to wear rather minimal makeup and super red lipstick just doesn't go with it.
Some other sheer warm reds that have worked for me in the past...
Jane Cinnamon Stick and Bye Bye Brown lipsticks...fabulous colors, horrible staying power
Hemp Organics (or Hemp Colors, or whatever they call themselves these days) Red Zin...lovely warm pink-red, but lipstick dried out before I made much of a dent in it...plus, more color than I normally wear
Neutrogena MoistureShine tinted lip balm in "Warm"...a nice very warm sheer red, the staying power imo makes it not qualify as "my red lipstick" but rather as a beach lipstick (it has good SPF)
Generally, I do not like reviewing products right after buying them. I feel this gives an unrealistic picture of the product. It's easy to love a product you've just bought, but, will you still be wearing it six months from now? Is the product worth buying in that sense?
So, what I'd like to do is write some about this product and shade now. If my opinion changes over time, I go back and add an update. Reviews on this site can always be edited; for accuracy, I leave the original review as is and just tack on whatever new discoveries I've made.
So, enough of the preamble. I really like this lipstick. Is it a Grail? Not quite. I am ever in search of this mythological, sheer, warm, almost orange-toned, wearable red lipstick. I've seen this lipstick it seems many times in movies and on television.
But let us not fault this shade. Lipsticks tend to look pinker and cooler on me than they do other women. And, in the back of my mind, I am not sure that a red-red lipstick is quite as good for me as a muted pink-red on a brown base. Which is what Apple Brandy is, on me.
The formula, so far anyway, is great. I say "so far" because one of my criteria for lipsticks is that they have to keep well. I've owned lipsticks that turned funny and had to be thrown away after a scant year. Other lipsticks last year after year no matter what. So there's that.
This is entirely unscented and unflavored.
It's sheer and lasts well for such. It goes on smoothly. From what I can see, it's not particularly glossier than other lipsticks, but the formula is lightweight and pleasant, moisturizing (good for winter), the colors are pretty...
The packaging is nice (silver, shaped like a length of bamboo).
All in all are you going to shlep on down to the Clinique counter to check these out, well, as a long-term aficionado of MAC Lustre formula lipsticks, I can say that you might well do that. Especially if you truly love sheers.
Perhaps an odd thing...this lipstick seems to change color as the day wears on. (As opposed to, say, the MAC Lustres.) Apple Brandy starts out on me as more red than pink but then it seems to morph (after many hours) into a pleasant muted deep pink, sort of like Apple Brandy without the red. Just a note...if you like to keep it red, you might well touch up more often than I do.