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Last year I fell in love with the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick line. They've got a matte finish, so they're a nice contrast from a lot of the super sparkly lipsticks that I own. They're work appropriate for the business professional environment, so they kept me from going crazy in a conservative place. They've got at least 20 shades, of which I own 14.
The Website Claims:
A three-in-one lip perfector that works hard for the money. Buxom® Big & Healthy™ Lip Stick works three full-time jobs—it defines the shape of lips like a liner, fills them in with creamy velvet color, and then plumps them to their full buxom potential. It's a three-in-one lipstick that's quick and convenient for defined, colorful, buxom lips anytime, anywhere. The formula contains a deep infusion of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E for soft, smooth lips. It also comes with a built-in sharpener.
What this product is formulated WITHOUT:
- 90% of women felt their lips were more supple while using Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick.*
- 80% of women claimed that Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick fulfilled their lips in every possible way.*
- *Based on independent consumer tests
Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Cetyl Lactate, Flavor (Aroma), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tribehenin, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Sorbitan Isostearate, Retinyl Palmitate, Beeswax, Lauroyl Lysine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tin Oxide. (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360).
$18 for .03 oz, available at Sephora.
Row 1 = London - Vienna - Las Vegas - Acapulco - Bombay
Row 2 = Havana - Monte Carlo - Fresno - Tokyo - San Francisco
Row 3 = Athens - Nantucket - Milan - Marrakech
London - baby pink
Vienna - pink lilac
Las Vegas - vibrant pink
Acapulco - rich lilac
Bombay - rose
Havana - violet
Monte Carlo - magenta
Fresno - blackberry wine
Tokyo - muted cranberry
San Francisco - dusty mauve
Athens - coral poppy
Nantucket - peachy nude
Milan - sun-kissed apricot
Marrakech - nude
I do love these lip sticks, or I wouldn't have purchased so many! I feel like it's a great multi-tasker. It works well to line and fill in the lips with a creamy matte color. It is slightly tingly, but I don't really notice any visible plumping on my lips unless I apply a gloss on top.
These are more on the dry side so I recommend prepping the lip with moisturizer before you apply them. These are very pigmented and opaque in my opinion.
I feel that the matte finish lends itself to making the lips look larger, especially with the way they cling to the skin.
Havana, Monte Carlo, Acapulco, Marrakech, Nantucket, Milan, London
I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for matte lipsticks that are easy to work with. I like having a lip liner and lipstick in one! My only complaint is that it seems like .03 oz is a TINY amount for the price, but since you don't have to sharpen, you're not losing any product. Your lips shape them as you apply them through repeated use.
What do you think of the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Sticks? Do you own any? Do you see any shades you like?
Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.