Fact: I bought this lipstick in a work-appropriate Retro 302 so that I could whip this out to casually reapply during the day and everyone would say, "Oh, look at that fancy-ass lipstick she has. I bet she is really popular and awesome." Or, more accurately: "Why is she applying lipstick at work at 3pm when it is ninety degrees outside?" Or, even more accurately: "Nice to see you, Robyn. I have paperwork to do. Goodbye."
Fact: The PJ that is engraved on this lipstick has a really fancy script, but it still seems like it must stand for either "pajamas" or "peanut butter and jelly".
Fact: Retro 302 is in the same vein as a "my lips but better" shade, but it leans more orange-y. Your local thrift store likely has a dress from the 1980s in this color.
Fact: There is a part of me that really wanted to call this a "scallop" color. Upon googling pictures of scallops, I have concluded that this is more of a "scallop gonad" color, as evidenced here, on the RAM Marine Station website.
Fact: This lipstick applies patchily and unevenly. Remember that one time when you tried that new foundation and then caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror in a well-lit area and recoiled in horror at how your face was simultaneously melting off and flaking off? This is the lipstick version of that foundation.
Fact: Anything that is really patchy is not actually "full coverage", by definition.
Fact: There are a lot of nude-y lipsticks out there, even if they don't have the kind of spectacular packaging that makes me want to set things on fire from passion.
|It doesn't look that bad but it is.|
Here's how it looks at application-
And here is how it looks four hours and a meal later-
It's like a magician's disappearing act!
Fact: I have not been able find another lipstick that I can successfully depot into the Paul and Joe cases, since those lipsticks are narrower than your first tampon was.
Fact: I paid $17 for both the case and the lipstick from the Birchbox store, but most places sell the two separately, for a higher price. Beauty.com and Dermstore are both selling the refills alone for $20. At 0.105oz per lipstick, that's $161.90 per ounce or $190.48 per ounce, respectively. This is slightly more expensive than MAC, which rings in at $150 per ounce.
Conclusion: You should probably just buy the case and carry it around, stroking it gently, like a kitten. As a bonus, this will guarantee that your lipstick won't melt in the car this summer.