This is more of a "first take" than a full review as swatching and removing these on my lips would leave them sore. Even on my arm I had to use a cleansing oil to get these off, so my guess is they wear a really really long time.
We were sent two colours, Pin Up (Red) and Peachy Keen (orange) and two mixers Peek-a-bloo (blue) and Cloud 9 (white). Interestingly the release said that the blue shade was to add depth and warmth. Read on for swatches!
|(L-R) Red + more white, red +white, white, red, blue, red+blue (vampy!)|
|Orange+blue, orange, orange + white, Orange + red, More orange + red, orange + very little red + very little white|
In terms of shades, I'd say the Red - a true red with slight cooler undertones - is a MUST have if you're a red lippy lover. It's interesting that Peachy Keen + Blue = Nude! And finally that my favourite shade aside from straight-up red would probably be the one where I mixed red, orange and white together.
Tiny amounts go a really really long way as these are super pigmented. I find the formula dries up quite quickly too so there's a limit to how long you can play with these - I'd appreciate it if they'd come up with a clear formula so a sheerer gloss can be created, or to just wet the shades so a longer time can be taken to mix and apply them.
Oh yes and all the paints smell faintly of Redoxen - which is proving to be a strangely popular scent in cosmetics these days.
I've heard these compared to OCC's Lip Tars and since I have a tube of Lip Tar in Red I'll be doing a direct comparison of them. Even without doing so I can tell you that at under GBP5 each, these are GREAT value for money and any makeup artist would be delighted to stock the full spectrum of these, allowing them to mix just the perfect pigmented shade for photoshoots.
For everyday use though, I really don't know how convenient these are. They require a brush and considerable concentration to use and as such I think only the Red, which is a high maintenance shade in any formula, would be a practical buy.
Edit: Just came across this DIY on melting these paints with Vaseline to create your own custom-made tinted lipbalms. Sweet!