Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Italian Interlude Vol.6: Pupa I'm and NABLA Diva Crime lipsticks

Man, Italy sure know a little suttin' suttin' about incredible lipsticks. In my mega-amazing Italian makeup parcel, I received several lipstick lovelies from the continent - two of which being NABLA's Diva Crime Lipstick in Alter Ego, and Pupa I'm Lipstick in Poppy.

I've already raved about NABLA's excellent eyeshadows in my previous post linked above, so it was hardly a surprise that their lipstick formula is equally fantastic. First off - don't freak out about the weeny size of the tube (you can see it below with a MAC bullet for size) you're not missing out on product - the bullet still contains a whopping 4.2g of lipstick. Do not fear. They are super-petite on the outside - but great things in small packages and all that - and it makes them really convenient for popping in a clutch bag for going out.

NABLA Alter Ego
NABLA vs MAC
The colour - Alter Ego - is a lovely, deep cherry-pink. the formula is very creamy, goes on extremely smoothly and is seriously colour-rich - one swipe is completely opaque. The formula doesn't feel thick or clingy, and given the creaminess, Alter Ego has really good longevity - I get about 4 hours before even, non-patchy fading. The finish is a satiny-matte, and is surprisingly non-drying given that it sits more on the matte end of the spectrum. I will definitely be buying all of a few more of these - they really are excellent.

NABLA Alter Ego Lipstick

The second brand is Pupa - a department store level brand. Again, this lipstick is seriously comfortable to wear, smooth and easy to apply, and lasts for a good 4 hours before fading evenly. It's not quite as pigmented on one swipe as the NABLA Diva Crime lipsticks, but that puts it in line with most other lipsticks - the NABLA lipstick is exceptional! It has a light, vanilla scent which fades quickly. The colour, Poppy, is a really vibrant, fun orange-red, in a satin finish. The packaging feels pretty sturdy and is handbag-proof. I'm really enjoying using this summery red, and I'd definitely repurchase if it was easier to do so! 

PUPA I'm Lipstick in Poppy

PUPA I'm Lipstick in Poppy Swatch

In short - if you can get hold of either of these - do it. They are beautiful, pigmented, comfortable, and long lasting!


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