I can clearly keep in mind the primary time I heard “Only a Lady” by No Doubt: It was in 1995, after I watched Clueless within the movie show (a life-changing second for a lot of causes). Ever since, Gwen Stefani has been one in all my favourite magnificence and elegance icons. A lot, in reality, that my signature make-up for 20 years has been identical to hers—winged eyeliner and a pink lip. Which is why I used to be greater than excited when she launched her personal cosmetics line, GXVE (pronounced “give”), earlier this month.
Clearly, there may be an abundance of celeb magnificence manufacturers nowadays, however Gwen Stefani having one simply makes a variety of sense. On the launch celebration for GXVE, which I attended earlier this month, Stefani mentioned, “This isn’t one other celeb [brand]—I’m not a star, I’m me, from Anaheim. I performed with make-up my whole life. I’ve been obsessive about make-up my whole life.” Not solely that, however she owns her aforementioned signature look, which consists of pink lipstick and a cat-eye. A make-up line was solely pure! (She additionally talked about how she used to work at a make-up counter, which was cute.)
GXVE’s debut assortment consists of waterproof gel liner, forehead pencils, eyeshadow quads, an oil primer, and, after all, a trademark pink lipstick known as Authentic Recipe. What’s cool is that the shade is available in a complete of three finishes: matte, satin, and a liquid matte lipstick, so you probably have a choice she’s bought you lined. Being a matte-type of lady, I used to be stoked that there have been two to select from. Nonetheless, in recent times, I discover myself reaching for liquid lipsticks, so I figured I’d in all probability like that one finest.
Relating to liquid mattes, you’ll be able to’t get a lot better than GXVE I’m Nonetheless Right here Light-weight Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Authentic Recipe ($24). It’s light-weight, tremendous pigmented and goes on good and clean. It lasted for hours with out fading, although, it did put on off a bit of bit after I was consuming, however not a lot. It’s additionally not mask-proof, so there was some switch. (The one true mask-proof lipstick I’ve discovered thus far for me is NYX Shine Loud—simply placing that on the market.) Nonetheless, I used to be fairly sure that I’m Nonetheless Right here could be my favourite. That’s, till I examined the Authentic Me Excessive Efficiency Matte Lipstick ($26).
Really, scratch that. First, my mother examined it. Like me, my mother additionally loves pink (and a few Gwen Stefani) so I fortunately shared. We went out for lunch at a Greek restaurant and after all the tzatziki and spanakopita, the Authentic Me Excessive Efficiency Matte Lipstick nonetheless appeared good. It wore off barely, nevertheless it barely wanted a touch-up. Seeing that, I needed to get one other one for myself. Upon software, I used to be impressed by the velvety formulation, and the luscious pink hue. I then wore it to a unique dinner—a five-course meal—and was happy that it by no means actually wore off, other than a bit of bit within the heart. By the top of the night time, it nonetheless appeared nice, and that was ok for me.
I could have sufficient pink lipsticks in my assortment to final a lifetime after which some, however nothing fairly beats sporting one created by the shero of your teenhood. As Gwen as soon as properly sang, “the magic’s within the make-up.” It positive is!
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