Have you ever purchased a beauty product that you thought you would love so much that you couldn’t bring yourself to use it?
Too Faced’s Melted Longwear Liquified Lipstick in Peony was just that product for me.
A mass-love movement spread like wildfire in beauty circles and of course, being the sheep I am, it triggered the beauty desperado in me to get my hands on at least one.
At RM69 (less 10% for being a loyal Sephora shopper), it doesn’t break the bank and the packaging was so pretty and the idea so novel that for months, I was treasuring this cult product in my stash and deeming it too precious and pretty to open until a special occasion.
I was struck by the idea that it had the opacity of a lipstick with the newness of it being a liquid cream and oh-so-spreadable.
The beauty blogging fraternity has raved about it all year long. Every other beauty blogger I have spoken to who actually owns one has professed their love.
So, how could this internationally blogger-praised, much-sought-after lip product of the year be anything but amazing?
When I finally popped the cap as a post-Christmas treat to myself, it was a complete and utter surprise that I don’t like it as a lip product at all.
So, what went wrong?! Are we using the same product?! Is everyone lying, deluded or part of the Melted cult?! Are some of you girls being paid for your love?!! What’s going on?!
The crazy thing was I swatched it repeatedly at Sephora as a precursor to opening up my own tube and I genuinely loved the way the product looked…on my wrist…every time.
Sadly, beyond the pretty way it swipes on my inner wrist, there are not many things that make me happy about the way this product works or looks on me as a lip product.
To be fair, however, I’ve tried to weight it up in terms of Pros and Cons…
THE IDEA OF IT
Liquified Long Wear Lipstick? Good in theory but here, er… in retrospect, maybe not. More on this later.
Gorgeous gold accents on a unique tube make this Melted darling so pretty in the hand.
Mid-priced and not too expensive as far as lip products go and the fact that it was by Too Faced made buying this a somewhat easy decision. I quite like the Too Faced brand, I really do!
The Melted comes with this unique and fuzzy built-in applicator…
Sure, it really is as cute and fuzzy as it looks but the lack of precision from this thing is a cosmetic disaster.
When you press at the tube gently, the lip product oozes out of the holes in the middle of this fuzzy tip and you’re meant to smudge the blobs of colour product across the lips – saving, in theory, the need for a lip brush.
But ‘smudge’ is indeed the operative word here because I couldn’t get anymore precise than that. A smudge of colour.
What seemed cute and novel for this lip product is what in practice makes Melted a mess to apply from the tube. I suggest bypassing the novelty applicator completely and going for quality application with a good lip brush when it comes to using Melted.
PEONY IS NOT MY COLOUR
Now, I haven’t tried Melted in any of the other shades on my lips yet but I really find it horrible on me in shade, Peony.
It looks like a lovely, romantic and rosy pink on my wrist but is in reality a shade that’s too light for my lips so it makes them look washed out and well, brined.
The effect is that my lips look off-coloured and pale like I’ve been sucking at a dish of vinegar. Just horrible.
I will give the Melted the benefit of the doubt on this point. It’s possible that not all the shades in the range will look as badly on me.
FUNKY TEXTURE & SCENT
The formulation is a little tacky but it also has a powdery sensation that makes my lips feel dry and uncomfortable. It’s a feeling that lingers the whole time the product is on my lips.
On the wrist, it applies smoothly and evenly like a good paint to quality canvas but for some reason, between my wrist and my mouth – some crazy thing happens and the Melted feels thick and heavy and dry and awful on my lips.
Application on the lips is patchy with the built-in applicator and the product is extremely effective at emphasising all of my lip flaws.
Cracked and dry lips? No problem, let Melted show up all those crevices in a ghastly colour-coated glory.
There’s also an annoying plasticky flavour/ scent with this product. Me no likey.
LONGWEAR? MORE LIKE HIGH TRANSFERABILITY
It really doesn’t stay on my lips and transfers like crazy to the side of cups, skin, you name it! Not a bad thing, however, if you’re inclined to leave kiss mark signatures everywhere you go.
I know I listed the mid-range pricing of the Melted as a PRO earlier but the fact that I’m not going to be using this much if at all makes this a pricey purchase mistake.
So, there you have it. Sorry about the long rant but it has been a deflating experience with the Melted for me. For me, it really has failed to live up to all the hype.
Does it work for you?
If it does, do let me know why it works for you but not for me.
I’d be curious to see how you make it lovable so that it won’t feel like I’ve wasted my money. I’d welcome any tips, advice or alternative uses.
In the meantime, I’m not melting anytime soon for Melted.
Now, what to do with the four piece Melted Kisses set I hauled during the sales ?
[ Notes: Product was purchased by me for personal use and commentary is my personal opinion and not meant to be representative of any other person’s experience of this product. Images excepting the Too Faced logo and Melted Kisses image which belong to Too Faced, are by me and may not be used without credit and a link back to this blog.]