It’s not often that I find myself using, let alone reviewing, products and brands outside of the Sephora umbrella. And when it comes to lipstick, I have a pretty strong loyalty to Nars. But given the chance to check out Sonia Kashuk’s Satin Luxe Lip Colors I thought – ‘Hey, why not?’
The line offers 13 different colors, ranging in tone from ‘very nude’ to ‘very red’. I would have liked to see more oranges and pinks in the selections, but for your department store perusing, it’s not a bad rainbow of choices. The Sonia Kashuk line is pretty expansive, and complementary tones can be found in other products. Priced at just $9.99, each tube is close to a third of the price of high-end alternatives.
Packaging: Very simple, black square tube. Seems like this is how they cut some of the product cost. Best part of design is the square color swatch at the end of the tube – very helpful in selecting a color without having to open, especially for busy mornings.
Positives: The colors go on smooth, as would be expected from a product utilizing “satin” as a title descriptor. But the real win here is how long-lasting the pigment tends to be. Satin lipsticks often veer towards “slide on, but slide off” and this color can make it through the Starbucks Peach Green Tea Lemonade without batting a lash.
Double Positive: SPF factor. I was the kid who never wore chapstick and would pick and bite at her cracking lips. It wasn’t until college that a suite mate pointed out the importance of lip care, and it’s stuck with me since. Although I have a pretty conservative make-up routine, and rarely wear anything on my face while pregnant, I can get behind some lip pigment that’s serving a dual purpose and moisturizing my lips instead of drying them out.
Negative: Not as opaque as you might like, but satin lipsticks tend to have that issue compared to matte lipsticks. Just make sure to go into the relationship with those expectations.
Best Colors: Classic Red, Sunkissed, Red Orange, Blushing
Pro Tip: Apply it after applying a lip liner to prevent feathering.