When it comes to lipstick, the two most important things are the color and how long it wears. We spend countless hours (and money) on different lipsticks, testing out how they look with our skin tone and whether or not they hold up to the all-day, all-night assessment. Most of the time, the swipe of color does not pass both challenges. (#Fail.) But what if I told you there was a lipstick that not only lasted all day, but was guaranteed to give you a perfect, natural pink every time?
Too good to be true, right?
Wrong. Because I've tried it and it's as great as it sounds.
The product in question goes by many names, but is most commonly referred to as Henna Lipstick or Magic Moroccan Hare Color Changing Lipstick.
For starters, there is no hard-hitting proof that there is any actual henna in this lipstick. While there is an elusive product type only available in Morocco (some secrets you just can't get to) that could possibly contain the flower dye, the options available for purchase most likely retain the moniker as a nod to the long-wearing color. They are actually more similar to mood lipsticks of the '80s and contain Red 27, a synthetic dye that reacts to the pH of your lips and accounts for the variation of color from person to person. Furthermore, many henna lipsticks are made with argan oil, or "liquid gold." Basically, you've got yourself a custom, moisturizing color without emptying your pockets.
After a few swipes the color began showing clearly. The pink was a bit brighter than I expected (mostly because I NEVER wear pink lipstick), but it was still very natural. I see it as part of the whole no-makeup makeup ordeal. It's an easy way to add a touch of color on those days you're going über casual or just not in the mood for total makeup application at 6 a.m.
As for how long it lasts, I promise you it's not a hoax—it lasts a *really* long time. I slightly reapplied after lunch to even out the color but by evening, my lips were still pink. I had to break out the makeup remover to get it all off at night. The moral of this story: don't use the magic lipstick wand on days you're planning to wear lipstick for a night out—because that rosy color is a 24-hour commitment.