Whats that rustle in the bushes?! A new vintage cosmetics brand has appeared! We must catch up and try their three vintage-inspired lipsticks based on Hollywood Starlettes immediately!
Now that I’ve thoroughly expressed my excitement, I am really excited to be testing and reviewing Fatale Cosmetics and their full Heirloom collection. I recently discovered this brand whilst browsing the interwebs and immediately purchased the full Heritage bundle which included three vintage-inspired lipstick shades; Harlow Coral, Monroe Red and Rita Rouge. According to the company themselves, their lipsticks are “Highly pigmented and colour-rich British lipsticks. Fatale’s Heritage Lipsticks create a vibrant, smooth and creamy satin lip look with one sweep of the bullet. Blended to a buildable, pigmented formula that can be worn with a subtle sheen or blotted to a matte finish. Fatale Lipsticks glide on smoothly and condition the lips with hydrating oils, waxes and shea butter while adding intense shades, true to classic colour palettes. The formula is Vegetarian, not tested on animals and is palm-oil free.”
Fatale cosmetics is run by two ladies who have a deep love of all things vintage and glamour; it’s really great to see small female companies being run with such strong and positive ethics and a quality product behind them. Upon placing my first order, I sat by my front door and waited patiently for my new goodies to be delivered. As I was traveling whilst they arrived, I’m not sure exactly how long it took the order to arrive but it was no more than 10 days after the order was placed.
I was so excited to open my order and was immediately stunned by how beautiful the packaging was. Each lipstick came in a beautiful box featuring the Fatale Cosmetics logo on it and the lipstick itself was tentatively wrapped in a pink velvet pouch inside the box. The lipsticks themselves were packaged in a gold plastic (possibly a thin metal?) with a swirl pattern throughout. Inside the tube, there is the companies name printed. Each lipstick also comes with a little information card telling you how to apply it which I thought was very helpful so to test out these lipsticks fairly, I followed their instructions to a tee.
Ricinus communis seed oil, Shea butter ethyl esters, Hydrogenated coco-glycerides, Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-1, Candelilla cera, Cera alba, Paraffin, Silica silylate, Copernicia cerifera cera, Parfum, Tocopherol, Limonene, BHT [+/- CI 15850, CI 77492, Cl 19140, Cl 45410, Cl 77499]
I’m not a huge fan of coral lipsticks and have found they many do not suit my skin tone so I was a bit reluctant to try out this one. Inspired by Jean Harlow, Harlow Coral is marketed as a striking, warm coral-red with orange and pink undertones. As soon as I applied it I fell head over heels in love. The formula is really smooth and creamy with a satin finish; it’s highly pigmented so even just one coat fully coats the lips. It wasn’t patchy or blotchy and had a light sweet vanilla/caramel scent.
Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, this was the shade I was most excited about as it feels like the ‘everyday pinup red’ shade that I would reach for. I wasn’t wrong! Monroe Red is described as a classic and eye-catching film-star red; a vivid ruby red with a warm undertone. I thought this shade was really beautiful and would suit a lot of skin tones, it has a lovely Satin finish but I believe with a thin powder layer or more lotting it would go more matte. It was just as easy to apply as the Harlow Coral and did not bleed. The formula didn’t go patchy or streaky.
I found this the most intriguing shade as it’s very vampy and sultry, perfect seeing that it’s inspired by Rita Hayworth. Like the other shades, the formula was smooth, rich and highly pigmented even after just one swipe. The formula was not streaky or patchy and it felt really moisturizing on my lips. With a beautiful satin finish, this lipstick is marketed as a rich and sultry crimson-red with a cool-blue and pink undertones. Perfect for those who prefer cool tones.
The lipsticks were beautifully packaged to look like old cosmetics with a gold swirl wrapping up the tube. They had a light caramel/vanilla scent which reminded me of MAC lipsticks. The scent didn’t hang around for too long and faded with wear.
After wearing the lipsticks for a full day, they are definitely not touch/kiss proof. Every time I took a sip of my tea there was a transfer and I did have to reapply after I ate. However, in saying this, when the lipstick did wear off, a stain/tint was still left behind so my lips never looked naked and I didn’t develop the dreaded butt-hole lips (where the inner waterline of the lips is naked making your lips look like a butt-hole when pushed into the kissy face… yeah it’s not pretty). I kind of enjoyed reapplying the lipstick and found that it reapplied easily either directly or with a lip brush.
Now if I have to be honest, these lipsticks are not cheap. By the time I converted the currency to AUD, the lipsticks individually are around $50 and the bundle is around $130 (for three making them around $43+ each depending on currency). This is definitely expensive even for the Australian cosmetics market. Now I understand these lipsticks are from a small company, vintage inspired and are really beautiful but they’re not very friendly for those who are budget conscious.
It’s great to hear that the lipsticks themselves are cruelty-free and vegetarian (not sure if that’s the same as vegan so please let me know if you can clear that up). Also, I’m really excited to hear that the company will be creating lip liners which I will hopefully pick up and test out (I only had one to try them with so it’ll be nice to have a matching colour).
Fatale lipsticks are really beautiful, they remind me of some of the old lipsticks my mother had when I was a kid and images from old adverts. If you are looking to treat yourself then I would recommend these lipsticks. I have really enjoyed reviewing them and testing them out. I can’t wait to see Fatale Cosmetics grow.
**Disclaimer: this is not a paid advert or sponsored post. All opinion expressed are honest, my own and not influenced in any way, shape or form**