Readers of my book and blog know that I love skin care and makeup and put a lot of thought into it. I haven’t blogged about it recently, but it’s still a major interest. I am a femme dyke, after all. I don’t think academics or job seekers have to wear makeup, and if you don’t, that’s totally fine. Go ahead and stop reading now – no hard feelings. But please… refrain from makeup-shaming, ok? I know there are more serious issues in (academic) life right now. But for some of us, makeup is a pleasure. If you are among that faction, then I have things to share with you!
In particular, I can’t say enough about post-ac entrepreneur Adeline Koh’s Sabbatical Beauty, which specializes in small-batch skin care products that are insanely effective. Adeline left a tenured position in English to start this business, and uses her academic research skills to hunt down effective ingredients and concoct innovative combinations. I interviewed Adeline back when she was just starting out in her wildly successful business. I use her line daily.
Today, however, I want to talk about lipcolor. Specifically, an astonishing product that I have just found that finally brings to a close my multi-year search for a long-wear lipcolor that’s strong enough to last through all-day academic events like conferences and campus visits without fading or smearing or disappearing entirely or leaving marks all over your coffee cup. I am hard on my makeup, and also very, very distracted and ultimately I was sick of popping into the campus ladies room midday only to glance in the mirror and discover I’d been walking around with lipstick all over my teeth the whole morning. And that’s not even talking about protests! Because who goes to a protest without the right lipcolor, amirite?
My criteria for the search were:
- maintains full color and coverage for a minimum of 6 hours
- vivid and up-to-date color palette
- matte finish
- not a stain (nothing against stains, but I prefer a little more heft)
- not a drugstore brand, not because I’m a snob or like paying extra, but because I am 53 years old (TODAY!) and drugstore colors, because they lack complexity, are aging on a middle-aged face.
I tried many. But one stood out above all the others.
Lip Whip is unlike anything I’ve ever tried. Once on, it Does Not Come Off. 6 hours — pshaw — this stuff stays on for more like 12-24 hours.
The picture to the right is of two Lip Whip test dabs on my hand, 24 hours after I put them on! 24 hours! The color is as vivid as it was yesterday.
One Lip Whip user in a Buzzfeed feature said it even stays on through the shower.
In fact, this stuff is so durable that you actually need to use a makeup remover to get it off. Beauty Bakerie makes a product for this, which I have not tried. I just use my usual makeup remover and elbow grease.
The colors are an intense and totally opaque matte (so, you do have to really like matte, because this is MATTE). And because Beauty Bakerie is an African-American owned company, they come in a truly wide range to suit all skin tones, not just the caucasian variety. I love that they make a Gabby Douglas collaboration set! They very helpfully provide color swatches on a range of skin tones to help you choose well. I like Syruptitious but as you can see it is an intense color on pale haole me (I’m wearing it in the pic above).
The company makes other products, but I haven’t tried them. They are a bit… sparkly… for campus wear.
Serious Academics: don’t be put off by the candy-colored brand aesthetic and the whimsical product names. This stuff is the real deal. You put this on in the morning of your campus visit, and I promise you–your lipcolor is the one thing you will not need to worry about for the rest of that stressful day. At $20, it’s closer to an academic budget than a bunch of fancy brands that cost twice as much and perform half as well. I believe they also will take returns if you try it and don’t like it.
I am not affiliated with the product in any way–i just want to share my find!