The dual-ended applicator comes in handy, well at least the lip brush side. I’m not sure why they have a sponge applicator on the other end, should have just given us another lip brush end. But I used it anyway for cleanup, in case you go outside the lip line. Now onto the swatches! The first colour is a soft rose pink, then baby pink, thirdly a berry red and lastly a plum colour. All of the lipsticks have a soft shine to them with the last plum colour only having a finish like
From left to right: Rose pink, Baby pink,
First shade in Passion
Second shade in Passion
Third shade in Passion Berry Quad: Berry Red
|Fourth shade in Passion Berry quad: Plum|
So they all look very pretty on the lips. The first shade, the rose pink looked more like a baby pink on the lips. Note: these lips are slightly pigmented on their own. The second shade, the baby pink looks pink but with a lilac undertone. Both these two shades were streaky and proved difficult to apply evenly onto the lips using the lip brush, the rose pink shade was the most difficult to apply. It took me quite a while to get the perfect lips with these two. However, the third shade, the berry red was easy to apply and a very pigmented shade. In the swatch pictures I only applied a sheer wash of colour so this one (and all the others) is buildable to get an intense colour if you desire. The last shade, the plum colour was also smooth and easy to apply. You get a slight sparkle with this colour.
Overall I love the colours of each shade but the application issues with the first two shades have me on the fence with this quad. I do find them a bit drying on the lips too. I also do prefer to apply my lip colour straight from the tube rather than with a lip brush. It makes it easier for touch ups during the day.
I bought my quad online at www.coastalscents.com for about $US 6.95 plus tax but don’t despair I have seen them in
Trinidad at the Magical Makeup booth in Trincity Mall for about TT$100.