Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Stain : Fantastic On My Lips But Reminds Me of That Movie (Gone In 60 Seconds)
I apologize again that due to a family emergency, my absence from blogging had to be extended for a bit longer, but everything is good now. I am so excited to be back because I have so much to share with you all. The mega cute and dreamy makeup line Tokidoki, created by artist Simone Legno, brings wonderland to Sephora. And it is no doubt that the limited edition collection has been the talk of the town. As the usual me who is a big sucker for girly packaging, I couldn't resist the temptation and picked up a few from the recently launched line.
More about the brand: Mischief abounds in the magical world of tokidoki, where one glance is never enough. Creator and Italian artist Simone Legno brings his cult-favorite designs and colorful interpretation of life to a new makeup and accessories line that exposes the criminally cute and irresistibly edgy sides of beauty. Presented exclusively at Sephora, this Japanese-inspired collection captures the true spirit of tokidoki: Every day brings another opportunity to dream.
The first up for test is the Fantastico Lip Stain ($15, 5 shades) in Cactus Friends, which is a bright coral color.
I have to admit that I was never a lip stain girl. I actually don't really understand why some people like them. Lip stains are usually very dry, lack in variety of colors, and often stain my lips. So I really didn't have high hopes for the Tokidoki one.
However, the packing is indeed awfully cute. It shapes like a marker and applies like one. The pointed tip is also very easy and convenient to use. The lip stain is very small and slim, so it can fit into any pockets and would be perfect to toss in your purse. What I like about this more than other lip stains I've tried is the fact that it is not as drying as the others. The color pigmentation is also buildable for both subtle or dramatic looks. It does take a few practices to achieve an even finish, but the result is well worth it. Plus, I don't often find bright reds suite me, but I actually love how Cactus Friends looks on my lips.
Of course then, certain features of the lip stain also annoys me a little. One downside that I noticed is that the marker seems to dry up quite fast, although I always keep the cap on. At this rate, the stain would be out in a few weeks, which with a not-so-low price tag, it just doesn't seem worth it to me. And on top of all these, the major weak point is the fact that the lip stain is not really long-lasting. If you think this is as enduring as the MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker ($16, 9 shades), well, you really need to think twice. This lip stain fades away in just a few hours, and even some minor drinking or eating will rube the colors off. Sure, the color enduring ability is slightly higher than a regular lipstick, but not that much better.
Middle: Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Stain (Cactus Friends)
Pick It or Not ?
- Quality: 35 (out of 50)
- Packaging: 20 (out of 20)
- Price: 18 (out of 20)
- User Friendly: 5 (out of 5)
- Availability: 5 (out of 5)Angela's Ultimate Pick: B