Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

I figured it’s time that I post something that isn’t MAC! I rarely use other brands, since MAC is all I wear to work and mostly what I have in my kit, but I had to get all of the Melt Cosmetics lipsticks! Melt was created by former MAC artist who is now Rihanna’s MUA, Lora Arellano (aka @lora_arellano on instagram and @loreleicakes twitter) and makeup artist Dana Bomar (@danabomar on instagram and @thebomar on twitter).

Melt is a 100% cruelty-free brand, which is one of the main reasons I’m so into this! Not only are the lipsticks ultra-matte and amazing, there’s NO animal testing at all. These cost a little more than MAC, but I don’t mind paying extra for such high quality products, especially when it’s a small business that I’m supporting. Melt is great too because they’ve created bold colors that are really unique and not available from most other brands.

NOTE:   While this post covers the original 11 colors that I got, you can find reviews and photos for Bane and Blow here, Dark Room here, and Blitzed here.

So without further ado, I give you Melt Lipsticks…

Melt Lipsticks 1

Melt Lipsticks 2

Melt lipsticks are ultra-matte and super intense! The matte texture of these is creamy when applied, so there’s little to no drag on the lips, but feels drier once it sets a few moments later. These lipsticks are highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. I got 6-8 solid hours of wear with all of these before they started to fade… 6 being without a liner and more like 8 with one to keep everything in place. When they do start to fade, it’s in the center of the lip and is easy to touch up by dabbing on a bit more lipstick. These lipsticks have a light, sweet, vanilla like scent that almost reminds me of macarons, but no taste… Probably a good thing because if they also tasted like macarons, I’d try to eat them like I did as a kid (maybe that’s what’s wrong with me).

Since these are super matte, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick last longer and make application much smoother. My favorite is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy purple “melt.” logo on the cap.

Melt Lipstick Tube

Melt lipsticks are available online only at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each but they’re well worth it. They have that high-end feel and it takes very little product to get full coverage. Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipstick you purchase (I suggest getting more than one lipstick to make it worth your money for shipping), but that’s for priority shipping so it gets to you very quickly! Since I live in the Los Angeles area, it was basically overnight for me. My order processed same day or next day as well, so it was only a few days from the time I placed the order to when I received it… Good job, Melt!

Melt Lipstick Labels

Melt Lipsticks 3

Photo taken outdoors in natural light. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural light.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

6six6

6six6

6six6

6six6

6six6:   The product description for this liptick reads “welcome to the dark side…” and I’m happy to be there! This is such a gorgeous, deep, wine stained red. It has pretty neutral, though slightly cool undertones with a hint of a brown in there to deepen the color a bit. It’s flattering on all skin tones, though definitely looks more dramatic on us fair folk, but I like that! 6six6 feels creamy and has a slight sheen at first, which fades soon after you apply it. Color payoff is true to what’s in the tube and coverage is 100% opaque. At the moment, I believe that 6six6 is sold out but hopefully they restock it soon!

Liners:   I really like MAC’s Nightmoth Lip Pencil with this. It kinda vamps it up… For a less dramatic liner, I suggest Vino or Currant Lip Pencils from MAC, or even Burgundy or Brick if you want it to define but barely show up.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!:   This is an intense, neon orange with warm undertones… It’s a medium dark, bright orange that surprisingly works well on most skintones. Even as fair as I am, this still looked awesome, where most oranges wash me out unless I’m tan! This, like 6six6, had the creamy feel and slight sheen that wore away after a little while. I got completely opaque coverage with little product applied, as well as amazing color payoff. Orange is NOT just a summer color any more, so give this a shot if you like a bold lip!

Liners:   The best liner I’ve used with this is What A Blast! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC… Another alternative is Genuine Orange Chromagraphic Pencil, also from MAC, though it’s a bit more dull than Bang! Bang! lipstick is.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Belladonna

Belladonna

Belladonna

Belladonna

Belladonna:   Belladonna is a bold, medium dark, slightly cool toned red. It’s like the classic red lip with a little bit of a kick. In the photo, you can see that it has a sheen when first applied, but that sets to a true ultra-matte after a few minutes. Belladonna gave me great color payoff, but wasn’t 100% opaque initially… It was better coverage after I layered it a bit. Unfortunately, this lipstick has been discontinued as of a few days ago and I don’t think it’s coming back… I’m lucky I got my order in when I did because this disappeared only two days later. I hope you are one of the lucky ladies that purchased this color!

Liners:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is the best liner I’ve used with this so far… If you want to try a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC for a little longer wear time, I suggest Trust In Red. Kiss Me Quick also works, but is slightly darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Belladonna 2

Belladonna 2

Belladonna 2:   Like the original Belladonna, this is a bold red, only Belladonna 2 is darker, more blue based and is more of a pinky-red. It’s slightly drier than some of the other Melt lipsticks, which makes it more matte when it’s first applied, so that’s fine with me! It still applied evenly, despite the drier texture and gave me full coverage and awesome color payoff. This is definitely going to be my new go to color for a red lip! Oh, it also makes teeth look blingin’ white 😉

Liners:   MAC’s Cherry Lip Pencil works really well with Belladonna 2. I also like Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil with this lipstick since it’s also a pinky-red.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

By Starlight

By Starlight

By Starlight

By Starlight

By Starlight:   By Starlight is a cool toned, medium-dark purple… It’s bold, yet soft, and gives great color payoff and nearly opaque coverage… It covers better and looks darker the more you apply. It’s also pretty versatile so you can change it up depending on what liner you use with it. It’s not so cool toned that it will make you look washed out, unless you’re either extremely fair or have a very deep skintone. Using a liner with it also helps with that. I can’t think of many lipsticks that compare to this, but to me, By Starlight is honestly like the better version of MAC’s Heroine, which SO many people wanted and missed out on. Right now By Starlight is out of stock on the website but I’m crossing my fingers that it’s restocked soon!

Liners:   If you happen to be one of the lucky ones that got Heroine Lip Pencil from MAC, that works really well with By Starlight… If not, Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil from MAC PRO also works well. If you’d like to play up the pink tones to this lipstick, you can try Magenta Lip Pencil, or to make it more dark and vampy, Nightmoth, Currant, or Vino Lip Pencils will add some drama.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Darling

Darling

Darling

Darling

Darling:   Darling is a beautiful, intense pastel, lavender-tinted pink with cool undertones. It feels creamy and applied evenly, which is surprising for a matte color like this. I did have some issues with this sticking around the chapped areas of my lips but that was easily remedied with some Prep + Prime Lip from MAC applied first. I got 100% opaque coverage and awesome color payoff with Darling. Since this is a lighter, chalky (not in a bad way) type of color, it looks best on fair to medium or medium dark skintones. Unless it’s used with the right liner, it can make darker skintones look a bit washed out.

Liners:   Hip N Happy Lip Pencil from MAC is a nearly perfect match for Darling. Magenta works too, but it’s darker and more well, magenta, so it will add some contrast. For darker skintones or to add some drama, I suggest Vino or even Nightmoth Lip Pencils.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

DGAF

DGAF

DGAF

DGAF

DGAF:   This lipstick is one of those colors I was talking about that’s unique and typically unavailable from most major brands… It’s a dark, cool blue that works well on everyone, if you DG enough of AF to wear it anyway. The texture was a bit dry and it takes some layering and dabbing on to get totally opaque coverage, which I didn’t really accomplish for this photo, though it has looked better and more opaque when I’ve worn it before. I think my lips were getting really dry and irritated from swatches at this point so it didn’t go on as smoothly as usual… It does apply smoothly, despite the drier texture and doesn’t tend to emphasize dry areas on the lips. Color payoff is great and DGAF becomes darker and more bold with more product applied. This lipstick is currently sold out, but keep checking their website for restock.

Liners:   Although you can use a deep blue eyeliner of some sort if you like, or even black, I prefer to use Marine Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil from MAC PRO since it’s a nearly perfect match. Nightmoth Lip Pencil from MAC also works if you want to make it look more of a deep purple-blue.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Shady Lady

Shady Lady

Shady Lady

Shady Lady

Shady Lady:   Shady Lady is a bright, medium-dark to dark fuchsia. It has a sheen at first because it has a creamy texture that helps it apply easily, but sets to an ultra-matte after a few minutes. I got awesome color payoff with this, although it does look deeper on the lips than in the tube. It also gave me full coverage with very little product. Out of all the Melt lipsticks, this is the only one that left a stain behind after I had removed it… It also wore for about 8 hours and hardly faded the whole time!

Liners:   A few good liners to use with Shady Lady are More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC, Magenta Lip Pencil (this is a bit more purple/magenta), or Process Magenta Chromaline Pencil from MAC PRO.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Space Cake

Space Cake

Space Cake

Space Cake

Space Cake:   This is by far the most unique of all of these lipsticks and is one of my new favorites! It’s a very cool toned gray with blue undertones and a truly matte finish from the moment you apply it. The color reminds me of the of aliens you see in movies (which totally freak me out, btw)… It’s so rad! I got great, true-to-tube color payoff and nearly full coverage with one swipe across my lips. Once I dabbed on a bit more, I had completely opaque coverage.

Liners:   Since this is an unusual color for a lipstick, I grabbed for an eye pencil as my liner… The best one I’ve found so far is Grey Utility Powerpoint Eye Pencil from MAC. You can also use Phone Number or Smolder Eye Kohl, with Phone Number being a bit darker and Smolder, of course being black.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stupid Love

Stupid Love

Stupid Love

Stupid Love

Stupid Love:   Stupid Love is a bold, medium dark to dark, cool toned hot magenta-pink. The coverage is fantastic, as is the color payoff. It has a soft sheen at first that fades to the typical Melt ultra-matte finish within a few minutes after application. This color would be flattering on all skintones and is great for for every season!

Liners:   Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC is the perfect pink liner for this because it has a blue base… You can also use Magenta Lip Pencil or More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, although it’s a bit darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Summer!

Summer!

Summer!

Summer!

Summer!:   Summer is a light, bright peachy-coral nude… Almost like an apricot color. It’s one of the drier lipsticks from Melt and has a super matte finish as soon as it’s applied, but still feels somewhat creamy. You don’t need to apply much to get opaque coverage and it gives perfect color payoff. When this started to fade, it was mostly in the center of the lip and started to look like it was separating. However, it’s an easy fix to dab a little more lipstick on to touch up! That only happened after about 4 hours. Since this is a lighter, drier formula, I recommend applying MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first. Summer is best on fair to medium-dark skintones. Deeper skintones can pull it off, but only with the right liner to darken it a little. Otherwise you may look washed out!

Liners:   There are honestly very few light peachy liners out there… You can try a nude like MAC’s Naked Liner, or go with a slightly darker coral color like Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil, also from MAC.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

2 comments
  1. How much would a single Melt lipstick cost? As far as quality, are they as good as Mac or better? Great post!

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