Bane and Blow are finally here!! After lots of hype and patiently (or not so patiently) waiting, these two new colors are finally available on Melt’s website. They came out about a week ago, so I’ve had some time to test and play around with them and I’m in love. Both lipsticks have the same amazing quality that Melt’s other lipsticks do, so you won’t be disappointed! I’d recommend ordering these babies soon, though, since they’re sure to sell out. Seriously… When it comes to lipsticks, Melt knows how to create some epically rad colors and textures, especially darker ones like Bane and Blow!
As you all may know, Melt is a small company that was developed by Lora Arellano (aka @lora_arellano on instagram and @loreleicakes twitter) and Dana Bomar (@danabomar on instagram and @thebomar on twitter). Melt is also on twitter and instagram as @MeltCosmetics. They have a Facebook page too, which they were sweet enough to post my other review on… (Thanks, ladies!!). It’s a completely cruelty free company that focuses on quality rather than quantity. They have a dozen different lipstick colors for now, with Bane and Blow being the two newest additions… While that doesn’t seem like many, these colors are all unique must-haves whether you’re a lipstick addict or a professional makeup artist!
Melt lipsticks are ultra-matte and super intense… The matte texture of these is somewhat creamy when applied, so there’s very little drag on the lips. They do feel drier once they set, and as you will see in the swatches and on my lips, there’s a bit of a creamy sheen at first but that dries down to a very matte finish about 15-30 minutes later. These lipsticks are incredibly highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. I got 6-10 solid hours of wear with both Bane and Blow before they started to fade… Wear time is around 6 hours without a primer and/or liner and closer to 10 with primer and liner 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 or cupcakes, but no taste… I seriously end up craving sweets every time I wear these!
Since these are super matte, dark colors, 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 lipsticks are available online only at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each and contain 4.5g / 0.16 oz of product (for size comparison, MAC lipsticks contain 3g / 0.1 oz of product). Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one to make it worth your money for shipping. The shipping is priority mail though, so it should get to you quickly. Melt also includes super cute stickers with their shipments and with these new lipsticks, I received an awesome little round mirror with the Melt lips image on the back ❤
Bane: Bane is a truly matte, deep black. It’s creepy in the most beautiful way possible! I know there are a lot of brands out there with black lipsticks, but I have yet to see one that has this much intensity. Color payoff is absolutely true to the color it is in the tube, while coverage is totally opaque. When I applied this, I made one swipe on the top and bottom, then dabbed the lipstick on to build up the coverage… That’s the easiest way to get it 100% opaque with this type of color and texture. Bane in particular feels even more matte than some of the other Melt lipsticks and dries down/sets quickly, so dabbing it on and layering, or layering with a brush will give you the smoothest, most even application. With Bane, I got a solid 8-10 hours of wear over MAC Prep + Prime Lip and with a liner. With no liner or primer, I saw some fading after 6 hours or so. There was no staining, surprisingly, which I’ve found with a lot of other matte black lipsticks.
Liners: My favorite is MAC PRO’s Chromagraphic Pencil in Black, Black just because the texture and how it wears on the lips. That said, something like MAC’s Engraved Powerpoint Pencil (this is long wearing and may stain lips a little but can be removed with wipes or Cleanse Off Oil) or Smolder or Feline Eye Kohls, also from MAC, will work too.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
Blow: Blow is a dark, cool toned, green with some slightly blueish/teal undertones. The finish is unlike any other Melt lipstick… It’s sort of creamy and has an almost pearly sheen even though it’s still matte. It’s very unique and I hope they create more with this finish/texture! Color payoff is great and looks the same as it does in the tube. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to layer much, if at all. Because of the creamier texture, Blow applies very easily and doesn’t set/dry quite as quickly as some other Melt lipsticks do, so you have more time to apply it directly from the tube without any tugging or anything like that going on. Even though this isn’t as dry of a lipstick, Blow still gave me a good 6-8 hours of wear… 6 hours being lipstick only and 8 hours with primer and liner.
Liners: You can have a lot of fun playing around with liners for Blow… My favorite is Tarnish Eye Kohl from MAC… It’s a bit darker but it gives just the right amount of contrast. Minted Eye Kohl works too, though it’s lighter and more teal. Jade Way Technakohl Liner from MAC is almost the color of Blow, but I prefer the smoother texture of Eye Kohls, Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and Chromagraphic Pencils (PRO only) for the lips. You can use blues and greens, of course, but you can also try dark, cool toned charcoal/grays and blacks with Blow… Like I said, play around with liners to create different looks with this lipstick!
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5