Now I am a child of the 90's. Maybe it's me getting old, but something about that decade felt like the last great wave of cool underground edge. Before everyone had the internet... when people just had one phone.... things felt more precious.
If you wanted to be cool, you did your research. Things are so easy now. Want to know what your favorite celeb has on their face at the red carpet? It's usually online in full detail with a video tutorial on YouTube before they've even handed out the first award. Back in the 90's, I always wanted to know what lipstick Kelly and Brenda were wearing. They had this perfect brown, brick red matte shade that epitomizes that era for me. I remember trying color after color to get that 90210 brick red.
Possibly due to my exhausting attempts to find the perfect Brenda and Kelly shade, I always associated brick red lips with 90210. And subsequently I've always associated 90210 with the 90's along with MC Hammer, Roxette, Z. Calvaricci and other things I loved at the time but feel dated now.
So sure enough, it's been a while since I've even thought about brown reds for lips. (Full disclosure) The lovely Eve Pearl and her team sent me a lovely package to thank me for some recent reviews I had done. Her products seriously blow me away, but I had to say when I saw the tube of lipstick.... my first reaction was oh no 90210
! I thought why would they pick this color
? But of course, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, I decided to try it.
The formula on this lipstick is sublime. Very nice slip. It doesn't feel cakey on, and there is great pigmentation with a very light, glossy texture.
Now for the color. In the tube, 209 Amaretto
looks bronzey, warm brown with golden shimmer. And on the lips, it is that... but more. There is a rosiness to it. This color is glossy, moisturizing and has a great sheen. It isn't that dry matte that was popular among our friends at Beverly Hills High. Amaretto
brings out a brightness on my face. The hue is a perfect amount of color and intensity without being overbearing or brash. The overall effect is colorful but polished... A blushing, brownish red that makes me think that there was legitimacy to why I thought brown lips were so great back in the 90's.
I am going to IMATS In a couple weeks in New York, and you will see me getting more lippies from Eve Pearl because of the formula. Will you see me there in brown lips? You just might. :)
MICROCRYSTALLINE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, POLYETHYLENE, BEES WAX, CERESIN, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, BIS-DIGYLCERYL POLYACYLADIPADE-2, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, OCTYLDODEANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E) B.H.A, HEXAPEPTIDE-11 +/-: MICA, C.I.77891 TITANIUM DIOXIDE, C.I.77491 IRON OXIDE RED, C.I.77492 IRON OXIDE YELLOW, C.I.77499 IRON OXIDE BLACK, C.I.15850 D&C RED NO.6, C.I.15850:1 D&C RED NO.7
Donna, Kelly, Brenda.... call me!
What's your take on brown/red lips? Do you have a favorite 90210 episode?