I love makeup and I love bargains, so it only made sense to start a series of posts that incorporate both. Dirt Cheap will explore super cheap products and their functionality. Get excited!
The first brand I wanted to do a post on was Kleancolor. I had been eyeing their lipsticks for a while now, and I had seen tons of negative reviews talking about how greasy and un-pigmented they were. So, logically, I bought them. I bought a multi-colored 12 pack of their “Femme” lipsticks for $11.56 and a 6-pack of their pinky-nude “Madly Matte” lipsticks for $6.54, so I believe that it’s safe to say that this was not a huge investment. I didn’t even have to pay for shipping because I used Amazon Prime.
Now these definitely aren’t high-quality lipsticks, but they weren’t as terrible as I thought! There were a few shades from the 12-pack that I can definitely see myself using in some of my crazier makeup looks and I actually loved the formula of the more natural Madly Matte lipsticks.I had my friend try on some of the lipsticks with me, and one thing that we observed was that some of the lipstick formulas looked terrible on one of our lips but good on the other’s. Here are the swatches:
I really enjoyed the packaging of these lipsticks, especially for the Madly Matte set. I thought it was very elegant and simple and the black served as a great contrasting element to the lipstick to make it really pop. The Femme set’s packaging wasn’t bad either, and I really enjoyed the fact that each tube matched the color of the lipstick inside.
Because these were just some random lipsticks that I got off Amazon, I wasn’t too surprised that there were blemishes in the lipsticks, but it was still a bit disappointing. One lipstick’s tube was cracked, and one of the lipsticks had snapped from the tube during packaging. Aside from that, there wasn’t much of anything else wrong with the lipsticks, aside from the yellow lipstick’s tip being slightly smashed down.
Here’s my friend Lily trying on the lipsticks:
As you can see, there were a few colors, like the dark purple and green, that just looked awful and flaky. However, some colors like the light purple and dark blue looked awesome! It seemed like Kleancolor was using multiple formulas for the same series of lipsticks which was super strange.
The yellow is so streaky and patchy that it looks ridiculous, and the same goes for the pastel blue. I have no idea what was going on with the green, because it looked as though it was supposed to be neon green but instead it looked like a gross olive green lip gloss. Swipe left!
The mattes all looked great and I was amazed at how creamy and smooth the formula was. It stayed in place and I loved all of the colors so much!
To conclude, I was actually very pleasantly surprised with these lipsticks. I thought they would be a greasy un-pigmented mess, but I’m actually looking forward to using some of these and will probably purchase more from the Madly Matte collection. If you need some budget lippies, or if you love wild colors, then these are for you.