Friday, April 20, 2012

Lipstick Mixtape Review

Blogging has opened my makeup world to so much more than I could have ever imagined. At our last Central Florida Beauty Bloggers meet up, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes. Safia is a local makeup artist in Orlando and she has worked on some major campaigns that include Universal Studios, Disney and Coach Leathers. When I met her, I was so impressed that she had started her lip stick line! I couldn't wait to get home and buy some of her lipsticks to try out.

First off I must say I'm not a huge lipstick fan for day to day wear. I don't usually wear it. More often than not, I wear lip balm every day. But when I go out at night I love a good lipstick! I want something that will last since I'm not fond of touchups. I want something that will not bleed and that will stay on my lips. I don't think that's asking for too much, do you? Lipstick Mixtapes did not disappoint.

I'm reviewing two colors here. Esther and Grind Time.

Grind Time is on the top and Esther is on the bottom
First up is Esther. Esther is what I would classify as a creme finish lipstick. It is very light feeling and is not quite sheer, but not opaque either. It is buildable to an opaque finish though. I had a tough time telling if I had this one on at first it is so close to my natural color. This is perfect if you like to wear a natural looking color for day.

I love how soft and delicate this looks. Almost like I'm not even wearing lipstick at all. 

Grind Time is a vibrant hot pink highly saturated lipstick. On it's own it is very bright. I am seeing bright pink lipsticks like this everywhere. They are very eye-catching. I must admit though on it's own like this I can't pull this off. Grind Time is a creme lipstick that wears like a matte. 

While swatting this I realized it looks similar to Cult Nails Bad Devious Nature - turns out they are an exact match to each other! Sorry for the crappy picture, I took it really quick once I noticed they are a perfect match.

On my lips it took on an almost magenta look once it interacted with my natural lip color.

The first day these arrived I was playing around and put on Esther and then Grind Time on top and then a little more Esther. LOVE! This is something I can wear! As a matter of fact, I have been wearing it quite a bit! It has become my go to color for nights out and I think it is the perfect contrast for my normally natural makeup look.  As for wear, it lasts several hours, easily. I wore it the other night for a friends birthday dinner and when I went to the bathroom after dinner and drinks, I found that it had faded a bit, but still looked great. It looked almost like a pink stain, the creme look was gone. But all in all for being close to midnight, I was pretty impressed and skipped the re-application.

I think Safia is putting together a great product and I can't wait to see what colors she comes up with next. Her experience as a makeup artist shines through in her lipstick. It is clear that she knows what people want in a lipstick and has done a great job here.  Her lipsticks retail for $12.00 each, but her most popular colors are on sale for 20% off until April 28th and happily Esther is one of them! You can purchase LipStick Mixtapes directly from Safia on her website: 

*The products in this review were purchased by me for my personal use. The opinions expressed in the review are my own. 


  1. I love these! As a self proclaimed lip stick junkie I mist try these out!

  2. You told me how much you loved her lipsticks too. And I can see why with great colors like that. :)

  3. These are beautiful colors, I really like Esther.

  4. Hey Maria!
    Thanks for the great review! I am so glad you love the LM lipsticks and they look so GREAT on you! You know how to mix them up and create amazing color combos! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I'm having a sale till April 28th so ladies if you want to try them order this week : D!
    Love & Lipstick!

  5. Wow, I think I need Grind Time in my life!