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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: Origins Underwear For Lips

Primers... When they first really started to get popular there was a bit of skepticism about their effectiveness. That's how I felt when I spotted Origins Underwear for Lips while browsing their site a few months ago. As an avid user/trier of pretty much every other type of primer, I decided I might as well give it a go.

"Lip-hugging lingerie forms a shapely silhouette. Makes lips look their loveliest."- Origins

The concept behind this is pretty simple, apply it before your lipstick and it will prolong it's wear and prevent it from smudging. It is packaged much like any other lip product. A long tube with a doe foot applicator. The product looks like a concealer, and has the same texture as concealer.

bare lips

Origins Underwear for Lips

When I first opened the tube and got a look at the product, I wondered how well it would apply to lips. It just didn't seem like it would feel 'right'. That's because it kind of doesn't. It is cold feeling and a different texture than most lip products and it dries to a matte finish. I've found the best application is to apply balm when you are working on your makeup. When you're ready to apply the primer, take off the balm and dab the primer on with a clean fingertip and let it dry. By using a balm first, I was able to prevent my lips from looking dry when the primer dried. I also tried to apply the primer with a lip brush, but it leaves too much product on my lips. You really only need a thin layer.

MAC Royal Azalea Sheen Supreme Lipstick over Origins Underwear for Lips

MAC Royal Azalea and MAC Royal Azalea over Origins Underwear for Lips

Does it work, though? YES! I wasn't expecting it to be as great as it is. I love that it makes my lipstick hold longer, but better than that is the fact that it makes application of bold and pale shades super easy (and fast!) I never use lip liner, but there are certain shades of lipstick when I kind of wish I had it: pale shades and bright shades where it can be difficult to get all of your lip line covered and even looking. Because the primer is neutral toned, it blurs the colour of your natural lip line making lipstick application easy peasy! In the above photo I've applied MAC Royal Azalea over the primer. While I love the formula of Royal Azalea, the bright/pale tone of the lipstick really needs to cover all of your lip line or it just looks wrong. The primer takes away the need to really 'play' with it after applying it.

Another added bonus, is that the neutral colour of the primer blocks some of your natural lip colour making it the perfect base for light or sheer lipsticks. In the photo above, I used MAC Royal Azalea (again) on its own and over primer. While Royal Azalea is fairly pigmented on it's own, you can see that the primer makes it that much more opaque.

Overall, I think that this is a pretty handy product to have on hand. I just popped over to the Origins website to confirm the price, and it looks like it's no longer available there. I bought mine a month or so ago, so I'm not sure if it's out of stock or if it will be available again in the future. Hopefully it does return, I quite like it! Have you tried this product? What did you think?

Availability: Origins, $15

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