What The Eff Is A Lipnicure?

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I did not make this up.

Lipnicure. It looks like nail polish, but it has “lip” in the name. 

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

Korean beauty brands: they always keep us guessing. 

Whaaaat? Clearly there is more going on here than meets the eye. Let’s investigate.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

OK, none of us are morons so I’ll cut to the chase. This is obviously for your lips. 

The wand is curved for a lip-hugging application and the tip is small enough to even out edges. The Lipnicure Top Coat is sold separately for a glossy, hydrating finish, since Lipnicure is quite matte on its own. Cute, right?

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

I put Tension Red and Cynical Orange to the test, along with the clear top coat.

The Good

This stuff stays PUT. The formula is hyper-pigmented, as you can see. I found that two coats gave completely opaque, vibrant color. And they look awesome.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

Check it. This is after scrubbing with a remover-soaked cotton square.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

Hardly any other makeup necessary.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

Tension Red + top coat makes me think of candy apples!

And I love the matte look without the top coat.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

I felt very high fashion in this shade.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

I liked it with the top coat, too.

The Bad

Remember how I said it’s long-lasting? Well, fairy tales aren’t real, Santa Claus doesn’t exist, and if something adheres to your lips that well, you’re looking at major dryness. That’s just how it is.

More than that, though, the formula was just...odd. I’d planned to keep it on through dinner to test the wear, but couldn’t make it that far. My lips felt dry, grainy, and uncomfortable, which was a bummer since I really liked how some of the photos came out. 

Admittedly, I have a very low tolerance for dryness (remember how I can’t sleep without lip hydration?), but I don’t see anyone being cool with this texture for a whole evening.

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Close up? A full-on Monet.

The top coat didn’t save it, either. It just covered the weird, uncomfortable texture with a coat of gloss.

a review on clio virgin kiss lipnicure

Attempting to remove Tension Red really exposed the graininess of the formula. 

The Verdict

My advice is to let your lip products be lip products and save the polish for your nails. But I’m not your mother.

OK, Vain-ers, spill. What long-wearing lip color do you really feel comfortable in for hours? I want to believe.