Review – Pony Effect Blossom Lip Color

It’s no secret that I adore Pony Effect. Their MATTE MASTER palette is a current favorite, and I love how every product has an editorial-like aspect to it in terms of application and desired look. The packaging is always so chic, which shouldn’t be a consideration when buying cosmetics, but it is for me, and Pony always gets it right.

Today, I’m reviewing Pony Effect’s Blossom Lip Color:

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I’m a sucker for lipstick. When discovering new color brands, the first thing I tend to pick up is lipstick, or any lip color in general. I feel naked without something on my lips, whether it be clear gloss or full-blown matte color. I thought this would be a great product for me because it seemed to be really versatile in the sense that I can utilize it for a fully-covered pout, or use it smear out into a lighter, smeared-out look.

Currently, it retails for ~$18. The product description is as follows:

“Inspired by springtime colors, this collection features pigmented, semi-matte lipsticks that highlight your lips, creating a youthful complexion.”

 

“Youthful complexion” is weird; overall, though, this is basically a pigmented lipstick with a semi-matte finish. Easy enough!

I selected the color #02 Spring Romance – a dark burgundy with pinky undertones and described as “cherry pink”.

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The ingredients are as follows:

Octyldodecanol, Silica, Polyethylene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Mica (CI 77019), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Triethylhexanoin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Ceresin, Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Red 6 (CI 15850), Diisostearyl Malate, Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Water, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Honey Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol

Just by glancing, I can see lots of wonderful ingredients such as flower and honey extracts and shea butter. I was initially worried about the aluminum listing, but according to the EWG, it has a low hazard rating of 2.

It swatched nicely, a bit sheer for my liking. This took about 3 strokes:

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Still, the color is very pretty, and I don’t necessarily need TONS of pigment to like a lipstick – I actually prefer something buildable with less pigment so my mouth doesn’t feel too dried out. However, this is a bit too light compared to my expectations from the bullet.

I love a good gradient/smeared/just-kissed lip, so I smeared out the product to see how it held up:

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LOVE. I’m excited to use it for a springy, blurred-out lip!! I already know it’ll be super pretty.

I really liked the texture upon first application. It’s smooth and creamy, but not slippery. Here’s how it looked on:

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It definitely has pigment, and it maintained its semi-matte finish. It feels nourishing for the first few hours, but I found it clinging a bit to my drier patches as it wore off after around hour 2:

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While it maintained a nice stain, the dry patches stayed really pigmented, further enhancing the flakiness. Despite prepping with a scrub, it still looked like this which made me a bit sad!

Re-application was a breeze, though, and probably the best part about this product; usually, matte-er lippies tend to cling and grab and pill when I’m trying to re-apply. This one was just as smooth and creamy as the first application, which makes the fading issue a bit easier to deal with.

 

Final Verdict:

Pigmentation: 7/10. It was really pretty, but not true to its bullet color, which knocked it down a few points.

Application: 8/10. Smooth and buttery!

Packaging: 8/10. I love the holographic text & white casing, but it wasn’t the most amazing and innovative thing I’ve ever seen. I love how clean and sleek it looks.

Lasting Power: 6/10. It took about 2 hours before it faded, but maintained a nice stain.

Re-application: 10/10. Easily the least-annoying re-application I’ve ever encountered. No pilling, which is everything in a matte lip color.

Overall: 7.8/10. If you’re a fan of perpetual application (which I am in times of anxiety, etc), this will be the perfect product for you. If you’re a fan of stay-all-day, no-budge lip color, I’d stay away. Personally, I enjoy this a lot and can see myself applying it to more looks in the future. It’s an ideal product for quick makeup, too.

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You can purchase your own here! Let me know of any other products you’d like to see me review ♡

 

Xoxo,

Miranda

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