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