It’s that time of the year again when I go on the hunt to find my perfect Summer Red! This Lancôme Matte Shaker looks to fit the bill just fine, but is it really anything to shake a stick at?
I know this is kind of strange for me to be writing about a new product I purchased after going on and on about the New Consumerism and my whole cutting down on purchasing thing, but in my defense, this is the first product I’ve purchased in a decently long time (well… a long time for me) and it’s also one I’ve been considering for awhile. After all, it’s that time of the year again! What time of the year exactly? That’s right… it’s that time where I search for my perfect Summer Red™️!
Red lipstick is my all-time favorite to wear – I’m more comfortable in a bright red lip than I am in a nude color and in the summer when I don’t wear any other makeup, I love to just throw on a red hot lip color and go about my day. My criteria for my perfect ~summer red~ is one that’s really vibrant, but that also has good lasting power (I don’t exactly want to sweat it off) and isn’t overly drying (my lips already need help in the hot weather).
The Lancôme Matte Shakers aren’t exactly hot off the press, but my Sephora in Piacenza is a bit more limited, so when I was doing my usual stroll through and stopped at the Lancôme display, I was more inclined to look at the products that I usually would be. Fun fact: my first ever lipstick was a Lancôme one (I wore it for senior prom!), but I actually haven’t purchased anything by the brand since then… go figure!
After going back to my apartment and doing some more research, it sounded like this was exactly what I was looking for in a summer red:
Finally, a matte liquid lipstick that wears comfortably without drying out your lips! A water-in-oil emulsion that’s formulated with a patented Ultra Thin Film technology to deliver weightless texture and a second-skin feel without sacrificing intense color payoff. And it has Vitamin E for comfortable, non-drying wear.
So, long story short, I went back, picked up the color “Red’y in 5,” and went on my merry way to test it out!
One of the unique elements to this product is definitely the packaging itself… shaped like a little cocktail shaker (hence the name), it has a stubby little applicator that comes to a rounded point. To get product on the applicator, you literally have to shake it up, and you’ll hear that there’s a little metal ball clanking around in there to stir up the product, similar to a nail polish. The matte version has a black cap, but there was a version that came out before this one called the Juicy Shaker that has a silver cap. I was looking into that one too, but the Juicy version is basically just a lip oil with a slight tint, and I was looking for something with more color.
In terms of the ~logistics~ of it all, this retails for $22 and you get 0.20 OZ/6.2 ML of product!
I actually haven’t done a proper product review in awhile, so let’s revisit the system I use, shall we? Basically, I’m going to be making my evaluation based on the claims of the product made by the brand itself and any typical attributes I look for in the product if those aren’t already addressed in the product claims (i.e. for mascara, I always need my product to hold a curl and not flake on me).
I’m going to be assigning a point value (from 1-10; 10 being the best, 1 being the worst) to each attribute, average it all out at the end, and then round to the closest integer if I have to. I’m also adopting the ~American grading system~ and each number is assigned to a specific “grade” – I’m maybe not as nice as I thought because I skip from C- to F straight away. Imo, if a product is worse than a C-, it might as well just be a failure.
Also, a lot of credit to this system goes to Temptalia, who I personally think has the best setup when it comes to reviews!
Based on the website claims above, I’m going to be evaluating this on the following criteria:
- Intense color
- Smooth, even texture
- Comfortable & lightweight (not sticky)
- No smudging/transfer
This product doesn’t explicitly claim to be long-wearing, so I’m not going to be judging it on that since I don’t think it’s fair to judge on a claim it never made in the first place, but I still will be providing my opinions on that!
Before I get into the actual review and ratings, let’s go through a timeline of me wearing it with a little help from Snapchat:
12:38PM (1st application)
I first applied this at 12:38 aka right when I got back from Sephora. I had a little bit of trouble with the applicator itself (which you can probably tell from my wonky lining job above), but I made do. I applied one coat of it and was pleasantly surprised by the color payoff – in Snapchat, it looked really opaque and even; however, looking back at the images on my camera itself, I was surprised by how patchy it looks. I’m going to say that IRL, I think it looked pretty smooth (unless you realllyyy looked up close in a mirror), so I think the camera is just very unforgiving here.
I gave it about 5 minutes to “dry down,” but it never really became completely matte – I would describe it as being more of a satin texture. As you can see from my hand, it also wasn’t completely transfer-proof, despite the claim. Still, my first impressions were that the color was intense and it was extremely comfortable to wear. I wouldn’t say that it was completely undetectable, but it felt like I had a really light balm on.
12:50PM – 1:08PM (lunch)
I had lunch at 12:50, which wasn’t really what I would consider a greasy or mess meal (I literally just ate some mozzarella and salami with bread because I was l-a-z-y). I experienced quite a bit of fading, mostly in the center of the lips, but I wasn’t going anywhere so I didn’t bother to touch anything up at this point.
Something that I was really happy about was that at this point, the “balm” sensation kind of faded, but it didn’t feel drying or tight at all, which is typically the problem I have with matte lipsticks after eating. Instead, I finally got that “as if it wasn’t there” thing the website was claiming.
4:54PM – 5:22PM (reapplication)
I didn’t touch up at all from 1:08PM to 4:54PM. I noticed a little bit more fading since i had been drinking a lot of water, but there was no smearing and it still wasn’t feeling dry. At about 5:22PM I decided to try to reapply to see how it went; sometimes when it comes to pigmented lip products, I find I have to take off the remaining product before reapplying or else things tend to go south, but I was able to apply right on top the existing product with this, which I was impressed by. I think this turned out even more vibrant that my first application and I preferred it more – I probably should have done two layers at first, but you live and you learn!
6:32 – 8:59 (dinner)
I had dinner just around 6:30PM, and it was actually pretty greasy. I was surprised when I looked in the mirror at 9:00PM (I got sidetracked by Netflix don’t judge me) that I only had pretty minimal fading in the center AND that my lipstick didn’t end up all over my face, which is what I was expecting. At this point, my lipstick still felt weightless!
Just to note: I took it off pretty soon afterwards using some micellar water and it came off really easily and didn’t leave any kind of stain behind, but this product didn’t claim to be a stain in the first place.
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
1.) Color | Rating: B+
I was impressed by the color payoff, but wish it was a tad more even. As I said earlier, this was a lot less detectable in person, but if you were going to be taking pictures in this, you might have a bit of a problem (especially in flash). The upside is that this is easily buildable and can be placed on top of existing product, so that might help rectify the situation.
2.) Texture | Rating: A+
The texture of this was really nice and the description on the website was pretty accurate. It felt really smooth, and while I wouldn’t say it was creamy, it had a lightweight balmy consistency that felt nice.
3.) Comfort | Rating: A+
I think they were right on the money with the comfort thing. This goes from being pleasantly hydrating to not feeling like anything at all and in the just under 9 hours I wore it, not once did I feel like my lips were dry.
4.) No Smudging/Transfer | Rating: B-
The thing that kind of dropped the ball here was the whole “no smudging or transferring” claim because this definitely isn’t transfer-proof. The thing that kind of saved the show is that I wouldn’t say that this smears around, but it definitely fades.
OVERALL RATING: A-
I’m going to make the call right now… this is officially my Summer Red.
This product may not have claimed to be long-lasting, but I would say it holds up decently well and you can layer really easily, making re-application a breeze. The main thing that sells me on this is that it’s virtually undetectable once you give it a few hours, meaning that it’s not going to make my lips an absolute desert wasteland.
The color is super vibrant and while it’s not fully transfer-proof, I’m taking the fact that it didn’t smear all over my face after eating a greasy dinner as a good sign that it probably won’t stray far past the lip line even though it’s prone to fading a bit. One small downside is that I don’t think the applicator is the most practical, but as long as you take it slow, you should be A-ok!
*Disclaimer: I purchased all above product(s) with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!). As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!