Power Lipstick for the 80’s Rogue: Getting Your Jem On with Too Faced Melted Fuchsia!

Greetings from a chamber full of fluorescent pink lichen, fellow rogues!

First up: some shameless self promotion! ^_^ I finally decided to join one of Savvyist’s makeup challenges, for Bold and Beautiful lips! I would love it if you stopped by and took a look – voting for me is optional (although much appreciated –  you can find me languishing at the bottom of page 2, LOL!) but there are many other awesome contenders to check out too

Right – on with the show!

Gird your loins, fellow adventurers! The process of wading into that enormous pile of miniature loot continues today as we stumble into the fifth chamber of the dungeon! Even leaving aside the sudden, intense feeling that we all need to rock out, this chamber is arrestingly PINK😀. Susie the Rockbard is totally loving it in here, and the buffs are rolling forth from her lute (which has developed an strangely electric twang). Before I talk about why, let’s just keep everyone in the party up to date on what this little unofficial series is all about, with that handy echo from the first chamber:

I should mention first off that a large number of the minis came in the form of the Sephora Give Me More Lip holiday special set, which contains 17 lip products in three loose ‘colour schemes’: red, nude and pink. I ordered this set from Sephora through the indomitable Jaa, who was kind enough to wrangle all the goodies into a parcel small enough that it wouldn’t cost me the contents of Erebor to ship it here. Jaa was also kind enough to take me a couple of pictures of the set before the packaging had to go…

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

The 2014 Sephora Give Me More Lip set (photo courtesy of Jaa)

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

…and here the inside! So much miniature lip goodness *drools*. The Tarte pencil at the left centre is the only full-size product. Yet more photographic awesomeness from Jaa!

 ‘I was rather excited when I saw what this set contained, because it was basically a laundry list of brands I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. Since there are so many products here, and because I’m a rogue and we’re funny like that, I’m going to review the contents in spearate posts (or in small groups) so that I can devote proper attention to obssessively photographing each miniature lip product with other miniature things❤

Soooo then, let’s find out what in the name of Corellon and Olidammara is going on with the artefact in this bit of the dungeon (and its curiously synthesizer-esque theme song) –  Too Faced’s Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia!

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Review And Lip Swatchespng

This one’s so hot, we had to put it on ice!😀 Sorry, sorry…


I have long been attracted to this particular line of lip products, although more specifically to the Violet (what else?) and Fig editions (AND NOW OMG VILLAIN O_O). The Fuchsia one hadn’t really crossed too far across my radar (I mean, I have at least two other truly fabulous fuchsias in my kitbag), so I was interested to try both the formula and the shade at once.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Review And Lip Swatchespng

The back of the tube! I’t all excitement, all the time here at Rogue HQ, you know😉 It’ll melt your heart.. *badum TISH*


This happens to be one of the samples in the set that does live up to its deluxe claim – the packaging is the same as the full size, and there’s quite a bit to be had in here! I know it’s kind of a pointless observation, but I do really like the pink and gold together on the tube. I don’t know why it appeals to me so much, but for some reason it does! Perhaps it’s the memories I attach to it of Jem and the Holograms, or happy hours spent pretending Barbie was a secretagentgymnastprincessdoctor or something (I’m still incredibly disappointed that they never released a Rogue Barbie – fantasy professions that are not ‘wizard’ are woefully underrepresented in popular merchandising, I feel😉. 

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Review And Lip Swatchespng

Fuzzy!! And the good kind, not the ‘I just put my hand into the darkness in this dungeon’ fuzzy.

 

The sample even has exactly the same applicator as the full size – something I was quite pleased about, as this was an aspect of the artefact I’d been particularly intrigued by. I have a bit of a sideline in applicator-conoisseurship – it’s something I don’t really mention often, as so long as the thing is functional there’s really not a lot to say about it, but it’s one of my favourite parts of cracking into a new lipstick or roll of lockpicks with handle extensions or whatever. This applicator is a hard-ish fuzzy bevel, not unlike the shape of a YSL or Too Faced lipstick. It doesn’t move or twist or anything, it just sits there, challenging your perceptions like a paladin who thinks he’s being clever. It’s actually got a feeling on the lips that’s *almost* rough – let’s say, like someone put white flocking on some very, very fine sandpaper. I don’t mean to put you off at all, because it’s just fine (and maybe this is a feature of the sample size?) but I was expecting it to be a tiny bit… plushier? In any case, it gives extremely (almost eerily) precise application… which is excellent for a shade like this!

Speaking of ‘shades like this’ though… we’re moving into the great (if very temporary) mystery of this product…

When I first squeezed it out, I had aspirations of achieving photographic artistry along the lines of The Great and Powerful Jaa (see: here). It quickly became apparent that this was not going to happen – not just because my skills are lacking, or because I have no tripod, so squeezing a tiny tube just enough + super macro + shaky hands is always an exercise in gymnastics and prayer… but because what came out of the holes underneath the flocking was… a bubble of pink juice that burst onto my camera lens. T_T

I cleaned off my camera and squeezed a bit more…and got more juice. I assumed this was maybe how it worked, so I applied some to my lips…for an underwhelming result. Only then did it occur to me to give the tube a good shake! I squeezed again, and, Glory to Corellon, the expected splurt of fluorescent pink goo eventuated (it’s not often you say that in life – at least, happily).

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Review And Lip Swatchespng

Left: Zuh? right: Yowza!
Left: camera yawns Right: camera squeals and shields its aperture.

As you can see, after a good shake, things worked as I had anticipated from other reviews I read – saturated, incandescent colour with a jelly-smooth finish. So saturated and incandescent, in fact, that you can see the reaction my camera had to it! It steadfastly refused to focus 100% properly on my lips until I went and stood in a nearly dark room. Anyway, you get the idea: this is BRIGHT. the formula is incredibly smooth – ‘jelly’ is really the best way I can describe it. I mean, compare those two pictures above – look how insanely smooth the full coat  makes my lips look!  The consistency is smooth (almost greasy on the initial pass), with a slight translucence that really makes it for me – this is an aggressively bright, 80’s, Barbie pink hot fuchsia, and these colours can be pretty hard for this vampire to wear if they’re flat or matte. You can even build the colour a little, and so keep it slightly less intense if you only go one pass. The picture above has two passes, and I didn’t have to correct the edges at all! Now, I’m pretty good at putting on lipstick, but inevitably something this bright needs a little wipe here and there. Not so with Melted Fuchsia, adventurers! The applicator and the not-too-liquid-once-you-shake-it-up consistency are really, really easy to apply.  The shade is also incredibly long wearing too, and fades evenly to a bright stain –  it fades so evenly, in fact, that I kind of can’t really tell you with precision how long it ‘lasts’ – I’d say 4 hours for the ‘gloss’, 5 or 6 hours for the ‘lipstick’ look and then ’till the cows come home’ for the stain.  It’s also weightless and non-drying. Holy orc bandoliers, people!

One note on the applicator: when I was reading reviews originally, quite a few people expressed concern about the sanitation factor (as you can’t clean/dry the fuzzy tip). Personally, I feel like it can’t be worse than a flocked doe foot applicator that you just plunge back into your gloss tube to marinate in there until your next application – if there is a preservative in the product (and I’m sure there is since the back of the tube says you can keep it open for 12 months!), then the flocked tip of the Too Faced thing should be saturated with that along with the colour, yes? I’m theorising here, and I suppose only time will tell, but there doesn’t seem to have been a big problem with it since these were released. Making sure it’s capped tightly, and not using it when one is sick (as usual for any lip product), should presumably preserve things! If it concerns you (say, you already use disposable wands for your glosses), then the goo consistency means you can certainly squeeze product out onto a brush or disposable wand if you prefer.

Righty ho!

I was really, really impressed with this, and (despite my interest going in) surprised by just how much I liked it! I’m putting the formula and applicator into Ye Olde Holie Graile status – the colour is beautiful, but a little too neon to be HG for me. Having said that, I have my eye on Violet, Ruby, Berry, Fig and Villain, now that I know how awesome this formula is! I’m hoping that these non-milky shades will perform just as well as Fuchsia🙂 To sum up in pros and cons (or chests and mimics, as I prefer):

Chests:

  • Jelly smooth, weightless and hydrating
  • Long lasting, with stain (especially on my zombie lips)
  • Awesome, fuzzy, precise applicator
  • THEY HAVE DARK PURPLE

Mimics:

  • You have to shake it up? (could be just the sample though)
  • Neon-factor (not a big mimic. Maybe a de-fanged one – depends on personal preference)
  • Transfer-potential (the thing here is that I usually wear glossy or creamy lipsticks, so transfer is kind of an accepted part of my life, LOL!)

What do you think, fellow adventurers? What’s your HG lip product (you’re allowed more than one)? Have you tried one of these Melted lipsticks? What exactly *does* an orc keep in their bandolier?

The practicalities: Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipsticks are usually 0.4 oz and cost US $21 for the full size. Fuschia is a permanent colour, and they can be acquired from www.toofaced.com and www.sephora.com. For those of us in Middle Earth, I believe the Too Faced website does work with NZ Post YouShop!😀

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

41 thoughts on “Power Lipstick for the 80’s Rogue: Getting Your Jem On with Too Faced Melted Fuchsia!

      • Ah ha, there is the Queen looking lovely with her elegant lace mask. I adore Hourglass and this color perfects your curvy pout most well. Definitely one I will be adding to my list of coveted booty!

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  1. Oh yes this gorgeous on you! Me? I am a chicken with such colours! Ha ha! I am yet to try anything from Too Faced it reminds me a lot of benefit with cute packaging etc and I am never able to take it seriously!

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    • LOL, yeah, the brand is a bit cartoony sometimes (lacks the gravitas of Chanel?), but I’ve been discovering they make some really great formulae – there was a TF la creme lipstick in this set too that impressed me, so I find myself taking a second look!

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  2. Hey Syl, I totally voted for you🙂

    Sooo this one does look promising, but I know that the reviews are polarized. Some LOVE it, and others really just don’t. I suppose I’ll have to lay my hands on one to tell! I really prefer traditional, old-school lipsticks tho. Not sure how much love something like this will get here!

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    • ❤ Sunny❤ !! ^_^

      It's kind of tricky even for me – I love the formula, but not the neon edge to the colour, but then there are lots of colours.. But Jaa found a couple of them a bit milky, If I recall, which is a no no for me! I think one might have to take these on a case by case basis, but I definitely adored this one. In a way, I kind of wish they sold them all in small sizes too, so you could try more and get through them quicker (before the tip maybe goes iffy?).

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    • Thank you! ^_^ There’s some pretty stiff competition, LOL!

      The colour is so pretty…and yet so hard to wear on me. Mostly, this is because I actually have to motivate myself to put on concealer and a little blush, and do my eyebrows and maybe some mascara/liner. I have an irrational combination of the desire to be able to wear all my lispticks by themselves…but simultaneously a love for bright/unconventional lip colours… >_<

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  3. Voted! Hearted! Commented! Hehe I hope you win, my friend!😀

    Sorry (and LOL) about the camera accident! I would be SO mad if that ever happens to my DSLR! Hehe it’s my baby. ^_^

    Melted Fuchsia is so bright even when applied in a really thin layer. The applicator doesn’t really bother me because I swipe it on the back of my hand first and then apply it to my lips with a separate applicator. I feel that I can be more precise that way. During the holiday I saw a set of 4 minis – they are adorable! It was so hard to resist but I did manage to skip it!

    You totally rock hot pink lips, Syl! Wear pink more often, won’t ya? ;D

    Thanks so much for the link love! That macro photo is one of my favorites. ^_^ Thanks for sharing!

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    • How did I not reply to this? I’m getting so disorganised recently! #badrogue😛

      I will try to wear hot pink more often, Jaa – in honour of you, sorceress! I keep going back and looking at the full face versions of the cropped lip swatches, and I keep being surprised by how much I like Melted Fuchsia on me. The things we learn every day, right? LOL!

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  4. Voted for you! I love your oh-so-rococo mask, and Icon suits you really well.

    I’ve been avoiding swatches of the Melted lipsticks due to my recently adopted “no liquid lipsticks” rule (I just don’t wear them as often as I do my traditional ones), but Melted Fuchsia is beautiful–and yes, very ’80s. Tragically, I’ve never seen an episode of Jem and the Holograms, but everything I’ve heard about the show makes me wish I’d grown up with it. (My parents refused to let me watch TV until I was six, by which time Jem had vanished from the airwaves.)

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    • Thank you!❤ I am now on row three of the first page, which astounds me!
      The Melted lipstick (at least in my experience thus far), is very much what I always thought a liquid lipstick would be, which is slippery and slightly transfer prone, but not sticky like a gloss. In reality, liquid lipsticks (like Icon) tend to lean more in the direction of tacky/dry/hardening/matte (not necessarily in a bad way), so this was kind of a pleasant surprise!

      Most of what I remember of Jem was the pink and the stars. I was watching it with my sister (who is three years older), so I don't have *as* much of a memory of it as I have of, say, Gumby or Captain Planet, or Scooby Doo, or Sailor Moon. Or Samurai Pizza Cats. Or TMNT. You know, I don't remember watching all that much television as a whole, but I think what I must have done was had that one concentrated burst of morning cartoons, and then nothing else…

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  5. I LOVE THIS ON YOU! Now that’s shouted loud enough for you to hear me in NZ, I’d suggest stocking up on the other colors you like. This shade along with berry, ruby, and strawberry are at the top of my list. If I ever get some more disposable income I’ll get villain too.

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    • Haha, thanks! I heard it😉 I have some plans to acquire a few more of these Melted beauties, at least Fig and Villain, but I feel like I need to use up a couple more lipsticks first, LOL! Fortunately, a lot of my lipsticks are sample size at the moment, which I totally count the same as finishing a full size, because…I enable myself, apparently.

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  6. Voted❤
    That colour looks freaking amazing. Glad to hear it was a decent sized sample! I've heard some pretty good things about Melted, but I feel like if I start using YouShop I'll run out of money for, y'know, food.

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    • It’s a pretty boss colour. One of those ones that does NOT compromise! You Shop is a dangerous and unpredictable beast – on the one hand, you risk running out of money buying all the awesome from overseas. On the other hand, places like Sephora still don’t work with it, and the additional shipping can render things pretty much the same price as you’d pay here, so it is possible to resist!!😉

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      • Ah, that’s good to know actually, and kind of a relief! (that last part anyway) I’d love to pop into a physical Sephora at least once (although I hear the prices are still marked up in Aussie, though not as bad?), but in the meantime I’ll stick with stalking ASOS sales and discount bins😀

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  7. Wow, I think it looks very pretty on your lips! And it does make your lips look smooth and full, too. It is very bright, but I think you can rock this look. I have Melted Berry and it’s a pretty intense berry.

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    • Aww, thank you! ^_^ Berry is one of the shades I’ve been most interested in, actually. I don’t feel like it’s be necessarily going to be an *everyday* shade for me, but I never let that stand in the way of a good lipstick! *puts on kahki Nyx Trickery*😉

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    • Uh, I can’t get one right now, but I think I’ve made it to the front page! O_O I’m wearing red lipstick, and the black lace mask…

      It’s such an epic colour – the ony thing keeping it from being an everyday for me is the neon edge, because it means I have to make some effrot with my brows/mascara, or my lips conquer my whole face, LOL!

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  12. Really gorgeous bold and beautiful lips! Makes me want to try Icon🙂

    I love the Too Faced Melted lippies, have Melted Violet and Melted Ruby. Besides being beautiful, they’re very easy to apply and comfortable to wear, especially for liquid lipsticks. I’ve been eyeing Melted Berry and Melted Velvet, but now I’m coveting Melted Fuchsia, too. Melted Fig was actually not the most flattering color on me — to muted — I look better in brighter shades.

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    • Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this! >_< WordPress has changed its notifications thing, and (the dinosaur that I am) I can't tell which comments I've replied to and which I havent…

      Lame excuses aside – thank you for the comment on the bold lips picture❤ Icon really is such a stunning lipcolour, especially if you're into mattes. Glad to hear you're a fan of the Melted lipsticks too – I was so surprised at how easy and comfortable these were! I do think the lighter shades are a bit more challenging though (form what I've seen). Fig is still my most-coveted shade, but I have to admit I have no idea how it will look on me – and I was genuinely surprised how much I liked the neon brightness of Fuchsia…🙂

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  14. It’s beautiful! I think the violet shade in this in range is exquisite! Just as a note of comparison, do you prefer this over the Bite Beauty lipstick?

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    • Hm…I think for me they’re quite different beasts – I kind of prefer the formula of this one in a way (although I hear not all the shades are equal in that respect!), but the Bite lipstick is definitely a more ‘everyday wearable’ shade – a bit more sophisticated – and a more classic lipstick texture/feel. I have a bit of a weakness for ‘jelly’ things, so this one wins out a little in that respect, LOL!

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  16. Transfer is expected here too xD though I’m not a gloss-girl! I was really excited about this one (took me some time though.. got exams) and I am happy with the results! It looks amazing on you.. and I love that it’s a neon-shade😛 you should wow the world with this shade😀

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    • Transfer is something that I seem to remember all of the lipstick ads of the ’90s obsessing over – like pictures of Cindy Crawford kissing mens’ shirt collars for Revlon to show that there was no transfer (yeah right, LOL!). I’m not sure it’s possible to have a lipstick that is non-matte, non-drying and still completely transfer free, so I’ve kind of stopped worrying about it, heh!

      I’ve been surprised myself how much I love this shade on me – it’s opened up a new world! *Aladdin music plays*

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  17. I like the color on you! It doesn’t look very neon to me. I have a hard time with a good fuchsia/pink because most of them tend to be really bright against my skin and make my lips feel like a homing beacon, lol. I really want to try Melted Fig – I swatched the color at Sephora and it was a beautiful, totally unique shade!

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    • I know *exactly* what you mean about the neon. I have been super surprised by how much I like this one on me, but there’s no getting around that it’s still kind of its own feature – I feel like I need to dress around it. Fortunately, it’s easy – just wear all one dark colour, like black or navy, and it looks super modern and chic! but you definitely have to make sure you’re careful to get the blush and eyebrows and mascara right, or the rest of your face totally disappears >_<

      Sooooooo want to try melted Fig!!!😀 You're making me even more excited for it!

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  18. I voted for you the second I saw this post. Just let us know when the next grudge match is!

    And I LOVE this colour on you. I was initially drawn to these when they launched but my god, Syl – you just have to see the beat-up testers at Sephora to realize the horror of what that applicator can look like with a few clumsy moves. I never go near these now due to the PTSD.

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