Shien Lipsticks Swatch & Review – Red Lantern & Wild Peony

It’s not very often that I have heard absolutely nothing about a brand, and when I do I’m all the more curious to try them. Meet ‘Shien‘ a brand which I discovered through Love Me Beauty’s August box, the brand has quite a small selection of lipsticks and I decided to pick up two to try with my LMB box.

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Firstly the packaging, I don’t know what it is about a lipstick in a metal packaging but I love it. I think it makes it feel more expensive in the hand and I love the cool feeling they have. Don’t worry I know I’m odd! These lipsticks like most of it’s experienced predecessors have a vanilla scent too.

Opting for Wild Peony a beautiful bright cool toned pink and Red Lantern is a bright classic red lipstick both these choices were ‘safe’ for me. Being a big bright pink lip wearer and whilst I don’t wear red very often, that’s normally for lack of finding a red which I completely love. These lipsticks are described as ‘Silk Matte’ what exactly that means they’re not really matte at all. They’re just not super shiny.

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Both shades perform the same as one another, how they apply, how the last are all identical, so I’ll tell you about that before showing you the swatches. As I said whilst they have matte in the title, they’re not a matte finish in appearance, they don’t feel like a matte finish and nor do they lock into place as a matte would. They do last well on the lips but nothing that’s more outstanding than a MAC lipstick for example. I don’t think you can purchase these in the UK (why do brands put themselves in beauty boxes and you can’t fall in love with the brand properly!) but they retail for $18 – for my homegirls MAC are $17 in the US – so they’re comparable in terms of price. With MAC I feel you do pay for the name, the store presence etc – with the Shien line I’m unsure what it is you’re really paying for.

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Red Lantern

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Wild Peony

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 Have you heard of Shien or tried anything from the line?

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10 Comments

  1. Anne
    October 1, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Lovely shades but not really matte (I hate when descriptions don’t add up). Not quite sure I would pay this for an unknown brand, might be safer to get a nice mac lippy.

    • October 2, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      My thoughts exactly – especially when there’s nothing obvious as to why it might cost more like all natural or cruelty free! Feel like a brand has to earn it to charge that much xx

      • Anne
        October 5, 2015 / 8:19 am

        Very true, it is neither a big name or an exceptional formula/idea…

  2. October 1, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I love the shades, that red lipstick looks beautiful on you! This will probably sound weird but you have really nice lips so I love seeing your lip swatches!! 🙈 xx

  3. Priya Dhanecha
    October 1, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Hey Gorgeous girl! As I love your blog, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award!!!! Yay – Congrats!! Keep up the blogging and fab work chick

  4. October 1, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    I’m with you – metal packaging just seems SO high class.
    But weird they’re not matte at all even though the names say they are!
    Pigmentation looks great though.

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