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Free Ulta Beauty Birthday gifts are here! My 2019 Ulta birthday gift review on the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Lipli20 in French Maid is ready, because I’ve tried it a few times. This is the second Ulta birthday gift of 12 Ulta will release this year. It was technically my son’s present, but he did not want a liquid lipstick. Ulta should really consider skincare options for non-makeup wearers. I also reviewed the January birthday gift thanks to my other son, so I have a review on that as well. Spoiler alert, neither of the first two gifts have impressed me. A new birthday gift is getting released every month in 2019. Here’s hoping you get one you like.
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All UltaMate Rewards members get 2x points during their birth months. This is basically one bonus point per dollar spent, because you already get 1 as an UltaMate Rewards member, 1.25 as a Platinum member, and 1.5 and a Diamond member.
If you want to see what the gifts for the other months are, view my 2019 Ulta Beauty Birthday Gifts article.
Your February 2019 Ulta Beauty birthday gift has a total value of $7. Compare this to the $12 First Quarter birthday gift from 2018. This Ulta birthday gift is full-size. It is a 0.13oz NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Lipli20 in French Maid.
I should start this review by proclaiming how much I dislike liquid lipstick. My skin and thus my lips are very dry. Though I love the idea of a long-wearing lipstick, the trade-off in how much liquid lipsticks dry out my lips is usually not worth it. Of all liquid lipsticks that completely dry down, I have yet to find one that I love. This is a formula that completely dries down, so I did not expect to fall in love.
This is the lowest value of the first three 2019 gifts and at $7 could very well compete for lowest birthday gift value for 2019. It is a full-size product though. There is some benefit in receiving a full-size item, even from a drugstore brand, worth less than a deluxe item from a higher-end brand. You get more time with the product for one. If you love the item, it is also more affordable to repurchase it. That said, getting a gift worth $7 when others get more valuable gifts can leave some feeling less than thrilled.
I think the shock of the low value in Ulta Beauty birthday gift would be less if Ulta and NYX had some color options. Sadly, there is only one color available for those who pick up this gift.
French Maid is muted mauve according to NYX. Like most liquid lipsticks, it goes on darker than it looks in the tube. It is a dark shade. Because a single application looks patchy, you will likely need multiple coats making it even darker. I do not mind dark shades as long as I know what I am getting myself into to. Calling this shade muted is very misleading. On someone with darker lips, it could look muted, so it is important to note that my lips are not very pigmented. Colors always look more vibrant on my lips.
With a dark shade, you really need a precise applicator. Otherwise, the application just looks messy. My hands shake, so you might have an easier time. I had a hard time with this one though. It was too straight.
Even with a single coat (like this swatch) it is still a dark shade.
I had to apply two coats on 2 occasions and three coats on one occasion to even out this color. With one coat, it looks too patchy. Dark shades in liquid lipsticks have a hard time with even pigmentation with one coat, so I do not hold anything against this for needing multiple applications. Each coat makes the shade a lot darker though, so anything more than two and you have a very dark lipstick on. Though it does eventually dry down, it takes almost 10 minutes. If you press your lips together during the dry down time, it will move product around. That will make it uneven, so I find it extremely uncomfortable during the dry down period. Once it does dry down, it accentuates the lines in my lips as bad as any liquid lipstick I’ve ever seen. Unless you have very smooth lips or lip fillers (neither of which I have), I doubt you can wear this without having your lip lines highlighted.
Once it fully dries down, it will make the lips feel parched, but it is not the most drying formula I’ve ever used. Thanks to a lip mask before applying this and a lip balm after removing it, my lips feel fine. Like most liquid lipsticks, this does not look good as it fades. It fades from the inner lips first giving me a butthole lip. As it fades from the outer lips, it does crack and peel. You could combat that by touching it up before it reaches that point. Touching up a liquid lipstick is always a lot harder, because it will look cakey if you do not apply it on a clean surface.
It is free, so I would grab it if a trip to the store is not inconvenient for you. For those who have to go out of their way to get to an Ulta, do you like liquid lipstick? Would you wear a dark color like this? Is this something you want to try? Could you gift it to someone else? I like trying new things, so I appreciate the opportunity to try anything new. Then again, I purchased a NYX Lip Lingerie before Christmas and have yet to even try it. I purchased a lot of liquid lipsticks from different brands, because I am on the hunt to find one I do not hate. Had I known I would have gotten this as the Ulta birthday gift, I would not have purchased the one I did. At least it is a different shade. Since it is still unopened and I know I do not like the formula, I can still give it away if I choose.
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