Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#FFgirl Starter Kit

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finding ferdinand, custom lipstick, starter kit, ffgirl, ffstarterkit, indie beauty, products, independent, makeup, lippies, made in ny, new york, made in the us, usa, nhu, packed party, happy holidaze
finding ferdinand, custom lipstick, starter kit, ffgirl, ffstarterkit, indie beauty, products, independent, makeup, lippies, made in ny, new york, made in the us, usa, nhu, packed party, happy holidaze

I am fangirl-ing right now as I smear on shade after shade of Finding Ferdinand lipstick from my Starter Kit lipstick palette. You all remember me mentioning the package I was expecting from Finding Ferdinand in my Packed Party Happy Holidaze update and I finally received my Starter Kit in the mail this past weekend. So far I've tried 4 different lipstick combos. I started the first mixture with the intention of making a deep purple shade but ended up mixing together a slightly pink, mauve lipstick color that I loved. The second combo is my favorite so far; a reddish, orange-y mix that had just enough glitter to make it seem fun and casual but not too much to make it seem costume-y and childish. As someone who almost only wears what I like to call Nicki Minaj pink lip color, experimenting with purples and oranges turned out to be more fun than I thought. I expected to end up creating a custom shade of light pink lipstick that I'd be able to wear every day, but with just a few days with my Starter Kit who knows what I'll end up picking. My third and fourth colors were part of a two tone, trendy look I tried to create in Valentine's Day inspired shades. My top lip sported a medium red with hints of pink and my bottom lip was covered in a mix of magenta, hot pink, mauve, and little bit of orange. It turned out just as cool as I thought it would and now I'm actually considering wearing it on February 14th. Beyond, lipstick shades and color combinations, thought, here are a few quick notes for those of you who are having a hayday with your Starter Kits too or are planning to buy one soon:

Pro - trust Nhu, the founder of Finding Ferdinand, when she says these are highly pigmented! The color is strong without being thick and can last a long time (like, I slept in it Sunday night and woke up with it still on my lips Monday morning-type of long time.)

Pro - the quality of the lipstick is great. The creaminess of all the colors and the softness in the texture makes it feel like you're coating your lips in a delicate layer of lipstick rather than caking it on, even after you've mixed 10 different layers onto your pout. 

Con - I used the two lightest shades in the palette to lighten some of the color mixes I made, but since there wasn't any really dark, neutral color there wasn't really anything to darken a shade without changing its color. Maybe a black pot in the palette would have helped with this but the thought of black lipstick kind of scares me.

As a little side note: I never used the two empty paint pots on either side of the bottom row that were intended for mixing the colors and creating custom shades. They were absolutely useless to me so I did all of mixing on my actual lips and cleaned the lipstick brush on a napkin. It was more convenient that way and it turned out to be a really good alternative strategy.

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