I haven’t done lip swatches of anything in awhile, and my skin is pretty shit right now, but the lighting is extremely forgiving so here are lip swatches of my Morgana’s Cryptoria order. It took a month to get to me, which was really annoying, but also not unexpected as it’s stated on the website processing will take awhile. I am unsure if you will be able to purchase all of these at the moment, some of these were on Clearance or LE but she has a lot of colors on the website so you might find a similar one. These are vegan, also.
- Golden Peach - (unavailable) - I feel bad even talking about this cause she isn’t selling it anymore (I’ve had this sitting on my desk for a month, lol) but whatever. It’s a shimmery, indeed ‘golden’ based orange. Wouldn’t really call it a peach color. It’s kind of like a shimmery, paler color I use when Revlon’s Siren is too orange for me. Since this has shimmer in it, it can settle into your liplines. I like using this with lipgloss or topping it off with some lip balm. Not QUITE as pigmented on the first swipe as I’d like, either. I’ve give it a solid B.
- Metallic Seafoam - ($10) - I just tend to accumulate a lot of blues, purples, and black lip colors… I have way more than I do reds and corals and “”nude”” colors. Quite a dry formulation, I wouldn’t ever wear it alone because it’d be too dry and patchy (click the picture to see what I mean). I think this looks really nice underneath a gloss or lip tar, though. This is a B-.
- Sugar Plum - ($7) - Where has this lipstick been all of my life? Um, obsessed. It is not a perfect formulation — it has slip, more than I’d like. If it were Illamasqua’s formulation, a little dryer (this is the least dry out of the bunch) I think it’d be perfect. I’d give this an A- and that is because I haven’t worn it for long long lengths of time. I feel like this is also a good dupe for that Limecrime color if you were looking for one.
- Asylum - ($5) - Bleh. I mean, it’s a beautiful color, yes, but also you need a base color or it’s going to look like you have a weird mouth disease. Here is it on my bare lips. I think, if you wore black lipliner or a black lipstick underneath it, it would look really beautiful though. I guess this is a C+. With a base, it’d be a B.
I mean, my grades for these products are mediocre but I do think they are a great value and especially considering they are in really nice packaging especially for indie brands — Morgana uses bullets. The packaging isn’t uniform throughout the lipsticks though, which I personally find irritating. However, for the value — similarly pigmented lipcolors in these shades are going for like $15+ in Sephora and elsewhere, so you should definitely check her out.