It's not often that a product goes straight from a goody-bag into my everyday makeup bag, but Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Minor Crisis has managed it. A nude-mauve (I'm a bit obsessed with mauve) rather pigmented cream, you can use this as either a cheek or a lip-shade.
I like the packaging (for the purposes of that statement, I'm ignoring the rather rubbish brush), I like that you can see the the shade even from underneath.
Oxymoron are described as a "matte gloss", but they're essentially a pigmented cream, there's a slight satin finish, which isn't sticky, and the product is unscented. I have both Minor Crisis, and if you were reading on Tuesday, you'll know that I have Honest Politician too, I thought a comparison of both the shades might be helpful:
Honest Politician has a touch more brown in the formulation, but they're both very natural "nude" shades, which don't look at all concealer-like, and are perfect for that "my lips but better" look.
In slightly different lighting, which highlights the differences:
They are both actually quite pigmented, but it's easy to blend them out and get a sheerer effect:
Minor Crisis is a little brighter in use than Honest Politician, and probably makes a better lip colour as a result, whereas HP is that little but more of a skin-shade, which probably makes it better as a cheek colour.
The cream isn't so sticky that it's difficult to apply to your cheeks, but I do recommend that you use a loose-bristled synthetic brush, or your fingers, to apply. Lasting power is about average on the lips, but I do recommend that you use a powder blush over the top to set if you want the blusher to last more than three or four hours on your cheeks.
I do love a multi-purpose product ...
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