My teeny-tiny sample amount came in one of those smear blister packs. I just smacked it on with my finger without too much fuss or precision. The lipstick applied smoothly, for going on so casually, I didn't have to fuss or fidget over it. I did have to cleanup a little because, finger. The texture was rich, creamy and very smooth. There was no drag or skipping. This lipstick applies somewhat glossy and over time settles down and loses some of the gloss but it isn't truly "matte." The feel is smooth and flexible, it doesn't dry, flake or fall apart. I wore this lipstick for about four hours with some fading along the inner moisture line, from drinking coffee and water and so forth. Pressing my lips together and rearranging the lipstick was enough to kind of freshen it up. I didn't have enough of the sample to do any touch ups.
Comfort level is key, for my lips. They are sensitive and prone to dryness and anything with the word "matte" in it is a red flag. Unfortunately for this lovely lippie, my lips didn't do very well with the formula. While it wasn't devastatingly drying (my, aren't I dramatic?) it isn't the most comfortable lipstick I have ever worn. Four hours was about the limit of our love affair. But... It's. So. Gorgeous! Just look at the pictures.
In indirect sun. Golly! Look at this gorgeous red/orange! So rich and smooth. And it looked like this for hours.
In direct sun. I am half tempted to buy it, just because it's so pretty and damn the consequences. Plus, have you seen the packaging? It's covered in leather. Imaging pulling that heavy, silver, leather wrapped tube out of your bag and slipping this on your lips in the ladies? Everyone would want to know what you have going on.
Tempted? It's available on Sephora in twenty-five gorgeous shades. Would you? I want to but I don't know if I dare spend $36.00 on a lipstick that will end up sculpture decorating my lipstick rack.