The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).
There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee.
I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
A full-pigment lip color with a smooth, ultra-matte finish. Use the highest point of the bullet to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick with precision.
Based on 4 Reviews, 11 Quick Reviews
The Good: Long-wearing (12), Easy To Apply (10), Smooth (9), Travel-friendly (9), Blendable (5), Creamy (4)
The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (11), Non-sticky (8), Buildable (4), Thick (4)
The Bad: Dry (5), Tugs/pulls (4), Drying (3), Hard To Apply (2), Uneven (1)
4 Written Reviews
By Emily 2 years ago.
I bought this as a replacement for Colourpop Mess Around, which I loved. The Colourpop liquid lipstick expired very quickly and I wanted a bullet version of the shade that would last longer. Resin is a bit grayer and darker than Mess Around but is close enough to serve the same purpose. The other lipstick I considered was Nyx Stone, but I decided this was a better match.I was hoping I could make this more versatile but sheering it out, but the formula doesn't lend itself to that. You have to go full opaque or it will be patchy. However I have had a good time layering it with various other lipsticks to mute them. I have worn this on its own and it has performed well but my favorite use for it currently is as the dark shade in an ombre nude lip. I apply Resin to the outer thirds of my lips and then a nude like Bobbi Brown Uber Beige in the center, and it has an edgy but wearable effect.The main reason I took a star off is that it will crumble when I reapply, so I have to wipe some of it off and make sure I don't have any dry patches. I recommend using a lip brush. However I think this type of issue comes down to your own genetic makeup, so if you typically have this problem with deep, matte shades then Resin won't be any different. I prefer the MAC formula for deep matte lipsticks. But it isn't bad enough to keep me from wearing this - just make sure to start with smooth lips and you'll have a good time.