Sephora Sink or Swim, Spark, Werk It Lipstories Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

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Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick

Sink or Swim (67)

Sephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories LipstickSephora Sink or Swim (67) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and cooler violet and pink sparkle. It had medium coverage, which did not apply evenly and appeared clump across my lips. I’m not sure why the product built up on itself such that I couldn’t get it to smooth out during application. There was some product that sank into my lip lines, but all of the clumpiness was distracting from that (and not in a good way!). It had a more textured feel from the bullet due to the amount of sparkle in the finish. The color stayed on well for three hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Sink or Swim (67)

PPermanent. $8.00.
F
F
5
Product
7
Pigmentation
3
Texture
7
Longevity
1
Application
51%
Total
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Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick

Spark (68)

Sephora Spark (68) Lipstories LipstickSephora Spark (68) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle throughout. It applied so poorly despite seeming rather promising when initially swatched on my arm. It had sheer coverage, which was partially due to the more emollient, slippery consistency that just moved and pushed around the sparkle and shimmer. What ended up applying was a sheer layer of product with shimmer poorly dispersed across my lips. It wore well for an hour and half and was lightly moisturizing over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Spark (68)

PPermanent. $8.00.
F
F
3
Product
6
Pigmentation
3
Texture
4.5
Longevity
1
Application
39%
Total
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Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick

Werk It (69)

Sephora Werk It (69) Lipstories LipstickSephora Werk It (69) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sheer lavender with iridescent shimmer and micro-sparkle. Unfortunately, this shade suffered the same issues I had previously experienced with other shimmery/sparkly shades in the range: terrible application, where the product clumped up, went on unevenly, and had poor dispersion of shimmer/sparkle. The texture was lightweight and felt a bit creamy going, though slightly textured from the shimmer/sparkle content, but I couldn’t get the product to go on evenly or build up in layers as the product built up on itself in clumps. This shade lasted for an hour and a half and was non-drying to me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Werk It (69)

PPermanent. $8.00.
F
F
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4.5
Longevity
2
Application
48%
Total
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Lipstories Lipstick
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$8.00/0.14 oz.

84%

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Oh lordy, these look and sound awful as regular lipsticks. Perhaps as lipstick toppers they’d be okay? Nevermind. That’s what a good lipgloss is for!

Yikes, that isn’t good. The lip stories have had some decent reviews overall. The top two are very pretty so stinks that they are a chore to work with.

Wow. Three consecutive F’s. Sink or Swim swatches beautifully but looks awful on lips. I still love sephora lipstories but will be sure to check reviews before purchasing.

Are these lipsticks possibly worse than the Fenty holiday eye sticks? Or the Tom ford glitter lippies? We should have a Razzy type award for “worst product ever”. There’s something just as exciting about it as “best product ever”.

Ah what a bummer. I had such high hopes for these after you gave one of the metals your recommendation yesterday!!!

Whoa…three in a row! I bought Spiked based on your reviews and got so many compliments wearing it! But three F’s in a row is shocking (though not so shocking when I read your reviews).

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I’ve been wearing Sink or Swim on its own the past two weeks and I really like it. I do feel light texture, but have none of the clumping issue Christine talked about. I always feel bad when I have a polar-opposite experience than someone else.

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