The Perfect Summer Lipstick: Sephora Collection #Lipstories Review + Swatches

By Trecee Hutchinson - 7:42:00 AM

sephora lipstories review and swatches

sephora lipstories review and swatches

sephora lipstories review and swatches

My love affair with liquid lips may officially be over y'all! Now that summer is here, I had to share the lipstick formula that I have been dying over this season.

Over the past few months, I have been trying out so many new bullet lipstick formulas and have really been enjoying the hydration that bullet lipsticks give over most matte liquid lipsticks. Probably at the beginning of the year, Sephora launched a collection of bullet lipsticks called #Lipstories. These lipsticks are supposed to be highly pigmented, lightweight and full coverage and are a steal at only $8! They are available in a whopping 40 shades and three finishes: matte, cream, and metal. There is truly a shade for everyone in the range.

At the end of my Sephora trip, I ended up picking out 4 of the colors that seemed like I could get some use out of. From the looks of the display, these seem to be pretty popular because a few of the shades I wanted were out of stock. Let's look at some swatches.


sephora lipstories review and swatches

1 Brunch Date (matte) Warm mid tone nude
10 Yum Yum (cream) chocolate nude
29 Malt Shake (cream) deep brownish red
38 Off Limits (matte) muted purple


Packaging 3

So for me, I have a love hate relationship with the packaging of these lipsticks. On one hand, they all feature different 'stories' about a different destination and are colorful and cool. However, I kind of hate that they are cardboard and not super sturdy. They are also hard to get open. You need two hands and if I'm just touching up on the go or in the car it can get cumbersome and annoying.

Pigmentation 4

The pigmentation on these vary by the finish. The matte shades offer a bit more coverage than the cream finish shades. Both finishes are still very pigmented, but the mattes go on opaque with one swipe, where as the creams needed a little more building up. My favorite shade of this bunch is definitely Brunch Date, which is a warm nude. It is my perfect nude to pair with a chocolate liner and I've literally been rocking it almost every day lately. I also love Malt Shake, a deep brownish red. This color is perfect for a minimal makeup look with a pop of color. The only color I find myself struggling with is Yum Yum, a mid tone chocolate brown nude. It matches my skin a little too much for my liking.

Performance 4

These lipsticks feel so good on the lips! They are creamy, but not too slippery. My favorite thing about these are how moisturizing they are. The cream finish almost feel like a pigmented balm . They also apply smoothly, which is a must for me when it comes to lipstick. The mattes are not drying and also offer opacity with one swipe.

Now as far as longevity, don't expect for these to lasts all day. Like most bullet lipsticks, You will need to reapply these lipsticks after eating and also drinking without a straw. Max these last 4 hours untouched on their own, but a little longer if you pair with a gloss or lip liner. They seemed to work well with the Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lipliner ($12 here)  I also love that these do not bleed on me. Any lipstick where I don't have to worry about transferring to my chin or cupid's bow is good in my book.

For $8, these are a really good value!

sephora lipstories review and swatches
wearing Brunch Date

Will you be picking up any of these lipsticks to add into your Summer makeup routine? They can be bought at Sephora here!

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  1. They seem lovely, especially for the price! It's a shame they're not available in the UK :( Great post x
    Natasha / FloralsAndCoralsx

  2. I've never been able to get into liquid lipsticks despite how many brands have come out with them. I have a few formulas I like but lipstick will always be my preference over liquid lipstick. These lipsticks sound so awesome too.

  3. These lipsticks look pigmented with creamy formula..l probably wouldn't pick that purple shade but all other three shades are beautiful...thanks for swatching...❤️