We are back with another Storybook Cosmetics product, and it’s the companion piece to the much coveted Wizardry and Witchcraft Eyeshadow Palette. As soon as I saw the sneak peak of this on Instagram, I knew I had to dive in and pre-order because I didn’t want to miss out!
The Wizardy & Witchcraft Eyeshadow Palette was so fun for some many reasons. The shades were beautiful and an absolute delight to work with; you can certainly create a lot of different looks either with the shades on their own, or by using it as a companion palette to shadows you already own. Also, as a massive Harry Potter fan, the packaging just appealed to me SO much; and if you didn’t know already, I am a huge sucker for cutesy packaging, especially if it appeals to one of my many fandoms.
So naturally, when I found out Storybook Cosmetics were bringing out a line of lipsticks to go along side their magical palette, I was absolutely excited. The Wizardry & Witchcraft Liquid Lipsticks Collection was made available for pre-order in November, ready for a late december launch. Unfortunately, a few delays meant the lipsticks were not ready until mid-January. But after what felt like an eternity, I finally got the dispatch email; and lipsticks were on their way!
Were these sent by Owl?
Now, I fully understand that when you are shipping internationally, there can be delays, but for some reason, this package felt like it took a millenia to get here. I figured they must be being really authentic and sending these by Owl Post. My order was prepped for dispatch on 19th January, but the package didn’t move or enter the postal system until the 26th January. They arrived in the UK on the 3rd of February and were delivered by the 5th. So it took 18 days from dispatch to delivery. That’s not horrendously bad (especially as they do state it can take up to 21 days) but damn… when you are THIS excited to receive something, that 18 days may as well have been 18 weeks! But when they arrived….
It’s all in the details…
Like the Eyeshadow palette, the Liquid Lipsticks Collection is designed to look like an old leather-bound book, and is supposed to match the style of the eyeshadow palette. If truth be told, the packaging for the lipsticks is FAR superior to the eyeshadow. The colour of the box is more rich, vibrant and is textured, so it almost ‘feels’ like leather. The gold print really pops and it just looks so beautiful.
As you slip off the outer case, the internal box once again looks exactly like a book, and there is a clear window that shows all 4 shades in their glory. I cannot tell you this enough, A +++ for the packaging. It’s all part of the overall experience, and I was so excited to get into the shades and try them all on. All four shades in this collection correspond to a matching shade in the eyeshadow palette. The colours, I believe, are meant to be a take on the colours of the houses of Hogwarts; so we have ‘Potions’ which is a rich green, reminiscent of Slytherin. Then we have ‘Salem’ which is more of a taupe with a golden tone too it, which I’m guessing is meant to represent Hufflepuff. The rich red of ‘Sorcerer’ is clearly meant to be Gryffindor and lastly, ‘Merlin’ is a gorgeous Ravenclaw blue.
The lipsticks are bottled in solid square acrylic bottles, with a teardrop shaped applicator. It feels fairly sturdy in the hand and each bottle is imprinted with ‘Storybook Cosmetics’ in gold, and then the handle features their emblem. Each lipstick contains 5.8ml (1.9fl Oz) of product. The collection retails for $58, which roughly works out at $14 a shade, which if you take into account the packaging, seems fairly reasonable.
So, at the time of writing; the collection is SOLD OUT. But don’t fret; there will hopefully be a re-stock soon, and there is talk of making the shades available as individuals, for those who do not want the whole collection. So keep your eyes peeled.
Now what we really want to know, is what the formula is like. I’ll start with my personal favourite shades, ‘Salem’ and ‘Sorcerer’. Both these shades feel creamy when applied, and generally have a good level of pigment. One layer of each is enough to allow for full opacity on the lips. Salem is a gorgeous taupe colour with soft gold metallic finish (all the lips have a metallic finish). Sorcerer is a rich, warm red colour. I’ve never really been into a red lip, as I’ve often felt they just don’t suit me. But this one, I love.
‘Potions’ and ‘Merlin’ are a bit more on the patchy side. And honestly, these are the two shades I will wear the least. In order to get full pigmentation, you do need to apply a couple of layers, and because of the metallized finish, the lips do start to feel a bit heavy and dry. My lips don’t feel as dry when using ‘Salem’ or ‘Sorcerer’, but they do with ‘Potions’ and ‘Merlin’. But when I have actually worn them, I have been quite surprised at how well the colours have worn, and they do seem to work quite well with my skin tone.
The finish is definitely on the matte side, but they capture the light beautifully. They are transfer proof, so you can kiss and drink without worrying about leaving lip prints everywhere. But they will rub off as soon as you start to eat, but truthfully, this appears to be the case with most liquid lips I’ve tried, so it’s not something I would really consider being an issue. What is an issue, is the staining. The blue and green shades were, for me, a little more difficult to remove, and they did leave my lips looking like i’d been standing in the cold for a few hours. Even when using an oil-based cleanser, it still took a good few attempts to get everything off, so I would definitely recommended perhaps using a lip liner first to try and reduce the staining.
Storybook Cosmetics is still a growing indie brand (who have just started selling in Ulta stores in the US) which is awesome. For the most part, the lipstick formula is pretty good. It is a little on the drier side (especially the blue and green) so it does very much feel like you have a lipstick on. The red and brown shade definitely feel a little creamier, and as they are more pigmented, I don’t need to apply as much, so they do feel a little more comfortable.
If you are someone who is creative, and loves a good bold lip colour, then I do think these lipsticks could be for you. It’s also lots of fun trying to create a matching look using the eyeshadow palette, although sadly I’m just not that creative yet. But I’m working on it. Personally, I think it’s worth waiting and seeing if these shade come out as singles; I can definitely recommend ‘Salem’ and ‘Sorcerer’ as must-haves. The other two, I can live without. But the collection does look cute on my shelf.
Where to Buy
Currently, the Wizardry & Witchcraft Liquid Lipstick collection has sold out, but hopefully it will be restocked soon!