My experience with Axiology lipsticks has reaffirmed to me that it’s best not to judge something based on one single experience.
When I purchased A Night For Green Beauty Box in August 2015, one of the items in the box was Axiology lipstick in the color Worth. I wasn’t impressed with the strong orange color for my skintone. I applied it once and honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever use it again.
Fast forward to sometime around late December or early January of this year. I was hearing a lot of people praise Worth, and it was setting in my vanity drawer, so unloved. I thought, “How could so many people like this shade and yet I thought it was worthless?” Well, Worth proved its worth. I don’t know what the difference was (maybe it was all in my head), but when I pulled out Worth and put it on again, the skies opened up and a beam of light shown down on my lips. Yes. It is beautiful.
After this realization, I bought two more colors and I’m very happy with all three. Each is unique to the other, which is nice.
Reflection is a sheer berry-leaning purple. I’m in my early thirties and I’m a mom, so I’m not one for loud, exotic lipstick shades. However, something told me to buy this lipstick. It’s so unique to any lip color I have. It applies sheer but can be built up. It has a consistency similar to a very tinted lip balm. You can see from the above photo on my lips it is pretty hydrating. The color in the photo is pretty accurate, although I’m disappointed that there are so many shadows in the lip swatches. One thing I notice with this shade is that it has a slightly unpleasant smell – nothing overpowering or awful, it’s just something I notice. [Also, I had a cracked skin sore in the corner of my mouth when I did these lip swatches – so that isn’t messy lipstick application, it’s a cut!]
Attitude is very pretty dark pink. Their website describes it as a hibiscus pink with a touch of coral. The finish is an opaque cream with a hint of something that is almost metallic in nature, but this is very, very wearable. I was concerned that this color would be very close to Ilia’s Neon Angel – one of my favorite lipsticks ever and my favorite spring/summer lipstick – but actually, Neon Angel is a more flat cream color and a much brighter pink than Attitude.
Finally, Worth is a deep red-leaning orange. Axiology’s website actually describes it as a bittersweet red with undertones of warm tangerine, but this comes off more of an orange than a red lipstick. This lipstick really is beautiful. I have to admit that when I wear it, I like to look at it in the mirror every chance I get because the color is so special. This is the most pigmented of the three Axiology lipsticks I own.
All the formulas so far have had great wear time. They won’t last through a meal, but they stay on pretty well through drinking. Another thing I love about these lipsticks is the gorgeous gold packaging – they are really beautiful in their tube. Lastly, the values of the company are great – read about them (here, for example) and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the company and the founder, Ericka.
Do you own any Axiology lipsticks? What shades are you interested in trying?