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More often than not, I reach for the balmiest of lip products, especially in the warmer weather when I hate the feeling of anything heavy on my face, so it’s all light and creamy textures that involve very little effort. Matte lips are a really tricky product to get right, which is why I mostly avoid them as I find matte lipstick hard to wear – I’m someone who has dry lips almost constantly, so matte lipstick is not my friend! I’m not going to say I’m a total convert, as balmy lips will always be my favourite, but the Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders have definitely made an impression on me.
The Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders are slender sticks with a creamy powder in one end and a sponge tip with a gentle point at the other. You apply using the sponge tip, which allows you to trace an outline and fill in with the product. My first surprise was how opaque and pigmented the product was, as it’s very quick and easy to create a full coverage lip. Application is very easy as the sponge tip is just the right consistency, so if you favour a bold lip but struggle to get that clean line, the Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders will help you with both colours and application.
The Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders is available in eight shades so far, with a fairly decent mix of brights, nudes and vampy shades, although the line-up is missing a few more pinks…but obviously I’m going to think that! The three shades I have are Trust Fall, a muted rose pink; Limitless, a mid-toned nude and finally Nailed It, a deep claret. My favourite (predictably) is Limitless, but to be honest, all three have had their fair share of uses. Limitless is surprisingly wearable – I think the deeply matte finish makes it more flattering for me than I was expecting – and Nailed It is a stunningly vibrant shade that I’m surprised by how much I like!
The finish, as mentioned, is clean and even and the wear is very good. The fade is gradual and doesn’t break down into bits, so if you’re like me and prefer to apply your lipstick and forget about it, you can definitely do that with the Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders; even the bold Nailed It wore really well and didn’t go patchy, it just sort of faded away.
If you’ve avoided matte shades, I would recommend giving the Avon Mark Epic Lip Powders a go, as they are honestly some of the best matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried – comfortable to wear, vibrant in colour and unexpectedly low maintenance. They need some more shades but that’s pretty much my only criticism, and for £6 a go (currently on offer – usually £8 each) you really can’t go wrong!