I was walking through Walmart about two months ago, and happened to be passing by the movie section, when I spotted something that made me whip my cart around to go back for a closer look. A Star Wars makeup display! Oh, hell yes!
This is just a stock photo image of a display. I wish I had taken one myself, but the display was almost empty anyway, so it wouldn’t have been very pretty. Star Wars fans must have had the same reaction I did, as there wasn’t much left in stock. There were several nail polishes, some mascara, and some lipsticks. The mascara was just the normal Covergirl brand, so I didn’t grab any of those. And the only nail polish colors left was a red color that was just way to red for my taste, and a white color that was tempting, but I couldn’t see myself wearing it. I regret not grabbing them now, as I like the idea of color swatching game and movie makeup samples for my blog.
However; at that time I wasn’t thinking anything beyond, Oh my god! Star Wars makeup! My eye was immediately drawn to the Covergirl Star Wars lipsticks. There were only four colors in stock, and I grabbed one of each. After getting home, I looked online and found that there are actually six Star Wars lipstick colors on the Covergirl website.
Surprisingly, of the four I bought at Walmart, there is one that seems to be rare, regional (or maybe a Walmart exclusive), or a mistake. Number 60 is a pink color that doesn’t seem to be bundled with the other colors online. It’s also not even listed on the Covergirl website, so you might have a little difficulty finding it. I would try Walmart online if you’re looking for one.
For some reason it took about three weeks for the lipsticks to arrive, and then I got so sick that it was several more weeks before I worked up the energy to swatch all the colors.
I definitely need to work on my photography skills! For some reason, even though I had a couple lamps shining directly on the product, they still came out kind of dark. I noticed that happened with my cinnamon mug cakes too; the pictures came out darker than what they really looked like under the lights. Frustrating when you know there is plenty of light, but it’s not turning out the way you envision! I’ll have to look at some videos and read some articles to learn how to improve my photos.
My first thoughts on the lipsticks were, as I mentioned, to geek out! I hope I don’t offend any hardcore fans. I’m not a fan girl to the extent that I can name every character or say every line to every movie. I certainly haven’t explored the various extensions of Star Wars via the cartoons, comics, and books.
I’m more of a casual fan… similar to a casual gamer. I watch the movies when I can (often several times), and I enjoy the story and the universe, but I don’t take it so seriously that I’m pwning noobs on Star Wars vernacular.
Regardless, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t giddy to see Star Wars lipsticks gracing the shelves of my local Walmart. I did mention I whipped my cart around, right? Poor Aidan was hanging onto the front of my cart at the time and I about gave him whiplash.
I don’t normally wear a lot of makeup. I do want to explore it some more in my quest to get outside of my comfort zone, but it’s pretty much been a disaster so far. I’m not brave enough to post a picture of my first time using liquid eyeliner, but I think I scared John just a little. I like to think of makeup as more like a costume. You get to “dress up” for a night on the town, and then come home and wash all that shit off. The problem is, I’m really drawn to dramatic looks that I can’t pull off, and it kind of freaks out the other patrons at Olive Garden.
First, I am disappointed that Covergirl didn’t give their Star Wars lipsticks really cool names. Instead, they just numbered them! They give all their other colors names, so why was this very special release not given relatable titles?
I can totally see Star Dust Silver (10), Lunar Lilac (20), Saber Red (30), C3PO Gold (40), Dark Side Purple (50), Alderaan Pink (60), and Naboo Neutral (70). Such a missed opportunity!
Also, because I was expecting these to be some pretty dramatic colors, and was really excited to try them, I might have set myself up to be let down. I found that 10, 20, 40, 60, and 70 were pretty sheer. I had thought these would be full coverage colors, bright and popping. I was especially disappointed with 10 and 40. I wanted a crisp silver and gold lipstick colors, like in their advertisements.
But either that is some makeup magic that I am unfamiliar with (certainly possible), or some Photoshop tricks were used to enhanced the colors.
Here are my various tries. Again, I don’t know what I’m doing with lighting, so for some reason my skin looks red and blotchy. I have no idea why, and can only think the camera is picking up some colors or lighting I’m not seeing in the camera screen when I take the photo. I was wearing foundation primer and full coverage foundation, so I know in the mirror it was all an even skin tone.
Even though these aren’t perfect, if there’s one thing you guys will learn, it’s that I am far, far, from perfect, so I’m posting them anyway. Pushing myself outside my comfort zone and all. Hopefully, I’ll start learning from this to improve my camera skills.
As you can see, the only full coverage lipsticks were red (30) and purple (50). And unfortunately, I wasn’t very pleased with those shades against my skin tone, so i probably won’t wear them again.
Even though I’m not entirely happy with the sheer colors, I’m not quite ready to toss them in the bin yet. I think I’m going to play around more with some lip primers to try and deepen them. If anyone has any thoughts on how to achieve that, please comment below!
Oh, as a side note, if you’re wondering about the line of black on the picture of my hand swatches, that was Katy Perry’s new lipstick, Perry Panther, I did as a swatch for Instagram. This one I liked!
I loved the coverage and depth of color! However, it definitely stuck to my teeth, and it needed to be reapplied after just ten minutes. It’s pretty in a picture, but I can’t see wearing it all night. And, as I said, I’m not sure where I’d wear something like this… our nights out tend to be Olive Garden and the movies.
I hope this was an interesting post because I’d like to do more geeky makeup. This first one was a lot of fun to do.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Please don’t mind the mess.
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