Sugarpill Cosmetics is an indie brand with a line of cruelty-free, ultra pigmented make up products.
I’d heard a lot about their first liquid lipstick; Trinket, described on the website as a “creamy matte mauve infused with luminous golden sparkles that shine brighter as the formula sets.”
I decided to try it out for myself.
The packaging reminded me of those “pretend lipsticks” I used to play with while growing up. It’s cute and whimsical, but not something my older self would be inclined to whip out in public.
Application was smooth and the colour was very pigmented. It pulled a soft pink on me and as it dried down, the golden sparkles began to appear. When I smacked my lips together more gold flecks appeared.
While the inner child in me was quite fascinated with this almost magical morphing of colour, the older me was gagging at the scent.
Trinket is meant to smell like a creamsicle. To me it smelt chemically and fake. Like a mix between a cough syrup and those artificially sweetened candies. I’d hoped the smell would fade as the lipstick dried down.
But it didn’t.
I’m not usually sensitive to scented products, and in fact I’m quite a fan of any vanilla or chocolate-scented lip stuff, but this one really got me reeling. I could even taste it. The term “left a bad taste in my mouth” really rang true to form here.
And the dryness. My lips felt like they were coated in gritty chalk. Within an hour of application I looked like I had rosey-gold prunes for lips.
To up the (non-existent) sex factor, the colour started to crumble while I was on the phone, dotting my table with flakey bits.
I’m just glad I wasn’t face-to-face with anyone as that would have been a very gross experience for all!
I’ve tried using Trinket for a week now, even with a lip balm underneath to help with the crumbling and “pruney-ness” but I can’t get over the scent.
It’s such a shame really as I think it’s such a beautiful colour. But it looks like my pruney lips and I will be giving this one a miss.
Have you tried Trinket yet? What did you think?