I think this is my first makeup review post! Swatches and favorites are one thing, but actually giving a coherent review? We'll see how that goes.
I went with shade #7, called Fuchsia Royal, because it was the most eye-catching color and certainly not a shade I already owned.
You can see their official swatches on the aritaum website, but I think they didn't do a particularly great job with those promotional pictures. Like, I KNOW that lip colors aren't really all that different, but I'd like the company that's selling them to at least HELP me justify why I need to buy more than one. Their swatches all look extremely similar, which might be due to the generous use of Photoshop.
... on to the Fuchsia Royal!
The packaging is simple and clean and very sturdy. I've always liked Aritaum's packaging. No lipbalm caps ever got lost, no tint ever leaked, no eyeshadow cracked. It just feels high-quality, despite the lower-range pricing.
(The Color Lasting Tint retails for 8,000 Won and I got it with 30% off...)
It also shows a pretty exact match for the color on those deco elements, so if I ever buy more shades of these, it will be easy to tell them apart. The name and number of the color is printed on the back of the tube.
When I open the packaging, the first thing to notice is the scent. I can't pinpoint it, as I'm terrible with perfumes of any kind, but it's somewhere in between raspberry and candy and shampoo and I have no idea IGNORE THIS PLS. It is sweet, though. The scent doesn't last when the product is applied to the lips.
The doe foot applicator of this tint is slightly wider than the bottle's opening, so when taken out, any excess product gets rubbed off on the inside of the bottle. This makes for really easy application! The amount of tint on the applicator is just perfect for coating the entire lips and as there's no excess product on the sides of the applicator, it's easy to blend out the color near the lipline. Normally I blend using my fingers, which can get a bit messy, but Aritaum did well on this one, seriously!
Swatch time! The tint is really glossy at first, and the shine lasts well into the day if I don't eat or drink. ...... I need my hourly coffee infusion, though, so for me at least, the shine is gone rather quickly.
The color, though. I swatched this in the morning and now it's evening and I've washed dishes and cleaned stuff and scrubbed my hands furiously but that streak of pink is still there.
EDIT: 48 hours and two showers later it was still faintly there. I gave up and used eye makeup remover on it.
This is how it looks just after application. I dabbed it onto the center of my lips and then blended the color towards the lipline. The applicator is very precise (I don't like to have a 'gradient' lip, as it tends to make my lips look ~wobbly~) and the color is easy to blend despite the high pigmentation!
The Color Lasting Tints seem creamy when on the applicator, but when applied, they look rather watery. The Fuchsia Royal one is INTENSE. I'm blinded by the pigmentation.
It also feels really nice, not sticky or drying.
This is what's left at the end of the day, ten hours, two meals, several cups of coffee and tea as well as some distracted lip-rubbing later (I always lean my chin on my hand while working which is a terrible habit...). The color is still there, in the form of a bright pink. It's decidedly cool-toned and fades prettily and evenly, neither accentuating dry patches nor lip 'wrinkles'.
On my lips it's quite a vibrant, dark fuchsia shade. I've got pale lips and tints tend to really show up well! In this case, that's kind of intimidating.
My modus operandi for lip tints is to just slap them on in the morning when I have to work and then maybe reapply once evening rolls around. They are low-maintenance, usually look quite natural, and I normally just pair them with sunscreen and filled-in eyebrows.
THIS ONE, THOUGH. While definitely low-maintenance in that it's long-lasting and not requiering touch-ups, it DOES look strange in combination with my no-fuss makeup. It's eye-catching and a bit of a statement color, and my face is normally not one for ~fashion statements~.
So I feel like this color should be combined with some foundation (or maybe just perfect skin haha), neutral blush, eyeliner, mascara, the whole shebang, so that it doesn't look out of place. It would be perfect for a long day out in the city, eating and drinking without needing to worry about smeared or faded color.
It's perfect for summer, but could be toned down with some lipbalm layered on top or another color as a gradient to fit the cooler seasons.
So, as a fazit of sorts for the Color Lasting Tint:
The shine is high, the pigmentation higher, and the wear-time fabulous. (I need to attack it with some high-duty mascara/makeup remover to get it off.)
The shade #7 Fuchsia Royal is a gorgeous color that DOES NOT fit natural makeup looks, but would look fabulous with some sleek/chic makeup that I'm not able to pull off. :'D
I'd love to buy one or two more natural shades, but I'll have to go to the store to actually swatch them, because the promotional pictures are kind of just one shade of coral, one shade of pink, and some red at the end. It is the most long-wearing formulation I've found among Korean lip tints so far and I'm curious if the lighter colors can keep up with Fuchsia Royal's crazy pigmentation and staining power!
UPDATE: I went and bought #13 The Red and #2 Baby Wink, which I'll review soon!
Also, you can now find some of my makeup illustrations in the form of stickers and prints in my Etsy Shop - I'll add more as time goes by.