Before I pledged to go Cruelty Free I used to use this nifty little product from Jane Iredale called “Just Kissed” – which was a lip tint which reacted to your body heat and turn the perfect shade for you.
I loved it and have been on the lookout for something similar since my pledge.
Enter Barry M’s “Genie” lipstick – a really nifty little product which reacts to your lips alkali level to determine the shade of pink.
I’m a sucker for a gimmick and I couldn’t wait to get my paws on this product when I heard about it after having missed the Magic Tom version.
My biggest worry with lipstick is that it will be drying, however this lippy has added aloe vera and promises to stay on for up to 8 hours.
I found the formula to be quite lovely – it felt moisturising going on, and not sticky at all, which for some reason I had been expecting.
I also noticed there seemed to be no taste or aroma to the product, which is a good thing.
The colour change takes effect almost immediately, and my final colour was initially quite intense.
I love that every time I put it on, it looks slightly different, but below I have shared my first go:
Immediately after Applying:
10 seconds later
As you can see, this became a lovely zesty pink colour, without being too overwhelming or barbie-like.
I’m just recently getting into wearing pinks on my lips, as I normally favour a very dark burgundy lip in winter, and just balm in summer, but this has quickly found its way into my purse and gets an application every morning!
The product promises to be water proof and long-lasting, and I can say that to some extent this is true.
It by no means looks like it’s just been applied after 8 hours, however, you can certainly tell you have a lip colour on by the end of the day, and after applying a few licks of balm, I felt no need to retouch Magic Tom.
It also feels pretty moisturising, which is unusual for me as I find very few products keep my lips fully moist.
For a gimmicky product I’m pleasantly surprised by Magic Tom, and I hope that everyone else likes it as much as I do, as I want to see it on shelves for the foreseeable future.
For a summer product, I’d definitely buy this again – I’d quite like to see a deeper berry colour made available for the winter months, too, as I’ve had to ditch my Laura Mercier lip stain (Mulberry) for not being cruelty free!
Have you tried Genie yet?
What did you think?