|Pandora (sorry it's blurry, it showed the colour better than the other photos I took)|
|Agent X - continue reading to see about the bad application!|
I think Impulse Co. originally started on Etsy, and I had seen the big collective swatch photo doing the rounds on Tumblr so many times so I was well aware of them. For some reason I never actually went ahead and bought any, so by the time I decided to I could no longer find their Etsy store, and came to realise they now had their own site.
I decided to buy the lipsticks in the sample size containers ($2.45) rather than buying the full sizes ($6.99) since I had never tried them before. It's nice to have the option, especially with unusual colours because I don't tend to use them very often so I'm much more likely to use up a sample than a full size. I was also really not keen on the packaging for the full size, which I know it's stupid of me to care about that when the lipsticks perform well. All of the shades I bought are Vegan.
I decided to go for the shades Platonic (light pink), Pandora (dark purple), Lobotomy (bluey-green) and Agent X (dark green). I wanted to take advantage of the more unusual of the shades because they're harder to find by other brands. All of the lipsticks I bought are mattes, but are not dry at all.
Applying the lipsticks from the little sample containers is much harder than I had realised! I find a lip brush really does not do the trick, so I decided to dig out the lipstick using a small plastic spatula, which I then used to get the colour on, and then used a lip brush on that to get a better shape. I found Platonic and Lobotomy applied the best, but the two darker shades were very hard to get even. I found with all the colours that they're really not easy to layer. I don't know if that's just because of the complication of applying them from the sample containers, but I am definitely willing to buy the full size lipsticks to see if they perform better.
I really like these lipsticks depite the application problems. I found they looked a lot better in person than in the photos, which make them appear a lot more patchy/uneven.
I definitely think I would repurchase all except Agent X in full size, and that's because it just didn't perform as well as the others and it's not a colour I'd wear often. I can see myself buying more in the future because the colours are so interesting, unique, and affordable.