So I’ve seen these around and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a few (read: 16) of them. I tried to get a selection of nudes and brights, but somehow they ended up all being quite bright on me. This is the buyer I bought from and with whom I had a very good experience. I ordered them on March 4th and they arrived on April 6th. They did say to expect 6 weeks for shipping so I was more than fine with the timing of their arrival. They were $1.21USD each ($19.36USD total) but with the exchange rate my final cost was $24.76, or $1.55 each, and I paid via Paypal.
One of the things you may notice when you get them is how light the packaging is. There’s 0.155oz in each tube, making it less than the .22oz you get from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick but more than you get from 0.11oz of Limecrime’s Velvetines. It does feel quite flimsy and you’ll have to be careful not to be too rough with the applicator as they seem like they could be prone to breaking.
If you see any visible flakes on the lips in these swatches that was through no fault of this product but rather the fact that I forgot to wear an SPF on my lips during my trip and consequently developed a sunburn.
Some of them were a bit patchier than others (e.g. #05, #18, and #22). But for the most part they applied evenly once you have a good moisturizing base.
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These are as equally drying as most other liquid lip products on the market (think Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain). But they also have equivalent pigmentation and ease of application. The main complaint I here is that these are extremely tacky once applied. And it’s true, you definitely need a balm of some sort (such as Vaseline). It takes away the matte quality of the product but I found that was the only way to make them comfortable. The Vaseline also doesn’t take away that much wear time. I get at least 4 hours out of them, even after having eaten an oily meal.
But based on the problems I have with other lip products transferring, accentuating dryness and smudging I don’t really think you can go wrong with these $1 lip products. Even though they do have a few drawbacks I think there’s probably a lot of negativity towards them based on them being super cheap and from China. IMO NARS lip glosses and OCC lip tars are equally bad/difficult in their own way but people still love them and those cost ~$20-$30.
Now in case you’re worried about the ingredients (because they’re from China, like most things these days) then from this Reddit link you can see that they comply with American FDA regulations and their ingredients are very typical of lip products.
Hope this was useful!