Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Violent Lips Red Kiss Tattoo

Black Friday/Cyber Monday gave me a great opportunity to snatch a few must-haves as well as long-time-wants. One of those happened to be Violent Lips tattoos! These things have fascinated me since the first time I saw them ... though I can't remember quite when that was. I took advantage of their amazing Black Friday weekend sale and purchased a set for myself and a set for one of my younger sisters. This was my first time ever applying these, so keep that in mind as you read my review!

Sorry that part of this is a tad out of focus, my camera kept going all nutty because of the high-shine of the glossy exterior of the envelope these come in!

Each Violent Lips packet comes with 3 tattoos, which is smaller than a postcard, but larger than a business card.

As you can see on the back of the card these tattoos come on, they have guidelines for trimming the pieces to your lips as well as instructions--very handy!

Each lip tattoo punches out of the card it comes on--2 separate pieces for the lower and upper lip.

I found that trimming them was easy because of the guidelines, but difficult when it came to figuring out where my lips matched up! Kind of a catch-22 ;)

Here is the tattoo on my lips! As you can see, somehow I managed to slightly mess up on side of my upper lip and didn't quite meet the edge of my own lip, but all in all application wasn't as insane as I thought it would be.

Violent Lips average from $9.99 to $14.95 retail.

Where to Buy
I've heard that you can purchase these at your local Sephora, but since mine is a bit useless, I've never seen Violent Lips there. I would strongly suggest purchasing them directly from Violent Lips as they have the largest selection overall. You can get them HERE.  

Final Thoughts
I think these are fun and definitely more interesting than swiping on some lipstick or gloss. The application does take some time, especially the first few times. My first application took me around 15 minutes when all was said and done between watching the tutorial, trimming, re-trimming, and applying. The one thing I will say that I found to be a downside to these is that you cannot apply anything (including balm) to your lips before you apply these, otherwise they won't stick. These make my lips feel a bit dry, so not being able to put something under them was kind of a bummer. I'm not sure if I'm the only one that has found them to feel a bit drying, but it was noticeable. Not so noticeable that I won't be giving them another go, but noticeable enough that I wished I could have put on some balm beforehand. I also want to point out that these are said to typically wear between 4-6 hours. That's a decent amount of time, but unless you plan on having to remove them while being out, I'm not sure if 4 hours is enough to leave and come back in some circumstances. Also, removing them was fairly easy, but it did take a bit of scrubbing with some oil to completely remove ever single piece of the tattoos. Overall, the versatility and uniqueness outweigh any cons in my mind in some situations. While I definitely wouldn't wear these on a daily basis, I can absolutely see myself turning to these for exciting events or special looks. I look forward to trying a few different styles, there are a few that have really caught my eye!

Have you tried Violent Lips? What did you think of them? 


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