You guys know how I love lipstick, right? I discover a new pretty color, or a new brand that has lots of rave reviews, and I start plotting on how to get them and try them out. Well I found out about Portland Black Lipstick Company a while back while on the search for a pretty lavender colored lipstick. They not only have one, but several other really unique shades. And obviously, a black one. The nice thing about PBLC is that they have a sample section so that you can
The colors are definitely packed with pigment, which makes them nice and opaque. They applied creamy and smooth when I swatched them on my hand. I used a lip brush to apply, any other method of getting it out of the bags nicely would have failed miserably. Check out my swatches, and I will tell you the good and the bad of this review.
Swatched on the hand.
|Indigo Bridge, Bad Penny, Undead Red, Chaiborg|
|Lux et Voluptas, Pewter Cauldren, The Purple Cloud|
Swatched with no liners underneath, just the lipstick :)
|Lux et Voluptas|
|The Purple Cloud|
The great stuff.
All of the lipsticks have a fantastic texture, creamy and smooth. They are lightly moisturizing and very comfortable to wear. I loved the shade range, and definitely found some that I love in what I picked. Chaiborg and The Purple Cloud are some of the prettiest shades I have tried on. The wear time was average for such a creamy lipstick, I found myself retouching every 2-3 hours to refresh the color.
Now the not so great stuff.
I found that my Purple Clouds and Pewter Cauldron had unblended pigments in them. Here are my shots of them.
|The Purple Cloud sample in the bag. See the white chunks???|
|Pewter Cauldron sample bag. Lots of little while pigment bits in there.|
Now the part about the shipping.
I placed my order with PBLC on March 21st for my handful of samples. I waited 3 weeks with no communication from them, no shipping notice, no tracking. Now the stated TAT at the time was 3-5 business days. I waited (im)patiently on my end for several weeks, and on April 8th I hopped on to the PBLC Facebook page to see if maybe I caught them in a sale onslaught, or if something had been going on lately, but saw nothing. So I posted to the page politely asking them what the TAT was, and within hours I had an email in my inbox about my order. In the email, Kim stated that my order should have shipped within the TAT, but that a holiday rush had them behind? Hmm. What holiday? LOL! Like I said, I checked the Facebook page and front page of the website several times over looking for notice of slow TAT, or recent sales, but I saw nothing like that.I honestly think that my order just got forgotten about, and that if I had not said anything I would not have gotten my order. But that's just my opinion. Kim did offer to upgrade my order's shipping to Priority if I needed it sooner, but I didn't ask for that since it was just for review purposes. I was also not informed of it's being shipped, I had to read the label when it arrived. My order was shipped on April 10th and showed up April 12th.
If you take a peek at comments on the page, there seems to be a lot of loose ends with the company itself, between orders taking a bit longer, or items not being listed on the site. I think that it could use some tightening up, maybe keeping customers informed on TAT changes if there are some, quality control over finished products, and emailing customers the tracking when packages ship. If these things were in place, this company would be solid!
I liked a great deal of what I saw in the products though, I just had a fair share of downs rather than ups. They are $12 for .15oz in a round lip balm-style container. If things improve, I might go back for a few, but for the time being this whole experience has left a bad taste in my mouth.
Here are the links to check out for Portland Black Lipstick Co.
The Facebook page Etsy or Website
Thanks for reading!
All items purchased by me, all opinions are my own.