Violent Lips, violently strewn about
Guys, I could have sworn I already wrote and published a review on these, but it appears I deleted it instead of publishing. Ugh. Double ugh. Quadruple ugh. I even listed out all the foods I ate while testing these out! Oh well, here we go. Take 2:
Have you heard of Violent Lips? While the phrase conjures up images of leering lips bearing sharp knives coming to get you (no? Just me?), I can promise that these lip tattoos are not at all scary to wear. They come in a ton of designs, ranging from glitter to flags to text-on-color.
For my first lip tattoo, I chose the nautical-looking Blue & White Anchor design. Coincidentally, it’s now on sale for $7.99 (3-pack).
Application instructions are printed on the back, but for a more thorough demonstration, watch this video. One thing I changed from the application instructions was the cutting bit. You’re supposed to cut along the dotted lines for best fit, but let’s be honest, everyone’s lips are shaped differently. Even with the multiple levels of dotted lines, I was unable to get the perfect fit. I’d recommend you ignore those, and eyeball a shape that best fits your mouth.
As you can see, placement was a little off on my first try. I had cut along the dotted lines, and the fit wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. So take my advice, cut the tattoo to fit your lips even if you’re going straight through the lines. Even so, I thought they looked pretty good on, good enough that I left them on for the duration of the day. The little anchor looks cute with the blue and white strips, doesn’t it?
According to the company, you and eat, drink, and kiss while wearing these. While I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, I would just like to say these probably aren’t the way to go if you’re trying to get someone to kiss you. Eating and drinking, however, did not pose a problem. These lasted the promised 6 hours on me, to my great delight. They did start cracking a little bit as time wore on, but the cracks weren’t noticeable unless I smiled. The tattoos are more comfortable than I had anticipated, but they are definitely noticeable. It felt as if I had a thin coating of paper over my lips, and while they didn’t dry out my lips, they made my lips feel dry. I’m not making any sense, am I?
Violent Lips are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they’re quite fun for parties or artsy makeup looks. Application is fairly straightforward, and once the lips have dried and ‘set,’ you don’t need to worry about them too much. I like the wide range of designs, each of which is sold in a pack of 3. My biggest reservation is the price; at $14.95 per pack, these don’t come cheap. However, there is an extensive sale section, plus the more affordably priced Game Day options. If you’re looking for a fun lip to wear to a party, with a design you probably wouldn’t be able to do on your own, I’d recommend you give these a shot.
Would you wear Violent Lips? What’s your favorite design?
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