I purchased a mini Lip Lustre of Romantique and I got a free sample of Isis (they always include one free sample in orders). I could swear the Fyrinnae workers read my mind because I was drooling over Isis but then picked Romantique instead. I have drooled over the Lip Lustres on their site before but I was always squeamish about springing for a full size so their trial sizes are perfect.
It needs to be stressed that Lip Lustres aren't like lipglosses. To quote "This product is a non-sticky lipcolour, leaving moisturizing colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness. Most shades are made to be relatively opaque though some can be applied lightly over lipstick as a highlight or balm as a sheer tint".
The Lip Lustres do feel light and creamy, the texture feels like a thin lip cream. They feel smooth on, not sticky but not slick. They aren't as wet looking as normal glosses but have a shine due to the color and sparkle. Though Romantique is more on the wearable side, they have other amazing (and color changing!) colors on their site. I'm particularly partial to Ghostly Voice, Narwhal Nuzzles, and Ultra Phantom.
The trial sizes contain 1.5 mL and the full size contains 8.0 mL. The full size is $6.00 and the trial size is $2.00. Both the full size and trial sizes come with a doe foot wand applicator. The doe foot applicator in the trial size isn't as good as the one in the full size so you may want to warm up the tube a little bit to facilitate application (Advice from The Chemist at Fyrinnae!) because it'll be a little sheerer with the trial sizes than the full size.
I think the trial size is just adorable, I feel like a giant in Gulliver's Travel holding this positively lilliputian tube. Here's how it looks next to a 3 gram jar for size comparison purposes..
When it comes to wear time, the slip/feel of the product goes away after about an hour but the color stays behind for about four hours. I do think that after the product wears away, your lips can feel dry because there's none of the slip from the Lustre left but your lips are not dried out after removal. My lips felt quite soft afterward.
Since these are very metallic/edging on frosty lip colors, they will highlight any dryness so make sure your lips are smooth! You can layer this over a lip balm to improve the feel and moisturizing qualities of the Lip Lustre!
Onto the swatches.
Isis: "True metallic gold. Not a weak, sheer, or bronzy-shade, this colour is fairly opaque (...can be worn semi-sheer or layered over other products) and gives a pure metallic gold finish". I was quite excited about seeing this as my free sample, it's such a pretty color. If you're familiar with any metal eyeshadows (like MAC metal pigments), you'll know that there's this signature metallic scent to the eyeshadow and the lip lustre has the slightest tinge of that scent.
Isis is versatile enough to be worn sheerly or opaquely, so I wanted to show how different it could look depending on application. Do keep in mind that I had the trial size applicator which isn't as good as the full size applicator so you will get a better application with the full size wands.
One layer of Isis
Two layers of Isis
Heavy application of Isis. In order to get this look, I decided to remove the plastic stopper from the top of the trial size so I wouldn't be limited to the amount I could put on my lips. It was a little harder to get it opaque on the inside seam of my lips but you can ensure better opacity by blotting your lips beforehand to make sure it's dry.
Romantique: "Semi-sheer soft warm pink with gold shimmer, similar to our "Rapunzel Had Extensions" eye shadow. More pink than it appears here.". I couldn't discern much of a taste from Romantique but it does have a nice vanilla scent. Since it is semi-sheer, layering Romantique doesn't make it more opaque but increases the depth of the golden shine. You can get a real gilded pink look to your lips.
One layer of Romantique
I don't think I like the formula enough to wear it on its own, I think the product wears away too quickly (while the color stays) leaving my lips feeling like they need something on them to feel moist. I tried wearing a lip balm over the Lip Lustre but it makes it more prone to sink into lip lines. They would look excellent over another lip product though!
Have you tried the Fyrinnae Lip Lustres before? If not, are there any colors you're looking to try?