For a night out, when I have applied a lot of make-up, I would be more heavy handed with the lipstick which would show up like it does on my hand swatch (richly pigmented). I rarely wear red lipstick on so thick on a daily basis but have switched it on my hand to show you all how the colour comes out. Still, I prefer to wear lipstick than a gloss, I don’t like the stickiness. This is why I initially wanted to Revlon Lip Butters as they have more of a sheer finish, more appropriate for daywear.
17 Lasting Fix claims to be a lasting fix of colour, it is, as you can see, highly pigmented and creamy. It’s fairly long lasting as it leaves a stain and even the swatch on my hand was rather persistent to wash off. When the lipstick dries out and eventually leave a stain. I don’t like the stain as it looks obvious that it’s faded but I guess that is what they mean by “Lasting Fix” as in the colour is literally fixed on your skin which lasts for hours. It’s nice to add a bit of gloss or a moisturising clear balm over the stain for a sheer or glossy finish, that’s if you don’t fancy touching up with the lippy. For the price, I can’t complain but it just doesn’t have the quality that I’m used to in a MAC lipstick. Perhaps that’s just a psychological feeling because actually, I can’t pinpoint anything specifically negative about Hot Chilli, it is perfectly fine. Still, it has lived up to what is it an impulse purchase so I had no expectations, I just wanted a new lippy with a reasonable price tag. I’m happy with it and will continue to use it. The only thing I will complain about it that the lid doesn’t stay on and I have to store it in the zip compartment of my bag to keep it in it’s place. The bright side of that is that I’ll always know where my lippy is and there’s less chance of losing it!