[REVIEW+SWATCHES] 2018 New 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle was purchased by Cosmeperks.

When I heard 3CE launched this Soft Lip Lacquer, honestly, I was a little bit meh about this product. Why? Because their Lip Lacquer disappointed me. The Lip Lacquer just sat on top of my lips even after 2 hours and, sadly, it transferred and smudged so badly. Hence, I thought I would skip this Soft Lip Lacquer. But, you know, it’s not that easy to skip a new lip product from this brand, especially after checking out their adorable shade options, haha.

It was very hard to choose one shade. All the 10 shades are awesome and attractive (I love how 3CE always offer unique and pretty shades that you can’t get from other Korean brands). As Ultra Violet is Pantone Color of the Year 2018, so I picked one shade which has a touch of purple and ended up with #Midnight Bottle, the darkest shade in this collection. Well, let’s see if the formula of Soft Lip Lacquer is better than its older sister or otherwise (please, be better because I want to try other shades too).

Claims :

+ Classic matte with luster that won’t slide off. The soft liquid formula delivers intense color that turns matte for a surprising finish.

+ Non-sticky and Lightweight Second-Lip texture. The satin soft texture luxuriously melts into lips, leaving behind a weightless and barely-there sensation.

+ Highly pigmented coverage with color versatility. Meticulously crafted shades complete a collection to grant you chic and captivating lips befit for any makeup look.

+ Flawless color payoff in a single swipe. Highly saturated micro pigment particles impart vivid color and fill in the ridge of your lips to blend evenly and cultivate impeccably smooth lips.

Ingredients :

Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Diisostearyl Malate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica Silylate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propylene Carbonate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Serrulata Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Sorbitan Isostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review

Volume : 6 g

How to use :

Take the product out with the applicator, apply an appropriate amount begin to the center of the lips then spread and blend out evenly.

My Lips Type :

Normal with some fine lines, pigmented, occasionally dry

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review:

I would give a perfect score for the packaging! The outer box is actually 3CE’s style. It is simple yet classy. The box is same with their Velvet Lip Tint, just comes in different size.

They still write a little information of the product in Hangul. I think they’d better put English translation as well because their products are very popular internationally.

As usual, to prove if the product is authentic or not, the box has a hologram sticker of 3CE and the other seal is adhered on the bottle of this Soft Lip Lacquer. Like I ever mentioned on my 3CE Velvet Lip Tint review before, be very careful if you buy 3CE products since there are a lot of fake products.

Recently I found the fake 3CE Velvet Lip Tint on an online seller! Ugh! So, make sure to buy yours only on trusted sellers.

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3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review

The tube of this Soft Lip Lacquer is so adorable in my opinion. The design, the size, the material, all are perfect! It is made from sturdy plastic and comes in a chubby yet handy size. It is designed in a frosty glass style which looks so sleek.

It also has soft-doff surface that makes it not too slippery on hand. Overall, I have nothing to complain about the packaging, both the outer box and the tube are very nice.

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review

Moving to the applicator, it has a doe-foot type with short yet sturdy wand. The brush itself is a little bit weird for me since it is very short and slightly chubby compared with Velvet Lip Tint that I used before.

It is a bit hard to get a precise result on my lip corners due to the brush shape. But it is not a big issue for me since I like to use lip brush or my finger to blend out the product. However, it is still a nice applicator though.

This product has a soft vanilla scent and it is very similar with the Velvet Lip Tint, but this one is softer. This scent is not annoying nor too strong so I think it would be acceptable for anyone.

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review

Before talking about the texture and formula, let’s take a look at the shade #Midnight Bottle first (by the way, I really love how they named the shades, so unique). #Midnight Bottle is described as a sensual rich violet color to set a glamorous mood. But honestly, I was surprised when swatched this product at the first time. It’s very different from the shade I looked at Park Sora’s photos. It is darker.

Midnight Bottle is a deep purple shade with hint of burgundy. It will look more reddish when used in a little amount as gradient lips. And when applied bold and fully, it will accentuate its deep purple color.

It is a true bold and dark shade, even darker on my pigmented lips. And though I am not a person who would wear it daily, I admit that the color is very beautiful and gorgeous especially when applied as gradient lips, my favorite!

Ah, I suggest to use 3CE official hand and lips swatches on their website as your reference if you want to buy this Soft Lip Lacquer, instead of their models photos. Especially for this shade, the color looks very different from the one that Park Sora used in photos. But it looks more similar with their lips swatch photo (the one that put in the end on their website pages).

And now, the texture. I found it is somewhat similar with Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer, but slightly thicker and more mousse-y. It is still a bit watery thus can be blended easily. It is superb pigmented, glides very smoothly with its soft and lightweight texture.

It doesn’t dry immediately after applied and it makes easier if we want to make gradient look. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take too long to set completely on lips, around 5 minutes.

The finish is powdery matte. I mean, it is matte, true MATTE. When the product completely dries and set on lips, it becomes powdery as well. Remember the old 3CE Lip Lacquer? Both of them have powdery finish, but this Soft version is much better.

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This Soft Lip Lacquer truly set on my lips and doesn’t smudge after hours. It makes my lips feel very smooth and when I touch my lips, I can feel its powdery texture clearly.

3ce Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Review

I swatched three 3CE products side by side. Lip Lacquer, Soft Lip Lacquer and Velvet Lip Tint. As you can see, the Soft Lip Lacquer is the one which has a real matte finish. The picture can’t show clearly, but in real, if you touch the swatch of Soft Lip Lacquer, it is very smooth and powdery.

Meanwhile the Velvet Lip Tint is velvety matte and the Lip Lacquer is… sitting on top of my skin, LOL. The Lip Lacquer is actually has soft-powdery finish but it transfers very easily as the product can’t adhere strongly on my lips.

Unlike Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer which is transferproof after drying on lips, this Soft Lip Lacquer is not. Even after completely set on lips, it still transfers on glass. Fortunately it just transfers a little amount and the trace is like purplish dust. It is not too messy, especially when compared with their old Lip Lacquer, haha.

The staying power is impressive. Even after 5 hours the color still bold and vivid. It wears off after eating but happily it doesn’t leave flaky result, otherwise it gives a sheer reddish stain on my lips. And due to its weightless texture, it can be reapplied without heavy feeling on lips.

On top of everything, I guess this issue will offend all the good points. This Soft Lip Lacquer dries my lips a little bit. It is not a big deal when my lips in very good condition but when I had bad lips day I could clearly feel my lips become drier after several hours using this product.

Hence, a good preparation before applying this product is a must. But personally, I will prefer to use the Velvet Lip Tint as the formula works better on my dry lips.

If you love matte lip products and want to have an experience with very soft and powdery matte finish, you can have this product in your list. Its soft and powdery finish, in my opinion, is better than other matte lip cream products that usually crack on my wrinkly lips, moreover this product doesn’t sink into my lip lines.

Other way, if you deal with very dry lips, you had better pick another lip product as this Soft Lip Lacquer is zero moisturizing and feels a bit dry on lips.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Yesstyle

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