These $1 Matte Lip Creams Are An eBay Beauty Miracle

This stay-put formula laughs in the face of makeup remover.

I like to think I’m adventurous. I order menu items I can’t pronounce, I take the weird way home, and I wear clothing that doesn't "flatter my shape" (Garth Algar is my fashion icon, OK?). But where I really have a ball is trying new makeup.

I don’t have access to a Sephora, but there’s always eBay--glorious, weird eBay. I usually end up there late at night, sleep-deprived and ready to party. So many products are hit and miss, but if they can be had for under a few bucks? #YesPlease.

Late one night I came across these lip creams, which were posted under all kinds of names but are labeled as M.N. Me Now Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss. All I know is the color selection and finish looked to be a hit, so I found a seemingly legit seller, plunked down my $8, and waited the requisite three to six weeks.

I know there are a lot of long-lasting liquid-set lip products out there, and I’ve had spotty results with many of them. Either they flake off, have a sparkly finish, or just come in boring hues. Drugstore formulas run anywhere from $5-12, which, sorry, that’s too much. Even for space lipstick.

And let me be clear that I love the idea of space lipstick.

I got a range of colors from a nude pink to red. I loved how opaque they looked in the photos, and I was not disappointed IRL.

#16

The colors are very bold: it only took one swipe of the baby pink shade to cover my lip line with zero issues. The lip cream comes with a wand but I used a lip brush, as I think lip wands are just about the worst way to apply lip color.

#33

The formula is not unlike latex paint. It dries and stays put. Forever. It laughed in the face of makeup remover, toner, and even oil. I eventually scrubbed it off with plain olive oil, but it took a while and more than a few remover wipes.

#32

I experimented with how much product I used--a thin swipe applied with my finger acted as a stain, lasting for six plus hours and a meal (with no reapplication). When applied in a thick coat with a brush, it tended to fleck off after a few hours, but I have hellacious wrinkle-lips, so your mileage may vary.

#26


#18

Overall I’m really pleased with the formula but the color selection is lacking. Still, it’s probably the best midnight eBay purchase I’ve made!

  • Do you buy cosmetics on eBay?
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  • What do you think of the over-drawn lip I did with #16? I kind of love it...