Reviewed: Bodyography's Literary Heroine–Inspired Lipsticks



As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best ones we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

In a world of Kylie Lip Kits and ultra-matte lipsticks, coming across a traditional lipstick was a welcomed change. Nothing against the trendy no-shine lip; it just felt nice to try a new lipstick in 2016 that didn't necessarily fall into the "statement lip" category.

Bodyography's summer lipstick lineup may be ordinary in terms of its satin-like texture, but its formula and wear are anything but. A Kiss to the Classics is a five-shade range of lip colors inspired by famous leading ladies from literary classics. The under-the-radar brand is known for creating mineral-based cosmetics infused with vitamins and antioxidants for the most nourishing formulas. They're also cruelty free and vegan, and personally, I think all of the cosmetics from the brand feel incredibly weightless, which is a major bonus in my book.

So about those lipsticks. Bodyography's creative director Lori Leib says that she was inspired by "female protagonists from classic fiction novels" when she curated the line, "so that anyone can feel like a real-life heroine." Elizabeth (far left in the image above) is a trendy mauve shade named after Pride and Prejudice's leading lady, while the head-turning pink hue is named after Lolita.  All of the shades glide on seamlessly, and color payoff is decent. If you're looking for a serious bold lip packed with pigment, this won't be the formula for you, but the color is buildable, and Lolita could easily rival any pigment-packed neon with three coats. Elizabeth can go from a neutral for medium to tan skintones to a taupe-like brown reminiscent of the '90s staple.

Little Women's Jo and The King and I's Anna are the two red shades in the collection that seem to embody the characters they were named after best. An outspoken Jo would make the case for the punchy orange-red color named after her. It's my favorite from the line, and I know I'll wear it all summer long. Anna is the fearless character who is independent and speaks her mind, so it's fitting that a daring red shade like this would be her color. I was drawn to this deep crimson color because it's not too out there and you can still get away with wearing it during the day. Last but not least is Jane, a beautiful pinkish nude influenced by the incomparable Jane Eyre. It honestly reminds me of a color Kylie would wear 24/7; it's versatile and could flatter all skin tones—definitely a no-brainer for everyday use. 

At $17 each, these aren't necessarily a steal, but if you're ready to try something totally lightweight and moisturizing—aka you're over the matte trend for now—I would totally recommend picking up one of these shades. Whichever one you choose, your lips will absolutely love the creamy aloe vera–rich formula, and your summer selfies will look so darn good.

Which one of these shades would you be most interested in trying out? Tell us in the comments!