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    We Made Our Own Lip Colors And This Is What Happened

    From red lips to green.

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    Hi hi! Lauren and Alice here today to review PONY's customizable lip palette.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Loki was there for moral support. 💛🐶

    For those of you who don't know PONY, she is Korea's most famous celebrity makeup artist, and every little thing she does is magic.

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    THIS IS HER TAYLOR SWIFT TRANSFORMATION HOLY SHIT. Watch her other transformation videos and makeup tutorials here.

    Her makeup line, Pony Effect, also includes this way beautiful, customizable lip palette that allows you to channel your inner makeup artist and create all the lip colors you've always imagined.

    Memebox / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    The palette comes with 10 colors — five base colors and five neutral, warm, and cool colors — so the possibilities are endless! There are two mirrors that can double as mixing zones, a dual-headed brush that allows you to scoop the colors and then apply them on your lips, and a slot for your thumb for extra grip.

    This came out way before the equally beautiful new Anastasia custom lip palette ($48), and it's only $30.

    Since Alice is an artist and Lauren just likes fun makeup, we had to try out the palette. We started off easy with just two colors.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Lauren: I already love this palette. It's super fun, and mixing the colors makes me feel like a kid again. I quickly figured out that I am not that great at art, though, because I didn't really mean to make orange (IDK why I didn't realize I was making orange). These super vibrant colors are all so pretty separately that I don't necessarily have to mix them if I don't want to. The formula itself was very moisturizing, but didn't really "dry" on the lips. Alice and I agreed that while the brush was very handy to mix the colors, it wasn't the best for application, and using a separate lip brush would be better.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Alice: The case that it comes in is a shiny rose gold, and it’s super pretty to just look at. It has weight to it, so it feels sturdy and solid in your hands. I really liked that the palette had a wide range of colors to play with. My mind was racing with all the possible color combinations I could do, but I wanted to play it safe for the first color, just to just see how things go. The formula was glossy going on and stayed pretty glossy after application.

    We were feeling pretty confident about our color mixing skills, so we moved on to three colors:

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Lauren: This time, I wanted to use the same colors + white, but play around with the proportions to get a less orange color. I love this color way more! But I don't remember at all how much of each color I used, so it sucks that I will have to experiment all over again to get the color I like.

    After the first color combination, Alice and I quickly realized that there is no staying power in these colors whatsoever — I sipped some water from my cup and nearly all the product transferred to the glass. Sad, sad day.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Alice: The consistency of the colors is soft, so it was easy to mix them together. Seeing the colors turn into another was extremely satisfying, and it was cool that you don’t know what you’ll get till the end. When I put it on with the brush that came with the palette, I found it hard to get the color opaque. I had to put on multiple coats to get the color to show up. Another thing was it has no staying power and will transfer onto everything your lips touch, which is a big problem if you need a touch-up when you’re out and about, because you’d have to 1) carry this big palette around and 2) remember the color combination you originally used.

    And then we thought, Why not just have some fun with it? So we made some ~funky~ colors.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Alice: I wanted to use the palette to its fullest potential and decided to make a crazier shade — green! It was as bad as I thought it was going to be, and I’m not surprised that I liked this color the least. It went on streaky and looked patchy and disgusting on my lips. This formula kind of feels like lip gloss (your hair will get stuck on this!), so if you're not into that, then this definitely isn't for you.

    Lauren Han / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Lauren: Oh gosh I turned myself into a corpse bride. You can see that I couldn't cover all my lips, because in not wanting to waste any product, I actually didn't make enough. It's a little hard to determine how much you need, because if it's too much, there isn't anywhere to store the excess. It would've been great if there was an empty slot to save your favorite creations.

    Our thoughts:

    Alice's breakdown:

    * Staying power: 2/5

    * Color payoff: 2/5

    * Color selection: 5/5

    * Practicality: 1/5

    * Fun: 5/5

    That's 15/25, which is a D- :(

    Is it fun? Yes. But it’s just not practical at all for everyday usage. Honestly, the thought of making my own colors was very cool at first, but now that I’ve gone through the process I know it’s not something I’d do again — it’s just way too time-consuming. It’s simply easier to go to the store and pick out a shade I like and be able to carry it around with me for touch-ups.

    Lauren's breakdown:

    * Staying power: 2/5

    * Color payoff: 4/5

    * Color selection: 5/5

    * Practicality: 1/5

    * Fun: 5/5

    That's 17/25, which is a D+ or sometimes a C-. Either way, not great.

    I was so excited about this palette, but it's not good for someone who is as unartistic and impatient as me. I might do it again, just for fun, but it's just not practical in the long run.

    TL;DR: It's messy, impractical, and time-consuming, but a lot of fun.

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