Portland Black Lipstick Company is a cosmetic company whose tagline reads “All-natural makeup for that un-natural look.” They’re best known for their assortment of funky & unusual lipstick shades so naturally I had to order a couple of samples and check them out.
Their website is a little wonky at times and not exactly clear cut. It almost seems incomplete in areas and some sections of the site haven’t been updated in months or even years. The part of the website that bugs me the most is that there are no swatches! I mean, there are a few random pictures of employees wearing a couple random of shades in questionable lighting but that’s about it. There are no swatches of any kind for each individual product and I find that incredibly odd. Surely for an indie cosmetic company swatches would be incredibly beneficial to potential customers but no one at Portland Black seems to have bothered even though it’s a pretty simple thing. Anyway, if you can get past the wonkiness that is their website, they do have some really interesting and fun shades of lipstick.
Packaging: I ordered sample sizes which is basically a sliced off piece of lipstick placed into a small baggy. It’s not exactly the best way to apply lipstick but that’s to be expected with samples. However, the full sized lipsticks come in a lip balm style tube, just like Chapstick or something. It would be difficult to apply highly pigmented or unusual shades of lipstick straight out of this tube with the product being flat (AKA not slanted like normal lipstick) so be prepared to carry around a lip brush if you want your lipstick to look neat and crisp. 5/10
Longevity: Wore pretty well for several hours without eating but did feather a little. The feathering wasn’t very severe though.7/10
Application: The Chapstickesque tubes aren’t going to do you any favors when it comes to application but it applied pretty easily with a brush. 7/10
Texture: Quite opaque, well pigmented, smooth and not excessively drying. 8/10
Without flash: Coffee, Black & Blood Red
With flash: Coffee, Black & Blood Red
I am absolutely in love with this shade from Portland Black Lipstick Company. It’s truly a unique and beautiful color that reminds me of 90’s brown lipstick in such a good way. Coffee, Black is a very dark brown with a small amount of warm, goldish sparkles. I can see the sparkles in the packaging, I can see the sparkles in the swatches, however I thought they became quite subdued once I applied it and unless you’re really looking for the sparkles, you probably won’t notice them. I thought Coffee, Black was a little more difficult to apply and get completely opaque than Blood Red but still nothing to really complain about.
This is a gorgeous rusty, slightly brown shade of red that reminds me of fall. It contained no shimmer and applied smoothly.