We need to talk about “Havana Nights”.
I’ve always been jealous of girls that can rock a bold lip. Like they throw on a dark lipstick and then it’s like they stomp down the street circa Beyoncé walk in “Crazy in Love”. Those girls know they look good, and are confident. They are probably never disheveled, or have cat hair covering their leggings.
I want to be one of those girls.
I’ve shelled out enough money for different lipsticks in the past year in my quest to find my perfect dark lip. For awhile my go-to was Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, which my mom hated. I wore it anyway because I am a rebel and it was funny to see her hate it so much.
Then this year I had a tiny love affair with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”. Mixed with a wine-colored lip liner from NYX, it had great lasting power for the price, and didn’t dry out my lips. And then on a whim (and on sale!) I decided to splurge for the OFRA Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab “Havana Nights”.
And oh… Oh, girl. This is a good one.
If you’re someone like me who does not look good in pink tones, this is a shade for you– though I honestly can’t imagine it being a bad shade on anyone! It’s a dark red, but with a rusty vibe and brown undertones. In some lights in looks brown, in others it looks like a blood red. Like a vampy princess.
The formula is great. It’s not a stain, so it does keep some tackiness that a lipstick does, but the staying power is awesome.
My wear test for this baby included a power-hour (AKA- drinking a shot glass full of beer every minute for an hour because why not), and three hours at a bar. I touched up halfway through the night, but when I got home I was still shocked at how great it looked. It had very minimal bleeding around the edges of my mouth, probably from repeatedly putting a shot glass to my lips, but other than that it still looked great. It came off relatively easily by oil-cleansing my face like usual and giving my lips and extra scrub.
Like usual, my only complaint is the packaging. It’s a regular tube, but the name is a clear sticker on the the tub with black writing on it. The edges were already starting to lift when I got it, making it look a little cheap. Not sure if all OFRA liquid lipsticks are like this, or just Havana Nights, as it’s a promotional shade, but I was kind of disappointed. I love KathleenLights, so I was hoping for something a little bit more decorative that I would keep after the product was gone.
Overall, I’d give it 9/10 stars. Taking away one point for the packaging because I’m petty.