I purchased Sheer Red from the Ultra Moist line of lipsticks (which is normally $.99 but is on sale for $.59) and Mousse from the Ultra Last line (normally $1.99, currently $1.19). Sheer Red isn't really all that sheer; it's about the finish and opacity of some of the more pigmented Revlon Lip Butters, so it can be built up to be opaque in just a couple of passes, and has a semi-glossy finish. It's a fairly neutral toned brick red shade; it doesn't scream "blue red" but it doesn't pull too orange, either. Mousse is a semi-matte opaque lipstick, and is a pale caramel rose-nude shade. I was surprised at how much I liked both of these shades on me, especially given that I couldn't swatch them or try them on before purchasing them. Deep wine-reds are very hit or miss for me, since I am so fair and since I have warm undertones. This holds doubly true for nudes; they almost all look awful on me, and even ones I think will be safe usually aren't. I tend to have to settle for pale rose and brown shades that are too dark to be really truly nude. Mousse is nearly the exact same color of my lips, but a bit rosier, and a touch lighter.
Sheer Red, two passes. I needed a second pass to keep the color from being uneven, but I didn't build it up quite as much as I probably could have.
|NYC Sheer Red|
|One pass on the left, three on the right|
And here is Mousse.
|Swatched gently on the left, two firmer passes on the right|
|One pass of lipstick on the left side of my mouth|
So there you are. Go forth and buy lipstick! But seriously, even though I can't speak to the formulas since I don't have much experience with them, I think these two shades are a great addition to a lipstick wardrobe. I didn't notice anything glaringly obnoxious with either formula; neither seemed moisturizing, and both were on the thin side but If you are lacking a nice brick red and a nice nude, I think these are options worth picking up, especially while they're on sale!