The Mega Last formula is a drier, thicker lipstick; it is densely pigmented, and dries down to a semi-matte finish. I don't find it to be particularly moisturizing, but it doesn't dry my lips out either; it's like not having any protective layer on my lips. It does feel a bit "heavy" on lips as some of these long-wearing formulas do, even though it doesn't leave a thick layer of product. These lipsticks claim to stay put for 4 hours, and I think that's about accurate, although they do leave a stain even after they've faded, whether you want them to or not! They really pack a wallop in the pigmentation department. Out of curiosity, I got a bit of lipstick on my finger from my swatch and dabbed it on my cheek to see what it would look like as a blush; one fingertip of lipstick picked up from patting it against a swatch was more than enough product to give me clown cheeks on both cheeks. It's that pigmented. Once they're on your lips, they'll stay put; they don't feather, bleed, or smear around too easily, and it doesn't emphasize lip lines; it doesn't conceal them, but it doesn't settle in them or make them look worse. I tried to choose pictures that would show you the texture of my lips, instead of pictures where I'm smiling widely and my lip lines are all smoothed out.
Here is Purty Persimmon:
|Swatch of Purty Persimmon|
|Wearing Purty Persimmon|
|Wet n Wild Purty Persimmon|
Oops, forgot to take these first!
|Purty Persimmon in the tube|
And here is Cherry Picking...
|Wet n Wild Cherry Picking|
|Cherry Picking in the tube|
|Swatch of Cherry Picking|
|Wearing Wet n Wild Cherry Picking|
|Wet n Wild Cherry Picking lipstick|
Summary: I really love these colors! The Mega Last lipstick formula isn't my favorite, but it's definitely not my least favorite, either. I am really excited to be able to add a couple of bright colors to my lipstick arsenal without having to drop a lot of money on shades I know I won't wear often enough to invest in a lipstick formula I love wearing. For $2, you could do a lot worse; these are pigmented, don't have a weird taste or scent, and the range of colors is bold. The semi-matte cream finish is quite nice as well; you can easily change the finish by layering them over lip balms, wearing lip gloss on top, or topping them with a bit of translucent powder to dry them down to a matte.
Have you guys tried any of the Mega Last lipsticks? What do you think of the formula? I don't know that there's another lipstick on the market right now that I can easily compare it to.