Trying out Perricone, MD’s No Makeup Lipstick

Perricone, MD No Makeup Lipstick

I love lip products.  I do.  And I am an equal opportunity lip product lover.  I like lip scrubs and lip masks.  I love lip balms, liquid lips and bullet style lipsticks.  There is virtually no category of lip product that I am not a fan of trying out.  From Vampy to neutral and everything in between, I am willing to try it.  Sometimes the color may not be to my taste and sometimes the formula isn’t one I like, but I am willing to try it.

You know what else I like?  Skincare.

So when I received this Perricone, MD No  Makeup lipstick in a BoxyCharm box, I was happy to give it a go.  There was only once concern. I’ve used Perricone, MD Products before and when they put an expiration date on a product, they are generally serious about it.  I know there were a lot of complaints when Boxy Charm sent them out because of the rapidly approaching expiration date on these lip products.  I think that some people even complained of mold already on their product.

expiration date on bottom

When I opened my lipstick I looked it over carefully to make certain there was no issue with mine because of the reports. There was not a speck of anything untoward on the product, despite the box looking beaten up.  It did however have an expiration date of December 2020 on the bottom of the tube. I do love that Perricone clearly makes that date for consumers. I really appreciate it.

Typically there is more than a six month turn around with these products.  Given its arrival and it’s date, I had just six months to try it out and I would be keeping an eye out for mold the entire time.  Because of this, I kept the Perricone MD No Makeup Lipstick in the bathroom, next to the sink so that I could remember to use it.  Regardless of whatever other products I chose for my makeup bag that week.  I was determined to use as much of this product as possible and to decide if it was worth picking up on my own.

Before we get to my thoughts, let’s hear what the product is supposed to do.

A solid-to-serum lipstick with a sheer wash of natural color and mineral-based, broad spectrum SPF 15. Formulated with neuropeptides and hyaluronic acid, this lightweight-yet-nourishing formula helps to moisturize, resulting in visibly smoother, plumper lips over time. CONSISTENCY: Lightweight; SCENT: Vanilla

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Zinc Oxide (7.5%)

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polyethylene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Wax, Mango Butter Dimer Dilinoleyl Esters/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Beeswax/Cera Alba, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ozokerite, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Vanillin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Vegetable Oil, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, BHT, Isostearic Acid, Glyceryl Isostearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tribehenin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

Perricone, MD

Okay, so let’s look at the actual product.  While it claims the scent is vanilla, it is a very light scent and not very sweet.  To be honest it smells like a bullet lipstick you might have stored next to a potent vanilla scented product for too long rather than something that is vanilla in itself.


It has a flat top rather than the traditional bullet shape, but it applies more or less the same.  I swatched it on my hand to get a feel for it.  With each pass a little more color is deposited so its color is buildable, but only to a point. Three passess will each add more color, but after that third pass the color remains the same.  You are adding more product, but not deepening the color. 

It is a true sheer and really has a my lips, but better look to it. Personally, I really enjoyed this color on my low makeup days.  The color is natural, but it does give a bit of shine to the lips.  It isn’t sticky at all.  The formula felt really comfortable to wear.

Since the color is so light, it doesn’t really transfer to the rim of the coffee mug.  It is a little curve of print on a clear glass but it is just a smudge with no color transfer.  The issue is that it doesn’t last long.  It either wipes off or absorbs rather quickly.  The dryer your lips, the more quickly it is gone, so I lean towards absorbs. Which means if you want it to look good, then you have to either apply it just before you need it to look good or commit to reapplying it constantly throughout the day.

white mold beginning to show

I ended up using this No Makeup lipstick when the lippie shades I chose for that week’s makeup bag didn’t suit the look I came up with.  I also applied it just before going on my walks as extra moisture and sun protection for my lips.  There the staying power was less of an issue than the protection it provided with moisture and SPF. Given that jojoba oil is pretty high on the list of ingredients, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the more often I used this lipstick, the softer and more moisturized my lips felt.  In that case it did live up to its claims.  My lips felt really good. 

In addition, I also used this product when I used too many drying liquid lipsticks in a row and my lips needed a break.  This was an excellent product for that.  I will say that despite my best intentions, there were weeks where I either forgot to use this lipstick or I was enjoying the products I put in my weekly makeup bag so much that I just didn’t reach for it. Because I like lighter lip products in the warmer months and darker, richer colors when it gets cold, I used it more in the summer. When I looked at it prior to this post, I realized that I did use a decent amount of product in the six months that I had it on my sink. 

No product on the left, the lip product on the right. slight tint, good non-sticky gloss

I think that is more due to the fact that on the days I did apply it, I had to apply it constantly throughout the day rather than using it a lot of days.

The issue is now that when I roll the product up, there are white streaks appearing that I am pretty sure are mold.  Which means that while there is product left, it is no longer usable product. This makes me very sad as it is such a good lipstick.

The question is, is this product good enough to purchase and return to my collection of products?

To be honest, I don’t think I would repurchase this.  It is very moisturizing, but I have other lip products that are moisturizing.  It has SPF for the lips, but I have other spf infused lip products.  I love the sheer color and the way it feels on the lips, but I can get the same, if not better, sheer lip color from my Trestique lip sheers (Currently Trestique has a 30% off sale going on in ase you are interested) with the added benefit of not having to constantly reapply the product.  

For a $30 lip product, I expected more than this Perricone, MD No Makeup Lipstick delivered.  It does not earn a $30 price tag in my opinion.  On top of that, even though I am fairly certain that Perricone gives you more than a six month window to use this product, I think it is a product that I would only really reach for in the summer months.  I think if I picked another tube of this up in the spring. I would use it in the spring and summer, return it to my dressing table in the autumn and then find that it was not usable the following spring. I don’t have confidence in my ability or willingness to use up this product before it goes bad.

While it is a good product, and I am happy I had a chance to try it, I don’t think it is worth the price and I would not repurchase it.

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