When I first bought the lipstick, the actual lipstick had been twisted up so that you can see it through the clear, plastic lid. I didn't realize the half inch of "empty space" until I brought it home and twisted the lipstick back down. I remember all the lipsticks (could be wrong) actually being twisted up to show the color through the lid. Here's what mine looked like when I first bought it..
The Product: The lipstick has a shiny, glossy finish and is overall leans very slightly towards the moisturizing side. I don't feel as though it will really "help" moisturize your lips but it doesn't take away moisture or dry out the lips either. Since it's glossy, I felt that it would be a great nude for the lips and wouldn't sink into the lines in my lips -which is a frequent problem with nude lippies. From a distance, the lipstick looks great but if you're up close and personal, you can totally see the gross patchy-ness of the lipstick. That being said, my usually dry lips were actually really soft at the time and weren't dry whatsoever so this was pretty much the ultimate test! I can't even imaging wearing this when my lips are in their dry phase. It does go on unevenly as well -but it isn't too difficult to smooth out. I also have to note that the lipstick is "slippery" and does not "become one" with the lips. It wears off in about 15 minutes -no food or drink. Also, there's a sort of perfumey vanilla scent to it but I can't detect the smell when I'm wearing it.
Overall: Honestly haven't worn this since I took picture for the review. I do really love how it looks from a distance (at least 2-3 feet) but I'm talking to someone up close, I'm too afraid that they'll see the patchyness and I patchy grossness on the lips is definitely one of my pet peeves. I'm really sad that it's still patchy even on soft, moisturized lips!! How insane is that??! The thing is I absolutely love the color and I'd like to find a dupe for it. It's such a wonderful nude and would be so, so wonderful for Spring/Summer. I also didn't like the packaging. The idea was really great but I didn't like the way it was pulled off. I'm a No on this but for anyone who's interested, it's only $6. Maybe you'll have better luck? I sure hope so because the color is gorgeous.