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Morgana Cryptoria Lipsticks – Holy Grail

While I’ve always loved lip products, it took me a long time to embrace lipstick. I used to prefer glosses because no matter what I did with lipstick, I’d somehow end up with some on my teeth and feel foolish. Eventually I learned how to properly blot, so I started exploring lipsticks. Enter Morgana Cryptoria lipsticks, in all sorts of fabulous colors, and I was hooked.

Morgana’s lipsticks are now all vegan (before I believe that they were mostly vegan). The ingredients are great. The lipsticks are pigmented. The original formula has changed to be more moisturizing.

What makes them holy grail for me is their lasting power, pigment and texture.

I can put Azalea Blue on first thing in the morning and have it stick around on my lips all day and by 6pm it will still be around. It may be a tad bit worn down but if I just stick some lip balm on, it refreshes everything and still looks pretty good. I consider that to be pretty awesome.

Right now, the colors I’m lusting after are Otherworldly, Absinthe and Cotton Candy.

Here are the current full size lipstick colors that I have.

Ice Queen pictured above.

There are 39 colors and counting, as Morgana is always adding more. The lipsticks are $10 each.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil(soybean), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Sunflower Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Jojoba Wax. May contain(depending on the shade): Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate(glitter), Flavor, Tin Oxide, Tin Dioxide, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Polyester-3, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Black 2(Carbon Black), Blue 1, Yellow 5, Red 7, Red 21, Red 27, Red 28, Red 30, Red 33, Red 40, Copper, Bronze.
Mistress is made using a mica coated with Butyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben, Propylparaben.

Sub-Zero is a gorgeous bright blue shade.
Ice Queen is the perfect highlight shade for deeper Turquoise.
Cauldron is a deeply pigmented black with holographic sparkles.
Coraline’s Kiss is based off of the eye shadow color Coraline, which I really like!
Azalea and Azalea blue are gorgeous and vibrant hot pinks, but Azalea Blue is even more intensely pigmented and has a blue sheen.
Nightshade is a deep dark purple.
Valentine is a pretty pink duochrome with a bit of sparkle.
Metallic Maiden lives up to its name by being metallic pink-red.
Red Licorice is a pretty cherry red.

With such a variety of colors, everyone is sure to find at least one to love!

So tell me, have you tried Morgana Cryptoria’s lipsticks?
Do you have a Holy Grail Lipstick?

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    • Laujoyee

      Those lipcolors look delicious. I am a lip whore and I’m lusting after these; Azalea blue (I love bright bold fuschias) and even though I’m not ‘that type of girl,’ you make me really want Sub-Zero and I’m betting that I won’t even have the skin tone for it!
      Coraline’s Kiss looks almost like the ‘my lip but better’ shade I have been looking forever for :x

      But alas, I am on a no-buy until my Birthday :(

      Thank you for swatches.

      • Phyrra

        Aww I hope you can try them out soon :) They’re really fabulous and worthy of Holy Grail status in my eyes.

    • http://beautyaddict.net/ Vesna @ beautyaddict.net

      I really like Azalea and Nightshade though other colors look interesting too :)

      • Phyrra

        Azalea Blue is my fav, Azalea is really nice and so is Nightshade. I ALWAYS forget that I have Nightshade. I should wear it more often.

    • http://ladyinatophat.blogspot.com Lady In A Top Hat

      I really want Coraline’s kiss to try out. It looks so pretty!

      • Phyrra

        Coraline’s kiss is really pretty :) It’s a very wearable shade!

    • http://legothique.com/ Grey

      I was going to post my Lipstick Battle today. Looks like I’ll have to hold off and figure out something else instead.

      • Phyrra

        I don’t see why you can’t post your lipstick battle?

        • http://legothique.com/ Grey

          I strongly dislike posting the same thing as someone else just after they do.

          • Phyrra

            But uhm, this wasn’t a battle post? This was a holy grail post. Battle to me implies multiple brands?

            • http://legothique.com/ Grey

              Yeah, but this is still about the entire Indie part of the Indie vs Corp post.

    • Sara

      I didn’t used to like lipstick either. But as I get older and my “so gloriously pigmented only clear gloss can go on them otherwise they make me look whorish with all that eye-makeup” lips lose a bit of color seemingly every day, I’m more open to the idea of lipstick. :) I still don’t like it that much and prefer stains with a bit of gloss, but there is something terribly romantic about twisting up a lipstick and applying some seximafied lip color.

      Morgana has such a wide array of colors it’s daunting! I want to try them all! I love that she has so many oddball colors.

      • Phyrra

        The nice thing I’ve found about Morgana’s lipsticks are you can blot them down and they’ll leave a nice stain behind, which is part of why they end up being long wearing ;) And yes, all the unusual colors really drew me in!

    • Egyptian Iris

      I have to chime in yet another want Coraline’s Kiss comment, although I’m also kind of interested in Rosy Plum. Kind of disappointed that Mistress has parabens though.

      The second lip pic has *Oil Slick but no corresponding *. Is that a gloss or something?

      • Phyrra

        Oil slick is by Urban Decay, and is a black lipstick I put on top of it to see how it would look. I liked the effect :)

    • PonPon

      Ever since I saw these lipsticks I’ve wanted all the purple ones~ I love purple lipsticks, and she has some really pretty colors. I ‘ve just not been able to buy any, since they’re 10$ each.

      • Phyrra

        You can always keep an eye out for a sale. I think there’s going to be one around Black Friday :)

    • http://mozzarellamakeup.blogspot.com/ Evelyn

      there are so many brands i want to try! .. thanks for sharing!

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome!

    • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

      I don’t use lipstick, don’t know why tbh… But I LOVE some of the colours on the pic (all the blue/purple/back/grey/green) hehehhe, i think i should try them:)

      • Phyrra

        You would look fantastic in the blues and greens and purples :)

    • http://www.tiannemarie.blogspot.com Tianne Pierce

      My car was broken into last night and was ransacked, with my purse stolen. I cried, but when I realized my brand new 24k Pumpkin Morgana lippie was stolen too and probably just chucked somewhere….I felt sick and cried harder. I love her lipsticks and am heartbroken.

      • Phyrra

        I’m so sorry! That’s awful!

    • Amber

      Did Morgana’s stop carrying lipstick samples? There’s a ton I really want to try, but Its hard to commit to just a few to try out with the price tag. The price is still fairly reasonable, especially compared to other brands, and the igredients/lasting power sounds great… but shipping to Canada is $7.00+ for just a few items. :( I think i’m holding off until their sale for now!

      • Phyrra

        You know, I’m not sure. I think she did. You can email her and ask though :)

    • http://prettyindayton.blogspot.com Styrch

      Oh dear… I’m going to have to check these out! Look at all those fun shades!

      • Phyrra

        I know! So many colors to choose from ;)

    • http://www.beautysbadhabitblog.blogspot.com Lily

      They all look like beautiful, unique lipstick colours. ‘Azalea’ and ‘Shrieking Violet’ have been on my wishlist for faaar to long!

      • Phyrra

        Shrieking Violet is pretty! And Azalea Blue is easily my favorite.

    • sarah

      I have these on my list:
      • Absinthe
      • Twinkling Rubies
      • Mistress
      • Coraline’s Kiss
      • Nightshade
      • Silverwitch
      • Azalea Blue
      • Licorice
      • Cauldron
      • Shreiking Violet
      • Turquoise
      • Sub Zero
      • Valentine
      • Serenity
      • Blood

      So, a lot. I’m especially wanting Absinthe, Cauldron, Sub Zero, and Shrieking Violet.

      • Phyrra

        Yay! Fantastic list :)

    • http://shopmystash.blogspot.com Darcey

      These are so pretty! Uhm…how DO you properly blot? I always thought the ‘stick your finger in your mouth and then pull out’ helped keep lipstick from getting on your teeth?

      I’m kind of a lipstick noob. :B

      • Phyrra

        This is what I do.
        1. If you’re going to apply lip primer, apply it first.
        2. Apply lip liner.
        3. Apply lipstick. I often use a lip brush to make sure I get the color along my lipline.
        4. Take a tissue and delicately press your lips on the tissue. Kind of like if you were going to bite into a sandwich or something.
        5. You can then do the stick a few fingers in your mouth and then pull out thing.

        It’s taken me a long time to figure it out. The blotting has been key. I used to never blot.

    • cinseven13

      *love* Morgana’s lipsticks. Shrieking Violet is definitely my favorite!!

      • Phyrra

        Aww yay! You should wear it soon :)

    • Sowwmmyaa

      Indeed all the colors are Sooooo pretty! Finally I have ordered my dream color: Azalea blue, after seeing your swatches…on its way now.

      • Phyrra

        Yay! Azalea Blue is my favorite ;) I hope you love it!

    • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

      I really need to use the samples I bought more often! They’re such pretty colours, but I always forget about them >_<

      I really want to try 24 karat pumpkin since everybody raves about it :)

      • Phyrra

        I know! I have several sample colors around and I forget to use them, even though they’re pretty!

    • http://www.aijuswhanakno.com Mika chan

      Can you believe I STILL haven’t tried her lipsticks Gosh, I’m so slow :(

      • Phyrra

        No! You need Azalea blue!
        It will look hot on you!

    • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

      oh man, I can’t look at this post! I want those lipsticks! But I can’t order right now:(:(:(
      As soon as I can I will get Absinthe, Otherworldly and I have to decide between all the grey-blacks (i wish I could get them all hehe) I never used a black lipstick, wow I don’t even know how many times I will use it…but they look sooo pretty in the pictures!!

      • Phyrra

        Gargoyle is a really nice one, if that helps :)

    • Wednesday

      I’m more of a warm color girl, so blue and purple lipstick isn’t really my thing. I’m thinking about getting Coraline’s Kiss, Mistress, and Rose Plum. I’d get Raspberry too, but it looks like it’s out of stock.

      • Phyrra

        I think some of the purples are warm, but definitely check out Coraline’s Kiss :)

    • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

      Oh man, where is Gargoyle? I can’t find it.

      • Phyrra

        email Morgana, maybe she’s discontinued it but would do a custom order?

        • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

          ahh, ok thats a nice idea:) I can’t buy this month cause I preordered Cataclysm CE and I’m also doing a Reiki course, but I hope I can buy from her some cosmetics next month. I really want to use some of her lipsticks. What colour is Gargoyle btw?

          • Phyrra

            I have my collector’s Cata & <3 it ;)