Ardency Inn describes itself as:
…a new makeup brand deeply rooted in the downtown New York music scene.
Aiming to put the power of makeup artistry in the hands of not only recording artists but also every woman, the brand creates high performance color cosmetics that are quick and easy to use, allowing creativity to run free.
With imagery that captures the edge and free spirit of downtown New York, ARDENCY INN represents a true lifestyle that resonates with music and makeup fans everywhere.
I’m not sure that copy especially resonates with me, but my head was turned by the 70s-vibe of their logo. (On the other hand, the Modster logo looks positively 60s.)
During Sephora’s last VIB sale, I bought their lipstick in a nude shade, mostly because I don’t have many nude lip colors and I’ve kind of been gravitating to them lately.
Here’s their description of their Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color:
A full coverage long lasting lipstick with the comfort of a balm. This highly pigmented lipstick delivers rich intense color while protecting and nourishing the lips all day long. A combination of essential oils and waxes ensures a long lasting result that won’t feather or transfer.
- Sleek high gloss metallic case with magnetic closure
- Organic and Mineral Pigments bring intense, luminous color
- Combination of 3 waxes (Beeswax, Carnauba, Candellila) give high color payoff, comfort and long lasting wear
- Silica Powder provides velvety matte finish and soft focus effect
- Full coverage
- Velvety matte finish
Overall, they’re not wrong!
The case is a little chubbier and shorter than your average lipstick. It looks slick and feels great in the hand. The magnetic closure is a nice touch.
The color I chose, Sweet Nothing (“muted coral with warm undertones”), is a midtoned, warm nude shade that has touches of pinky mauve to it, but on me it reads quite peachy. It’s a very easy color for me to wear, so I’m happy with it. It’s not so nude that it gives me death-lips. In fact, it’s actually not that nude on me at all, just a pretty, soft, pinked-peach.
It does look a tad powdery on initial application. This soon wears off, and you are left with a soft matte finish. The lipstick is well-pigmented and provides full coverage with one stroke! It feels lightweight and I don’t find it to be drying, though I would not call it moisturizing. The lipstick lasts very well for me, about 5-6 hours without needing any touch-ups.
There is a faint lipstick-y kind of smell (sorry, I still have stuffed up sinuses), but no taste that I could discern.
I really like everything about this lipstick, and I look forward to trying more. I hope they get in more warm, deep shades. They do have a midnight blue lipstick, but that’s not for me!
Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color is US$25 / CA$29 and 0.12 oz / 3.5 g. It is made in France.
Ardency Inn is based in New York, NY, USA.