The packaging is simple and practical. I've always liked Make Up For Ever's packaging and I have a strong suspicion that simple packaging is what keeps their prices down.
I tested this lipstick for a night out and it did not budge after numerous (yikes) glasses of wine. After 5 - 6 hours of general snacking and drinking, I could see a bit of fading inside the lips, but it did not leave a "ring" of color around my mouth. There is seriously nothing worst than that. It also faded nicely and didn't leave my lips too dry, although they did need some balm after my regular face cleanse. I can safely say that this is a smudge-proof, waterproof lipstick. It didn't even smudge under water. You could most definitely wear this at the pool or beach, and/or sweat a lot without this budging. I recommend the Aqua Rouges if you're the type of gal who likes a bright lip 24/7.
Please excuse the after-work, post sickness face. I just got over a cold and my skin is feeling the effects!
As you can see in the pictures above, the lipstick can be worn with, or without gloss. I've worn it both ways, and personally, I think I like the glossy version better. Normally I'd go for matte, but I think the pink is much more vibrant when glossy. And while the addition of the gloss makes this lipstick a little less transfer proof, it definitely doesn't smudge easily. You'd have to really want to try to smudge it in order to make it move. Besides, who else is over mattes for summer? I know I am!
I'm not sure the pictures capture how bright this lipstick is - it's REALLY bright. And fun! I'm definitely looking forward to wearing it this summer, especially for a night out dancing!
Hope this was helpful, and happy Monday!
* I have received this product for consideration but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.