Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Battle of the liquid lipsticks

Battle of the liquid lipsticks
Battle of the liquid lipsticks
The matte lip trend has been going strong for the last few years and isn't going anywhere!  Matte lips are easiest achieved with liquid lipsticks, which come packaged like a gloss with their own wand, but dry down in minutes.  More and more brands are bringing out their own liquid lipsticks and to be honest, I don't mind as most of them are a bit different in some way.  Plus the more colour options, the merrier!

I thought it would be good to have a bit of a showdown between my matte liquid lipsticks, to see just how well they dry.  For each one I show a lip swatch (one layer) and then what my hand looked like when I kissed it 5 minutes later.  There's quite a difference in how they all perform.  I've got 12 brands to show you here so grab yourself a mug of tea!


MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Funk
MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Funk
MUA's wordy liquid lipstick offering, the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers, are one of the cheapest of the group at only £3.  This one, Funk, is a raspberry pink and applied opaquely in one layer.  The edges transferred on the kiss test and when you press your lips together you can feel them stick a bit.  Also, after a few hours the product tend to break up into beads, especially towards the middle.  Not the best in this collection but okay for the price.  Maybe a good one to try if you just want to see if you like the way matte lips look on you.

Available here for £3.


Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in [714]
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in [714]
One of the most recent offerings are the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks.  I'll say straight away that they are quite difficult to get your hands on, they sell-out in hours although if you follow them on instagram here they are good at saying when they'll be re-stocked.  [714] is an intensely bright peachy coral.  It is a bit patchy with just one layer but perfect with two (the other shades I have are fine with just one layer).  Unfortunately it does transfer to my hand in the kiss test quite a lot.  The formula feels quite comfortable on the lips and doesn't wear away weirdly.

Available here for $18 and sometime available for £13 on Love Makeup and Cocktail Cosmetics.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Baby Pink
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Baby Pink
One of the most hyped-about Liquid Lipsticks are those by Anastasia Beverly Hills.  I have the shade Baby Pink which is, you guessed it, a baby pink albeit quite a bright one.  Again, a little streaky with one layer but good with two.  In the kiss test the edges transferred a bit and it does stay a little bit tacky to the touch.  I like to wear this with Anastasia Lip Gloss in Dainty.



Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin
Kat Von D currently have 12 shades of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, with more coming in the next few months.  This one, Berlin, is a really pretty warm pink.  It feels comfortable on, is opaque in one layer and passes the kiss test.  The only downside is that it is only available from Sephora.

Available here for $20.


Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Brick
Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Brick
Dose of Colors Matte (liquid) Lipsticks are another collection that tend to sell-out quickly.  Brick is a gorgeous deep browny red.  Comfortable on and opaque in one layer.  You can see there are slight marks on my hand but within a few more minutes my lips were completely dry.  DOC also have some really pretty glosses and lipsticks.

Available here as part of the Terra Collection for $58 though I've heard it will be available separately soon.


Sleek Matte Me in Fandango Purple
Sleek Matte Me in Fandango Purple
Sleek's Matte Me range is amazing.  As well as Fandango Purple, I also have Birthday Suit and Petal and I highly recommend those two if you're looking for good nudes.  Fandango Purple is on the magenta side of purple and is quite unique.  The formula is one of the most dry-looking ones when on and I do recommend moisturising your lips really well before hand.  Opaque in one layer, stays on well and passes the kiss test.

Available here for £4.99, as well as in Boots and Superdrug


Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Forbidden
Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Forbidden
The Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquids are now discontinued although currently 2 or the 3 shades are still available on their website.  I love Illamasqua, I really do, and these are the only products I have from them that have no performed well.  They never dry down completely, my lips stick together when I wear them.  They apply opaquely but because they stay sticky, patches get pulled off and so they look blotchy quickly.  Forbidden is a cool pale pink and a I love the colour but it performed dismally in the kiss test.  A no-go I'm afraid, especially considering the price.  I'm a bit disappointed they discontinued them rather than try to reformulate them.

Still available here for £18.50


LA Splash Lip Couture in OG Ghoulish
LA Splash Lip Couture in OG Ghoulish
The LA Splash Lip Coutures are amazing, they are probably the longest-lasting liquid lipstick I have.  They dry down completely with no transferring and last all day.  Even Wayne Goss raves about them (here) so you know they much be good.  OG Ghoulish is a greige (grey beige, get it?), less pink than the newer shade Ghoulish.  There are downsides with the Lip Coutures in that all of the unique colours sell-out really quickly, they smell a bit chemically in the tube (but fine dry) and feel quite dry on.  A good price for a very wide range of colours.

Available here for $11.98, Love Makeup for £8 and Cocktail Cosmetics for £9.95


Limecrime Suedeberry
Limecrime Suedeberry
I know there is a huge maelstrom surrounding Limecrime right now and mentioning them feels a bit taboo, but what would a post on liquid lipsticks be without including them?!  Limecrime's Velvetines are what really kicked off the liquid lipstick trend.  I have the two original colours, Red Velvet and Suedeberry.  Suedeberry is a warm light red that can look more coral or orange on some people.  They are fairly opaque and pass the kiss test, you definitely need to moisturise well before-hand.

Available here for $20.


Revolution Velvet Matte Lip Lacquer in What I Believe
Revolution Velvet Matte Lip Lacquer in What I Believe
Revolution's Velvet Matte Lip Lacquers are fairly similar to the MUA ones in that they are £3, fairly opaque, dry well but feel a bit weird on your lips.  There is very minimal transference in the kiss test.  They have a good range of colours, including a purple and a black.  What I Believe is a bright warm pink.

Available here for £3 and in Superdrugs


Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 15 Polished Purple
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 15 Polished Purple
Ugh how beautiful is this colour?!  This is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Polished Purple, a deep metallic blue-based purple.  It sets completely matte and is probably the most comfortable wearing of all of these products!  I also like that the formula is quite thick so it makes it a bit easier to apply.  Completely opaque in one layer.  There are 14 shades available but the popular ones (this included) sell-out frequently.  If I had plenty of money right now I would order the other 13 shades!

Available here for $13.


Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
Last but not least, we have the most expensive item of the bunch.  Hourglass' Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks are one of the more comfortable liquid lipsticks to wear.  Icon is a classic true red, perfect for a pin-up look.  The colour lasts really well throughout they day but they never set, and are more of a satin than the 'velvety matte' they claim to be.  A decent colour range although nothing outlandish and interesting.

Available here for $28 and at Space NK for £23
Sephora also do a smaller version for $10


Hope you enjoyed that run-down, I know my lips didn't!  Most of the matte liquid lipsticks perform really well, you just need to be prepared with a good lip balm.  I apply my lip balm before starting my makeup and then when it's time to do my lips I blot off any excess.
I would say my favourites of the group are definitely the Sephora Cream Lip Stains and the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks because they're so comfortable, with notable mentions going to the Sleek Matte Mes and the the LA Splash Lip Coutures.
To be honest, the fact that some of these don't dry down completely doesn't put me off.  I quite like to pair liquid lipsticks with a gloss for a more intense glossy look and I also LOVE them as bases for my OCC Lip Tars (goodbye bleeding).


Do you have liquid lipsticks by any other brands?  Have I featured any that you already had your eye on?  I'd love to know what you think.

Rachel

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