Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Liquid Lipstick Lowdown

It seems that liquid lipsticks are really having a moment as of late, and a moment that doesn't seem to be cooling off anytime soon. It seems that many brands both drugstore and high end have jumped on the bandwagon all releasing their own versions and with good reason - these are some of the most long-wearing matte lip formulas to have graced our makeup bags, with a little bit of practice they are fairy easy to apply, they are so pigmented and don't smudge or budge once applied. For those reasons I can see why we have put down our matte lipsticks and are all about the liquid lipstick lovin' so without further ado I wanted to share with you all my liquid lipstick lowdown. 

A favourite high street liquid lipstick comes in the form of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (£8.99), I actually think this was my first encounter of a liquid lipstick and the start of my obsession. The formula is quite thin without being watery and applies really easily onto the lips, within seconds these then dry down to a matte lip that never feels too drying when worn and is so light that you can never feel the liquid lipstick. If you're after a long lasting lipstick this definitely delivers, no smudging, no fading, no transferring this stuff will literally last hours and you don't have to be worried about being stuck with a strong lip line and no colour, because this looks fresh throughout the day. 

If you're looking for a liquid lipstick that won't break the bank then I would definitely recommend the Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream (£2.99). This is one of the more creamier liquid lipstick formulas that I have come across, and feels velvety on the lips before drying matte. When applied this doesn't dry the lips out and is actually quite a moisturising lip product, and delivers good pigmentation - I usually apply a couple of layers just to build the colour. I will say though that this only wears for around a couple of hours and doesn't survive the food and drinks test and I would recommend a lip scrub prior as this does have the tendency to cling but for the price this is a great budget option for those wanting to try liquid lipsticks. 

Since Colourpop has been popping up on the blogosphere with rave reviews I knew I had to at least try one of the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6) to see what the hype was all about. Formula wise this is a lot more watery than other formulas of liquid lipstick that I own, and you do have to be a little careful as I've read of instances where the lipsticks have leaked because they are so watery. Despite this, the formula is very mattifying so I would recommend a scrub and balm beforehand - saying that these don't actually feel too drying once applied nor do they feel uncomfortable. These set in around a minute so you do get a little longer to make sure you are happy with your application. Once set though this will not smudge or budge and you don't have to worry about the colour bleeding during the day. 

The biggest surprise for me has to be the Lip Kit By Kylie ($29) range, as I wasn't really sure what to expect from the products but the liquid lipsticks have really impressed me. With these a little goes a long way and one swipe is all you need to cover your lips, the texture of the lipsticks is quite moussey and light - your lips will feel a little sticky to begin with - and in seconds you are left with a gorgeous matte lip. The difference I've found with these particular liquid lipsticks is that they start off feeling a little dry but do begin to feel more comfortable as the day goes along, so you do need to bear with it. These are incredibly long lasting, surviving the food and drinks test and doesn't transfer nor does it smudge or budge. Towards the end of the day this formula does feel a little drying so I would suggest a little lip bam to hydrate your lips. 

A little late to the game but a product that definitely delivers, the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (£21) is perfect for MAC lipstick lovers and you can quickly find yourself lusting after the whole collection despite the hefty price tag. The formula of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks is quite moussey without being too thick, and once applied the shades are so pigmented that you only need one swipe to cover your lips. These will not budge once on the lips and never feel drying throughout the day. I will say these are probably one of the most long lasting formulas I have come across, especially the brighter colours they will look as good at 7pm as they did when they were first applied.

After hearing so many rave reviews I knew that I needed to get my hands on the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (£5.50), and boy was I glad that I had a splurge at Clothes Show. These have the most amazing formula which is not only comfortable to wear but the texture feels so velvety smooth on the lips you don't ever feel like you're wearing a liquid lipstick - more of a stain. I've found that depending on the colour some dry matte quicker than others, so you may be in for a wait depending on the shade. These are so pigmented also meaning you are never re-dipping the wand for extra coverage, and once dry these are not budging - they are so long lasting and a great yet affordable liquid lipstick. 

I wish that Sephora would just re-open stores in the UK purely so that I can get my hands on more of the Sephora Cream Lip Stains ($14), the formula is very creamy and a little thicker than the likes of Bourjois and when applied this dries down to a matte finish within seconds. With just one swipe you will have coated your lips with enough product, and despite the thicker formula they never feel heavy on the lips. Once applied they never feel drying, and are very lightweight once the formula has settled. Again this will not budge or smudge once applied and are so long lasting that you can eat and drink as much as you want and not have to worry about checking on your lips. 

Stila is a brand I'd never really looked at before as my local Boots only has such a small selection of products, that was until I discovered that M&S stocked a great range of products. I hadn't heard much about the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (£15) that was until I found a lot of the shades were dupes for the Sephora Lip Stains - so if you are in the UK these are a great alternative. I've found that these liquid lipsticks definitely do live up to their name as they stay all day lasting anywhere from 6-10 hours even through food and drink! These are so pigmented also, and apply very creamy onto the lips - even the palest nudes apply effortlessly. The only thing I will say about these is because the formula is so long lasting it does have the tendency to feel drying as the day goes on - but nothing a little balm doesn't solve - despite this they are one of my favourite liquid lipsticks. 

I'd love to know what are your favourite liquid lipsticks!

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