Before the start of this year I didn’t own a single liquid lipstick and now I own more than 30 and my obsession is getting out of hand. I wear normal lipsticks on occassion but almost every day I find myself reaching for my liquid lipsticks as their longevity (in most brands) kicks everything else out of the water. I have tried quite a few brands and as a general rule I’ve been impressed with most but there are some I’m more likely to repurchase than others. Here is my ultimate guide and a battle of the liquid lipsticks (apologies in advance at the length!)
1. Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipstick
Ever since I tried my first ABH liquid lipstick I was blown away and now have five shades *oops* with more to come soon. It’s that perfect combination of runny enough to blend out well but dry enough to not make a mess when applying. It dries pretty quickly to a smooth matte finish which doesn’t cling to the lines in your lips and I did not find them drying at all. There’s no variation in the quality between shades (something I hate) and I can easily put a colour on at 830am and have it last until 9pm despite lots of drinks, lunches and greasy burgers. I seriously can not fault a single thing about these except how hard they are to get in the UK.
2. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Seeing as you can’t get ABH in the UK I’d say the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipsticks are my favourite UK buys. Much like the ABH versions’ they’re non-drying, easy to blend and last for bloody ages, but the main thing I love about these is the shade range. Almost every brand will have your standard pinks and corals but KVD have the most beautiful deep purple (Exorcism), a stunning navy blue (Echo), a strangely wearable black (Witches) and while not usual my perfect nude (Lolita II). My collection now boasts seven shades from the range and I honesty think every single shade is beautiful and wearable.
3. Sephora Cream Lip Stain
The Sephora liquid lipstick was probably one of the first versions of the product I tried and I was blown away at how amazing it was. They have a standard doe foot applicator which picks up just enough product to cover the lips without having to go back for seconds and it dries perfectly. There’s enough time to blend the shade and even it out before it dries and when it does it’s going nowhere. Despite drying really matte they did not feel drying on my lips at all and were so light weight I always feel it’s rubbed off even though it hasn’t. These have amazing staying power and are a great middle range point if you can make it to a Sephora.
4. Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip
I’ve tried both the matte and the satin and while I love both the Satin versions are slightly more nourishing on the lips (although I don’t find the matte ones too drying). You can not beat colour pop for value for money and I think that’s one of the reasons they’re so popular. I’ve got out of my comfort zone more with this brand as I know if I buy a blue tinged red and it just isn’t for me I haven’t wasted too much money. They last a good 6-7 hours with a really good colour pay off and I definitely see what people mean when they compare them to the Kylie Jenner lip kits as they feel scarily similar.
5. The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes
I hadn’t actually read much about The Balm Matte Hughes liquid lipsticks but when browsing Superdrug’s site I found a set of six mini liquid lipsticks from the brand for around the price of one and it seemed like the perfect chance to give them a try. Formula wise it seems to be pretty similar to most of my top ones but the only reason I put these slightly lower down was the fact that they didn’t last quite as long. They did still last around 6-7 hours but the fading was more than with my top choices but I am so glad I’ve tried out the brand. When I manage to go into a Superdrug and swatch the shades I’d have no doubts about buying a full sized bottle if I fell in love with one.
6. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits
I didn’t give in on the Kylie Jenner lip kits for a long time but when I did a recent US haul I thought I’d pick one up and I have quite mixed feelings about it. I love the packaging with the lips image, it’s nice to have something interesting on the lipstick tube and the colour is absolutely beautiful with a pigmented finish but I did find that it wore down quite a lot on the edges of my lips and lost quite a bit of colour here after a few hours even though the rest of the colour stayed on perfectly. One other little annoyance is the lid to the matching liner just doesn’t stay on properly. While the formula and colours are great the hype just isn’t quite worth it.
7. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
This brand are great if you’re looking for an unusual shade (Yellow or bright blue anyone?!) and the main reason I bought some of these, other than the hype, was for Scorpio which is an unusual grey/ lilac shade. The bottles are really cool looking and they apply like a dream, creamy and nourishing yet not drying. But considering their the same application as some of the other brands I love for their price I don’t feel the longevity holds up. I also found Scorpio to be really sticky and didn’t dry properly, so much so that when I put my lips together they stuck. Now I don’t know if this is just this shade but there’s a lot of inconsistency comparing it to Androgyny which is the other shade I have.
8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar
I picked up two stunning obsessive compulsive liquid lipsticks when I was in the States as the Urban Outfitters beauty ranges there are incredible! I opted for them as they were so different from anything I own (a red glitter and a blue/ navy shimmer). The lipsticks are intensely pigmented and so easy to apply that you don’t need to build up the layers which is great as they’re a little thicker than other brands I own (although not too heavy on). My only issue is that the colours bleed quite a lot, the first time I found product moving from my lips to the bit just above so you can only really use these if you opt for a good liner to cover the edges. The formula is good but not the best so I’d only go for these for the more unusual/ hard to find shades.
9. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour
I received this in a beauty box and I am glad I did as I’m not sure I would have bought a drugstore version myself. For the price I don’t think you can go wrong as the colour holds reasonably well (although not as good as a lot of ones I have), but the applicator just doesn’t seem to hold a lot of product which left me having to dip the applicator in the tube more than once, something I don’t have to do with many brands. Another thing which put me off was how heavily scented it was. It did dry super matte and didn’t feel drying which was a plus but I’d only recommend this for quicker wears due to it fading.
10. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
I absolutely love the NYX brand but I was really disappointed with the matte lip creams and didn’t feel they lived up to the standards of the rest of the products. While the shades are beautiful and they are hugely pigmented so you don’t need a lot of product a lot of the shades look completely different on than they do in the tube, and with a few of the shades I have they don’t set properly which means they easily smuge. I have a beautiful deep pink colour and end up with marks all over my chin every time I eat or drink which is not what you want.
11. MUA Luxe and Velvet whipped
I am very much a believer in the fact that you get what you pay for and with these liquid lipsticks only being a few pounds I didn’t expect much, and I’m glad I didn’t. I have a few brighter colours of these and don’t find any of them have good pigmentation which means you have to put on quite a few layers to get a good colour and then it leaves your lips feeling heavy and caked. I’ve also had a lot of variation in shades where some of them dry super quickly, some of them look glossy, some of them don’t seem to dry at all. Overall I’m not impressed with these at all.
Well done if you made it to the end of this epic journey, I commend you.