Liquid lipsticks are absolutely everywhere at the moment, and while it took me a while to get into them I have to admit I am a full convert. The longevity of these versus a lipstick/ lip pen is insane, and I am so lazy it’s nice to not have to keep topping up. I currently own five brands of liquid lipstick, none of which I feel are ‘high end’ or expensive, with the most costly being about £14. I thought I’d do this run down now as I know when I head to New York I’ll be grabbing some Kat Von D and Anastacia Beverley Hills one so I wanted to narrow down the best of what I have to pit against them. (FYI since writing this post I now own 4 Kat Von D lipsticks but thought I’d keep them for a seperate post!)
The five brands I’ll be talking about are the cheap eBay liquid lipsticks which I have mentioned quite a few times before (I own 4 shades), MUA luxe Whipped and Velvet Whipped (I own 2 shades), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (I own 2 shades), Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (I own just 1 shade) and the Sephora Cream Lip Stains (I currently own 2 but this will change soon!)
I did write a lot more in this post but realised it was about 1,500 words *oops* so massively culled how much I said so excuse the short, snappy sentences.
(L-R) Ebay No 26, Ebay No 10, Ebay No 13, Ebay No 23, MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Shade SPRY, MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Shade Kooky
Application was easy. One wand full was enough for full coverage and easy to line lips as a small applicator. It doesn’t stay liquid for too long and dries quickly.
Applicator a little larger so hard to apply straight (as you can see from being rushed with the purple shade). Dries quickly but if you don’t go for a bright/ dark shade the colour pigmentation isn’t great.
Easy to apply and one wand full is enough product. Colour pigmentation is good but the colours I swatched (and own) are nothing like they are on the tube.The super dark mauve purple colour which you can see in the main image doesn’t translate anywhere near that dark on my lips.
Good sized applicator but there wasn’t enough product so I had to dip it back in again. Heavily scented which put me off.
Standard doe applicator so easy to apply. The wand isn’t bulky so it’s easy to line the lips. Dries relatively quickly and the cover always looks even.
Isn’t too drying on the lips but does show up quite a few lines. Light weight. But when you put your lips together it is quite sticky like a gloss, but this doesn’t ruin the colour.
Quite drying and to get the right pigmentation you need a lot of product so it’s quite heavy. The velvet version dried quickly (Purple) but the Velvet Whipped (nude) appeared more glossy.
Don’t dry quickly, even an hour later there are patches which look ‘wet’ and non-matte. Colour moves a little because of this. Works better if you blot with a tissue because although it tones the colour down it looks drier and matter.
Despite applying like a gloss it isn’t shiny or sticky and dries super matte. Doesn’t dry out the lips so you can feel it on like you would a lipstick.
A little drying but with the right prep this wasn’t an issue. Dried quickly on the lips. Really light weight that you won’t feel it on.
(L-R) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Shade 08, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Shade 20, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Devotion, Sephora Lip Stain Shade 05, Sephora Lip Stain Shade 06
I tried all of these through a normal day at work which includes eating breakfast and lunch and drinking a lot at my desk (without a straw) so the comparison between longevity is equal.
After about six hours there was only minimal fading around the middle of my lips where they meet. Faded during the day but not for a while. Only needed topping up once to last the whole day.
The nude was so bad it came off my lips within an hour of wearing it. The purple was so clung to my lips that it faded a lot in the middle of my lips and the rest was hard to scrub off.
Smudges quite a lot as the colour doesn’t dry so I ended up with a lot of colour movement. Colour lasts but bleeds a lot.
Faded quite a lot in the first hour from a deep pink to a candy pink. The faded colour lasted and was fine for shorter periods but I’d have to reapply on nights out for vibrant colour. Superior to a standard lipstick but not the best liquid lipstick.
Great longevity. Still on my lips in full-colour glory six hours later and even nine hours are application there was minimal fading.