Monday, May 2, 2016

Liquid Lipstick Part 2.

For the last 2 years, liquid lipsticks have been one of the most popular products. To the point, that it is hard to get through an instagram feed without a mention of Gerard Cosmetics, Jeffree Star ,Dose of Colors or LaSplash Lip Couture. Also, beauty giants like L'oreal, Maybelline, MAC, among others have finally introduced their versions. 

I am not an avid lipstick chick, but when I do apply a little colour, I want it to last and be comfortable.  Since my last post, I have tried more formulas from Indie brands and honestly, some of these are the best out there. 

Makeup Monsters Cosmetics  

Amount: 6ml
Price: $15.95 US - from Washington State
Texture: Light, thin, liquid formula.

Top to bottom Flutter, Heavy Artillery, Muddled.
Thoughts: Layers nicely. Highly pigmented. 
Lasts for about 6 hours - not oil proof, but mostly transfer resistant. 

Vegan and Cruelty free

Their Claims:

4-12 hours wear - depending on routine

Our unique touchproof formula was designed on the idea that no one should have to sacrifice comfort for durability. Our thin and lightweight formula is different from any other brand out there bringing comfortable wear while giving a pigmented and long lasting touchproof look. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Left to Right Redrum and Abused

Amount: 5.6ml
Price: $18 US
Texutre: Light, thin liquid

Thoughts: Pigmented,  non drying. Easily layers. 
Not oil proof but mostly transfer resistant

Vegan and Cruelty Free

Their claims:

Our liquid lipstick goes on opaque, dries completely matte and stays on for hours! This product is 100% vegan & cruelty-free!(tips before use: exfoliate with lip scrub then apply to bare lips! avoid food with oil… and no making out, kisses are ok!)


Amount: 3 ml
Price: $18.95 Cdn
Texutre: Very liquid, layers moderately and very drying.
Left to right Ghoulish, Sirius, Venom, Nagini, Charmed

Thoughts: Lasts for at least 8 hours, but crumbles and hard to remove, very drying

Their claims:
Lip Couture's rich waterproof shades will leave a velvety, matte finish that never transfers. Experiment with our boldest high pigmented shades -- from neutral to solid black. With its innovative formula that glides on as liquid and dries matte, you are sure to turn heads! Use the Lip Couture Remover to effortlessly remove the lipstick and leave your lips super moisturized and cushiony soft.

Bathe your lips in intense color! The Smitten LipTint Mousse seals color on the lips for a waterproof, smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its innovative weightless formula glides on effortlessly over lips, laying down bold vibrant color with exceptional longevity and feels feather-light over the lips. When applied, the initial liquid texture immediately dries to a velvet matte, lightweight tint. The angled, dense sponge applicator makes applying the lipstick fast and easy, and precise application

Maybelline Vivid Mattes

Amount: 7.7ml
Price: $11.99 Cdn
Texture: Creamy, liquid does not dry to matte or fully dry down. 
left to right Nude Flush and Vivid Violet

Thoughts: smooth application except Vivid Violet is patchy, comfortable as it doesn't fully dry, transfers, not a true matte


Their Claims:
Mattes go vivid
Infused with pure pigments for high-impact colour
Lip color glides on smooth to a matte finish

NYX Lingerie

Amount: 4ml
top to bottom Honeymoon and Lace Detail
Price: $9.00 Cdn

Texture: light, mousse texture.

Thoughts: smooth application, transfers, good number of nude colours, comfortable. 

Cruelty Free

Too Faced Melted Matte

Amount: 7ml
Queen B
Price: $25 Cdn
Texture: light, liquid texture. Layers well. 

Thoughts: short longevity, removes easily, moderate transfer, comfortable on the lips. 

- Parabens 
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

Their Claims:
Too Faced’s innovative formula glides onto lips like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte, opaque finish. Melted Matte ensures that your lip color always looks rich, full, and kissable—and is never dry, shriveled, or cracked. The doe-foot applicator comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, vivid matte color that lasts for hours. It’s infused with Volulip for a no-sting plumping and smoothing effect and antioxidant-rich avocado oil and vitamin E to moisturize, while hyaluronic filling spheres smooth the look of lip lines. It comfortably coats lips with a wash of intense, high-impact, super-saturated color that lasts for hours.

M.A.C. Retro Matte Liquid Lip
Left to right:  To Matte With Love, Lady Be Good,
Feels so Grand, High Drama, Oh Lady
Amount: 5ml
Price: $24
Texture: light, thicker liquid. 

Thoughts: Wears evenly and stains lips, lack of colour choices, dark colours are patchy. 

Their Claims;
Long-wearing, eight hours
Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours
Provides stay-true colour, eight hours
Non-feathering, non-bleeding"

My favourite liquid lipstick is Makeup Monsters. With its light, liquid texture and durability, this is truly a great formulation and company.  I love the range of colours - blue, pinks, greens and nudes.