Time for part 2. Thanks so much for all the incredible feedback on the first part, it really means so much to me that all these awesome people in my life have taken the opportunity to let me know what they think so far!
Right! On with it.
Let’s do this.
Lately, I’ve really been loving liquid lipsticks. I love the ease of use with the doe-foot applicators, I love the wet-to-dry formulation, they just feel so modern and fun.
These ones are once again in a loose least-liked to best-liked order. But I like all of them honestly! You’ll notice all of them are really well priced apart from the TooFaced (which is still pretty well priced just not as great as the rest). This is a section of the market where the drugstore is really kicking some serious arse at the moment.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams
This was my first foray into liquid lipsticks. These are magical. They are cheap as chips, and just wonderful little things! So much fun, lovely colour range, what’s not to like? Well, a couple of things. Let’s check them out pictorially.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – (L-R) Stockholm, Milan, Addis Ababa
It is worth noting that the light I photographed swatches in today wasn’t as good as the other day so bear that in mind.
For cream lipsticks, these are super pigmented! The doe-foot applicator makes these amazingly easy to apply. It’s much easier using one of these than using a brush or lipstick bullet, because of the finer tip and also because they are more ergonomic to hold (in my opinion). The consistency of these is super creamy, and not at all sticky or thick. It reminds me of lightly whipped cream or something. They smell kinda vanilla-ish which is super nice! They also have a matte finish. Onto the swatches.
Stockholm is a lovely peachy nude, Milan is a browny pink (more brown than it appears here) and Addis Ababa is a SUPERBRIGHT fuchsia. As you can see, these aren’t SUPER pigmented in the same way as a normal lipstick would be. They take a few swipes before they become opaque – particularly the brighter colours.
They’re also not super long lasting, which may be a dealbreaker for some but isn’t really for me because the fade is even, there’s no weird chunking or caking, they just sorta… fade away to nothing.
Still, I love them for how easy they are to use. I don’t mind reapplying when it takes 2 seconds in the bathroom at work. There’s never any mess to clean up so it’s no biggie. Great product!
Pros: EASY. Cheap as chips. Fantastic colour range. Smells nice. Goes on like a dream. Fades evenly and comfortably. Comfortable to wear, doesn’t dry the lips out.
Cons: Short wearing. Not amazingly pigmented, takes a few swipes to reach opacity. Packaging is quite minimalist and cheap but that’s kind of NYX’s thing.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet
These are fairly new to me so I don’t have tonnes to say just yet. I like them, and I know my friend Lauren loves the one she bought, which I didn’t get and regret not getting.. anyway that’s another story (she has Pink Pong which is a fabulous bright pink!).
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – 03 Hot Pepper and 07 Nude-Ist
Now, it’s no secret that I bought these because Vivianna Does Makeup recommended them and I LOVE HER oh god, I really do. She has not steered me wrong yet, and she didn’t with these beauties. I really love them! These are a little sticky/glossier than the lip creams, not quite as matte though they do dry very matte. I simply didn’t have the time to wait for full matte-ness on these today as I was running out of daylight. The packaging is much more luxe, but so it should be at a higher cost, and because Bourjois is just rad like that. Fun fact: made by the same company as Chanel! The more you know. Aaaaanyway.. swatches!
Gosh, these just did not swatch well at all! But one of the key issues with this product is highlighted here. They are just not very pigmented! You have to go over them a couple of times, a few even. The first time I wore Hot Pepper, I found that I had to add a lipliner underneath to make it really work its magic which is a bit disappointing, because part of the beauty of liquid lipsticks (IMO) is that they don’t need a lipliner. But once it was on, holy CRAP did it stay on. Nude-ist was the same, even with no lipliner, though personally I would not call this a nude shade myself. It’s quite pink. Even not on my overly pigmented lips you can see that it’s more of a pink than a nude, by a long shot. But I like it anyway, because I’m into pink neutrals.
Pros: Intensely long lasting. Great colour range. Available at most Pricelines. Great quality packaging. Dries to a lovely matte finish.
Cons: Not super pigmented, quite a lot of swipes before opacity is achieved, sometimes even requiring a lipliner.
Cost: $24 at Priceline but GUESS WHAT, they’re currently 30% off so get thee on down to your local or order online for a ridiculous saving, they end up costing $16.80! Yeeha.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain & TooFaced Melted Lipstick
I did these together because doing single ones seemed silly and I like them about the same. I’ll talk briefly about each then post the pictures.
These are both absolutely excellent products.
The Sephora lip cream stain is a much coveted item after another of my British beauty gurus, Lily Pebbles, raved about it. Every time I thought to myself “god what is she wearing on her lips, it’s amazing” it was this. So my amazing friend Jaime picked one up for me in Thailand! I was super grateful and this product did not disappoint. It’s bloody excellent. The staying power is amazing, it’s really pigmented, the colour is this perfect pinky-bluey-red and dries to a flawless matte finish, it’s just amazing.
The TooFaced product is one that I was also extremely interested in, I bought it originally in Peony which ended up being too light for me. I wanted Melted Candy real bad but it is not being sold in Australia for some reason. My amazing friend Brianna got it for me in an online Secret Santa! I was so happy when I unwrapped this! It’s a gorgeous bright orchid colour. Like the Sephora product, it has fantastic staying power and the pigmentation is great. Let’s see some pictures, shall we?
Sephora Lip Cream Stain in 01 – Always Red, Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick in Melted Candy
As you can see, these two products are pretty darn different, packaging wise. The Sephora product is your “normal” doe-foot applicator style and the Melted lipstick has a sponge applicator through which you squeeze the product, then apply the slanted tip to your lips directly.
Swatches are really where the beauty lies in these products. I mean, look at this.
LOOK. AT. THEM.
How beautiful are they?! That’s hardly any swiping, just super pigmented and rich. They both dry to a totally matte, but not drying finish. They are both long lasting and require no lipliner. Enough said.
Pros: Super pigmented, dries to a matte finish, long wearing, Sephora product has amazing colour choices within the range and is very well priced. TooFaced has lovely packaging.
Cons: Sephora only available at store of same name (not even online, gj Sephora Australia), TooFaced has a limited colour range. TF shade shown above is not available in Australia though I suspect Melted Fuchsia is similar. Sephora product packaging is a little cheap but so is the product itself so it’s fine.
Cost: No idea on the Sephora. US$13 in the States, if that helps. TooFaced has other shades available for $28 at Mecca Cosmetica.
Australis VelourLips Matte Lip Creams
GOOD GOD. I just can’t even tell you. I can’t actually describe how much these rule in every way. Someone on a forum I use got me onto them and honestly, I think there may be witchcraft involved in how these stay on for so long. I don’t know how it works. It is sorcery.
I have two colours in this range and honestly the lack of range is the only reason I don’t have more. There are some interesting colours – even a purple! I would strongly recommend checking them out for sure. Lack of range might not even be the right way to describe it. There are lots of colours. I’m grasping at straws. I’m the one with the lack of range (in that I am not very adventurous and tend to stick to reds, pinks and nudes). I bought this in Hono-Loo-Loo and it was a little light for me – a common problem, you’ll find, with me and my pigmented lips.
Australis VelourLips – NY-Cee, Mi-Am-Ee
Pretty standard stuff, right? But look at the swatches.
BAWwwwwwwwwww check that out, that’s ONE SWIPE.
The place where these babies really win though is the longevity. It’s unbelievable. You can eat, drink, kiss and talk all day and it’ll be fine. I tested these when I first bought them by applying, letting them dry for a couple of minutes then kissing my husband on the cheek pretty hard. Nothing. Not a scrap of colour on his face. Then I had a coffee. Still nothing, no colour on the mug at all. Brilliant. I really can’t say enough good things. And guess what? Not only are they my favourites they’re also the cheapest on this entire list. Yup.
Pros: Everything. Literally everything is a pro.
Cons: I guess you could say the packaging is kinda minimalist, and some might say tacky? I don’t care, it is sturdy as heck which is really all that matters.
Cost: !!!!! $9.95 from Priceline. Do yourself a favour – go get some of these. Some. Not one. Not a couple. Get some. I know I’m gonna be getting more!
Thanks for reading! Part 3 will be primers, liners and pencils. I know a lot of you are waiting for this one because of the Nars Lip Pencils and I’m sorry to make you wait but it’ll be worth it!