Sunday, 5 March 2017

Jumping on the Bandwagon Late (Again): Liquid Lipsticks

I've been pretty vocal about how I don't like liquid lipsticks, and especially matte liquid lipsticks. But as their popularity marched on, I knew that I was going to crumble at some point and buy one. That moment came in January. I had tried @eyelined's Life's Entropy Lip Theory in Chaos back in December and loved the doefoot packaging and the comfort of the formula. I had tried the Lip Theories before, but none of the new ones with different finishes and not since they'd switched to doefoots (I think they're now on a newer doefoot container, but I picked an older Lip Theory from a stockist to buy, so whatever). I decided to give it a shot.

And then Wet n Wild had their Canadian shipping promotion, so @eyelined and I made an order. I'd been seeing the buzz for the new Liquid Catsuit liquid lipsticks, but they hadn't made it to Canada yet and we weren't sure if they were coming (Wet n Wild is kind of sporadic in their Canadian releases and they have a kind of weird, incomplete selection of their GC). I decided I'd get one Liquid Catsuit to try out - they're cheap, so I wouldn't feel bad if I hated it. 

The last two arrived in the form of a Sephora code. Remember how I said I was going to stop picking up mini lipsticks from codes or point perks because they're there? Yeah, that crumbled a bit. There was a code for two mini liquid lipsticks, Urban Decay's new liquid lipstick in Amulet, and Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer in 402 Red to Go. I got them. I tried them. I did not learn my lesson from last time, and it remains to be seen if I'll learn it this time.

Because of the fortuitous timing of getting four liquid lipsticks at once (seriously, they all arrived in the mail the same day), I decided to wear and test them all during the same time period. And now review them all in the same post, making it all nice and tidy.

A few overall things I noted during my tests:

  • I much prefer the old style of liquid lipsticks - one that don't dry down matte
  • I still think matte liquid lipsticks are unflattering on most people, including me
  • I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of food at my desk at work (important because some of the testing was at work)
  • Mid-range brands coming out with liquid lipsticks at this point are way behind the curve and better be offering the moon because otherwise they're boring
  • My lips tend to feel like they're going to fall off my face after a day with matte liquid lipstick and I DO NOT like this
  • I prefer bullet lipsticks and I knew that before trying these. And yet, I still have my eye on a Sephora Cream Lip Stain because I am insane
L-R: Nudist Peach, Biohazard, Amulet, 402 Red to Go

Life's Entropy Lip Theory in Biohazard

Do you like matte liquid lipsticks? Is transfer a problem for you? Do you dislike metallic shifts veering on frosty? You should avoid Biohazard if so. Biohazard is not matte, it doesn't ever dry down, and the metallic sheen can definitely read as frosty in the right (unflattering fluorescent) lighting. But it's so pretty! 

It's described as "A pinky red with green shimmer." Personally, I think the shimmer reads more blue, and the pink is more mauve than red, but whatever. I bought it based on swatches I'd seen, rather than the description. It's a lightweight, non-drying formula. It isn't a matte liquid lipstick. There is some transfer throughout the day, but the base colour lasts a long time. The shimmer wears off first throughout the day, which is a nice change from most shimmery products I've tried: the shimmer tends to stick around much longer than the base colour, and you end up with disco ball lips when you reapply. 

This is probably, unsurprisingly, my favourite of my liquid lipsticks.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Nudist Peach

The hype for these is well-deserved, I think. The price point is excellent and the formula is excellent. Nudist Peach is one of the more finicky colours, but even so it's not tricky to apply. It goes on a little patchy, but is easily corrected while it's still wet. It takes a few minutes to dry down, but once it does, it's transfer proof. It's not comfortable, but it didn't totally suck the life out of my lips. I got about five hours of wear out of this before I had to touch up - there was some wear on my inner lip after my work morning of drinking loads of water and having a couple of snacks.

Nudist Peach is a lovely peach colour with not too much white in it. It's a really good spring or summer colour, I think. It's too light to be matching my boots and sweater right now. Matte liquid lips may not be my favourite, but I will wear this. Will I pick up another Liquid Catsuit? Maybe. One of the darker colours, if I do. 

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

This mini is a paltry 0.75ml, despite the hefty packaging. I posted on Instagram about hating Amulet in the regular Vice bullets. The same is true for Amulet in liquid form. Urban Decay is kind of late to the liquid lipstick game, since these were just launched, and I'm not sure what they offer to an already crowded selection of liquid lipsticks. They're mid-range, so unlike Wet n Wild, they don't have the price point going for them, and their formula isn't mind-blowing. It's perfectly fine. It dries down relatively quickly, it doesn't transfer, it holds up reasonably well to food and drink, and it's not super drying (though more drying than the Liquid Catsuits). I'm not really impressed.

Amulet is supposed to be a warm plum with a metallic finish, but it reads way, way, way more brown to me. And one that isn't flattering. The metallic finish looks dull in liquid lip form. Ehhh. I will say that despite the paltry amount of product in the mini tube, it's well made and luxurious - heavy like the Revolution lipstick tubes were.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer in 402 Red to Go

This mini is 1.5ml, so despite the small footprint of the tube, there's a good amount in there. This isn't a matte liquid lipstick either - it's got more of a velvety finish and never sets, somewhat similar to the Colourpop Ultra Satins, but not quite as gloopy. This red is striking - I love how it looks on me - but I think I want it in another one of Armani's liquid lips were I to pick one up, just because this feels a little too smeary for such a bold, colour. It is fairly comfortable, though. It does wear off in the middle after a few hours, especially when you're constantly guzzling water like me. The colour stains nicely, though, so it never looks too patchy as it wears. 

Am I a liquid lipstick convert? Nope. I was right in that they aren't my preferred format, but I can see some merits for them. The longevity is definitely a plus, though as an office-dwelling worker, I have the freedom to reapply my lipstick whenever it pleases me to do so, and I certainly take advantage of it. But for times when I can't whip out my compact and tube of lipstick, I might keep a couple of shades around. The Wet n Wild formula seems like a good candidate for that. Now they just have to make it to rural NB!


  1. That red look stunning on you! I am not a liquid matte lipstick fan either. I don't have a very clear outline to my lips, so it's hard to make it look neat, and I will not sacrifice comfort for much when it comes to lip products.

    1. I need to swatch it next to reds in formulas I know I like. It's such a luminous red!

      I don't have a clear outline to my lips either, and I think that might be part of it? But ultimately I like to be comfortable.

  2. For what it's worth, the Sephora CLS I own is the least matte-liquid-lipstick-feeling matte liquid lipstick I've tried. It's a lot less drying than the Liquid Catsuits. I'm not sure how the formula varies between shades, but I've swatched a few others and they all seemed similar to me. I think Nudist Peach looks so cute on you, especially with that fox shirt!

    My own formula ranking is bullet lipstick > liquid matte lipstick >>>>>> liquid non-matte lipstick. I don't understand the appeal of a liquid lipstick that doesn't dry down, but the Armani certainly is pretty. I try not to buy too many liquid lipsticks because I know they spoil more quickly than bullets, but there are so many interesting colors coming out in liquid form these days.

    1. Good to know, since I really want to try the Sephora ones, ever since they expanded the range.

      I got my fox shirt at Target Canada (RIP). I love it too much, which is probably why I wear it almost every weekend.

  3. I am also one of those people who prefers bullet lipsticks yet keeps buying liquid lipsticks. I know I don't need any of the WnW ones, but I'm so curious because of all the hype! I checked my Walmart out and they don't have them, so I can more easily resist for now. Nudist Peach and the Armani red both look beautiful on you!

    1. Bullet lipsticks forever! I haven't gone to my Walmart lately, mostly because I can't leave without spending at least $100, and I know I'll plunk down for some Liquid Catsuits once I see them. I'd be really surprised if they were already there, though.

  4. Yay, it's nice to know that I'm not the only makeup lover who isn't on board with the liquid lipstick trend, (mainly because I'm terrible at applying them, but still.)

    You might like 01 Always Red from the Sephora CLS line, it's a beautiful striking red like the Armani one you have, but not whatsoever smeary. Something to keep in mind with that line is that the original shades are bulletproof, yet their new shades seem to be less so. I have Always Red and Blackberry Sorbet from the old line and they're indestructible, but reviews of the new shades seem to indicate that the formula is slightly different :/

    1. I'm pretty bad at applying them too. This post was a lot of wiping and strategic posing.

      I thought 01 Always Red might be close enough! I'm hoping to be near a Sephora in the next few weeks and I'll check then.


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