Saturday, 2 December 2017

"I don't like liquid lipstick!" and how I ended up with even more Wet 'n' Wild Liquid Catsuits

I have sworn up and down that I don't like matte liquid lipstick, I've posted it here multiple times, I've posted it on Instagram. I have written at least three semi-ranty comments on Reddit bashing the matte liquid lipstick trend. So as it slowly moves aside for some other lip products, it's fitting with my life and how I am as a person that I broke down and tried one of the Wet 'n' Wild Liquid Catsuits earlier this year and have collected a whole bunch more since then. I've even expanded to other kinds of liquid mattes! So let this be my official statement that I no longer dislike liquid mattes. I prefer traditional bullet lipsticks, but I will concede that there are times when it's better to have a long-lasting product like a liquid matte lipstick, like on the days that I spend all day teaching and can't touch up because I'm on my feet in front of a classroom. But even so, liquid lipsticks still aren't my absolute favourite and I'm picky. 

The good thing about being late to this trend is that the formulas have come a long way. They're still drying - but what longwear lip product isn't, really - but they're now lightweight, easy to apply evenly, and are more comfortable for a longer period than may have been anticipated. And good liquid lipsticks are now trickling down to the drugstore, which means that they're finally at a price that I'm willing to pay. Liquid products don't tend to have the greatest of shelf lives (but clearly that has not stopped me from collecting these things like Pokemon cards), but I feel much better about having a product I may not finish before it goes off if it costs me less than $10. And Wet 'n' Wild Liquid Catsuits have all these attributes, and come in at just under $7 at Walmart. The Halloween limited edition ones, which were inexplicably sold only at Shoppers Drug Mart, come in at $8. So it wasn't surprising that once I tried and liked Nudist Peach in the Catsuit formula that I would look for more. Plus you know, they're awesome for getting me through my teaching days and I wanted some different colours. Not really a great excuse, but one nonetheless. 

There are some small variations in the formula from colour to colour. Some are more comfortable than others, some are more opaque than others, some are thicker than others. Overall, this is a really excellent formula and the internet hype around them is completely deserved. In addition to the ones I have from the permanent line, I've gotten some of the limited editions that they've had out (metallic, Halloween) and can confirm that those are just as good, in less traditional colours. I waffled on including them in this post, but since they aren't available anymore, decided to leave them out for now. But you can see them + mini reviews on my Instagram, if you're so inclined.

Overall, I like the packaging. It's simple and functional, and also feels heftier than the usual cheap-o Wet 'n' Wild fare. Now that I've used them more regularly and with different colours since I got Nudist Peach, I really like the ballet slipper shape of the applicator. It works well for the darker colours and getting a crisp line. The neck of the tube can get a bit messy, since the stopper is kind of meh at best, however.

Swatches were taken under my ring light - daylight has left me till spring. Alas.

L-R: Rebel Rose, Give Me Mocha, Nice to Fuchsia, Missy and Fierce

Rebel Rose

Rebel Rose was the second Liquid Catsuit that I picked up. I like Nudist Peach, but wanted something a little more boring and professional. I thought it would be good for a series of day long meetings I had last spring, plus I was looking at an increase in teaching duties then (which has since become part of my month). Rebel Rose is a mauve that would be flattering on a variety of skin tones. It's very similar to Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve, so if you have one, you don't need the other. 

Rebel Rose is opaque and easy to apply. I find it slightly more drying than the others I have.

L-R: Rebel Rose, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve, NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna, Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in 1969 Dusty Rose

Rebel Rose is really, really similar to Marvelous Mauve. The difference in tone is pretty subtle, and you probably wouldn't need both. I got Marvelous Mauve as a Sephora point perk, so I'm not especially worried, but I will be trying to finish off one of these pretty quickly.

Give Me Mocha

Give Me Mocha is my newest Liquid Catsuit and probably my favourite for every day wear right now. It's neutral enough to squeak by in most settings, but interesting enough to stand out a bit. It's been a great fall colour.

The major downside of Give Me Mocha is that it's not opaque. It doesn't suffer from the patchiness that Nudist Peach can have, probably because it meshes better with my natural lip colour than Nudist Peach, but it does need some finesse to get fully opaque. I do a thin layer and then immediately go over it with another thin layer to achieve opacity. The Liquid Catsuits get goopy and crumbly if you try to layer them too thickly, but this avoids that. This is one of the most comfortable Liquid Catsuits on me - it doesn't feel dry or tight at at all as the others do after a long day.

L-R: Give Me Mocha, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit, Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in 1970 Chocolate Kiss, Howl Lipstick in Gingerbread, Colourpop Blotted Lip in Drip

Give Me Mocha is closest to Chocolate Kiss, but since Give Me Mocha isn't opaque and Chocolate Kiss is, they look very different on my face. I tend to think of Birthday Suit as similar, but they really aren't.

Missy and Fierce

Missy and Fierce is the best Liquid Catsuit, bar none (okay, very closely followed by Nice to Fuchsia). It's a bright blue-based red and it is perfect. It's opaque in one layer, it's not drying at all (very close to Give Me Mocha in terms of comfort), it doesn't cling to dry patches or highlight flakes that appear throughout the day, and it lasted the ultimate test: a party I went to with my MIL, where we drank, ate endless amounts of candy, and enjoyed greasy midnight pizza. 

L-R: Missy and Fierce, Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in 1935 Cherry Red and 1946 Red Velvet, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything, Glossier Generation G lipstick in Zip, Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi, Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Flag Red, Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint in Joy

I was kind of surprised to see that my red lipstick collection tends to fall on the side of warmer reds. I think that blue-based reds are more flattering on me, but my collection says the opposite. Missy and Fierce is fairly unique in my collection, which is really nice.

Nice to Fuchsia

Nice to Fuchsia is the second-best Liquid Catsuit in terms of formula, but probably my favourite colour-wise. It's a bright pink leaning fuchsia, opaque in one layer, and only the littlest bit drying by the end of the day. It's one of my most flattering colours, I think. I also don't have much like it, which is doubly pleasing.

L-R: Nice to Fuchsia, Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Split, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame, Colourpop Blotted Lip in Ice Cube, Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rock Steady, NARS Audacious lipstick in Audrey

Split is almost identical to Nice to Fuchsia, albeit a more stained look than opaque matte. Shame is along the same lines too, but again a different enough look that I'm fine with having all three variations.

There aren't any colours left in the Liquid Catsuit line that interest me, though I'd be game if they made more of the LE colours permanent, because there are some truly interesting colours there. And also some more wearable ones that don't overlap with the main line. While liquid lipsticks do go off before solid ones, Wet 'n' Wild has hit upon the perfect spot: low cost, high quality. 


  1. I identify very strongly with the title of this post. It's funny, I liked Nudist Peach enough to collect a bunch more Liquid Catsuits, but it's by far my least favorite of the ones I have. I've thought about buying Give Me Mocha (which looks great on you!), but I have the feeling it's one of those "universally flattering" pink-browns that clash with my undertones. I'm also tempted by Berry Recognize, but god knows the last thing I need is a new berry lipstick...

    1. I feel the same way about Nudist Peach! It's okay, but I like the others much better. I didn't reach for it half as much as I anticipated over the summer.

      Give Me Mocha is great, but I think it suffers from batch inconsistency, because I was told by an IG friend that hers was fully opaque.

  2. Missy & Fierce looks perfect on you. I also liquid lipsticks (with the exception of Stila Fiery), but . . . . I probably don't wear red enough to buy that.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, it's a gorgeous red, but probably unnecesary if you're not a red wearer.


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