Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring ’17 Liquid Lipsticks: Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover and Requiem

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post about one of the best liquid lipsticks out there, so I’m excited to share these six gorgeous new shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills with all of you! I’m really impressed with the variation of colors in this launch. There are brights and neutrals, even a few dark and unique colors in there, so you might just find your new favorite Spring lippie!

These liquid lipsticks are all permanent and are available at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com. These don’t appear to be on Sephora’s website just yet, but I’ll be sure to update all of you when they pop up on there or at Sephora stores. They sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product. The price and product amount is pretty average, but considering how great this formula is, it’s worth every penny!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight

This formula is fantastic… It’s creamy, never too liquidy or runny, and is very highly pigmented so you only need to use a little bit of product. These liquid lipsticks dry down to a perfect matte finish quickly, but not so fast that you don’t have time to blend it out or layer it a little if needed (which I’ve very rarely had to do). Once they’re on, they last for 8 hours on average, usually only fading around the outer edges and center of the lip. On top of being long-wearing, they’re also smudge-resistant and kiss-proof. For the most part, these will stay on until you remove them with an actual remover, oil, or makeup wipe! While it’s common for any liquid lipstick to feel slightly dry, these don’t feel like they suck every bit of moisture out of your lips. They also don’t seem to do that whole dry, scrunchy looking thing in the middle of the lip that to me, looks somewhat like part of a cat’s rear anatomy lol, so that’s a major plus! (Pardon the description, but just wait till you get to watch these reviews on YouTube soon and actually hear the way I talk!)

Tip:   I do recommend wearing a lightweight, non-petroleum based balm (plain shea butter is my go-to) for at least 10-15 minutes prior to putting on your liquid lipstick… Just be sure to wipe off any excess balm before application so your lipstick doesn’t slip off. Using a balm first will also boost moisture in your lips so they look fuller and the liquid lipstick won’t settle into the lines of your lip as much! You may also use a primer like MAC’s silicone-based Prep + Prime Lip, which will add moisture and smooth out any chapped areas, making the liquid lipstick glide right on. To avoid any chapped or dry areas that can be emphasized by a matte, liquid lipstick, make sure you exfoliate your lips! Any lip scrub will work, or you can do a home recipe using sugar mixed with something like olive oil or honey.

Application:  As I mentioned above, you’ll probably want to start out by making sure your lips are smooth and moisturized! You can apply a liner first if you like, but because of the formula and applicator, it’s not necessary in order to achieve a defined look. The brand new applicator is SO precise and was introduced to us with this launch. It’s flatter than the old, classic doe-foot style wand, which makes is very easy to get a perfect application. It seems like you use less product with this applicator and it also works very well for people who have smaller lips, both of which I consider to be two major upgrades from ABH! I imagine that the older shades will also be switching to the new applicator eventually… I’ll let you know when I eventually confirm that. If you prefer a brush, you can definitely use one of those too! My favorite lip brushes are MAC’s 316 Lip Brush and ABH’s A27 or #3. Also as I previously mentioned, once these liquid lipsticks are applied, they’re not going anywhere until you take them off! In my experience, MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil and Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Water (blue label) seem to be best suited for this task. Feel free to leave your favorite remover for this type of product in the comment section below!

Without further ado, let’s get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                        Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight.                                                                          Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

 

 

 

 

 

* some product photos were taken on different days, so they may not be 100% consistent *

* I will also be redoing the lip photos soon. The chemical burns from leaving Nair on my upper lip too long are just not cute! *

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Tulip

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Tulip

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Tulip

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Tulip

 

Tulip:   ABH refers to this lipstick as a “beet red”. It’s a very matte, medium, bright, pinky-red with cool undertones, but it can actually pull more cool or warm, depending on your own skin tone. I love that about this shade… It looks perfect on absolutely everyone! The texture is creamy without being too thick so it applies easily. Tulip has perhaps a slightly thicker consistency than some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks, but it didn’t cause any problems during application. Color payoff can look a little darker than it does in the tube once it sets, but that’s pretty normal with most liquid lipsticks. It’s not drastic, at all, though, and it just seems to make the color even more bold. Coverage is full using little product. I got just less than 9 hours of wear with Tulip.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was MAC’s D For Danger Lipstick, but it’s still slightly lighter and has more blue-based pink undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Currant

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Currant

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Currant

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Currant

 

Currant:   Currant is said to be a “brick” color and is a medium-dark to dark, brick red with both blue and brown undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was on par with other ABH liquid lipsticks, feeling creamy but not too thick. Like Tulip, this shade can look a little different depending on your personal skin tone, so it will pick up your own undertones, making it flattering on anyone. Color payoff is wonderful but also like Tulip, it can darken a little as it dries. Coverage is wonderful… I usually don’t even use one dip’s worth of product to achieve full opacity! I didn’t notice any fading until I had Currant on for about 8 hours.

Dupes:   ABH’s own Sarafine Liquid Lipstick is sort of similar, but Sarafine is brighter and is more of a blue-based red, having less deep brown undertones. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is deeper and has more of a wine-stained hue to it. MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick is lighter. Another MAC lipstick that’s close is Dark Side, although it has more purple undertones and has a creamy Amplified finish, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Dazed

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Dazed

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Dazed

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Dazed

 

Dazed:   On ABH’s website, they describe this as a “redwood” color… I’ve never heard that as a description, but it makes perfect sense! Dazed is a medium-dark, brownish-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It felt very creamy and even once it dried, it didn’t feel quite as dry as some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks in this post. It’s highly pigmented and once applied, it looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage when swatched showed very minor patchiness but I didn’t notice any of that once I put it on my lips. I didn’t have any problems with fading until I had this on for about 7 hours.

Dupes:   NYX’s Lip Lingerie in Exotic is close, but slightly lighter and has more of a mauve undertone. It also gives less even coverage than Dazed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Poet

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Poet

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Poet

Poet

Poet:   This color is said to be a “dusty mauve” and is a medium, slightly cool toned mauve with a matte finish. To me, this shade and Dazed are the two most wearable lippies in this launch. Poet works on all skintones, which is not easy for all mauves to do because many can be far too cool for certain people. It feels a little more liquidy than some of the other liquid lipsticks in this review but that caused no problems with application. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is opaque, but you may have to do some quick layering in some spots. Although it looks patchy in the swatch photo, it looked much better on my lips! Wear time was roughly 7 hours before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   ABH’s Veronica Liquid Lipstick is very similar as far as color goes, but it’s still darker. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Topped With Brandy is nearly identical, perhaps very slightly more plum and less pinky-mauve. NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is lighter and more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

 

Clover:   This color is described as a “stormy lilac” and is a medium, gray-ish lilac with very cool undertones and a soft matte finish. It doesn’t have a very thick consistency, which caused some patchiness in the swatch photo, but it’t not as patchy on the lips. I had to do some layering in the center of the lip and go around the edges of my top lip twice but it doesn’t get all gross and chunky when layered, so it shouldn’t be a problem! It can darken a tiny bit once it’s on the lips but overall, color payoff is wonderful. Coverage, on the other hand, wasn’t fully opaque all over with one layer of product… It can be slightly uneven without going back over some spots but that’s an easy fix! Clover wore well for about 6 1/2 hours before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   I’m sure you can already tell that Clover is a really unique color, so finding a dupe in a liquid lipstick formula was pretty much impossible! I didn’t even have any normal lipsticks that I can say are good dupe, so it you like colors like this, Clover is definitely worth getting!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem

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Requiem

 

Requiem:   Requiem is a “metallic blackened teal” and is a very unique color! It’s a dark, smoky blueish-teal with a softly frosted, metallic finish. It’s so cool because it has this beautiful type of micro shimmer that picks up the light at just the right angles, reflecting both gold and teal. The texture was very smooth and applied easily, even though the consistency ran a little thin. Color payoff is just how it looks in the tube, while coverage can be slightly patchy at first… Doing one more quick swipe with the applicator will fix that, though! I got about 7 hours of wear with Requiem before noticing fading, which was mostly in the center of the lip.

Dupes:   MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Young Attitude is very close but still darker and has a truly matte finish, while Requiem has a metallic shimmer to it. Melt Cosmetic’s Blow is more green, less blue, and is also matte.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

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