Too Faced Child Star Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick

I feel like I’ve tried just about every liquid lipstick out there except for Too Faced’s, so I figured I would give this one a shot! To get straight to the point, I do think there are better formulas on the market, but this one held up pretty well and it’s a great nude for just about everyone! I’ll give more details about the formula and all of that good stuff later in the post, but let’s get to the basics for now…

Child Star is a permanent part of Too Faced’s line of Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks. It can be purchased at www.toofaced.com or from Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and wherever else the brand is sold. It goes for $21 and contains 7 ml / 0.23 fl oz of product. This is a pretty average price… MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, which I prefer, sell for the same price and contain 2ml less. On the other hand, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipsticks cost $20 and contain about half of what Too Faced’s Liquid Lipsticks do, BUT I would pick the ABH over the Too Faced formula any day! Too Faced is a cruelty-free brand, so this lipstick is safe to wear if you favor our furry friends being treated fairly! ❤

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The packaging is cute and is high quality but it’s also a bit bulky. The shape is different, so it’s easy to find if you’re blindly digging around in your makeup bag but it also takes up more room than any of my other liquid lipsticks or glosses in my lip drawer. The applicator is your typical doe-foot sponge. It’s pretty small, so it’s easy to control for a precise application.

Too Faced’s Melted Matte Liqufied Lipstick formula is very creamy and heavily pigmented, so it’s great in that aspect. It applies pretty evenly but you MUST make sure that your lips are exfoliated and primed before you put this on! The combination of Child Star being a liquid matte AND being nude means it will show every single chapped or dry spot on your lips! Priming your lips with a balm or primer won’t just help hide chapped areas either, it will also help to keep this lipstick from settling into the natural lines of your lips, which Child Star really emphasized on me… You’ll see what I mean about settling into lines and showing chapped areas in the pics below and it’s NOT pretty! It really did help to apply a moisturizer first and my favorite thing to use is plain shea butter. I like to moisturize my lips about 15 minutes before I put on a liquid lipstick and then wipe off the excess right before application so the lipstick doesn’t slip around too much. MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip is also great and is silicone based so it fills in lines really well… Any balm or primer will work, though!

Another super basic tip to preventing your lips from getting dry or looking like they have a lot of lines is to drink plenty of water! I feel like this is something we all probably forget at times but when you stay hydrated, your skin stays hydrated and your lips are always going to look smoother and fuller!

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight. My skin is about NC20 in this photo.

Child Star:   This color is described as a “matte soft nude” and is a light to light-medium, warm toned peachy-pink nude with a soft matte finish. The texture of this liquid lipstick is thick and creamy so it applies relatively well without having to layer it. It did feel pretty dry on my lips after I had it on for a while, though, so it wasn’t the most comfortable liquid lipstick formula I’ve worn. As I mentioned earlier, the main problem I had was that it showed every line and dry patch so badly! I also had some issues with it not sticking to the center of my lip, which you can see in the pic above. It takes a little while to dry, so you really have to make sure that you don’t let your top and bottom lip touch until it’s set or it will get even patchier! It did look more even when I filled in my entire lip with a liner first, then applied Child Star, so you can always try that if you have the same issues I did. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the tube since it’s so highly pigmented. It may look a little different on warmer/cooler or lighter/deeper skin tones, but it’s the type of nude that’s flattering on everyone. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque with very little product, so that’s one thing I did love about this liquid lip. Wear time was also great… It lasted about 4-5 hours before fading just in the very center of the lip, and a little over 7 hours overall. You can get closer to 8 hours of wear with no fading if you line your lips first. It also held up to drinking coffee and eating some greasy french fries, so it’s not something you have to worry about coming off and making you look crazy if you’re out for dinner or drinks!

Liners:   Since it’s a pretty versatile nude, you can pair this up with just about any neutral to pink or peachy-pink liner. A few of my favorites for a true nude are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, and Chestnut. If you’d like to use something with more pinky tones, you can even try Whirl, Soar or Half-Red (make sure to blend these a little more than neutral liners you might choose).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Stripped is nearly identical! The colors Crush and Naked, also from ABH, are similar too but Crush is slightly darker and more mauve, while Naked is has more of a peachy-brown undertone. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is also a very close match but has a hint more brown to it.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

 

*** 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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