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As a followup to my last post, this is the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick bundle from TIME Los Angeles. These six liquid lipsticks are warm toned nudes that are sure to make you think of fall colors, as well as a couple of PERFECT reds for the holidays, so it’s fitting that this is called the “Festive” bundle!

This post is going to focus on the individual shades and rundowns for each of them, but if you want more in depth details about the formula, packaging, application, etc, go check out the post for the Cool Spectrum bundle here:

Time Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Cool Spectrum Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

If you want to pick these up, you can get them for $16 each or you can buy the whole Festive Bundle for $60. You save $36 by purchasing these as a bundle… If you bought them each individually, it would end up costing you $96! To get these pretty babies, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com.  If you want to save 10% on your order, simply use the code ILOVEASHLEY. And no, I don’t make a penny off of that. That’s the discount code from Ashley Wagner… I’m just trying to save you all some money!

Each liquid lipstick contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product, which is a lot! If you compare it to most other brands, you’re getting half again to twice as much product in the same size tube that nearly everyone else uses. If you buy these as a bundle, you’re paying about half of what you would for a liquid lipstick from a brand like ABH or MAC (who has a similar, but drier formula). Even when purchased individually, you’re getting a product that’s only a few dollars more than something you’d find in a drugstore, so I’d still consider them a steal!

The formula for these liquid lipsticks is consistent within the bundle and feels like the same awesome quality that the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the Cool Spectrum bundle have. They’re very easy to apply and feel lightweight and comfortable to wear. My favorite thing is that this formula isn’t drying like many matte liquid lipsticks are… As I mentioned, they remind me of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, but they don’t seem to dry out so much as the day goes on. You don’t have to worry about these fading or wearing off quickly, either, which is great since this bundle is full of bold colors. Wear time is an average of 8 hours but I’ll go into more details about how each lippie wears in the individual rundowns below. Oh and last but not least, these are vegan and cruelty free!

Tip: Be sure to gently exfoliate and moisturize your lips, then blot off any excess lip balm before applying these! If your lips are chapped or have any dry patches, the product can cling to and emphasize that. Also, drink plenty of water! Nothing makes your lips look naturally full and pouty quite like being well hydrated!

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These ended up in an order that’s backwards from how most of the grouped product photos are… Whoops!

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson.        Photograph taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

Macchiato:   On the website, this is described as a “caramel macchiato warm nude shade, perfect for fall! Best suited for fair-dark skin tones”. It’s a medium, warm toned spice infused nude type of color that immediately makes me want a pumpkin spice latte. Call me basic all you want, but that’s what what it brings to mind for me! Once it sets, it has a perfectly matte finish. Macchiato is pretty unique and perfect for fall. It works on nearly any skin tone, though I can imagine this being especially gorgeous on medium dark skin tones. Keep in mind that even if you may not initially see this as your new favorite color, you can play around with liners if you want to tone it down a bit… I’ll list a few of my favorites below!

The texture for Macchiato was buttery without being too thick. It glides on and applies very evenly. What I like about this formula is that it gives you time to blend it out or blend it with another shade or liner before it dries but sets to a beautiful, soft matte finish. You can also layer this if you need to, but that shouldn’t be necessary since Macchiato is very pigmented and has great color payoff. It’s also opaque without having to use much product. I noticed a little fading in the center of the lip after about 5 hours and a few cups of coffee but the edges didn’t begin to fade until hour 6 or 7.

Dupes:   I honestly couldn’t find a dupe for Macchiato… The closest I got was Ashton from Anastasia Beverly Hills but it’s darker and more reddish-brown.

Liners:   There are several liners that you can use with Macchiato that will change it up a bit. The closest in color that I found was MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera, though it’s still less warm toned. A few nudes and browns that you can use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, Chestnut, Cork, and Hover. If you want a liner that’s warmer toned and has a hint more reddish-brown to it, you can try Spice, Chicory, Auburn, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

Foliage:   According to the website, Foliage is “a dark terra-cotta shade inspired by the beautiful changing of the leaves in autumn. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” It’s a medium dark, warm toned, bold terra-cotta color with a soft matte finish. Like Macchiato, it works on all skin tones, but you may want to pair it with a liner to switch up the color or tone it down if you aren’t used to colors like this! I admit that I’m used to wearing dark colors, nudes, and reds so this was a little different for me. I didn’t fall in love with Foliage until I put it on with some Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC and now I can’t get enough of that combo!

Foliage feels liquidy and smooth without being runny, so it applies like a dream! The color payoff is fantastic, though for me, it did look a little darker on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is full and pretty even, though I did notice a teeny bit of patchiness near the center of my bottom lip. Luckily, that’s an easy fix since you can layer these liquid lipsticks without them pilling up and getting all blotchy! Wear time was around 5 hours before I had any fading in the center of my lip and closer to 8 hours before Foliage began to fall, errrr fade (bad seasonal puns FTW), around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   This is another unique shade that was very difficult to find a dupe for. The closest liquid lipstick I found was ABH’s Ashton, which is still much more mauve toned.

Liners:   Like Macchiato, you can really play around with liners to play up or tone down this shade. A few of my favorite neutral MAC Lip Pencils to wear with Foliage are Stripdown, Cork, and Chestnut. For something that’s on the warmer side, you can use Hover, Spice, Chicory, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

Velvet Rouge:   This liquid lipstick is “a soft rouge color inspired by royal velvet from the renaissance era. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” Let me just start by saying that I LOVE this color!!! This has quickly become my every day, go-to color… I wear it so much that I need a bundle that’s nothing but Velvet Rouge! Anyway, It’s a medium to medium dark, neutral to slightly warm toned mauvey red with a soft matte finish. Velvet Rouge really is one of those colors that is perfect on all skin tones for any occasion. Need a lip to go with a dramatic eye and a fierce wing? Velvet Rouge. Want something that’s like your-lips-but-better on a light makeup day? Velvet Rouge. Getting married and need the perfect lip for a bride? VELVET ROUGE! Okay I’ll stop, but you really do need this color.

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick felt a little more creamy than some of the others in this bundle, but it still wasn’t too thick, so it applied easily. It also felt a bit softer on my lips once it set. Both color payoff and coverage were perfect using very little product. Wear time was about 5 to 6 hours on the center of the lip and 7 on the rest of the lip before any fading occurred. It did cling to the majority of my lip for 8 to 9 hours, though, so touchups were minimal.

Dupes:   There are quite a few liquid lipsticks that are similar to Velvet Rouge, but none that are the exact same… A few from Anastasia Beverly Hills that are close are Allison, which is lighter and much cooler toned, Kathryn, which is darker and more of a cool toned mauve/pink, as well as Currant and Dazed, which are both considerably darker. MAC’s Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is lighter and more nude/mauve. Kat Von D’s Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is is darker, cooler, and less pink. Morphe’s Vinyl Matte Liquid Lip from their collab with Ourfa Zinali, is similar, but more brown toned.

Liners:   My favorite liners to use with Velvet Rouge are Morphe’s Color Pencil in Vinyl (also in the limited edition collab with Ourfa Zinali), and MAC’s Soar, which is a little more pinky-mauve than Velvet Rouge but they work together perfectly for me! A few more MAC Lip Pencil’s that I like with this liquid lipstick are Half-Red, which is a little deeper and cooler toned, and Auburn, which is warmer and darker but creates a beautiful type of dimension.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

Wine Country:   Wine Country is a “a mild wine color inspired by the vineyards in “wine country”. Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s a dark, slightly cool toned red with pinky, wine infused undertones and a soft matte finish. If you aren’t someone who is crazy about super bright reds, or if some reds end up looking too dark and vampy on you, you’d probably love Wine Country! It’s a classic type of color that’s going to flatter anyone of any age or skin tone and is a great shade for fall and winter.

It felt quite creamy, much like Velvet Rouge, and applied with a very smooth texture. Color payoff is superb and coverage was 100% opaque with one quick swipe from the applicator. Wear time was around 6 hours around the center of the lip, and and impressive to 8 or 9 hours around the outer part of my lip. It didn’t stain, either, but lasted on the rest of my lips for nearly 10 hours! I had this on from the time I got ready for work until after dinner and only touched up twice that day.

Dupes:   Wine Country was a little tricky to find a dupe for… ABH’s Currant Liquid Lipstick is slightly darker and more red. Dazed, also from ABH, is also a little darker and more berry toned.

Liners:   You can use so many different liners with this lip, depending on if you want it to be more reddish or more wine stained. A few good reds to use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Cherry, Brick, and Half-Red. You can also use MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in He Said, She Said, which is a cool, berry toned red. A few others that are more of a berry to wine shade are Melt Cosmetics’ Ecstacy and Kink, MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva and Dark Out, or MAC’s Regular Lip Pencil formula in Burgundy or Currant.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

Cranberry:   This is described as a “pinky-red winter cranberry shade inspired by the holidays! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s truly the PERFECT holiday red! It’s a medium dark, bold, slightly cool toned pinky-red with a matte finish. This is such a classic red that any age or skin tone can wear this, day or night, holiday or not. It’s great too because reds like this can dress up any look or make you look and feel more put together on days when the rest of your makeup is minimal!

Cranberry’s texture isn’t as creamy as Velvet Rouge or Wine Country, but it’s still lovely and applies like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks that I’ve reviewed. Color payoff is intense without having to apply much product and coverage is full and even without any layering necessary. Surprisingly, it didn’t stain my lips, even after having it on all day! Wear time was fantastic and I didn’t notice any fading in the center of my lips until I had this on for about 6 hours, and 8 to 10 hours for the rest of my lips!

Dupes:   I actually thought that it would be easy to find a dupe for this because it’s such a classic red, but I was wrong! I found a few liquid lipsticks that are close but still not perfect dupes by any means… These are ABH’s Sarafine, which is much brighter and has more of a blue undertone; ABH’s Currant, which is darker and has more of a brown/neutral undertone, and ABH’s Tulip, which is lighter, brighter, and more pinky toned.

Liners:   You don’t have to use a liner that’s the exact same type of red but MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick and He Said, She Said are close. A few good MAC Lip Pencils that you can try are Cherry, or even Brick and Burgundy, which are a little darker and will create more contrast. Melt also has a few AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners that I like to use with Cranberry, such as Ambrosia, Kink, and Ecstasy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Crimson (I’ll redo this pic soon!)

Crimson:   Crimson is a “deep dark red inspired by the “vampy lip” of fall and winter that we all love! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s like the pretty, goth sister to the other liquid lipsticks in the Festive bundle… It’s a deep, neutral to cool red with a hint of berry undertones. This is perfect for all skin tones, so long as you want to get noticed!

The texture of Crimson felt like the usual lightweight, non drying formula but it applied a little differently than the others… I say that because this is the only Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in this bundle, or out of any of them, that gave me any trouble (although it was only a little bit). You can see in the swatch photo waaaaay up there that this liquid lip can be a little patchy or streaky. This issue wasn’t so noticeable after layering it but I could still see some unevenness on my bottom lip. I find this to be a common thing with a great deal of deep red liquid lipsticks from any brand, though, so I’m not going to deduct a ton of points for that. Even though the coverage wasn’t perfect, the color payoff is great and looks very similar to how it does in the tube, though it may appear a little darker once it’s on if you have fair skin like I do. Wear time was on the shorter side with Crimson… I noticed fading in the center of my lips around hour 4, with the edges of my lip needing to be touched up after about 6 and a half to 7 hours. It didn’t stain, which is nice, and you can extend the wear time and opacity/coverage of this liquid lipstick by layering it over a liner applied all over the lip!

Dupes:   Heathers from Anastasia Beverly Hills is pretty close but it does have more of a deep, blue/brown based red undertone. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is also similar but is slightly darker.

Liners:   Depending on just how bold, red, or vampy you want this to look, you can use SO many liners with Crimson! A few of my favorites are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Mahogany, Burgundy, Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth. You can also opt for MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva, Dark Out, and Bespoken For if you want a longer wearing liner.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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

 

 

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Melt has done it again! By that, I mean they’ve come out with yet another amazing new product with a wonderful, very wearable formula. I know there are a bazillion liquid lipsticks out there these days and a lot of companies have really stepped up their game to make liquid lipsticks MUCH more comfortable to wear, but Melt has gone above and beyond my expectations! The best part about this liquid lipstick is that it’s available in a set with an AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner that doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but works with the Liquid Set Lipstick shade and compliments the color nicely. Melt’s liners are all very high quality (like all of their products), apply with no drag, and wearing nearly all day long with minimal touchups.

I purchased every shade/set that Melt has launched so far and will be posting all of them in the not-so-distant future. I have a TON of new products to review and post, so I’ll be switching it up day to day, even though I think most of the hot new shit I’ve purchased lately are lip products anyway.

I’m going to get pretty in depth in this post since this is a brand new product and formula, but the following posts for these will be a little more short and sweet. I just want my readers to get the full rundown on these products in case you all are interested in purchasing them!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! Now that Halloween is over with (which is one of my busiest times of the year), I have more time to focus on my makeup blog and have fun with new products! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I always love chatting with my readers!

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Let’s just start with the basics… The set included Janice Liquid Set Lipstick, Nudist Ultra Matte Lip Liner, and a super cute, very nice little grey pouch featuring the Melt logo. Purchased as a set, this costs $33 but is a $46 value. Purchased individually, the Liquid Set Lipstick is $19 the AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is $17, and the pouch is $10, so that’s a pretty decent savings if you get it as a set! To purchase these products, go peep www.meltcosmetics.com.

The Liquid Set Lipstick contains 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, which, for the price, is on par with companies like ABH and Dose of Colors. The AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner contains  1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product, so that’s the exact same size as a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, and feels like a very comparable formula, but costs $4 less than MAC’s version of it!

While Janice Liquid Set Lipstick is vegan, Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is not, which is likely due to the fact that it contains Carmine. Carmine is type of pigment/color additive derived from beetles (you seriously have NO idea how many products contain this, and it’s not as gross as it sounds). However, Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and neither of these products contain palm oil, which makes me one VERY happy girl!

The formula for the Liquid Set Lipstick is incredibly comfortable to wear and feels liquidy without being too runny or too thick and goopy. Typically, thinner liquid lipstick formulas like this end up being streaky but Janice looked absolutely flawless! I only had to dip the wand into the tube once to evenly cover both my top and bottom lip… I have a feeling that the main factor with how easy this is to apply all comes down to the nifty doe-foot wand. This is NOT your typical applicator! It’s angled, tapered, and has a hollow center to hold and collect the product so you don’t get annoying, uneven blobs all over your lip while trying to apply it. It’s also firm without being hard and soft without being flimsy, so you can achieve a precise application even if you don’t want to wear a lip liner. Another bonus to this formula is that it wore well for a LONG time, only fading in the center of my lips. It’s not the least bit drying either, so it didn’t wreck my lips by the end of the day.

Melt’s AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is just as nice as the Liquid Set Lipstick! It reminds me of the formula that MAC has for their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but Melt’s is even smoother. It glides on very easily and is SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to be heavy handed at all! It wears well under the liquid lipstick or even when applied over/around the edges for touchups. I’ve also worn this alone with a gloss on top and didn’t have any issues with smudging or feathering even then!

I’ll get into wear time, color, etc in the summaries below, so keep scrolling to check those out!

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They really put some thought into both the boxes/unicarton AND the components themselves with these products. As usual, Melt’s packaging is eye-catching, but still classy and not overdone. The liquid lipsticks have holo print on the boxes but the liners do not. I would have liked to have seen that for both, at least for the sets, but it may have increased the price and I mean come on, most of us toss it immediately anyway! One of my boxes tore a bit, but it’s still super pretty!

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As I mentioned, the bag or pouch that it comes with compliments the shades of liquid lipstick and liner that it contains. The pouches have the Melt logo both on the zipper pull and stamped onto the pouch itself, which is a very soft, suede-like material. Don’t be fooled by their size… They hold a LOT more than they look like they do! I can easily fit a few lippies and liners in there, plus my powder compact for touchups, as well as a mini powder brush.

Now onto the products themselves, starting with some quick swatches.

(For the record, I’m a MAC NC20)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on NC20 skin.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. 

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only a ring light.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only natural, indirect sunlight.

* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *

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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick:   This shade is described as a “beautiful Victorian Mauve” and is a medium, cool toned mauve with slightly gray-ish plum undertones. At first this wasn’t a color that I was personally drawn to because shades like this usually make me look really washed out, but I actually REALLY love it and get compliments every time I wear it! It has a completely matte finish once it sets and unlike many liquid lipsticks, doesn’t seem to darken much, if at all, as it dries down.

Coverage is full and even with very little product used. As I mentioned, this doesn’t dry down to look much different than it does in the tube, so color payoff and accuracy to how it looks in the packaging is perfect! Wear time is a solid 6-8 hours, even with drinking coffee and having a little snack. As with most liquid lipsticks, it fades in the center first, especially if you eat something like pizza or a salad with oily dressing. As with most matte or liquid lipsticks, it can emphasize dry patches (you can sort of tell in the photos), but exfoliating and lightly moisturizing your lips before applying your lipstick will solve that!

Liners:   Obviously Melt’s Nudist liner that comes in this set is perfect with this liquid lipstick! Other than that, a few good options are Whirl or Plum Lip Pencils from MAC if you want something a similar color. This shade of lipstick can be used with so many liners to alter the color or create an ombre look, so just have fun with it!

Dupes:   As far as other liquid lipsticks go, the closest dupe I’ve found so far is Trouble, which is one of the new ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills… It’s still more of a rosy mauve, though. In the tube, Pure Hollywood, also from ABH, looks similar but once applied it’s much lighter and more nude. Clover from ABH is MUCH more gray/lilac and quite a bit darker. I looked for dupes in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Lipcolours that I have as well and still didn’t have much luck… Sweet Thing was SUPER similar, maybe a little more pinky-mauve and lighter but unfortunately, it was limited edition. So Me is permanent, but is darker and has more neutral brown undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Although the name didn’t want to focus, you can see the batch number stamped into the pencil.

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Nudist Allday/Everyday Lip Liner:   This liner is a “neutral nude with a hint of pink” and has an ultra matte finish. It tends to pull a little on the cool toned side for me personally, but it’s one of those colors that looks natural and flattering on anyone and can be worn with all types of lipstick shades from nudes to plums to soft pinks!

You can easily achieve full coverage with this liner using a pretty light hand. I’ve worn it all over by itself or, of course, as a liner. Either way, the coverage is very even and it glides right onto the lip. Color payoff is totally opaque and looks just like it does in pencil form, though, as I mentioned, it tends to work with your own skin tone and may look cooler or warmer on some people. Wear time was between 6-7 hours for me before I noticed any fading or feathering.

Dupes:   I don’t have any of the liners from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil range that are dupes for Nudist, but I DO have a few that are MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula that come close… Whirl is actually a nearly perfect dupe! Stripdown is more brown, and Plum is darker and more cool toned, but looks fantastic if you want to add more contrast with Janice Liquid Set Lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

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 ***

 

 

This is just a quick peek at all 30 of the new Matte Lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills! I’ll be posting individual reviews as I wear them and test them out, so you can look forward to seeing them on here very soon. For now, here are the lipsticks and basic info… Enjoy!

These are all permanent shades which are new to Anastasia Beverly Hills line of lip products. You can purchase them online directly from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com as well at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and Dillard’s (although I don’t seem the Dillard’s website at the moment). They will also be available from the same retailers in store on August 15th! Each Matte Lipstick sells for $18 and contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product.

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Photo taken indoors using natural indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Top row:   Insomniac, Cobalt, Midnight, Smoke, Griffin, Resin, Dusty Mauve, Dread, Cool Brown, Rust

Middle Row:   Soft Pink, Kiss, Buff, Rum Punch, Dead Roses, Latte, Spice, Honey, Peachy, Staunch

Bottom Row:   Rosewood, Rogue, Stevie, Brandy, Ruby, Stargazer, Cotton Candy, Orchid, Plumeria, Rage

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light.

These are one of my favorite matte and/or liquid lip formulas of all time… I said that when I reviewed another color but I’m still saying it because they’re up there with the ABH and Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, to me anyway! I know people had complaints about this formula when it was initially released almost two years ago, but MAC has fixed all of those issues since then. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolors are now very smooth and creamy, super pigmented, and they wear forever!

Since I’ve reviewed this formula before, I’ll try to keep this short and sweet! If you want to stay up to date with new products I’m testing or playing around with, or just want to chat, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I really enjoy hearing from you guys!

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Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks sell for $21 each and contain 5ml / 0.17 fl oz of product. They are a permanent product and are available at www.maccosmetics.com as well as partner locations such as Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. They’re also available at other major retailers overseas. Oh and btw, MAC is now available at Ulta! As far as I know, MAC is only at certain locations and online, so you’ll have to check your local store or the website for more availability info.

The packaging is a sleek, elongated bullet which is clear, so you can easily see the color of the lippie you’re searching for. The cap is pretty much visually identical to the one on MAC’s classic lipstick container, except this one screws on and off. The inner part of the packaging keeps the liquid lipstick from leaking out and catches any extra product so nothing is wasted. These have a very soft, tapered type of doe foot applicator that allows for a precise and even application, with no extra brush or blending necessary.

The formula for all of the shades is somewhat liquidy, which allows you to play around with it for a moment and evenly apply it before it dries down in roughly a minute. Once it sets, it’s not going anywhere! While I have not put the kiss-proof/transfer-proof factor to the test myself, I have plenty of customers who have tested that out for me and planted a kiss on their significant other right at my counter, and NOTHING comes off! The staying power is impressive, but the best part is that it’s non-drying, even though it wears for 7-8 hours with NO smudging or feathering. When these do begin to fade, it’s usually in the center of the lip and they fade gradually rather than coming off in uneven chunks like some liquid lipsticks do. You don’t even need a liner with these since they wear so well and apply so precisely, although can you definitely use one if you like. Most colors don’t seem to stain the lips but there are a few of the deeper ones that can… I’ll let you know which ones do as I review them individually!

MAC’s claims for this product include what’s listed below (taken directly from their website), which after testing, have proven to be accurate!

  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours
  • Provides stay-true colour, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

 

TIP:   If you feel like liquid lipsticks dry out your lips after a while, as most of us do, make sure you apply a lip balm before putting on your liquid lipstick, and I mean WAY before! I like to put something super hydrating on my lips at least 30 minutes before my liquid lipstick and I just blot off the excess balm so it doesn’t mess up the formula or application of the lipstick going on after it. My favorite right now is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask because it soaks in really well and quickly and locks the moisture into your lips all day long! I actually just did a review on that product, which you can check out here: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect, natural sunlight. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors in indirect natural sunlight. For reference, I was a MAC NC15 at the time.

Topped With Brandy:   This is described as a “deep dirty rose” and is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned dusty rose with a completely matte finish. I’ve seen people of all ages and skin tones wear this and it honestly makes a great every day sort of color on everyone! This is a little creamier than a few of the other shades in this line, but it’s still not too thick, so it’s easy to apply without using too much product or having it end up clumpy. It takes about a minute to set and fully mattify, so you have time to make sure your application is even. As you can see in the above photo, these don’t stick to the inner/center part of the lip very well, which is common with any lipstick and especially liquid lipsticks. Luckily, this problem is easily fixable by applying liner all over the lip THEN applying Topped with Brandy. Color payoff is fantastic but depending on your skin tone, this may look more or less cool toned… But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing because it sort of adapts to be flattering on you whether you’re NC20 or NW50! Coverage is full and opaque using little product. Wear time was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading, which occurred first in the center of the lip. The fading in that area can happen even sooner if you eat food that’s oily or greasy but it’s an easy touch up!

Liners:   You can use SO many liners with this since it’s a pretty neutral type of rosy color, as in it works on everyone… A few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils, from lightest to darkest, are: Soar (slightly more pinky and lighter, but it brightens up this lip), Whirl (nearly the same color), Plum (a little darker, more plum and cool toned), Half-Red (darker and more reddish-plum), Chestnut (neutral brown that looks beautiful to blend this color for dark to deep skin tones), and Vino (darker and more purple yet, but makes a nice ombre look).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Poet Liquid Lipstick is very similar, perhaps a bit lighter and more pink, but they’re close enough, especially if you pair and layer MAC’s Whirl Lip Pencil with Poet! NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is also similar, but lighter, less cool toned and more pink, and not as pigmented. As far as normal lipstick formulas go, the closest thing I found was Whirl, also from MAC, which has a matte finish but is cooler and more plum.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

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 ***

Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Velour Liquid Lipsticks are are a formula I hadn’t tried yet, so I figured buying them in the bundle that was released in collaboration with Manny MUA was the perfect way to give them a shot. Both Daddy and I’m Shook are great colors that just about anyone can wear and after testing these for the past week or so, I’ve fallen in love! There are definitely very few brands and formulas of liquid lipstick that I prefer and actually use on a regular basis and I’d have to say that Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks are now in my top three!

As far as I know, both Daddy and I’m Shook are limited edition for the Manny MUA collaboration and as of right now (4/29/17), only I’m Shook is in stock. It can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. The individual tube of Daddy is not currently available, nor is the bundle that includes both of these as well as Eclipse Skin Frost but it will be restocked in early May, according to Jeffree’s Instagram. Like other JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks, these sell for $18 each and contain 5.6 g / 0.19 oz of product. Compared to something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, which sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, or MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours that cost $21 and contain 5 g / 0.17 oz, you’re getting a great deal with the JSC brand lippies. The Velour Liquid Lipsticks do not contain any paraben or gluten and are also vegan and cruelty free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products only. The individual products in this collab are in stock (except Daddy) but you can’t get them in the bundle until Jeffree Star Cosmetics gets a restock in.

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The packaging for Daddy and I’m Shook is the same as the other Velour Liquid Lipsticks, but like Eclipse Skin Frost, the colors have been changed. Instead of a pink cap with a rose gold logo, these have a black one with the holographic silver also seen on the Skin Frost compact and packaging for this collection. As you can see, the rose gold text usually seen on the tube itself has also been replaced with the beautiful, multidimensional holographic silver. The boxes for these are just like the one for Eclipse Skin Frost, being black with a textured triangle design and silver text.

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At first glance, you may think the tubes for these look big and chunky but they’re actually about the same thickness as any other liquid lipstick or lipgloss. They are shorter, but as I mentioned earlier, they actually contain more product than most other brands with similar formulas. I appreciate this since these take up less room in my makeup bag and drawer! The applicator is a pretty basic doe-foot but it’s tapered and curved a bit so it hugs your lip, making application easy and precise.

After testing these out, I’m officially a major fan of this formula! It feels more liquidy than some other liquid lipsticks, but it’s still creamy and smooth. I actually like the fact that it’s more fluid-like, though, because I feel like it’s easier to apply and spread around without getting any patchiness. You do want to give these a quick shake before applying them to make sure the product is evenly mixed. It mentions that on the box, which is nice since there are other formulas that require the same thing but don’t make it clear! JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks take about a minute to dry and set (also mentioned on the box), which gives you time to play with it and make sure it’s completely even. Once these are on, they’re not likely to budge! I can’t vouch for it myself, but according to the website, these are kiss-proof and transfer-resistant. I had these on for 6 hours before needing to touch up, mostly in the center of my lip, and that was after eating lunch and having some coffee. Overall, I’d say these have a solid 8 hour wear time. Despite the matte finish and long-wearing formula, these didn’t seem to dry out my lips or get that weird, scrunchy look in the center after having them on for a while, so I am definitely interested in trying more colors of Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks!

You’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth before applying these, but you probably already know that! This type of formula can emphasize dry, chapped areas and the natural lines of your lips so you should exfoliate using your favorite lip scrub or maybe even one made by Jeffree Star Cosmetics that can be found here. You can also apply a balm or primer but I recommend wiping off any excess right before you apply your liquid lipstick so it sets properly without sliding off or sheering down. A few of my favorites are MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask (the one in the squeeze tube), or plain shea butter. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water… Hydrated lips are healthy lips!

Without further ado, lets get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

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 ***

 

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 ***

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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* 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

 

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

 

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 ***