Liquid Lipstick Battle: Match #1
It's time for my liquid lippie series to begin! I've mentioned multiple times on my blog how I'm not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks because of how drying they are but they have great pigmentation (most of the time) and I like the way they look so I thought it was time to try out a bunch of different brands and formulas to see which is the most comfortable for me. Normally I stay as far away as possible from liquid lipsticks but I've been introduced to a few over the past year via subscription boxes that have actually turned out to be pretty great so I wanted to see what else is out there. Because I don't like liquid lipsticks that are too terribly drying my criteria might be a bit different than most; yes, I do want it to last a while but I would rather sacrifice long wear to have something more comfortable. I know a lot of people out there will want to know which ones wear the best but I ended up not leaving these first few on for very long so in the future I will be sure to try and leave them on longer and let you know how they fair. Besides dryness the other major issue that I've had with liquid lipsticks in the past is streakiness so that's another thing I'll be looking at closely and especially with the darker shades that I've purchased since those tend to be the most patchy. To prep my lips I'll be using a lip scrub and then let a balm sit for at least 30 minutes so that none of them are at a disadvantage with dry, crusty lips. I decided I would only post 3-5 different lippies at a time to keep it manageable but I will keep an ongoing ranking at the bottom of each post as I try more and more out. Let's get to today's contestants!
Ofra was one of the first brands I knew I wanted to try since I've heard their formula is very emollient and non-drying which is exactly what I'm looking for. I don't want to go on too much about the color since this is about the formula but the only shade I really liked that wasn't too similar to any of my other liquid lipsticks is Santorini which is from the limited edition metallic range but the formula is still the same (just different pigments). This one has a light sweet scent and kind of smells like vanilla cupcakes to me but it's not overpowering. The viscosity is on the thin-medium side so it applied very easily and I didn't have any issues with streaking. Since it's so emollient rich it doesn't dry down completely and it not transfer resistant but it's got the A++ comfort level. I only wore it for about four hours because I put it on so late in the day but it was so comfortable and didn't feel drying in the slightest. Because it's not super drying you can rub your lips together to even the color back out if it starts to come off in the center without having to reapply which to me is a bonus since then I don't have to touch up all the time. I know you don't need a lip liner with liquid lipsticks but I like to use one to make sure I get a crisp line and to give me an outline so I don't get the liquid lipstick all over the place so I used Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in shade 096 which is a very good match for this color. This was a very good start and set the standard for everything that follows because I loved how comfortable this one is.
I got so excited when I heard Charlotte Tilbury was coming out with liquid lipsticks because I love pretty much everything I've tried from her makeup line and was hoping this would be a hit as well. So far she's only released 10 shades and Screen Siren was screaming my name because a good blue based red is my absolute favorite color to wear so that is what I chose. The application is completely different than any other liquid lipstick that I've ever used because the formula is incredibly thick and cushiony - this one has a faint sweet smell as well kind of like cake. It's very moussey which can make it more difficult to smooth out so if you don't spread it around evenly I can see how it could be a little bit streaky though I did not have that issue. Since it is a little bit tricker to apply I would say a good lip liner is vital, I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 69 which was a pretty good match for this particular shade. There's beeswax in the formula so I was hoping it would be pretty comfortable to wear, and it was for about three or four hours, but after hour four my lips started to feel pretty dry and I was wishing I had brought a balm or gloss to put on over top to ease the tight feeling. That being said, it did not crack which is good because some matte liquid lipsticks will crack when they start to get really dry and this one did not do that. I wore it for a total of about five and half hours but had to take it off after I started eating dinner because it was starting to get all over my chin so I just wiped the lipstick off (this formula does not dry down completely and is not transfer proof). I love the color so much that I'm sure I will wear it again but this was not as comfortable as its predecessor.
I didn't want to exclude the liquid lipsticks that were already in my collection so I have worn this multiple times but it in no way has any advantages - I'm going to include 1-2 from my pre-existing collection each match until I work my way through all of them because I don't want to leave out those brands. I bought this shade back in February when I was still blonde and was more into nude lipsticks so this is one of the few more neutral/nude shades that I currently own. I had heard good things about TheBalm's liquid lipstick formula so I picked this up to see how well it would work for me. It smells quite strongly of mint chocolate chip ice cream or thin mints and, out of the three tested so far, is the only one where the smell does not completely go away or dissipate once it dries down - this doesn't bother me but could effect those that are sensitive to fragrances so I wanted to mention it. The formula is really thin but not streaky and goes on pretty easily (if you have a steady hand). It's funny because if I wear a nude lipstick out of a bullet I almost always use a lip liner but I've never worn a lip liner with this shade. The two previous liquid lipsticks have a much longer dry down time because they contain emollients but this one dries down pretty quickly and is the most matte. Out of the three this is definitely the most drying and uncomfortable for me to wear. For my test I only had this one on for a few hours because it's just too drying for me to leave on for a long period of time without a gloss over top. It did last through me eating sautéed vegetable without getting messy at all and is smudge proof so if you're looking for long lasting and transfer proof this line would be a good one to check out but it's just not for me.
So far Ofra has the most comfortable formula by a long shot and I have a feeling it's going to be a hard one to beat. I'm mostly going to be testing matte liquid lipsticks but I have a few that are more of a satin-matte finish and I want to do one special edition match of non-matte formulas since there's a few out there that I'm really keen to try so it will be interesting for me trying to rank those against full mattes. With the three that I've tested so far it should be no surprise that the current ranking is as followed:
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes
That is all I have for you today so I hope you enjoyed the first match! In the next one I'm going to have some particularly fall-esque shades so be sure to keep an eye out for that - it'll be up either at the very end of October or the first week of November. I would love to hear what your favorite liquid lipstick is or if you have any recommendations so be sure to let me know. Thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!
Links have been updated as of February 2019 - Santorini was a LE shade and has since been discontinued but I linked to the Ofra Liquid Lipsticks on Ulta’s website.