Liquid Lipstick Battle: Match #4 (Satin Edition)
Today is a very special edition of my Liquid Lipstick Battle because today we are looking at three liquid lipsticks that all market themselves as having a satin finish. Up until this point all the other liquid lipsticks I've tested have been marketed as matte liquid lipsticks, though I beg to differ on a few of those. I knew of a few satin formulas when I started this series that I would eventually want to test out and seeing as how we're in the throws of winter and more than likely to have chapped lips I thought it would be a good time to get to the satins I'd been holding out on. Let's get to today's contenders!
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème in Shush Blush $28 for 0.19 oz / 3.49 ml
First up is a very fancy looking one from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I had been wanting to try this formula for ages so doing this series gave me the perfect excuse. This one is supposed to be like the liquified version of the Le Marc Lip Crème lipsticks which come in a bullet form. The formula is said to be a hydrating eight hour wear that doesn't make the lips look lined or cracked due to it containing collagen and Brazilian cupuaçu butter for extra comfort. The texture is cushiony but not too thick, is easy enough to apply with the doe foot applicator, doesn't require a lip liner and has a light but not overpowering vanilla scent. I've actually worn this one quite a few times because of how comfortable it is to wear. I don't ever leave lipstick on for eight hours because I always take it off before I eat otherwise I'll end up with lipstick all over my chin but I am doubtful that this would last eight hours. It's definitely transfers prone so unless you skip out on eating or drinking anything for eight hours I don't think it would last that long but I do think it would last longer than a more traditional lipstick. Since it is a creamier formula it's quite easy to just touch up instead of having to take it off and completely reapply like you have to do with some liquid lipstick formulas that don't like being layered. I think the point of this collection was just to make nude shades but I really wish Marc Jacobs Beauty would extend the shade range because it is a lovely formula but I find the shade range rather boring. There's three warm nudes and three nudes on the more pink side; I went for the darkest on the pink side since I am a bold lip bish. Overall quite the fan of the formula just wish there were more color options but if there's a shade that you think you would like it would definitely be worth checking out.
Update as of July 2019: I think this is being discontinued because it’s no longer available on Sephora and is on sale at Marc Jacobs for $16 so if you’ve wanted to try this get it while you still can!
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Mauvember $24 for 0.25 oz / 7.15 g
Next up is another liquified version of an existing lipstick but this time from Bite Beauty. If you're new here I will preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of Bite Beauty and have loved pretty much every product I've tried from the brand so I figured I would like this. It is super comfortable, almost feels like you're wearing a light weight lip gloss, and it contains monoi butter and coconut oil. The texture also feels a little thick but not cushiony or plush, very much so like a liquified lipstick. It's definitely not long lasting at all, even less so than the Marc Jacobs, and I wouldn't say that it last any longer than a regular lipstick so there's no real benefit to choosing this liquid version over the traditional lipstick. I like the Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick okay but it's not one that I would purchase more of because I like Bite's other lipstick formulas better (Amuse Bouche and Matte Crème Lip Crayon). This is me being very nit picky but the thing I don't like about the liquified version compared to the others is that it doesn't smell nearly as good, not enough of the signature citrus scent that I've come to associate with Bite Beauty. Take that for what it's worth, it's probably not a big deal for most people, but I miss the stronger citrus fragrance in the liquified formula. The shade range with the Liquified Lipsticks is also not the most exciting but they do have 20 shades at least. The one I purchased is a limited edition color, still available for purchase though, which came out in November to support The Movember Foundation and 100% of Bite Beauty's proceeds go directly to the foundation. None of the other shades really jumped out at me so I figured if I was going to test one out for the blog I might as well get one that does some good with the purchase. Overall super comfortable and a great satin finish liquid lipstick formula but I personally just like Bite's other lipstick formulas more and don't find anything particularly special with this one.
Update as of July 2019: I think this is also being discontinued because it’s been on sale at Sephora for $12 for a long time and as the shades run out they’re being removed and is on sale at Bite Beauty for $12 as well so if you’ve wanted to try this get it while there’s still some good shades available!
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in London Fog $6.50 for 0.11 oz / 3.2 g
Despite the rough condition of the packaging this is in fact an Ultra Satin Lip from ColourPop. I received this back in June from my Summer Beautycon Box, RIP, and apparently that is long enough for about 99.9% of the printing on the tube to wear off. Even though I've had this one for a while I thought it would be good to throw into the mix since it's the most affordable liquid lipstick I own and is pretty easily accessible. The formula is describes as a satin-matte with high pigmentation that will keep your lips comfy and soft all day long. ColourPop doesn't brag about their ingredients the way Marc Jacobs and Bite do but from having a quick look and Google it appears to have at least four emollients, one of which is rice bran wax (the other three have really chemically sounding names). The first time I wore it I wasn't sure about it because I thought it was a tad drying so I proceeded to not wear it for a very long time. I decided to bust it out again sometime in the fall and after having worn it several times now I do actually quite like the formula. It's comfortable enough to wear for longer periods of time but not as slippy as the Bite formula so it does have some longevity to it. Texture wise it's not too thick but it's also not super thin either and applies nicely. It will for sure transfer but out of the three today I would say it's probably the most matte while still being satin. ColourPop's Ultra Satin Lip currently comes in a whopping 36 shades with five of those being collab/limited edition shades and one of which is currently out of stock. I wouldn't buy another just from looking at their existing shade range because none of the other colors interest me. I am a red lip gal so London Fog, which is described as a pinky red, is right up my alley and I'm content with the shade that I have. I do really like the formula though and would recommend it and especially for those on a budget wanting a satin liquid lipstick.
My ranking system is just on the formula/comfort level so going off of that I would place these three satins as follows:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color
Lime Crime Matte Velvetines
Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes
Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick
Mind you that is going purely off of comfort, not necessarily my favorites, but Bite's Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is easily the most comfortable liquid lipstick I've tried since it feels more like a balm than a liquid lipstick. Of course the least liquid lipstick like formula gets the number one spot...if you're after a more traditional matte liquid lipstick 5-12 fit that better and I would say 6-9 are pretty much tied. I'm not a fan of arm swatches because I don't think they give you an accurate representation of what the color or formula will look like on the lips but if you like arm swatches do let me know and I'll add them back in for future battles. The next Liquid Lipstick Battle will also be a special edition so be sure to come back to check that out; fair warning though, it's going to have more options so it will take me longer to test and photograph so be patient with me. If you saw my first pictorial I mentioned maybe doing a Valentine's Day look and as of right now I'm not sure I'm going to have time to shoot it as a pictorial but I will at least have a photo of the look I had in mind up on my Instagram so be sure to check that out if you are interested in makeup looks as well. That is it for today, I hope you all enjoyed and I will see you next time!
Links have been updated as of July 2019 - Bite’s Mauvember was a LE shade so the link just goes to the product page.
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