Liquid Lipstick Battle: Match #5 (Minis Edition)
Hello, everyone! Today I am finally back with a new blog post and it's the next installment in my liquid lipstick series. This time around I put my minis to the test and three of them are from subscription boxes and the other one is from a mini set of liquid lipsticks. Three of these are formulas I've tried before, in fact one has already been in a Liquid Lipstick Battle, but I still wanted to retry that one and see how consistent the formula is across finishes. The other two that I've tried before are pretty popular in the beauty community so I wanted to share my opinions on those as well. I'm sure I'm going to get super long winded so let's dive right in!
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Heartbreaker $20 for 0.17 oz / 5 mL
I thought I would start with the one that was new to me which is the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick formula and I got my mini from the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis Red Edition which goes for $33 (since sold out). I knew I wanted to try Huda's formula because I'd heard that they're really comfortable on the lips but I could not decide on a color and a few of the shades I was back and forth on are in the red set so I just opted for four minis instead of one full sized lipstick. According to the info on Sephora the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick formula is supposed to be lightweight and comfortable (thanks to antioxidants), have intense color payoff and be transfer proof. The formula was pretty comfortable, a tiny bit more drying than I was expecting but not tight, dry or crumbly so all in all not too bad. It definitely was lightweight and the shade I tested was opaque but I know for a fact that all shades were not created equal because I watched quite a few lip swatch videos when I was trying to decide what shade to buy (when I thought I was just going to buy one full sized one) and a lot of the darker shades in the range are painfully streaky. I took notes when I wore this but I didn't mark down if it was transfer proof but I'm gonna say it's not because after eating a sandwich it had worn off on the center of my lips quite badly so after eating you would need to either touch up if possible or just completely reapply. All things considered I'm not mad at this liquid lipstick formula so I know I'll wear my Huda minis because it's not uncomfortable, I'd give this one a 6/10, but I definitely have other formulas that I prefer (love the color I tested out though).
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha $20 for 0.21 oz / 8g
Just a note here first, I linked to Ulta because the baseline price is cheaper on Ulta but there's a lot of Ofra affiliate codes floating around out there and you can get it cheaper on Ofra's website with a code so if you are interested in any Ofra products I would scope out some codes first (there's even one on the tube of this mini). Moving on, yes, I tested Ofra again. In my very first Liquid Lipstick Battle I tested a metallic liquid lipstick from Ofra and since I got this one in a Beautycon Box that I bought around the holidays I thought I would put a matte one to the test to see if the formula differs much between the metallic and matte finishes. I am happy to say it does not! Mocha was just as comfortable as Santorini and wore about the same - not long wearing but the comfort level makes up for it imo. Mocha was not streaky or patchy on me but the color looks a little bit lighter and more pink in my photo below than it does irl and I think it's because I shoot in natural light and it got washed out a bit so if you are interested in this shade I would look up swatches on other skin tones first. I love this formula, out of the more matte liquid lipsticks I've tried I'd say this is my favorite (my satins all rank higher though), so I would definitely suggest checking out Ofra if you are on the hunt for a super comfortable matte liquid lipstick just know it doesn't last well through meals.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo $20 for 0.22 oz / 6.6 mL
I think the spelling of this one was changed not too long ago because the label on mine has it spelled Nosferatu and I received this one in the September Nylon Box last year (RIP). Moving on, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is another formula I've tried before so I did have some opinions on it already before testing out this shade. Previously I had a mini of Lolita that was in a Sephora Give Me Some Lip kit but the Lolita that I had was from the infamous "bad batch," mine practically looked grey. Needless to say I was very confused for a long while as to why mine looked so different than all the photos I had seen of people wearing it but regardless of the color I found the formula quite drying and my opinion on that has not changed - I still find the formula way too drying for my liking. It has a really strong dry down that emphasizes every line and crease in your lips which I find very unflattering. Too add insult to injury, this shade is one of the streakiest liquid lipsticks I have ever used (you can even tell in the photo below). I know the darker a shade is the harder it is to make it opaque but Saváge from Dose of Colors is nearly black and like 99% opaque so this level of streakiness is just unacceptable to me. I'm sure many will disagree with me for saying this but from the experiences I've had with KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks I just do not understand the hype because so far I've had two very sour experiences with the formula and I am not keen to try it again and I would not recommend it (the color is pretty though).
Smashbox Alway On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat $24 for 0.13 oz / 3.84 mL
And last but not least is Smashbox and this mini comes from the October 2016 Sephora Play! box. I've actually purchased two other full size versions of this formula and there's a story to it; first I bought Disorderly, deep brick red, because they were out of Miss Conduct, deep warm plum, so I tried Disorderly first and the shade just wasn't quite what I was looking for so I ended up returning it and getting Miss Conduct once it came back in stock at my local Ulta. Okay, so the point of all that was to say that I've tried three different shades in this formula and they are not created equally. Driver's Seat and Disorderly applied pretty evenly but idk what happened with the shade Miss Conduct because I had a very different experience with that shade. It was super streaky and so incredibly dry that it flaked off my lips in big chunks. The other shades are also way too drying for me, it's another one that really emphasize every single crinkle and line on your lips, but Miss Conduct was absolutely horrible. I know this is another very beloved liquid lipstick formula but, unpopular opinion, I hate it and it's the most drying formula out of the four tested in today's post. I will say a positive thing about it though which is that I love the shape of the Smashbox applicator. To my knowledge Smashbox was the first to use the more triangular teardrop shape over the traditional doe foot applicator that you see on the vast majority of liquid lipsticks. Unfortunately a good applicator does not make a good liquid lipstick though so this is a hard pass from me.
I try to keep it about the formula of a liquid lipstick and not so much about the color (unless the color somehow impacts the formula) so keeping that in mind I would place these new additions as follows:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Lime Crime Matte Velvetines
Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes
Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
I did quite a bit of shuffling today since I've worn a few of these more since the last Liquid Lipstick Battle and wanted to make some changes. I dropped Sugarpill way down just because the glitter makes it a really hard one to remove but I do stand by that the formula is quite comfortable (this is a situation where the shade does matter since Sugarpill has some shades with glitter and some shades that do not contain glitter). I had to bump up Dose of Colors because I wore it again and that really is a great matte formula. I also knocked Burberry down because when I tried it on the other day it was a little more matte than I remembered and I like the Ofra formula better. I would say 2-4 are pretty much equal and 7-10 are pretty much tied as well. I would recommend any from 11 and up depending on what you're looking for in a liquid lipstick formula. If you don't like ultra matte and super drying liquid lipsticks avoid 12-15 at all costs. I've got two more Liquid Lipstick Battles planned and then I will be taking a hiatus with this series because my liquid lipstick collection is at a disturbingly high level right now.
Sorry I haven't been blogging as much lately, it's not that I don't have the ideas or don't want to do it anymore, it's just very time consuming. Ideally I'd like to be shooting a lot more pictorials but those take so long to shoot and edit because of the volume of images and, if I'm keeping it real here, in my free time I've just been wanting to take it easy and relax (I am not one of those people that likes to stay busy, I enjoy my down time immensely). I added another day of cycling into my workout schedule about a month ago and working out five days a week, five days in a row is kicking my butt (literally). I've been sharing a lot of my new in items on Instagram since I find haul style blog posts a bit boring so be sure to check out my Instagram if you want to know what products I'm currently testing out and for mini reviews. That is everything for today, hope you enjoyed, and I will see you in the next one!
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