Liquid Lipstick Battle: Match #6 (Affordable-ish Edition)
This one is long overdue because it has been a whopping 10 months since my last Liquid Lipstick Battle and this will be my first one since I’ve had blonde hair again. I definitely dropped the ball on this series and idk why because I have had plenty stock piled to test in that time and now I’m super backed up. Anyways… today is liquid lipsticks in the slightly more affordable range, think that awkward space between Sephora and drugstore. I’m not real big on drugstore makeup and definitely gravitate more towards higher-end and luxe beauty brands because I’m a snob like that but I wanted to try out some brands on the more affordable-ish end for those that aren’t comfortable dishing out the big bucks on beauty products. Two of these brands I would definitely consider to be “indie” brands and the other two not so much. Before we get going, a refresher on my preferences, which might not be the same as yours, so you can understand my critiques; I’m much more likely to opt for a liquid lipstick that’s more comfortable over something that’s long wearing. I would rather do a touch-up and have something very comfy versus something that stays budge proof all day but makes my lips feel like they’re falling off (because let’s be honest there’s not much that fits into that in-between world). All that being said, let’s dive on in!
First up is Storybook Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in the shade Romance which is described as a dusty rose matte on Ulta’s website. I went to art school for six years and like to use too many words to describe colors so I would call it a taupe/greige/mauve. It’s definitely one of the more unique shades I’ve seen and tried and I gotta admit, I really dig it. This isn’t so much about the shade though, it’s about the formulas. I’ve only worn this one once and it lasted for about four and a half hours. It wore pretty well during that time and was not super uncomfortable, just ever so slightly drying. After two hours it did start to crumble a tiny bit on the inner rim of the lips from movement and drinking but nothing major. It didn’t transfer when I touched my lips but it completely wore off through a meal and that’s what ended the wear test. All in all it’s a fairly comfortable formula and the color is so cool and unique that I will definitely wear it again. I will mention that this being an indie brand the shade range is quite limited; individually sold there’s two matte shades (the other one is a deep red) and two shimmery long-lasting shades (lavender-pink pearl and gold metallic) and then they have a set with four long-lasting metallics (sapphire blue, emerald green, ruby red and taupe/mauve). Love this shade and would definitely recommend if it tickles your fancy.
Between the matte and metallic shades from the Sephora Collection liquid lipsticks there are 90 different shade options so to say I was overwhelmed when trying to choose one is an understatement. I actually returned the first one I bought, Infinite Rose which is a metallic peachy pink, because I didn’t like it with my skin tone. So of course I ended up with a red because I am nothing if not a creature of habit when it comes to my favorite lipstick colors. Ages ago I received the smallest sample imaginable of one of these in the shade Always Red from a Sephora Play box and wore it pretty much until it ran out because I liked the color and the formula so much. It had been a while since then so I thought I’d try it out again and see how I feel about it now. First off I will say I hate the fragrance, it’s very floral-y and kinda old lady to me and put me off a bit immediately. I wore it twice, once with a balm underneath and once without and much preferred the comfort level with a balm. When worn without a lip balm underneath this formula is just too drying for me. On its own it actually cracked and flaked off a little but with a balm underneath I had no issues. I only had this one on for about three and half hours on the wear test with a balm, couldn’t leave it on for long at all without, but had to take it off so I could eat dinner without getting it all over my face since I was out in public. I would say it’s somewhat long-wearing but not completely transfer proof. Not my most favorite formula but the shade range is insane so if you want lots of different colors to choose from, this is best your best option.
Ever since Tati raved about this one in a YouTube video I knew I had to try it for the blog and see how it is for myself. Originally Pixi came out with just five or six nude shades and then they finally added a bold color, this shade, and now they have 14 shades available so they’ve expanded quite a bit since initially launching this product. I wasn’t sure what to expect because rarely does a makeup product live up to it’s hype but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very comfortable formula while still being a true matte finish. It’s not completely weightless on the lips, because let’s be honest here nothing really is, but it is very lightweight. It does have a little bit of a light fragrance in it which to me smells like a very mild lemon candy, a few other Pixi products have the scent as well, but it’s not overpowering or offensive. The day I did my wear test on this one I went to a movie and was drinking a pop and had a some transfer on the straw, you couldn’t really tell by just looking at my lips, but it’s definitely not transfer proof. As soon as I got home from the movie I ate dinner and got it all over my face because I ate like a starving savage. I had to take the rest off after that so I only had this one on for about three to three and a half hours. During that time though it was very comfy and I didn’t have any issues with the formula. Tati was not messing with us and I would also highly recommend but I would suggest looking at swatches online or even going in store to a Target to check it out because online this shade in particular looks completely different to how it actually is IRL (looks like a medium rose pink in Pixi’s web photos).
The final test subject for today is from a more indie brand and was created by beauty influencer Sona Gasparian of Simply Sona. Being that this is a newer and smaller brand there’s only three shades to choose from, the other two being a classic red and warm nude. I of course loved the red but since I already have at least 20 red lipsticks I went for the pink since warm nudes don’t really suite my coloring. I wore this one twice, two days in a row in fact, because after the first wear test I couldn’t believe how awesome this lipstick is. From my experience this was not very long wearing at all, particularly if you’re eating or drinking, but it is so super comfortable and wears off nicely instead of flaking and cracking off like a lot of matte liquid lipsticks do. This formula has avocado oil and shea butter to keep it from drying out your lips but still has what I would call a demi-matte finish. I think on the day I photographed this one I did have a layer of lip balm on underneath since I was having particularly dry lips that day so that could be contributing a little to the finish in my photo below but even so I would say this is the least matte of these four and is just on the edge between a satin and a matte finish. It doesn’t wear the longest but since it’s not drying it’s way easier to reapply without having to take it completely off and starting over like you would with a super matte liquid lipstick. Would definitely recommend if any of the three shades appeal to you and I really hope Sona’s working on more shades cause this formula is awesome and I would definitely buy more shades in this formula.
Updating the ranking now is kinda hard for me because it’s been so long since I’ve worn some of these other ones and I’ve even gotten rid of a few that I didn’t like but going off of what I can remember I would place these four in as follows:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick
Pérsona Season One Matte Liquid Lipstick
Pixi Beauty Mattelast Liquid Lip
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick
Storybook Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Lime Crime Matte Velvetines
Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes
Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Persona and Pixi were both pretty freaking awesome so I’m ranking them really high because I think they were even more comfortable than some of my satin liquid lipsticks. I don’t think anything can beat Bite’s Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick (which is currently on sale at Sephora for 50% off) because it is just that, a liquified lipstick where as the rest of these all claim to have a matte or satin finish. While I love the color, Storybook is ranked a bit lower since it was ever so slightly drying and some crumbling on the inner lip but it has potential to move up upon further testing. Sephora Collection made it into the bottom five because I just couldn’t wear this one on it’s own without a balm due to the flaking and the fragrance is just so bad. I also moved Charlotte Tilbury up because that’s the one that I probably wear the most and have grown to really enjoy. I moved Ofra down since I never wear it and mine might actually be expired by now - they’ve even changed the packaging since I tested it. I have three more Liquid Lipstick Battles worth of lipsticks to test and then I’ll probably cap the series after that because I just don’t need any more liquid lipsticks and I want to focus more on creativity instead of reviewing products because that’s what brings me more joy and happiness.
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