I like to think of myself as a bit of a liquid lipstick connoisseur these days! I find myself reaching for them almost as much as regular lipstick formulas. Obviously this post is based on my personal opinion but it might help if I talk about what I look for in liquid lipsticks to see if you might feel similarly about these products. For me, comfort is my key concern and I can't deal with drying formulas! I don't like formulas that flake or don't last on me either. Bearing that in mind, these are the hits and misses out of the products I've tried...
Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes | £18 each
This is probably the 'truest' matte finish liquid lipstick formula to make it into the favourites portion of this post. The consistency of this is very fluid but the colour is still completely opaque. It's incredibly long-wearing, though when it does begin to fade, it can give that 'lip liner' effect. However given that I get a good 5 hours of near-perfect wear out of this, I think that can be forgiven. I don't have any problems with the formula when I re-apply it either; it layers up without looking uneven or peeling. It doesn't have a creamy feel on the lips but isn't drying and doesn't leave me wanting to lick my lips or cling to any little patches of dry skin.
The shade I have (hopefully this is the first of many!) is Trendsetter. It's a warm terracotta-brown nude that's pretty much perfect for my skin tone.
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks | £11.50 each
These are actually very similar to the Huda Beauty formula, in being very matte in finish and having a more watery consistency. Though, I'd actually say they're even more comfortable. The longevity of these is pretty good, though I usually want to touch-up around the 4-hour mark. It doesn't flake or go uneven when I re-apply the product and it doesn't start to feel dry after wearing it all day. Overall; definitely one of my all-time favourites formula-wise and some of my most-worn shades.
The shades I have here are Everything Nice (a very warm caramel-toned nude with almost muted peach undertones) and 1995 (a brown nude with plummy undertones).
Dose of Colours Matte Lipsticks | £15.95 each
I absolutely love this formula; it's a little thicker than the ones I've talked about so far but feels really nice and creamy on the lips. It doesn't cling to any imperfections on my lips and applies so easily with the slightly curved doe foot applicator. I'd say this isn't as long-wearing as some of the others in this post but I can forgive it because it's no more fuss to wear than a regular lipstick.
I have the shade Truffle, which is a slightly cool-toned medium brown with a little hint of pink in it.
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips | $6 each
These are just amazing; although not *quite* fully matte, they give that opaque liquid lip look whilst feeling like a normal lipstick. They definitely have most comfortable formula to wear out of all of the products in this post. They don't flake, they wear surprisingly well despite not being true mattes and (besides the darker shades) don't transfer too much. For $6 you really can't go wrong with these and like all ColourPop products they come in a wide variety of shades.
I have so many of these that I've just picked a few of my favourite shades for this post: Echo Park (a medium brown-peach nude), Calypso (a more plum-mauve nude) and Frick N Frack (a warm berry-rose colour).
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks | £16 each
I was really in two minds as to whether include these or not. You may have noticed that after raving about these liquid lipsticks before Jeffree Star's true colours came to light, I haven't mentioned them on my blog since, and that was a conscious choice. I am going to be honest here and say they are amongst the best liquid lipsticks I've tried in terms of formula and I'm sure if you're reading this then you're a grown adult who can make their own choices. Personally, I choose to no longer support him with my money but I appreciate people have their own moral and ethical codes so I'm not about to tell you what to do. That aside, these liquid lipsticks are very opaque and comfortable to wear. I find the longevity to be extremely good and there is minimal transfer.
I have the shades Celebrity Skin (a light-medium cool-toned brown nude), Gemini (a rusty red-brown nude) and Rose Matter (an almost neon strawberry pink).
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks | $17 each
To say that these were a disappointment would be a gross understatement! Don't get me wrong, I knew the hype machine was in full gear and these would probably be just average liquid lipsticks, but when I saw some unique shades that actually called to me; curiosity got the better of me. I've actually sold these now, which is why they aren't photographed but I've inserted the swatches from my original post before. These are incredibly drying and just make my lips look wrinkly and show every single imperfection. They also flake RIDICULOUSLY! Like, I can't eat and drink like a normal human being whilst wearing one of these, and what's the point in that?
I picked up two shades (one individually and one as part of a Lip Kit): Exposed (a sandy mid-toned brown nude) and Dirty Peach (a medium, vibrant peach colour with nude undertones).
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips | $6 each
It's kind of hard to sum up my thoughts on these because I actually find the formula quite inconsistent; I actually wonder if they've recently reformulated these because they do seem to have gotten better with the newer releases. However overall I do find these really drying. Though they don't flake and will last hours and hours, I just can't get over how uncomfortable I find them to wear. The newer shade I've tried is much better in this respect but it's still far from a favourite. Perhaps I'm being unfair. They are only $6 each, I hear you cry, however if ColourPop can create something as amazing as the Ultra Satin Lips for the same price then I'll drag them for how drying this formula is!
Here I have the shade Screenshot (a dirty peach colour) and Bumble (a strawberry tone).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks | £20 each
These have been so talked-about on YouTube that I confidently purchased 2 at $20 each whilst in New York. However I was incredibly disappointed. The colour range isn't great; I would have appreciated more variety in the nudes, which are all very light and brown-toned. I also really don't like the formula. Though they're very pigmented and opaque, they just feel soooo dry. I honestly feel like when I wear these they're sucking every last drop of moisture out of my poor lips. The wear-time is ok but when they fade it's very patchy and uneven. Not what I want, especially with quite bold shades like these!
I have Soft Lilac (a pinky-mauve lilac) and Kathryn (a deep red berry shade with pink undertones).
LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Lipstick | £9.95 each
I'd actually heard quite positive things about these liquid lipsticks so was really disappointed with how much they didn't work for me! Things started off well; a nice colour selection, a completely matte and opacity opaque finish on application...however a sandwich sent things into a downward spiral! This is another reeeeeally flaky formula that basically peels off if you eat or drink, making it un-wearable for me.
Here I have Ghoulish* (a light lilac-toned greyish nude) and I have another shade I couldn't find for this post called Latte Confession - check that out here.
NYX Lip Lingeries | £6.50 each
These are more of a disappointment to me because I love the colour range and I find the Soft Matte and Liquid Suede formulas by NYX to be very comfortable to wear, so these looked like they'd be the best of both worlds. However, they weren't! These aren't completely useless; I do sometimes wear them when my lips are very smooth and with a good dose of lip balm on underneath, but I do find them to be really drying. It's especially surprising given that the texture is quite creamy when first applied, but they set down to a really dry (but at least very long-lasting and non-flaky) finish.
I have Bedtime Flirt (a pinky-brown nude) and Ruffle Trim (a warm nude with terracotta undertones).
Are you a lover of liquid lipsticks? Which brands do your favourite and least-favourite formulas?