Drugstore and High-End Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks seem to be all the rage at the moment. They are EVERYWHERE. Every make-up brand seems to have their own range of liquid lipsticks out, promising that their formula is better than the next brand.

I’ve decided to review eight lipsticks, four of which are drugstore and four of which are high-end. I will be rating each lipstick out of five. The images of the lipstick swatches show them worn alone, without lip liner underneath.
For reference, I wear NC40 in MAC.

Quick tip – To get the best out of ANY liquid lipstick, exfoliate your lips beforehand providing a smooth base to apply the lipstick on to.
I make my own scrub consisting of: 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Mix them together and apply this mixture using a toothbrush, scrubbing gently to remove the dead skin.


MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer – Dash (Superdrug, £3)

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Colour – A vibrant, wearable, dark pink shade which will suit skin complexions fair through to deep.
Formula – It glides across the lips and applies evenly with one coat. It is amazing quality, especially for the price.
Matte? – Yes, it dries quickly to a matte finish.
Longevity – Very long lasting, needs re-applying every four hours or so. Lasts through eating and drinking too.
Overall rating – 4/5

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Serenity (Beauty Bay, £10.50)

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Colour – The most gorgeous shade of nude with light pink undertones.
Formula – It applies evenly with one coat, isn’t drying and the quality is second to none.
Matte? – Yes, it dries to a matte, opaque shade.
Longevity – Long lasting and kiss proof but does usually need reapplying after eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 4/5

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour – Seduction (Boots, £8.99)

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Colour – The perfect nude-y pink shade for my skin tone.
Formula – It does not apply evenly with one coat, it needs a few coats to build the colour up.
Matte? – No, it has more of a glossy, tacky finish.
Longevity – It has the longevity of wearing a lip gloss as it doesn’t dry. It lasts about an hour and comes off while eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 2/5

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Abu Dhabi (Boots, £5.50)

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Colour – A lighter nude shade which is definitely a cult favourite among beauty junkies.
Formula – Very creamy and moisturising, however, the shade is quite sheer and needs 2/3 coats and a darker lip liner before I’m happy with the colour on my lips.
Matte? – No, it does not dry completely matte (some may prefer this as it isn’t drying).
Longevity – It lasts about two hours, however, it doesn’t crumble while eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 3/5


MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – High Drama (MAC, £21)


Colour – A super pigmented shade of deep purple.
Formula – It applies smoothly but does need two coats to allow the colour to be applied evenly due to the pigment of the lipstick. It can also be quite drying so I like to apply a clear lip balm over it to stop it from cracking.
Matte? – Yes, it dries to a matte finish very quickly.
Longevity – It lasts about two hours but does start to crack and get flaky if a lip balm isn’t applied over it. It also does not last after eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 3/5

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Patina (Beauty Bay, £16)


Colour – A wearable, versatile, mauve-y pink shade.
Formula – I LOVE the formula of this liquid lipstick; it glides evenly across the lips upon application, the colour pay off is amazing and the quality is second to none.
Matte? – Yes.
Longevity – Very long lasting. I’ve worn this lipstick to shisha numerous times and it has stayed on after a 2/3 hour session. It also survives eating and drinking and is kiss proof.
Overall rating – 4.5/5

Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick – 22 (Kylie Cosmetics, $29)


Colour – A unique, wearable, burnt orange shade which will suit many skin complexions.
Formula – With one coat, the shade is distributed evenly and the colour pay off is striking.
Matte? – Yes, it dries to a matte finish quickly.
Longevity – I find that this lipstick lasts around 2/3 hours before it needs re-applying but does crumble while eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 3.5/5

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick – Committed (Debenhams, £13.50)


Colour – A light pink shade with mauve undertones..
Formula – The shade applies evenly and the formula is very light and creamy on the lips.
Matte? – Yes, it dries to a matte finish but remains moisturising.
Longevity – This lipstick lasts about 3/4 hours, is kiss proof and does stay on while eating and drinking.
Overall rating – 4/5


Photos by Eejay Angel;
*Website –  www.cargocollective.com/eejayangel
*Instagram – Ejangel

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