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Monday, 25 July 2016

Best & Worst Drugstore Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are trending, there's no doubt about it, pull off a great matte liquid lip and you can take over the internet. High end makeup brands seem to slay the scene, and with Kylie Jenner's recent lip kit launches, makeup lovers are going absolutely nuts over a liquid lip look. I was wondering, do highstreet makeup companies have our back? Can they provide awesome and affordable liquid lipsticks? Here's my review and comparison of the best and worst matte drugstore liquid lipsticks!

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer €4.99 - Tranquility

-dark nude shade -liquid formula -regular dow foot applicator -dries fairly quickly -matte finish -dry but comfortable formula -bubble gum scent -not buildable -remove for touch ups

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid €6.99 - Nude Thrill

-dark nude shade -cream formula -long dow foot applicator -takes 15 min to dry -semi matte finish -comfortable formula -slight floral scent -buildable -easy to touch up

Sleek Matte Me Matte Lip Cream €7.49 - Birthday Suit

-pinky nude shade -liquid formula -long dow foot applicator -dries immediately -matte finish -dry but comfortable formula -no scent -buildable -easy to touch up

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream €7.50 - Abu Dhabi

-dark nude shade -cream formula -regular dow foot applicator -dries immediately -matte finish -comfortable formula -vanilla scent -buildable -remove for touch ups

NYC Expert Last Matte Lip Lacquer €3.99 - NOHO Matte Nude

-coral nude shade -thin cream formula -regular dow foot applicator -takes 15 min to dry -semi matte finish -can appear streaky -very comfortable formula -candy scent -buildable -easy to touch up

Primark PS Love Super Matte Liquid Lipstick €2.50 - Soft Pink

-light nude shade -liquid formula -long dow foot applicator -dries immediately -matte finish -very dry formula -no scent -not buildable -remove for touch ups

I tested all liquid lipsticks on dry, non moisturised lips, as moisturising was the main cause for streakiness for a lot of these lipstick formulas. For a flawless application I also don't recommend pressing the lips together to blend the product, it proved to mess up the look more often than I'd like to admit. None of the liquid lipsticks survived or looked decent after a meal, as indicated in the individual reviews some formulas could be touched up after and some had to be completely removed to be wearable again. The long dow foot applicator, for a couple of the lipsticks, isn't very practical, it doesn't allow for a lot of precision and is just difficult to work with. Overall I'm actually pleasantly surprised with the matte drugstore liquid lipsticks, none of them proved to be bad or absolute no-no's, however there's one lipstick I find to be the best of the bunch. Keep on reading to find out!

If you want a great and affordable, matte liquid lip, Sleek is the brand that I would recommend. The liquid lipstick formula is pigmented, actually matte and can be touched up without a problem after drinking or eating. Even though I like the other lipstick options in this post, I simply don't find them to be a good fit for the 'matte liquid lipstick' label. The Matte Me Lip Creams from Sleek are comfortable, beautiful and available in 12 different shades. 

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  1. I haven't tried any other than the Balm liquid Matte lipstick. I didn't like how much it dried out my lips or how it flaked.

    1. I think that's a very common problem for liquid lipsticks, that's part of the reasons why it took me so long before purchasing any :)


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