*Steps on soapbox* When did we as a society decide that dry, uncomfortable lips were something we paid money for? Is it really imperative that we have a type of lipstick that has the staying power to last 12 hours? Is it that much of an inconvenience to top up your lipstick after eating? *Falls off soapbox and tumbles into a pit of despair*
Don’t get me wrong, there are of course very matte bullet lipsticks out there that suck the moisture right out of your lips, too. However, they don’t seem to be nearly as hyped up or ubiquitous as the matte liquid lipsticks out there. I bought into it all, of course. I spent a lot of money on lip products that are collecting dust in a drawer now, because they’re just too unpleasant to wear. It’s not all bad news though, I did find a couple of very comfortable liquid lipsticks that I’ll stay loyal to.
You do of course have to keep your lips prepped if you want to wear any lip product, so please believe me when I tell you the misses massively underperformed for me regardless. Liquid lipsticks can be so unpredictable. When they’re good they’re good, but when they’re bad they’re completely unwearable.
The first liquid lipstick I ever tried, and still probably the best of them all, is Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. These are so hard to beat. Their formula is so creamy and provides an opaque layer of product with just one application. Their colour selection is amazing too, with everything from everyday nudes to bright blue.
A new favourite that I’ve just discovered is the Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes. Again, this formula is very creamy, which is much more comfortable to wear than liquid lipsticks that start drying down as soon as you apply them. These last on the lips without sucking all the moisture out, making them holy grail status for me.
One liquid lipstick I don’t see near enough hype over is the Meet Matt(e) Hughes range from theBalm. These feel so moisturising to apply, and smell amazing, like caramel mint sweets. These have definitely been slept on for too long now.
These are the ones I’m just not sure about. Not bad enough to be a miss, but lacking in something to be regarded as a hit. It’ll probably come as a surprise to see me include Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick here considering how hugely popular they are. Do I think they’re bad? No, I like the ones I have (all 2 of them). They look nice on, if a bit dry. Not uncomfortably dry, but they do make my lips look somewhat parched. Also, I don’t think they’re worth €21. I can get a Nyx Liquid Suede or theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick for much less and have a better outcome.
Another one I’m feeling slightly indifferent about is the L’Oreal Lip Paint Matte liquid lipstick. I bought one in the shade Nude-ist, which applied beautifully the first time I used it. However, every time I’ve used it since has been far more underwhelming. It seems to have dried up a bit it the tube so it takes a bit more work to apply. But once it’s on, it’s on and it’s not drying or uncomfortable, hence why it remains in limbo for me.
The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the Colourpop Ultra Mattes. I’d bought a mini set online after hearing about them everywhere. The colours are stunning but the formula makes these unwearable. Even with all the lip prep in the world, I couldn’t make these work. I’ve already reviewed Nyx Lip Lingerie and Sleek Mattes here so I won’t bore you by repeating my thoughts, but I would be remiss not to reference them in a post about my disappointment in matte liquid lipsticks.
One brand that I was extremely excited to try was Beauty Bakerie. I loved the look of their site, their packaging, their shade range of liquid lipsticks. In fact, their Lip Whips had developed a great reputation for its staying power. I learned for myself how long-lasting it was when the swatch of one on my hand stayed put after a shower. But did I want that on my lips?! It turns out I did not. It feels like glue once applied and while it is very drying, it never feels like it’s fully dried down. It flakes, also. Good luck getting it off because once you put it on, it is committed to staying on your face (and teeth) one way or another.
It breaks my heart to include an Inglot product under Misses but here we are. I bought one of their HD Lip Tint Mattes recently was disappointed almost immediately. It looks so opaque in a hand swatch, but is patchy on application. It starts to dry as soon as it touches your lips, so it’s tough to even it out. It’s not comfortable whatsoever, even after a thick layer of Aquaphor.
(Dis)honourable mention to Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour and Lottie London Stay All Day Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick for both also being awkward, drying, uncomfortable lip products. The Rimmel one in particular was terrible, as it applied very streaky and had an awful smell.
What do you reckon? Have I put any products in the wrong category?