I was a little late to the punch when it comes to wearing makeup, so I by no means claim to be any sort of a beauty guru. However, I now dabble in makeup enough to know my way around Sephora, and I’m constantly trying to learn more. I keep a relatively low-key makeup routine on a day-to-day basis, but I love adding a pop of color via a great lipstick.
Liquid lipsticks have become my favorite lately. I love that they apply like a gloss, but set like a lipstick. I especially love matte colors; I think they’re young, fun, and I just love that they’re not shiny. I’ve been picking up liquid matte lipsticks like it’s my job, so today I’m recapping five colors that have been in heavy rotation. They are all available at drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, Target) as well as online; I’ll review each one and share my thoughts.
Okay, so I’ll start with the positive. I love that NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes is so easy to apply. It sets in about 5 minutes, and it has a true matte look. I like the color, but its doesn’t apply evenly. I find that often have to go through 2 or 3 coats of application before I am pleased with the evenness and coloring. All in all, I’d recommend this color — just not when you’re in a rush. 😉
NYX’s Soft Lip Cream in Monte Carlo is a bit less appealing for me. Once again, it applies unevenly, and I’m just not in love with the color. I wear this lipstick occasionally, but overall this one is a pass. FYI: My favorite classic red lip a la Taylor Swift is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Liner in Cruella.
Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid lipsticks come in awesome colors, but I’ve noticed they’re not truly matte. After trying this color on for the first time and giving it over a half hour to set, I realized it just wasn’t gonna happen. Since then, I’ve begun gently patting my lips once I apply it, that way some of the sheen disappears. The Berry Boost color isn’t my favorite, but I take it out on the town every once in a while.
I love love LOVE this color. I never thought I would’ve enjoyed a vampy look on myself as much as I do, but Possessed Plum is probably my favorite lip color at the moment. I have to pat this one a bit as well, since it doesn’t truly set into a matte finish either, but I love the hue so much that I deal with it. My only other complaint would be that it makes my lips feel really tingly when I apply it (so does the Berry Boost), so that must have to do with something in their formula. Because I love this color so much, I highly recommend — especially as we head into fall and winter!
Wet n’ Wild’s Velvet Matte Lip Colors are so darn affordable, I can’t help but grab a handful whenever I’m feeling like expanding my collection of drug store lipsticks. I love that Looking For Truffle is a light, natural color. It is really easy to apply and goes on smooth. My only complaint is that the lipsticks constantly break after a use or two. Even at such a low price point, that’s extremely frustrating. But alas, I keep buying them anyways…I just can’t stop Looking For Truffle. 😉
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