Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite things ever at the moment, so I thought I might ramble a bit about the ones I’ve tried, loved, and hated. There’s also quite a few cruelty-free options available at the moment!
Let’s start with a disappointment — and let me preface this by saying that this first brand I’ll be talking about is no longer cruelty-free in my book. A year or so ago, I purchased Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lolita ($20). I liked this lipstick alright. I expected it to a bit drying and not as long-lasting as the name implies, and I accepted those flaws — until I tried Too Faced’s Melted Lipstick ($21). I’m not going to claim that these aren’t at all drying either, but they last much longer and don’t feel quite as bad on the lips in my experience. Application is smooth, pigmentation is amazing. They’re my fave so far.
On the higher-end sprectum, Hourglass makes a liquid lipstick (Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28) I’ve purchased in the shade Rose. These are definitely higher-priced, but that shade was too gorgeous to pass! I love the packaging and the formula is long-lasting, but my only gripe is the amount of product you get for the price. This is what I’d consider a splurge, and it’s only worth it if you really, really want this product. Basically, it didn’t perform any better than the Melted lipsticks I’ve tried.
The Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks have just been released recently, but unfortulately they only seem to be available from Anastasia’s site at the moment. I haven’t yet been able to try them, but I’ll keep you posted once I do! If someone tried them, let us know in the comments what you thought!
As for inexpensive or drugstore liquid lipstick, the best ones I’ve tried are from NYX. The Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6) are pretty amazing for the price, although their lasting power doesn’t quite compare to the mid-range or high-end brands. I have to reapply after about two hours, which I don’t mind except for the fact that the lipstick tends to get a little bit gross and dry if you don’t reapply it quickly enough. Keep in mind I’ve only tried the browny and pinky shades and not the deep or red ones, which might not be as forgiving or easy to work with.