The Liquid Lipstick Edit

It feels like Liquid Lipsticks were something that didn’t really exist a few years ago, at least not like they do now. In the same way the contouring trend bought about a huge influx of contour powders, creams and products, I feel like the liquid lipstick trend has also created mass scale availability, at every price range.

What with the instagram pouts, Kylie Jenner, and the desire for long lasting lip products, the liquid lipstick has really been a beauty success story.  I love matte lipsticks, and even as a makeup artist, I was surprised how few shades offered by the luxury brands were actually matte formulations back when I first started as a makeup artist. Yes I had Ruby Woo and MAC Lip Mixes and Chroma Cakes were what I used back in the day when I needed to make custom matte lip colours.

Fast forward ten years and now pretty much very other brand has there version, some good, some not so good, and it seems as though the choice of colours now is endless.

But what would do I use, and what am I happy to recommend? Well my friends, that’s what this post is for, think of this as your definitive guide to liquid lipsticks and which ones get the HarryMakesItUp stamp of approval…..

The Liquid Lipstick Edit

To make the edit, there are certain criteria I need a liquid lipstick to pass in order to make it into my kit, and into my own makeup bag. First off, the colour should be intense, and preferable as opaque as it looks in the tube.

The second thing Is how it feels, it shouldn’t feel sticky and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to dry, otherwise it just ends up all over your teeth… Not a good look!

Next, I access how the lipstick wears, it shouldn’t get crusty, peel or flake and should fade evenly, or at least as evenly as possible when eating and drinking throughout the day.

The best ones, feel comfortable to wear. Yes by the very nature of a liquid lipstick, they will feel pretty dry but it shouldn’t make the lips feel tight or dehydrated. All the brands pictured fit this criteria, and below are my favourite colours within these brands.

My favourite shades include (shown from left to right in the second photo) Lancome L’Absolu Velours shade 493, a beautiful deep berry. Sephora Cream Lip Stain Always Red, a classic, suit all, statement red. Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipstcik Retro Coral, the perfect bright coral. Kat Von Dee EverLasting Liquid Lipstick A Go Go, the perfect orange, that packs a punch. Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Prague, a very pretty pink thats not too sickly and still feels like a grown up pink. And last but not least is Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 05 Ole Flamingo, a statement pink with the slightest hint of coral in, beautiful on all skin tones. This has a bargain price tag, and out performs many other expensive brands liquid lipsticks.

What’s your favourite liquid lipstick?