So far, 2018 has been the year of the liquid lipstick for me. Although it’s a product trend that’s been around for a few years, I guess I’m somewhat of a lipstick traditionalist. And to be honest, it takes awhile to master the perfect liquid lip.

But the new Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Inks are probably the best long wear liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried from the drugstore, and competes with some of the higher end formulas that cost twice as much. Plus, the pointy tip applicator makes it easy to get the perfect shape.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Applicator

Let’s dive in!

Formula

DANG these suckers are hard to get off. Even as I was doing the swatches, I had to really scrub and use a combination of coconut oil and makeup wipes.

On the lips, these are just as long-wearing, albeit a tad drying. They go on in thin, ultra-pigmented layers and have a smooth, paint-like texture. They dry fast and once they do – they’re staying on for the long haul.

The only downside of the formula is that they’re pretty drying so they may emphasize lines and cracks in your lips. Just make sure you prep your lips beforehand – scrub, balm, and tissue off. I do this before applying any liquid lipstick.

I don’t find that they flake or go patchy throughout the day which is a huge win.

Because they are so drying, they aren’t the most comfortable to wear but I’m no stranger to the feeling of “lipstick on” that I don’t mind it.

Overall, the formula does what it says. It’s matte, it has crazy long staying power, and is pigmented and smooth kinda like ink.

Shades

These babies come in 20 shades – 10 from the original collection and 10 from the new “un-nude” collection. The “Un-Nude” range may have a confusing name but basically includes a spectrum from truly natural nudes to a deep dark brown. It also includes a gorgeous lilac, purple, and grey. I think the purple and lilac shades stretch the definition of “nude” but since this collection is titled “UN-Nude” I suppose they can get away with it.

Although I love the names, the idea isn’t exactly original. The Girl Lip Stylo by Hourglass have very similar names, even some of the same names (Visionary, Creator, Protector). I’m not sure how companies get away with that but I like the names so I’m still buyin’.

But I digress…I have 4 shades (and counting) – 3 from the un-nude collection and 1 from the original collection.

Creator

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Creator

Visionary

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Visionary

Amazonian

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Amazonian

Ruler

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Ruler

Price

At $9.49 a pop, these are definitely worth the coin. Let’s compare. The Anastasia liquid lipsticks clock in at $20. Same for my high-end faves – Kat Von D. Kylie’s matte liquid lipsticks are $17.

At the budget end of the spectrum, ColourPop’s liquid lippies are only $6.50. NYX soft matte lip creams will run you $6.49.

If you purchase these at Ulta, there’s a good chance you can pick them up with a bogo 50% promo. These are so popular that many are out of stock right now but between Ulta and Target, I was able to get my hands on the shades I wanted.

I find these to be more long-wearing than Nyx and Anastasia’s liquid lipsticks. They are more drying but unless you wear them every single day, it’s not too bad.

Overall

I give these an A- and would definitely recommend. Even if you’re not a lipstick junkie like myself, you’ll find plenty of nude and wearable shades in the range and the little applicator makes them easier to apply than just about any other liquid lippie I’ve ever tried.

Has anyone else out there tried these yet? Comment below with your favorite shade or if you want me to review any other drugstore liquid lips.

Stay fabulous all you visionaries, creators, rulers and amazonians. <3

 

 

 

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I’ve heard a lot about E.L.F. over the years but surprisingly didn’t purchase anything from the brand until recently. I always knew they were a “budget buy,” but I didn’t realize how cheap they were until I looked. These matte lip colors ring in at just $1.49 a pop, a quarter of the price of its drugstore competitors like Maybelline and L’Oreal. The shade range and matte finish drew my attention and I picked up 4 from Ulta.com. Check out my full E.L.F. matte lip color review below!

E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors

Shades from left to right: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

 

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color - Sharpener

Handy pop-out sharpener on the end!

Formula:

I have to admit, this formula doesn’t compare to more expensive brands. I don’t hate it – I just don’t love it. It’s super waxy and feels a little too thick and occlusive on the lips for my liking (and I wear standard drugstore matte lipsticks all the time, so I’m no stranger to the matte lip feel).

That being said, the waxy formula means it’s not as drying as other matte lipsticks on the market. Of course, the flip-side of that is that it’s not as pigmented either. That may not be a bad thing, depending on your tastes.

I’ve mentioned this before – but there seems to be a trend, or rather, a misconception in the beauty world right now that high pigment = high quality. This isn’t always the case and for everyday use, I tend to prefer sheer finishes in a lot of my cosmetics because they’re easier to build up and I’m less likely to make a mistake.

But I digress – I like my lipsticks fully loaded, pigment-rich, and matte as hell. Yes, they’re trickier to apply, but it’s the one makeup item that I like to go all-out with (hence the name of this blog). These E.L.F. matte lip colors are not as pigment-rich as I’d like them to be, but they are matte and I enjoy the shades that I tried.

Speaking of the shades…

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color Swatches

Swatches from top to bottom: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

Wine

A deep red/mauve hybrid true to its name.

E.L.F. Wine

Mulberry Maven

A cool-toned plum, a softer alternative to the vampy lip.

E.L.F. Mulberry Maven

Cranberry

The least pigmented of the bunch – swatches like a dark red but applies like a sheer pink.

E.L.F. Cranberry

Rich Red

Not exactly “rich” but definitely red – pulls slightly pink on me as most cool-toned reds do.

E.L.F. Rich Red

In terms of wear, these lipsticks don’t last any longer than your typical bullet lipstick nor any less. I’m not too bothered by it as I’m used to reapplying lip products after lunch anyway. On the plus side, I’ve noticed that these E.L.F. matte lip colors fade evenly without patchiness or dryness. I suppose that could also probably be attributed to its waxy formula.

The Gist

Overall, I’d recommend these lippies to anyone on a budget who wants to try a matte lip. They won’t be ones I reach for every day, but I have found myself getting a fair amount of use out of them this past holiday season.

I personally prefer the Maybelline Matte Lipsticks or the L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks for their formulas. They’re a bit more drying on the lips but pack way more pigment. If you have a few extra bucks and are a die-hard matte lipstick girl like me, maybe try those instead.

Hope this was helpful! If anyone has tried E.L.F. and has any recommendations from the brand, comment below. I’m a newb so I’m eager to try the best the brand has to offer.

 

For those of you who have seen my last post on the Lancome Matte Shakers, you know how obsessed I am. The formula is so unique – it applies like a sheer fluid but dries down to a matte wash of color.

As the name implies, you have to shake these to get real color payoff. The pointed sponge-tip applicator makes them easier to apply than your average liquid lipstick, (even easier than my beloved Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick).

My only gripe is that I don’t think the shade names or descriptions on the Sephora and Ulta websites are very accurate. It’s not a valid complaint about the product itself but if you’re shopping online, it makes picking out the right shade kind of tricky.

Regardless, I took a gamble  and purchased the best-selling “Beige Vintage” and the less popular, “Plum Plum Girl.”

Lancome Matte Shakers in Plum Plum Girl and Beige Vintage

Beige Vintage

Lancome Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage

I can see why this shade is so beloved. Again, this is not even remotely “beige” but rather a very neutral, flattering medium rose.

For me, this is like Tarte Exposed Blush – not alike in its shade, but in its usability. Tarte Exposed is my go-to blush for just about any makeup look. It goes with every kind of lipstick shade and every kind of eyeshadow look.

Similarly, this shade of lipstick works well with smoky eyes of any shade, and blushes in peach or pink undertones. However, my favorite way to wear this color is with a neutral, shimmery eye and glowy pink flush on the cheeks.

Either way, I think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this shade as we move into the spring/summer months. (#Arewethereyet?)

Plum Plum Girl
Lancome Matte Shaker in Plum Plum Girl

Freshly applied…

Lancome Matte Shaker in "Plum Plum Girl"

Dries down matte!

I own a lot of berry-toned lipsticks. This one is different – slightly cooler in undertone, yet a true purple in shade. Unlike some of the other shades, I think “plum” accurately describes the color of this lipstick.

Now let’s be honest, if you don’t like cool-toned lipsticks, you WON’T like this lip color. But if you’re like me and love the 90s grunge look with its greyed-out nudes, you may like this lipstick. It’s as if those cool nudes married a dark, vampy lip and gave birth to “Plum Plum Girl.”

If you’d like to see my review of the other shades, click here.

Other Makeup Worn In These Pictures:

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palette – Earth (Row 2, gold and peach shades)
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in “Natural Buff”
Becca Apres Ski Highlighter Palette – Shade 1
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black

Have any of you tried the Lancome Matte Shakers? What are your favorite shades? Let me know in the comments!

I first started hearing about the Lancome Matte Shakers from one of my favorite YouTubers (Allana Davison). It must have been like a subliminal message because it took several months before I really wanted to try one.

Liquid lipsticks are hit or miss for me (Kat Von D = hit, Anastasia = miss) so I initially passed these babies over for more standard lipstick formulas. But when Bloomingdale’s had a 10% off discount, I decided to give them a try.

Lancome Matte Shakers

I first purchased the shades “Kiss Me Cherie” and “Beige Vintage.” Unfortunately, Bloomingdale’s ran out of the “Beige Vintage” shade before they could ship it and that particular order was canceled. That shade is still on my wishlist so stay tuned for an update!

Formula + Application

The formula is so unique. It’s not drying or sticky like a standard liquid lipstick but instead, feels very sheer and lightweight. It looks shiny when you first apply it and like most liquid lipsticks, it dries to a matte finish. It lasts fairly well without touchups and fades evenly so if you forget to reapply you’ll be left with just a sheer wash of color. True to the name, these liquid lippies need to be shaken before application to get any real color payoff.

I was nervous that the bulky sponge applicator would make it impossible to apply neatly (an issue I’ve had with most liquid lipsticks). But because the formula is so sheer, this type of applicator helps spread the color on easily. The pointed tip helps with precision but it should be noted, that if you want a super bold, clean, precise lip – this product may not be for you. It gives a more sheer, blurred effect, ideal for natural makeup looks.

Lancome Matte Shaker Applicator

Once I realized I loved the formula and applicator, I decided to purchase three more shades with an Ulta 20% off coupon last month. I’m such a smart shopper – I know.

The shades I purchased, in addition to “Kiss Me Cherie,” were: “Abrickadabra,” “Berry n’ Clyde,” and “Red’y in 5.” I found the formula to be consistent across all 4 shades. Check out my shade review and try-on below.

Shades

Kiss Me Cherie

“Kiss Me Cherie” is described as a “deep brick red” but on me, it’s really more of a bright pinky red. I’m not too mad about it…it’s red enough for the festive holiday season and pink enough to take me through Spring.

Lancome Matte Shaker Kiss Me Cherie

Abrickadabra

Described as “pumpkin spice,” this shade feels true to its description. I love this shade! Warm, neutral, and a little spicy – it’s just right for the season. Not to mention, I love the name. I’m not sure if it has any “brick” tones but the “pumpkin spice” description is on the money. I’m not sure why but it’s coming off slightly shiny in this picture but rest assured, this shade dries matte just like the others.

Lancome Matte Shaker Abrickadabra

Berry n’ Clyde

This was the only one that I was slightly disappointed with. Given that it has “berry” in the name, I was expecting it to be…ya know…berry colored. It could just be my skintone, but as you can see, this is nowhere near a berry tone. It’s more like a hot pink and to be honest, I’m seriously considering exchanging it for a true berry shade. Maybe I’ll have better luck with “The Grape Escape” or “Plum Girl.”

Lancome Matte Shaker Berry n' Clyde

 

Red’y in 5

This shade is described as a “warm fiery red” and it’s just that. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be flattering on my pink undertones but after swiping it on, it might just be my favorite of the bunch!  I think I’ll get way more wear out of it come spring/summer.

Lancome Matte Shaker Red'y in 5

Lancome Matte Shaker Red'y in 5

Price

Regarding price, these liquid lipsticks clock in at $22 a pop. Definitely more expensive than your standard drugstore lippie but the formula and application of these are so unique that you really can’t dupe it. Not yet, anyway. It will be interesting to see if L’Oreal (Lancome’s parent company) releases something similar for the drugstore.

I collect lipsticks from drugstore to luxury brands and I’ve never tried anything like these. I’m not sure how long a bottle will last if you use it every day, but I’d say they’re worth the price tag.

Overall

Like I said, the formula of these lipsticks is truly unique. However, I do think the shade names and descriptions are off. So do as I say and not as I do – visit a Lancome counter in person if you can to try the shades on.

What do you all think? Will you be giving these matte lip shakers a go? Comment below with your favorite shade. 🙂

 

See my review of the Maybelline Matte lipstick collection here. 

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude LipsticksI have a love/hate relationship with nude lipsticks. Whether it’s matte or glossy, I find that a lot of nudes wash out my fair, slightly cool-toned complexion. But alas…I keep trying to find that elusive, perfect nude and that led me to the Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude lipsticks.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline describes this collection as their “creamiest matte lipstick in 10 nude shades. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone.”

I have to say that these are, indeed, pretty creamy in texture – SLIGHTLY creamier than Maybelline’s standard matte lipstick formula. Personally, as much as I love a matte lip, I don’t mind the creamier texture. Nude lips can look sickly if they’re too matte so a smoother texture lends itself well to these kinds of shades.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

I have 5 out of the 10 shades and really like 4/5 of them. Check out the shades on my NC/NW 25 skintone below:

Honey Pink

Words cannot describe how much I hate this color on me. I don’t know what sugar demon possessed me to buy it but alas, we are long past the 30-day return policy on this one so I guess Honey Pink and I are stuck together.

I would imagine this color would look way better on someone with red or blonde hair or as a fresh pop of color on very dark skintones. I’m smiling in this picture but I’m dying inside.

Maybelline Honey Pink

Almond Rose

This shade is oh-so romantic. It’s the perfect neutral rose for day or night, any season.

Maybelline Almond Rose

 

Brown Blush

This one is more like a dark mauve and pairs great with a golden/bronze eyeshadow look. It’s very on-trend for that cool-toned grunge look. If that’s your thing.
Maybelline Brown Blush

Raw Chocolate

Does anyone else sometimes buy makeup products based on the shade name? I think I was craving chocolate when I bought this one and I have #noregrets. It’s warm, chocolatey and rich without being too dark and pairs pretty well with just about any eyeshadow look.Maybelline Raw Chocolate

Toasted Truffle

Mmm…toasted truffles…if I wear the lipstick, will Maybelline feed me truffles? Sadly, no. But this is a gorgeous shade worthy of its name. It’s pretty dark on me but because it’s still so neutral, it’s not difficult to pull off on a random Wednesday morning.

 

Overall, I’d give these lipsticks an A+ for formula and shade range. My favorite, most-worn shades are “Almond Rose” and “Raw Chocolate.” What are your thoughts on nude lipsticks? Love em’ or hate em’?

Comment below with your favorite nude lipstick <3