Liquid Lipstick: Stila and Lime Crime

Is it just me, or is liquid lipstick seriously underrated?

liquid lipstick

L to R from the top: Stila “Patina,” Lime Crime “Red Velvet” Velvetine, Stila “Fiery,” Stila “Amore”

 

I  bought my first ever liquid lipstick on a whim around this time last year while browsing around at Sephora.  Brand? Stila.  Color? Patina.  I have to admit it was love at first site, and ever since I have become enamored/obsessed/in love with liquid lipsticks of every shade, finish, color, and hue.

What’s so special about liquid lipstick? Here are 10 things:

1. It’s the most longwearing option out there. Period…Ok, maybe second to a stain but stains aren’t as fun in my opinion.

2. They can have the most alluring matte finish you’ve ever seen. Literally a velvet(ine) finish.

3. They photograph amazingly.

4. Eliminate the need to reapply.

5. MUCH more cost effective than your normal lipstick since they have great color pay off, and you only need a thin layer.

6. They don’t transfer as much. HUGE plus in my book.

7. Set it and forget it.

8. Great, scratch that, perfect for nights out on the town.

9. Perfect for warm weather.

10.  Less mess.

 

Cons

The number one complaint I hear about liquid lipsticks are that they can be drying.  The solution?  Moisturize with your favorite balm about 15 minutes before you start, maybe while you do your hair or other makeup.  This will ensure that you have a soft and moisturized base for your liquid lipstick!

I used to suffer from perpetual lip peeling and chap before I started exfoliating and moisturizing my lips at night before bed.  I literally saw a 180 degree turn around in a week! My favorite lip exfoliator is super cheap, and there are also tons of DIY options out there. Finding affordable options should be no problem at all!

The second most common complaint I hear about liquid lipstick is that they are difficult to remove.

Solutions

Using lip balm as a base will more than greatly help with this.

If you are still having difficulty, apply some petroleum jelly (or any lip balm with this ingredient) to your lips and let it sit while you remove all your other makeup.  By the time you finish, it should wipe off with ease!

For my old souls out there who also use cold cream, myself included, this works like a dream every time! Smooth some on your lips like you would any balm, and use a baby wipe or makeup wipe to remove.

Final Word

All things considered, I strongly believe that liquid lipsticks are more than worth it! Not all liquid lipsticks are created equal.  I recently tried the Wet’n’Wild liquid lipsticks, and though I love a lot of their other products I was very displeased.  I am someone who is always pulling my lips in, but when you do this with the W’n’W, it sticks together and peels…it is a very sticky liquid lip color and I don’t like that at all.  If you don’t mind this, then by all means look into them!  They are affordable, have great color pay off, and a good variety of shades.

I am working on tutorials and looks centered around liquid lipsticks so stay tuned! As always, thank you for stopping by!

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2 Comments

  1. September 17, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Shock horror I actually don’t own any liquid lipsticks! I defo want to change that after reading this post though they have so many pros and those shades looks amazing is ‘lime crime’ by Stilla too…I don’t think I’ve seen that shade here hmmm

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    • September 18, 2013 / 6:59 am

      Definitely check them out! Lime crime is a different brand that makes really nice red liquid lipsticks. I own “Red Velvet,” and that’s the swatch you see in this post. Thank so much for stopping by again :)!

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