Vandal Cosmetics Rhude Matte Lip Kit

Well hello again! I figured it’s time to revive the blog, and what better way to do it with some new (to me, anyway) lip kits!

I always try to support smaller brands, especially those that are cruelty-free and vegan, so Vandal Cosmetics’ Matte Lip Kits seemed like great new products to try. I’ll slowly but surely be reviewing all of them, but I wanted to start off with Rhude. Lighter nude matte liquid lipsticks always seem to be the least forgiving, so I thought that this would be a great shade to start with and I’m definitely impressed!

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Photo taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Lip Kits swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

First off, the way this lip kit is packaged is so nice! Not only does it look lovely, but the products are also packaged in a way that protects them from being damaged during shipping. I do wish that the insert that holds the products in place was made of a more easily recyclable material like the box itself is, but that’s really my only complaint!

Vandal Cosmetics claims that their liquid lipstick formula is long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-resistant, and I can happily attest that it lives up to their claims! The products themselves are very high quality, and I love that the lip liner is the twist-up, retractable kind. The colors of the Rhude liner and liquid lipstick work perfectly together, and they are both a light, warm, yellow based, peachy nude. The liner has a silky texture and glides on easily without tugging at the lip or having to go over it numerous times to get a defined, pigmented line. Rhude liquid lipstick is equally fantastic, too! It has a lightweight feel without being too thin and watery, or too thick and goopy. It applies very easily thanks to the small, doe-foot applicator similar to the ones seen with most liquid lipstick formulas, and because the formula doesn’t set too quickly, you have time to play around with it and blend it out if needed. Once it does set, it seems to stay very slightly tacky, but I feel like that probably has something to do with the fact that it didn’t dry out my lips at all, so the tackiness isn’t a dealbreaker for me. Rhude liquid lipstick is full coverage using very little product and it offers a very even type of coverage, which can be difficult to find in a lot of light, nude, matte liquid lipsticks. I only had this on for 6 hours, but it stayed in place until I removed it and only faded near the center of my lip when I ate dinner. Touching up was easy, though, and it didn’t pill up or look weird where I reapplied it.

While I’m pale enough that this looks flattering on me, I know that this type of nude may be a little light for some people. If that’s the case, you can always use a deeper liner with the liquid lipstick, or choose a darker nude tone lip kit, which Vandal Cosmetics definitely has! I’ll be reviewing the others in future posts, so keep an eye out for those!

The Rhude Matte Lip Kit from Vandal Cosmetics is available from www.vandalcosmetics.com and sells for $25. The retractable lip liner contains 0.3 g / 0.01 oz of product, while the matte liquid lipstick contains 5 g / 0.18 oz. These products are parben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

  • Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
  • Application: 4
  • Texture: 4
  • Coverage: 5
  • Color Payoff: 5
  • Wear Time: 5
  • Packaging: 5

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this product with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

Swatchmas Day 21: My Top 5 Dark Lipsticks

On the twenty-first day of Swatchmas, I give you my current five favorite dark lipsticks! These vary from more “wearable” dark hues, to the more dramatic type, and I’ve included matte and satin finishes, as well as liquid and bullet-style lipstick formulas in this list.

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1) Melt Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick in 6SIX6:

This bullet style, deep blood red lipstick is highly pigmented, very matte and long wearing, but still easy to apply and non-drying on the lips. This has been my absolute favorite lipstick from Melt since day one and I cannot imagine my life without it! It contains 3.20 g / 0.11 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt website or Sephora’s website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and 6SIX6 is vegan.

2) TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in Corruption:

Corruption is a deep oxblood plum shade that’s very vampy and intense, but still stunning, even with minimal makeup. TIME’s liquid lipstick formula is creamy, but not too thick, easy to apply, well pigmented, and dries down to a long wearing matte finish (just stay away from oily, greasy foods or it will fade more quickly). Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks sell for $16 individually and contain 6.3 g / 0.22 oz of product. You can also get Corruption in TIME’s Nude Spectrum Bundle, which contains five other liquid lipsticks and sells for the discounted price of $60 ($10 per Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick). Corruption, as well as other TIME Los Angeles products, can be purchased on their website at www.shoptimela.com, and TIME is a cruelty-free brand.

3) MAC Diva Lipstick:

Diva is one of MAC’s top selling darker lipsticks, and has always been a staple in my personal makeup stash as well as my kit. This is your typical, creamy, bullet style lipstick and it is an intense reddish-burgundy with a matte formula and finish. This lipstick contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC counters (including the ones inside Ulta stores), MAC freestanding stores, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products, including Ulta.

4) Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick in Velvet Room:

Velvet Room is a beautiful, deep black cherry shade. Melt’s Liquid Set Lipstick formula is super pigmented, thin and fluid-like so it applies easily and evenly, and is long wearing and matte. This lippie contains 3.17 ml / .107 oz of product and sells for $19 on the Melt website. Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand and Velvet Room is vegan.

5) Dose of Colors Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in Lava Cake

Lava Cake is the lightest, most day-to-day type of dark lip in this post. It’s a plum red brown with a satin finish, so it’s very creamy and comfortable on the lips, especially during the drier, winter months. Dose of Colors Lip It Up Satin Lipsticks contain 3.12 g / 0.11 oz of product and sell for $17 from both the Dose of Colors website and Ulta website. Dose of Colors products are also available in some Ulta stores, but be sure to check your local store’s availability online before you head over there! Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand and this lipstick is vegan.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Dose of Colors: The Snuggle is Real Matte Liquid Lipstick Holiday Set

I know, I know, I’m a bit late posting this but just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean there aren’t still great makeup sets out there made for an amazing value! This is one of my favorites that I picked up last month. The best thing about this set is that these are NOT minis, they’re full sized! They’re also just very wearable for day to day looks and   look flattering on just about everyone. I’ll get into a little more detail about the formula and stuff below, so keep scrolling down to read more!

If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

NOTE:   I ran out of natural daylight today, so dupes and liners for this set will be posted sometime this weekend! I know it was supposed to be sooner than that but I’m SO behind this week and there’s no natural light by the time I get home!

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Left to Right:   Let’s Cuddle, Lazy Daisy, Warm & Fuzzy

The packaging is super cute and makes a great gift, no matter what the occasion (including the treat yoself kind of gift)! All you need to do it pop a bow on it and BAM you’re good to go!

The formula is consistent throughout all three liquid lipsticks as well as consistent with Dose of Colors’ Liquid Matte Lipstick formula, as in the permanent range of colors. It’s liquidy and not too thick or creamy, but it’s not so thin that you can’t easily get full opacity. These Liquid Matte Lipsticks are incredibly pigmented so even though the formula may seem slightly thinner than other brands of matte liquid lips, you don’t have to use a lot of product to get even coverage. What I like most about this formula is that it’s VERY comfortable to wear and never makes my lips feel or look dry or cracked like a lot of matte liquid lips do, especially in the winter time. As always with any liquid and/or matte lipstick, I do suggest gently exfoliating your lips and moisturizing them before applying this product… Just be sure to let your lip mask or balm soak in for a bit, then blot off any excess before you apply your Liquid Matte Lipstick so it doesn’t compromise the finish or wear time. These liquid lipsticks seem to be transfer resistant but not transfer proof, and if you eat anything greasy (pizza, salad dressing, etc), it will break down the product and cut down on the wear time.

The applicator is a pretty basic angled doe foot type that’s just fuzzy enough to pick up a lot of product, but it’s not so fuzzy or big that it makes application difficult. Most of the time, I don’t even need a liner with these to achieve a clean, precise look. Each one of these is a little different as far as color payoff, coverage, etc, but I’ll get into that in the individual reviews below.

The Snuggle is Real set contains three full sized Liquid Matte Lipsticks and sells for $29 from the Dose of Colors website. Each liquid lip contains the usual 4.5 g / 0.16 oz of product for a total of 13.5 g / 0.48 oz for the entire set. All of the permanent shades of Dose’s Liquid Matte Lipsticks sell for $18 each, so by getting this set, you’re saving $29! That means this is HALF the price it would be to buy three individual liquid lips. This is a limited edition set, though, so get it while you can!

Dose of Colors is a cruelty free company and all of these Liquid Matte Lipsticks are vegan as well as paraben free and gluten free!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Matte Lipsticks are swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Let’s Cuddle

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Let’s Cuddle:   This is described as a “warm beige” and is a medium, very warm toned, peachy nude with a soft matte finish. I feel like on people who are more tan or have a deeper skin tone than I do (I was MAC NC20-25 when this photo was taken), this doesn’t show up quite so peachy-orange. On the plus side, the warmth of Let’s Cuddle makes it very wearable for dark to deep skin tones, even if you may have to add a little bit of a liner to help it blend in more naturally. Using a liner with this is also helpful to tone down the warm, peachy-orange hue if you’re more fair skinned, like I am.

Like I mentioned earlier, the formula is great and feels somewhat thin and liquidy so it applies easily. It also doesn’t dry down super fast so it gives you some time to make sure it looks even and precise. Despite the formula being a little on the thinner side, color payoff is great and Let’s Cuddle is highly pigmented. I got a fully opaque application without having to use much product. Overall, I got about 7 hours of wear with Let’s Cuddle, though it did start to fade just in the center of the lip after about 5 hours.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Lazy Daisy

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Lazy Daisy:   According to the Dose of Colors website, this is a “dusty mauve taupe”… It’s a light-medium, cool toned dusty, rosy pink with a soft matte finish. I think this would be most suitable for fair to medium-dark skin tones, since light, cool toned colors may cause people with deeper skin tones to look a bit washed out. That said, you can always warm this liquid lipstick up by adding a liner to the look!

It felt the same as Dose of Colors’ other Matte Liquid Lipsticks and applied without any issues. It’s hard to tell how these truly look in tube because it’s a frosted type of plastic, but color payoff is great and looks the same on the lip as it does on the applicator, though  it did look a bit warmer on me, which probably has to do with the fact that I have very pigmented lips to begin with. Coverage was full and opaque using little product. I noticed some minor fading in the center of the lip after about hour 4 and a few cups of tea, but the overall wear time was between 7 and 8 hours.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Warm & Fuzzy

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Warm & Fuzzy:   The description for this liquid lipstick says that it’s a “warm rose”, which is pretty spot on… It’s a medium, warm toned pinky rose shade with a soft matte finish. Since it’s not very light or cool toned, this is the type of pink that makes the perfect every day kind of lip color for any skin tone and any age! It’s definitely my favorite out of this trio.

Warm & Fuzzy has the same feel to the formula as the other Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks and is easy to apply. This particular color seems even more pigmented than the others in the set and the color payoff looks just like it does on the applicator. It also gives fully opaque coverage with only one dip into the tube for both my top and bottom lip. Wear time was nearly 8 hours, but I did notice some fading in the center of the lip around hour 5 or 6.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

Last but not least, we have the gorgeous, vampy Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip from Colourpop‘s collaboration with iluvsarahii! This is one of my favorite matte liquid lips for fall and winter, although it can be worn anytime of year and by anyone, just as long as you want everyone to admire that pout of yours! Although it’s a very deep shade, it’s easy to wear with anything from a simple makeup look with no eye liner, up to a full blown glam and glittery look for the holidays or a night out. Even if you may be a little put off by a vampy lip like this, for the price, it’s worth trying, especially if you end up getting it with the entire “kit” from this collection.

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, although each product must be purchased individually OR in the collab/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail about them further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out some of the other products from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo on them. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Matte Lip is in gold, and the tube of the Ultra Matte Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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Although this was my first time giving this brand’s matte liquid lipstick a chance, I must say I like it! It’s thin without being watery, but it’s very pigmented so it doesn’t end up feeling thick or sticky before it dries down. For the most part, it’s comfortable and wears well, but it did make my lips feels a little dry after I had it on for a few hours. Also, because it’s such a deep, bold color, it can start to look and feel like it “cracks” after you’ve had it on for a while. I only really noticed this if I put a little too much on, though. As with most matte liquid lipsticks, it can also emphasize any dry or chapped areas, so be sure to gently exfoliate your lips, apply a balm or moisturizer, then blot to excess off before applying Mamacita!

The matching Lippie Pencil was semi-creamy, but did feel a bit more dry than the 951 or Curvii pencils, perhaps due to the intense, deep pigments used? I don’t know… Anyway, you can see in the lip photo that I struggled a little lining my upper lip, and that was even after sharpening it and applying a primer, so it SHOULD have gone on a little more evenly than it did. You may have an easier time with it or be better at finessing it so it works for you, but I would honestly probably rather use this liner to fill in my lips under the Ultra Matte Lip (which also makes your liquid lipstick last longer) and use something else like a MAC Lip Pencil to line my lips with. I also had the same cap issue as the other pencils, so make sure it’s on there tightly before you end up with a mess in your makeup bag!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip and Lippie Pencil are vegan.

Like the other liquid lip products from Colourpop, this Ultra Matte Lip is individually priced at $6, contains 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product and can be purchased from their website. That’s about the same amount of product you’ll find in brands like ABH, Kylie Cosmetics, and a few others, but you’re saving at least $10-$14 on average if you opt for Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip instead. To make it an even sweeter deal, you can get this liquid lip, the matching liner, and all of the other goodies from this collection as a set for $54.

The Mamacita Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought by itself from www.colourpop.com, or can be purchased in the collab/set with everything else. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil + Ultra Glossy Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. (I have no idea why my bottom lip is blurred but I’ll redo this pic later)

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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip:   Colourpop describes this as a “deepened burgundy”. It’s a very deep, rich, neutral to slightly cool toned, blackened burgundy red with some almost eggplant type of undertones. It’s pretty unique, so pardon my long-winded description! It has a truly matte finish once it dries down, which takes a moment, so you have plenty of time to blend it out or layer it if desired. No matter what your skin tone, if you’re looking for a dark, vampy lip, this should be right up your alley!

The formula is thin enough to layer and apply evenly, but it’s not the least bit runny and is very well pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Because the applicator isn’t all that precise, it was a little tricky to get a perfect application without using a lip brush (for me, anyway). Color payoff actually end up being deeper than it looks in the tube, as Mamacita dries down to a be a little darker and less reddish toned. Coverage is full, but you may have to layer in some areas to get it extra dark. It took one dip into the tube for my top lip and another dip for my bottom lip, and I don’t even have very big lips! It wore comfortably for a solid 4 hours before my lips felt a little dry and it started to fade in the center of the lip, but I had no problems with it fading anywhere else until around hour 6.

Dupes:   To be honest, I couldn’t find the perfect dupe for Mamacita. A couple of matte liquid lipsticks that come close are Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick from TIME Los Angeles, which is a little lighter and more red; MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, which is still more red toned; and Sad Girl from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but it has an iridescent shimmer to it and is a bit more purple.

Liners:   Of course the Mamacita Lippie Pencil works perfectly with this liquid lip, but there are a few others I like too, especially in MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula. Burgundy is nice, but it’s more reddish/true burgundy; Currant and Vino are also great options but they are both slightly darker and do have a more wine-stained undertone. Cyber World and Nightmoth are the darkest, most purple based liners, but they’re gorgeous for a more vampy vibe. If you’d like to tone down the color, you can also use something more neutral like Chestnut, which is a neutral, medium-dark brown. Vinyl, from Morphe’s collaboration with Ourfa Zinali, is also gorgeous with Mamacita, although it’s a little warmer and more red. For a longer wearing option, you can go with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in either Ms Diva, which is a little lighter but still defines the lip well, or Bespoken For, which is darker and will give you a beautiful, dramatic ombre look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil:   This pencil is referred to as a “deepened blackberry” and is a deep, rich, mostly cool toned blackberry shade with a hint of burgundy undertones that are similar to the matching Ultra Matte Lip. Mamacita pencil is darker than it’s liquid lip twin, but that’s so it adds more depth and contrast. I like to line the edges of my lip, then fill in the corners and blend it inward a bit all around the lip to add a deep, ombre effect. This is a really nice liner with nearly any other deep purple or red toned lipstick I have, too, so it may come in handy to have in your collection!

This Lippie Pencil did feel drier than the other two from this collection, so it was a bit more difficult to apply. It’s also more matte, so that could have something to do with it. Eventually, after sharpening it and warming it up by rolling it in a tissue between my fingertips, it did go on much smoother and more precisely but it still wanted to pill up on any dry patches around the edge of my lips. I’m hoping this isn’t typical with this liner and maybe I just got a bad batch or something? Color payoff is excellent and it looks the same as it does in the pencil, if not even deeper once applied to the lip. Coverage was full and opaque but as I said, it can skip on dry areas. Wear time was longer than 951 and Curvii pencils and lasted about 6 hours before I had any fading occur at all.

Dupes:   Bespoken For, from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line, was the closest dupe I could find, though it’s a teeny bit more purple toned. MAC’s Currant and Vino Lip Pencils are also very similar, with Vino being the closest dupe of those two.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

Time to move on to the lip posts for the iluvsarahii x Colourpop collab! I’ll be starting with 951 Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, which is a liquid lipstick formula, but it doesn’t have the typical matte finish. Also in this post is the matching Lippie Pencil! 951 is one of those colors and formulas that works well for all skin tones and ages. It’s not dry and matte, but it’s also not sticky and glossy. It’s nude enough that it will work with nearly any look you create, too, plus it makes a great every day lip!

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, although each product must be purchased individually OR in the collection/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out the eye shadow palettes from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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This is the first time I’ve purchased any lip products from Colourpop, and I’m just as impressed with these as I am with their eye shadows!

The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Satin Lip components is in gold, and the Ultra Satin Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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The Ultra Satin Lip formula is lovely. It’s very creamy and pigmented and applies pretty easily. Unfortunately, I think the applicator could be a little more precise. I had some trouble getting a nice, clean line around the edges, so you may want to try to use steady hand and gradually build up the product if you have smaller lips, or grab a lip brush. I also noticed that this darkens a bit after it’s applied, but that happens with many liquid lip formulas, so that’s not a dealbreaker for me. Overall, I think that 951 is a great product and worth the money for sure!

The Lippie Pencils are also very pigmented and feel nice on the lips. 951 glided right on and wore pretty well, but this formula can skip a little if the pencil hasn’t recently been sharpened, which you can do with your typical sharpener even though the pencil component is a plastic type of material. Because the pencils are so creamy, they wear down and need sharpened more often than most lip liners do. I feel like I’ve used them up pretty quickly, but for the price, I can certainly afford to get a few backups! One more teeny complaint I have about my Lippie Pencils is that the caps don’t seem to want to stay in place sometimes, so be sure you cram that thing back on there before tossing it into your makeup bag or purse!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both the 951 Ultra Satin Lip and Lippie Pencil are vegan.

951 Ultra Satin Lip costs only $6 and contains 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product. It can be purchased individually from www.colourpop.com, where you can also purchase this product with the entire collaboration set for only $54. The set includes the Ultra Glossy, Ultra Satin, and Ultra Matte lips, the three matching Lippie Pencils, and both Pressed Powder Shadow Palettes. When compared to ABH’s Liquid Lipsticks, although they’re mattes, this contains the same amount of product but costs $14 less! Kylie Cosmetics’ Velvet Singles are $16 and contain the same as this Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip does, so you’re also saving $10 when compared that product.

The matching 951 Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought individually on the Colourpop website, or can be purchased in the collab/set. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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951 Lippie Pencil + Ultra Satin Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light.

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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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951 Ultra Satin Lip:   On Colourpop’s website, this is described as a “mid-tone, warm nude”. It’s a medium, warm toned brownish-mauve nude with what Colourpop calls a “satin-matte” finish. Even though it’s a liquid lipstick, it dries down to have a subtle shine to it rather than being completely matte. It doesn’t seem to emphasize the lines in my lips so much as true matte liquid lipsticks do, so I like that about this formula. I love this color too because it works for just about any skin tone, even dark to deep skin tones if you pair it with a slightly deeper liner.

The texture is creamy, but not too thick and not too liquidy, so it applies well and feels very comfortable on the lips, even once it dries down and sets. Color payoff is great but it can darken a little once it’s applied to the lips. You can even tell in the swatch that the mauve undertone became more apparent once it had set on my skin. Coverage is full without having to use a ton of product. The applicator doesn’t hold much, though, so even on my lips I had to dip into the tube once for the top lip and once for the bottom. Wear time was 5 to 6 hours before I noticed any fading, with most of it being in the center of the lip at first.

Dupes:   Dose of Colors’ Matte Liquid Lipstick in Truffle and MAC’s Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor are both incredibly similar to 951. Even though they’re matte, they still have a softer type of matte finish that’s a lot like 951’s finish once they set. Morphe’s Jealousy Liquid Lipstick is close too, but it’s more matte and a little darker. Jealousy also has more of a mauve undertone.

Liners:   951 Lippie Pencil is obviously a great liner to use with 951 Ultra Satin Lip, but there are a couple of other liners I like to use with it too. Pretty much all of the liners I found are MAC Lip Pencils, so let’s get into those first! Stripdown and Chestnut are great but are cooler toned and more brown, which can help you tone down the warmth of 951 if desired. Chestnut is beautiful if you have a dark to deep skin tone, btw. Whirl is lovely too because it’s close to a natural lip color for most people and will give you definition without much contrast;  it is more pinky/mauve, though. Auburn and Mahogany are both darker and more reddish-brown to rusty toned, but can help you create an ombre type of look, especially for those of you with a medium dark to deep skin tone. If you want to stick with a more neutral liner that’s closer to 951 in color, Spice and Hover are nice since they’re both medium, warm toned brownish-nudes. For a cheaper drug store alternative, you can also use NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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951 Lippie Pencil:   This is described as a “mid-tone warm nude, slightly darker than 951 Ultra Satin Lip to define the lip and create an ombre look”, which is exactly what it is and what it does! It has the same warm, medium brownish-mauve nude tone, but it’s definitely darker than the Ultra Satin Lip version of 951 so it adds the perfect amount of contrast and dimension to the lip, no matter what your skin tone may be. The finish of this liner is not matte, though… It’s more of a natural satin type of finish. This can be used with all sorts of lipsticks and glosses, too, so it’s a great liner to keep on hand. As I mentioned earlier, if you have a dark to deep skin tone, this liner may be a little too light to create the perfect ombre look if you’re using 951 Ultra Satin Lip, and will appear more nude on you.

This liner feels SUPER creamy and glides onto the lips easily, but does lose it’s shape and definition after one or two applications, so be sure to keep this sharpened so you can get a perfect line for your lips without it looking wonky or uneven. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pencil without any darkening once applied. Coverage is full and even, since it’s VERY pigmented. Wear time was only about 4 hours before I noticed some fading around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   MAC’s Lip Pencils in Hover and Spice are SUPER close to 951 Lippie Pencil and if you mixed the two, they would literally create 951. NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil is also a very good dupe, but it has the tiniest bit of a mauve hue to it. However, the mauve tone is barely noticeable once applied to the lips.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

 

 

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

As a followup to my last post, this is the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick bundle from TIME Los Angeles. These six liquid lipsticks are warm toned nudes that are sure to make you think of fall colors, as well as a couple of PERFECT reds for the holidays, so it’s fitting that this is called the “Festive” bundle!

This post is going to focus on the individual shades and rundowns for each of them, but if you want more in depth details about the formula, packaging, application, etc, go check out the post for the Cool Spectrum bundle here:

Time Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Cool Spectrum Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

Thanks for stopping by and reading! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

Be sure to check out TIME on Instagram and Twitter! You can also go peep miss CEO herself, Ashley Wagner aka @ashleyswagnerxo on Twitter and Instagram or missashwag on YouTube.

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

If you want to pick these up, you can get them for $16 each or you can buy the whole Festive Bundle for $60. You save $36 by purchasing these as a bundle… If you bought them each individually, it would end up costing you $96! To get these pretty babies, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com.  If you want to save 10% on your order, simply use the code ILOVEASHLEY. And no, I don’t make a penny off of that. That’s the discount code from Ashley Wagner… I’m just trying to save you all some money!

Each liquid lipstick contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product, which is a lot! If you compare it to most other brands, you’re getting half again to twice as much product in the same size tube that nearly everyone else uses. If you buy these as a bundle, you’re paying about half of what you would for a liquid lipstick from a brand like ABH or MAC (who has a similar, but drier formula). Even when purchased individually, you’re getting a product that’s only a few dollars more than something you’d find in a drugstore, so I’d still consider them a steal!

The formula for these liquid lipsticks is consistent within the bundle and feels like the same awesome quality that the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the Cool Spectrum bundle have. They’re very easy to apply and feel lightweight and comfortable to wear. My favorite thing is that this formula isn’t drying like many matte liquid lipsticks are… As I mentioned, they remind me of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, but they don’t seem to dry out so much as the day goes on. You don’t have to worry about these fading or wearing off quickly, either, which is great since this bundle is full of bold colors. Wear time is an average of 8 hours but I’ll go into more details about how each lippie wears in the individual rundowns below. Oh and last but not least, these are vegan and cruelty free!

Tip: Be sure to gently exfoliate and moisturize your lips, then blot off any excess lip balm before applying these! If your lips are chapped or have any dry patches, the product can cling to and emphasize that. Also, drink plenty of water! Nothing makes your lips look naturally full and pouty quite like being well hydrated!

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These ended up in an order that’s backwards from how most of the grouped product photos are… Whoops!

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson.        Photograph taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Macchiato

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Macchiato:   On the website, this is described as a “caramel macchiato warm nude shade, perfect for fall! Best suited for fair-dark skin tones”. It’s a medium, warm toned spice infused nude type of color that immediately makes me want a pumpkin spice latte. Call me basic all you want, but that’s what what it brings to mind for me! Once it sets, it has a perfectly matte finish. Macchiato is pretty unique and perfect for fall. It works on nearly any skin tone, though I can imagine this being especially gorgeous on medium dark skin tones. Keep in mind that even if you may not initially see this as your new favorite color, you can play around with liners if you want to tone it down a bit… I’ll list a few of my favorites below!

The texture for Macchiato was buttery without being too thick. It glides on and applies very evenly. What I like about this formula is that it gives you time to blend it out or blend it with another shade or liner before it dries but sets to a beautiful, soft matte finish. You can also layer this if you need to, but that shouldn’t be necessary since Macchiato is very pigmented and has great color payoff. It’s also opaque without having to use much product. I noticed a little fading in the center of the lip after about 5 hours and a few cups of coffee but the edges didn’t begin to fade until hour 6 or 7.

Dupes:   I honestly couldn’t find a dupe for Macchiato… The closest I got was Ashton from Anastasia Beverly Hills but it’s darker and more reddish-brown.

Liners:   There are several liners that you can use with Macchiato that will change it up a bit. The closest in color that I found was MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera, though it’s still less warm toned. A few nudes and browns that you can use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, Chestnut, Cork, and Hover. If you want a liner that’s warmer toned and has a hint more reddish-brown to it, you can try Spice, Chicory, Auburn, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Foliage

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Foliage:   According to the website, Foliage is “a dark terra-cotta shade inspired by the beautiful changing of the leaves in autumn. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” It’s a medium dark, warm toned, bold terra-cotta color with a soft matte finish. Like Macchiato, it works on all skin tones, but you may want to pair it with a liner to switch up the color or tone it down if you aren’t used to colors like this! I admit that I’m used to wearing dark colors, nudes, and reds so this was a little different for me. I didn’t fall in love with Foliage until I put it on with some Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC and now I can’t get enough of that combo!

Foliage feels liquidy and smooth without being runny, so it applies like a dream! The color payoff is fantastic, though for me, it did look a little darker on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is full and pretty even, though I did notice a teeny bit of patchiness near the center of my bottom lip. Luckily, that’s an easy fix since you can layer these liquid lipsticks without them pilling up and getting all blotchy! Wear time was around 5 hours before I had any fading in the center of my lip and closer to 8 hours before Foliage began to fall, errrr fade (bad seasonal puns FTW), around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   This is another unique shade that was very difficult to find a dupe for. The closest liquid lipstick I found was ABH’s Ashton, which is still much more mauve toned.

Liners:   Like Macchiato, you can really play around with liners to play up or tone down this shade. A few of my favorite neutral MAC Lip Pencils to wear with Foliage are Stripdown, Cork, and Chestnut. For something that’s on the warmer side, you can use Hover, Spice, Chicory, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge:   This liquid lipstick is “a soft rouge color inspired by royal velvet from the renaissance era. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” Let me just start by saying that I LOVE this color!!! This has quickly become my every day, go-to color… I wear it so much that I need a bundle that’s nothing but Velvet Rouge! Anyway, It’s a medium to medium dark, neutral to slightly warm toned mauvey red with a soft matte finish. Velvet Rouge really is one of those colors that is perfect on all skin tones for any occasion. Need a lip to go with a dramatic eye and a fierce wing? Velvet Rouge. Want something that’s like your-lips-but-better on a light makeup day? Velvet Rouge. Getting married and need the perfect lip for a bride? VELVET ROUGE! Okay I’ll stop, but you really do need this color.

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick felt a little more creamy than some of the others in this bundle, but it still wasn’t too thick, so it applied easily. It also felt a bit softer on my lips once it set. Both color payoff and coverage were perfect using very little product. Wear time was about 5 to 6 hours on the center of the lip and 7 on the rest of the lip before any fading occurred. It did cling to the majority of my lip for 8 to 9 hours, though, so touchups were minimal.

Dupes:   There are quite a few liquid lipsticks that are similar to Velvet Rouge, but none that are the exact same… A few from Anastasia Beverly Hills that are close are Allison, which is lighter and much cooler toned, Kathryn, which is darker and more of a cool toned mauve/pink, as well as Currant and Dazed, which are both considerably darker. MAC’s Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is lighter and more nude/mauve. Kat Von D’s Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is is darker, cooler, and less pink. Morphe’s Vinyl Matte Liquid Lip from their collab with Ourfa Zinali, is similar, but more brown toned.

Liners:   My favorite liners to use with Velvet Rouge are Morphe’s Color Pencil in Vinyl (also in the limited edition collab with Ourfa Zinali), and MAC’s Soar, which is a little more pinky-mauve than Velvet Rouge but they work together perfectly for me! A few more MAC Lip Pencil’s that I like with this liquid lipstick are Half-Red, which is a little deeper and cooler toned, and Auburn, which is warmer and darker but creates a beautiful type of dimension.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

Wine Country:   Wine Country is a “a mild wine color inspired by the vineyards in “wine country”. Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s a dark, slightly cool toned red with pinky, wine infused undertones and a soft matte finish. If you aren’t someone who is crazy about super bright reds, or if some reds end up looking too dark and vampy on you, you’d probably love Wine Country! It’s a classic type of color that’s going to flatter anyone of any age or skin tone and is a great shade for fall and winter.

It felt quite creamy, much like Velvet Rouge, and applied with a very smooth texture. Color payoff is superb and coverage was 100% opaque with one quick swipe from the applicator. Wear time was around 6 hours around the center of the lip, and and impressive to 8 or 9 hours around the outer part of my lip. It didn’t stain, either, but lasted on the rest of my lips for nearly 10 hours! I had this on from the time I got ready for work until after dinner and only touched up twice that day.

Dupes:   Wine Country was a little tricky to find a dupe for… ABH’s Currant Liquid Lipstick is slightly darker and more red. Dazed, also from ABH, is also a little darker and more berry toned.

Liners:   You can use so many different liners with this lip, depending on if you want it to be more reddish or more wine stained. A few good reds to use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Cherry, Brick, and Half-Red. You can also use MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in He Said, She Said, which is a cool, berry toned red. A few others that are more of a berry to wine shade are Melt Cosmetics’ Ecstacy and Kink, MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva and Dark Out, or MAC’s Regular Lip Pencil formula in Burgundy or Currant.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Cranberry

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Cranberry:   This is described as a “pinky-red winter cranberry shade inspired by the holidays! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s truly the PERFECT holiday red! It’s a medium dark, bold, slightly cool toned pinky-red with a matte finish. This is such a classic red that any age or skin tone can wear this, day or night, holiday or not. It’s great too because reds like this can dress up any look or make you look and feel more put together on days when the rest of your makeup is minimal!

Cranberry’s texture isn’t as creamy as Velvet Rouge or Wine Country, but it’s still lovely and applies like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks that I’ve reviewed. Color payoff is intense without having to apply much product and coverage is full and even without any layering necessary. Surprisingly, it didn’t stain my lips, even after having it on all day! Wear time was fantastic and I didn’t notice any fading in the center of my lips until I had this on for about 6 hours, and 8 to 10 hours for the rest of my lips!

Dupes:   I actually thought that it would be easy to find a dupe for this because it’s such a classic red, but I was wrong! I found a few liquid lipsticks that are close but still not perfect dupes by any means… These are ABH’s Sarafine, which is much brighter and has more of a blue undertone; ABH’s Currant, which is darker and has more of a brown/neutral undertone, and ABH’s Tulip, which is lighter, brighter, and more pinky toned.

Liners:   You don’t have to use a liner that’s the exact same type of red but MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick and He Said, She Said are close. A few good MAC Lip Pencils that you can try are Cherry, or even Brick and Burgundy, which are a little darker and will create more contrast. Melt also has a few AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners that I like to use with Cranberry, such as Ambrosia, Kink, and Ecstasy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Crimson (I’ll redo this pic soon!)

Crimson:   Crimson is a “deep dark red inspired by the “vampy lip” of fall and winter that we all love! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s like the pretty, goth sister to the other liquid lipsticks in the Festive bundle… It’s a deep, neutral to cool red with a hint of berry undertones. This is perfect for all skin tones, so long as you want to get noticed!

The texture of Crimson felt like the usual lightweight, non drying formula but it applied a little differently than the others… I say that because this is the only Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in this bundle, or out of any of them, that gave me any trouble (although it was only a little bit). You can see in the swatch photo waaaaay up there that this liquid lip can be a little patchy or streaky. This issue wasn’t so noticeable after layering it but I could still see some unevenness on my bottom lip. I find this to be a common thing with a great deal of deep red liquid lipsticks from any brand, though, so I’m not going to deduct a ton of points for that. Even though the coverage wasn’t perfect, the color payoff is great and looks very similar to how it does in the tube, though it may appear a little darker once it’s on if you have fair skin like I do. Wear time was on the shorter side with Crimson… I noticed fading in the center of my lips around hour 4, with the edges of my lip needing to be touched up after about 6 and a half to 7 hours. It didn’t stain, which is nice, and you can extend the wear time and opacity/coverage of this liquid lipstick by layering it over a liner applied all over the lip!

Dupes:   Heathers from Anastasia Beverly Hills is pretty close but it does have more of a deep, blue/brown based red undertone. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is also similar but is slightly darker.

Liners:   Depending on just how bold, red, or vampy you want this to look, you can use SO many liners with Crimson! A few of my favorites are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Mahogany, Burgundy, Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth. You can also opt for MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva, Dark Out, and Bespoken For if you want a longer wearing liner.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

 

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cool Spectrum Bundle

First off, let me just say that I’m really excited about this post! This is a brand that I discovered on Instagram (@timelosangeles), and have been wanting to try out FOREVER! I just recently bought both of their liquid lipstick bundles, the brush set, a few pairs of lashes, and some other goodies, all of which I will review soon. I love supporting smaller, independent brands because they honestly put their heart and soul into their work, so it’s always awesome when I find a new one that has really high quality products, which TIME Los Angeles most certainly does!

I feel like everyone who loves makeup is into liquid lipsticks these days and especially with the holidays coming up, these bundles make the perfect gift (even if it’s for yourself, which I fully support)! The Cool Spectrum Bundle that I’m reviewing in this post contains more neutral and cool toned nudes, mauves, and even a few deeper shades that are great for fall and winter. I also reviewed the Festive bundle, which has more reds and warm toned shades that are ideal holiday colors… If you want to check that out, you can go here:

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

As usual with products and formulas that are new, or new to me, I’m going to go pretty in depth with this post, so if you just want to see the rundowns and photos for each shade, keep scrolling down!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

You can purchase these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks individually for $16 or you can buy the whole Cool Spectrum Bundle for $60, which is a really good value. If you bought them all individually, you’d spend $96, so getting them all at once in the bundle will save you $36! Mine came in a cute little bag with pink TIME Los Angeles tissue paper which I tossed and forgot to photograph (oops). If you want to pick up any of these, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com. Also, miss CEO herself, Ashley Wagner (aka @ashleyswagnerxo on Twitter and Instagram or missashwag on YouTube), has a discount code for 10% off which is ILOVEASHLEY, so that helps if you want to save a little money.

Each one of these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product. When compared to a great deal of other brands that use nearly the same size of component/tube, these actually contain half again to twice as much product. When purchased as a bundle, they also cost about half the price as a lot of liquid lipsticks from very popular brands, but the quality of these is equal to, if not better than SO many higher end lippies! Another thing to consider is that these liquid lipsticks are cruelty free and vegan, which is always a major plus!

According to the TIME Los Angeles website, “This whipped, creamy, and lightweight formula applies to the lips and sets to a matte finish that lasts for hours!” In my opinion, this formula really is fantastic! It’s SUPER comfortable and lightweight and didn’t dry out my lips, even after wearing it all day, all week long while I’ve been testing them. While it may be thinner and more liquidy than some liquid lipsticks out there, it’s not runny at all… It’s also not goopy or sticky, so it’s VERY easy to apply. It sets and dries down to a matte finish quickly but still gives you enough time to play around and blend it out if needed. Because this formula isn’t thick, you can also layer it even after it’s set, without it doing that weird thing where it balls up and turns into a clumpy disaster on your lips.

Only one shade in this bundle was very slightly patchy but overall, the coverage and quality was consistent between all six liquid lipsticks. They all applied with the same texture, color payoff, and opacity and wore ALL FREAKING DAY (aka 8-12 hours) with minimal touchups required. I also noticed that I never got any lipstick on my teeth when wearing any of these. I think the lightweight formula just magically clings to the lip somehow, because that’s usually an issue for me when I were liquid lipsticks! I’ll go into more detail about all of this stuff below in the rundown for each individual color.

I pulled this from the brand’s website, and it’s a nice little tip to have!

“Directions: Using the applicator wand, apply liquid lipstick to top and bottom lips, one at a time. Do not press lips together! Let dry & slay for the rest of the day!”

The applicator is your pretty typical doe foot seen with most liquid lipsticks and glosses, but it’s very precise and easy to use, even if you have smaller lips. As usual with liquid and matte lipsticks, if you have any chapped or dry areas, exfoliate first with a gentle lip scrub, pop on some lip balm, then blot the excess off before applying your liquid lipstick. You can also use a primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which is silicone based and made to be worn under products like this.

PS: One more tip to having your lips look full and healthy… Drink plenty of water! I know that’s something I’m SO bad about doing, but it’s SUPER important to stay hydrated, especially this time of year when the air is drier. Trust me, you skin will glow and your lips will look amazing just by keeping up with a healthy intake of H2O!

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The packaging and boxes for these is super cute but not overdone or too flashy. The TIME Los Angeles logo is also really unique and classy and can be found on the boxes as well as the products themselves. Ingredients are listed on each box and they’re all the same… The only difference between each shade will be the actual pigments used in them, which is where the “may contain” part comes in. One thing I noticed is that these contain coconut oil rather than palm oil which makes me VERY happy, since palm oil contributes to major deforestation where a lot of endangered species, like orangutans, live.

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right: Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry.           Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Baby Ghoul

 

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul. Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.                                                (I plan on redoing some of the lip photos once it’s not cloudy outside btw)

Baby Ghoul:   On the website, this is described as “a pale ‘ghouly’ cool-toned nude best suited for fair-light skin tones”… It’s a pale, mostly cool toned true nude, although it pulled a bit more neutral toned on me. I do feel like in person, this looked cooler toned. Anyway, this dries down to a completely matte finish and because it’s so pale and nude, PLEASE be sure to exfoliate and moisturize those lips before wearing a color like this! Also, drink water and stay hydrated because if you don’t, your lips can show lines a lot more, like mine do here lol.

The texture was creamy and not too thick, just like all of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle. It applied evenly and had wonderful color payoff and nearly fully opaque coverage with one quick layer. Wear time with Baby Ghoul was just over 5 hours before it began to fade in the center, and about 6-7 hours before I noticed it fading around the edges. As for the rest of my lips, it didn’t budge for about 9 hours. I only had to touch up after eating. Using a lip liner will extend the wear time and give you a more defined look.

Dupes:  NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Corset is the closest dupe I found but it’s still a tad bit warmer and more mauve. Delicate Lust is also similar in color, only it’s cooler and darker. Baby Ghoul is honestly pretty unique and I couldn’t find another liquid lip that I have that comes very close to it.

Liners:   You can really use any nude or cool toned nude liner with Baby Ghoul… A few of my favorites are StripdownStone, and Whirl Lip Pencils from MAC… Stripdown is a little darker more brown, Stone is darker, cooler, and more of a greige, while Whirl is close to my natural lip color and is more of a cool toned mauve. A few other liners that works will with this liquid lipstick and are similar in color are NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner, or Melt Cosmetics’ AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner in Nudist.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

Luxe Life:   This is referred to as a “neutral peachy nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”, and it’s a light, mostly neutral peachy nude with a perfectly matte finish. On me, it look a little more on the peachy side of the spectrum but I think depending on your own undertone and the color of your lips, this shade could pull either warmer or cooler on you. While I agree that this is best for fair to medium skin tones, I think that skin tones a little darker than that could pull this off with the right liner!

Like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks, the texture was lightweight and applied very easily, giving great color payoff and full coverage with one layer on both the top and bottom lip (as in I dipped the wand into the tube once for each). I got about 5 to 6 hours of wear before I had any issues with fading, which was mostly in the center at first. On the rest of the lip, this shade hung on for a solid 7 to 8 hours.

Dupes:   Jeffree Star has two permanent Velour Liquid Lipsticks that are close, but aren’t quite perfect dupes… Celebrity Skin is more mauve, while I’m Nude is a little lighter and more neutral. That formula also feels heavier and more dry, to me anyway. ABH’s Stripped Liquid Lipstick has a slightly warmer, more peachy undertone. There are also a few of NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks that are close… Corset is darker and cooler toned, Baby Doll is lighter and more pink, and Satin Ribbon is pretty close but is still a little more mauve.

Liners:   Nudist from Melt Cosmetics is one of my favorites to wear with this liquid lip. NYX’s Beige and Natural are also really nice, with Beige being nearly the same color and Nautal being a bit darker. MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, which is a cooler type of beige, and Whirl, which is a cool type of mauve, are great too. I imagine for medium to dark skin tones, you could try wearing Luxe Life with something like Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC to blend it out to a nude ombre type of look.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

Pink Buttercream:   Pink Buttercream is described as a “warm peachy-pink nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”. It’s definitely a light, warm toned peachy-pink and is one of the best nudes I’ve found for myself when I’m NC10-NC20 in MAC terms. So many colors like this can turn into a chalky looking, washed out mess once they set to their matte finish but Pink Buttercream still looks vibrant, even though it’s still quite nude! When worn by itself, I think it could be too light for anyone deeper than medium to mayyyybe medium dark BUT that’s what lipliners are for. I honestly think that just about anyone except maybe deep, cooler skin tones can wear this if they want to add a liner and blend it out to a more ombre-nude type of look. This shade doesn’t pull cool toned at all, so that makes it even more wearable if you have a medium dark to deep skin tone and want to give it a shot!

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick has the same fantastic texture as the others from this bundle and applies like a dream. I found this to be the most pigmented of the three lightest shades, so it gave me awesome color payoff and coverage using very little product. Wear time was about 5 hours before I had to touch up in the center. It held on to most of my lips for 8 to 9 hours and only began to fade around the edges around the 7 hour mark.

Dupes:   ABH’s Milkshake Liquid Lipstick is a VERY close dupe, though it can look a little lighter on the lips for some people. It’s the closest one I found, though. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Baby Doll is slightly more peachy-brown toned, while Satin Ribbon is more pink. Jeffree Star’s Mannequin Velour Liquid Lipstick is more mauve, and I’m Nude is lighter and a little more pink. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is close, especially with the way the formula feels, but it does have a more peachy-brown undertone.

Liners:   Whirl Lip Pencil from MAC is PERFECT to wear with Pink Buttercream because it’s similar to a natural lip color and shouldn’t look too bright or too cool toned. NYX’s Mauve is also really nice. Both Whirl and Mauve are a little darker but they’ll add some dimension to the lip, which is typically a good thing with lighter lipsticks. NYX’s Nude Pink and MAC’s Dervish are a both warmer and more pink if you’d rather not tone down the color of this liquid lipstick, but still have some definition.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Suedie

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Suedie

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Suedie

Suedie:   On the website, this is referred to as a “light warm-gray, suede-nude best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It has a true matte finish and is a light to medium, pretty neutral, slightly gray toned brown-nude. On me, it’s more neutral to cool toned, but I feel like this is going to look different on everyone, depending on the undertone of your own skin, which is a good thing! I love colors like this because they’re always flattering no matter who puts them on and Suedie is definitely a color that can be worn by anybody, especially if you play around with liners to customize this to be the perfect nude for you!

It has the same texture as the rest of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle, applying easily with no patchiness or streaking. Color payoff is fantastic and coverage is completely opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was around 4 to 5 hours before it faded in the center of the lip, and like most of these, I got about 7 hours of wear overall.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cafe Au Chic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a pretty close dupe for Suedie, though it may pull warmer on some skin tones. NYX has two Lip Lingeries that are sort of close too, but Delicate Lust is more gray toned and Honeymoon has a slightly warmer, almost mauve undertone. ABH Sepia Liquid Lipstick is a little darker.

Liners:   Again, Melt Cosmetics’ Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner will work well with Suedie, but it’s a little lighter and more nude… It sort of just gives you definition without interfering with the lip color itself. NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner is honestly almost the exact same color. A few Lip Pencils from MAC that I like to use with this liquid lipstick are Stripdown, which is slightly lighter and cooler, Stone, which is cooler toned, and Chestnut, which is a bit darker but is great if you want an ombre look or have a medium dark to dark skin tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

Grave Danger:   TIME Los Angeles refers to this as “a dark cool-toned gray-taupe shade suitable for fair-medium skin tones”. In this photo (which is one that needs to be redone), it’s reflecting my ring light, but it does have a matte finish once it sets. It’s exactly the shade as it’s described to be and I would definitely agree that it’s probably best for fair to medium or maybe medium dark skin tones. If you have deeper skin, this is so cool toned that it could wash you out BUT as always, you can play around with liners and see if it works for you!

Grave Danger felt extra buttery and smooth for some reason and applied easily. It’s very pigmented, so a little bit of product goes a long way and will give you perfect color payoff and coverage. I feel like this particular shade really clung to my lips and lasted about 5 to 6 hours before I needed to touch up, and closer to 8 or 9 before it really started to fade. In the above photo, I had been drinking coffee, so the fading in the center is from that.

Dupes:   The closest dupes I found for Grave Danger are both Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours from MAC… Simply Smoked is close, but a teeny bit darker and has more of an almost plum undertone to it. Flesh Stone is also similar, but a little lighter and has a warmer, more brown undertone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Sepia is very close too, but slightly warmer. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Honeymoon is sort of close, but definitely doesn’t have the color payoff or coverage and has a hint of warmth to it.

Liners:   All of the liners I like to use with this liquid lip are MAC Lip Pencils… First off, Stone is an obvious choice and is very similar in color, so you won’t get a ton of contrast with it. Plum is also really nice and will bring out any plummy-gray tones that Grave Danger has. Chestnut is a good choice if you’d like something a bit darker and more neutral. A few others that I had fun playing around with were Currant, Vino, Nightmoth, and Cyber World, all of which have more wine-stained to purple tones, so it changes things up a bit for a more vampy, ombre lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Hangry

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Hangry

Hangry:   Hangry is “a deep burgundy brown shade suitable for fair-deep skin tones”… Like the others. it has a matte finish, although it was reflecting the ring light in the photo. While it’s definitely a deep burgundy brown, just as it’s described, it also has some cool plum tones to it (on me, anyway)… I feel like this looks a little different on each person I’ve seen wearing it and depending on your skin tone, it may look cooler or warmer than it does on someone else. As I’ve said before, I love colors like that because they flatter anyone and everyone who wears them, and Hangry can be worn by absolutely ANY skin tone!

Hangry felt very much like Grave Danger… A little more creamy than the lighter liquid lipsticks in the bundle, but still very comfortable to apply. The color payoff is great but there was a little patchiness at first, so I can’t say that it was 100% opaque on the first application. Thankfully, because the formula is easy to layer, it was a quick fix to get full, even coverage! I didn’t have any fading occur until I had this on for about 4 hours and it was in the center of the lip at first. After about 6 hours, I had some slight fading around the edges, but the color clung to my lips everywhere else for well over 8 hours!

Dupes:   There aren’t many liquid lipsticks out there that even compare to how gorgeous Hangry is! The closest I found was Ess-Presso, which is one of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. If you like a dark lip for fall and winter, this is for sure one that I would recommend picking up!

Liners:   Since this is a deeper shade and can show different undertones depending on which liner you use, you can try something like MAC’s Chestnut Lip Pencil or Bittersweet Pro Linger Lip Pencil if you want to stick with a more neutral to cool toned brown liner. A few more options from MAC are Nightmoth or Currant Lip Pencils, which both have more berry to purple tones, as well as Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is similar to Nightmoth but longer wearing. The liner that I like to wear with this when I want something that’s nearly the same color, is Melt’s Edible AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

Melt Cosmetics – Janice Liquid Set Lipstick & Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner

Melt has done it again! By that, I mean they’ve come out with yet another amazing new product with a wonderful, very wearable formula. I know there are a bazillion liquid lipsticks out there these days and a lot of companies have really stepped up their game to make liquid lipsticks MUCH more comfortable to wear, but Melt has gone above and beyond my expectations! The best part about this liquid lipstick is that it’s available in a set with an AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner that doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but works with the Liquid Set Lipstick shade and compliments the color nicely. Melt’s liners are all very high quality (like all of their products), apply with no drag, and wearing nearly all day long with minimal touchups.

I purchased every shade/set that Melt has launched so far and will be posting all of them in the not-so-distant future. I have a TON of new products to review and post, so I’ll be switching it up day to day, even though I think most of the hot new shit I’ve purchased lately are lip products anyway.

I’m going to get pretty in depth in this post since this is a brand new product and formula, but the following posts for these will be a little more short and sweet. I just want my readers to get the full rundown on these products in case you all are interested in purchasing them!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! Now that Halloween is over with (which is one of my busiest times of the year), I have more time to focus on my makeup blog and have fun with new products! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I always love chatting with my readers!

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Let’s just start with the basics… The set included Janice Liquid Set Lipstick, Nudist Ultra Matte Lip Liner, and a super cute, very nice little grey pouch featuring the Melt logo. Purchased as a set, this costs $33 but is a $46 value. Purchased individually, the Liquid Set Lipstick is $19 the AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is $17, and the pouch is $10, so that’s a pretty decent savings if you get it as a set! To purchase these products, go peep www.meltcosmetics.com.

The Liquid Set Lipstick contains 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, which, for the price, is on par with companies like ABH and Dose of Colors. The AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner contains  1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product, so that’s the exact same size as a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, and feels like a very comparable formula, but costs $4 less than MAC’s version of it!

While Janice Liquid Set Lipstick is vegan, Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is not, which is likely due to the fact that it contains Carmine. Carmine is type of pigment/color additive derived from beetles (you seriously have NO idea how many products contain this, and it’s not as gross as it sounds). However, Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and neither of these products contain palm oil, which makes me one VERY happy girl!

The formula for the Liquid Set Lipstick is incredibly comfortable to wear and feels liquidy without being too runny or too thick and goopy. Typically, thinner liquid lipstick formulas like this end up being streaky but Janice looked absolutely flawless! I only had to dip the wand into the tube once to evenly cover both my top and bottom lip… I have a feeling that the main factor with how easy this is to apply all comes down to the nifty doe-foot wand. This is NOT your typical applicator! It’s angled, tapered, and has a hollow center to hold and collect the product so you don’t get annoying, uneven blobs all over your lip while trying to apply it. It’s also firm without being hard and soft without being flimsy, so you can achieve a precise application even if you don’t want to wear a lip liner. Another bonus to this formula is that it wore well for a LONG time, only fading in the center of my lips. It’s not the least bit drying either, so it didn’t wreck my lips by the end of the day.

Melt’s AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is just as nice as the Liquid Set Lipstick! It reminds me of the formula that MAC has for their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but Melt’s is even smoother. It glides on very easily and is SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to be heavy handed at all! It wears well under the liquid lipstick or even when applied over/around the edges for touchups. I’ve also worn this alone with a gloss on top and didn’t have any issues with smudging or feathering even then!

I’ll get into wear time, color, etc in the summaries below, so keep scrolling to check those out!

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They really put some thought into both the boxes/unicarton AND the components themselves with these products. As usual, Melt’s packaging is eye-catching, but still classy and not overdone. The liquid lipsticks have holo print on the boxes but the liners do not. I would have liked to have seen that for both, at least for the sets, but it may have increased the price and I mean come on, most of us toss it immediately anyway! One of my boxes tore a bit, but it’s still super pretty!

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As I mentioned, the bag or pouch that it comes with compliments the shades of liquid lipstick and liner that it contains. The pouches have the Melt logo both on the zipper pull and stamped onto the pouch itself, which is a very soft, suede-like material. Don’t be fooled by their size… They hold a LOT more than they look like they do! I can easily fit a few lippies and liners in there, plus my powder compact for touchups, as well as a mini powder brush.

Now onto the products themselves, starting with some quick swatches.

(For the record, I’m a MAC NC20)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on NC20 skin.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. 

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only a ring light.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only natural, indirect sunlight.

* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *

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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick:   This shade is described as a “beautiful Victorian Mauve” and is a medium, cool toned mauve with slightly gray-ish plum undertones. At first this wasn’t a color that I was personally drawn to because shades like this usually make me look really washed out, but I actually REALLY love it and get compliments every time I wear it! It has a completely matte finish once it sets and unlike many liquid lipsticks, doesn’t seem to darken much, if at all, as it dries down.

Coverage is full and even with very little product used. As I mentioned, this doesn’t dry down to look much different than it does in the tube, so color payoff and accuracy to how it looks in the packaging is perfect! Wear time is a solid 6-8 hours, even with drinking coffee and having a little snack. As with most liquid lipsticks, it fades in the center first, especially if you eat something like pizza or a salad with oily dressing. As with most matte or liquid lipsticks, it can emphasize dry patches (you can sort of tell in the photos), but exfoliating and lightly moisturizing your lips before applying your lipstick will solve that!

Liners:   Obviously Melt’s Nudist liner that comes in this set is perfect with this liquid lipstick! Other than that, a few good options are Whirl or Plum Lip Pencils from MAC if you want something a similar color. This shade of lipstick can be used with so many liners to alter the color or create an ombre look, so just have fun with it!

Dupes:   As far as other liquid lipsticks go, the closest dupe I’ve found so far is Trouble, which is one of the new ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills… It’s still more of a rosy mauve, though. In the tube, Pure Hollywood, also from ABH, looks similar but once applied it’s much lighter and more nude. Clover from ABH is MUCH more gray/lilac and quite a bit darker. I looked for dupes in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Lipcolours that I have as well and still didn’t have much luck… Sweet Thing was SUPER similar, maybe a little more pinky-mauve and lighter but unfortunately, it was limited edition. So Me is permanent, but is darker and has more neutral brown undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Although the name didn’t want to focus, you can see the batch number stamped into the pencil.

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Nudist Allday/Everyday Lip Liner:   This liner is a “neutral nude with a hint of pink” and has an ultra matte finish. It tends to pull a little on the cool toned side for me personally, but it’s one of those colors that looks natural and flattering on anyone and can be worn with all types of lipstick shades from nudes to plums to soft pinks!

You can easily achieve full coverage with this liner using a pretty light hand. I’ve worn it all over by itself or, of course, as a liner. Either way, the coverage is very even and it glides right onto the lip. Color payoff is totally opaque and looks just like it does in pencil form, though, as I mentioned, it tends to work with your own skin tone and may look cooler or warmer on some people. Wear time was between 6-7 hours for me before I noticed any fading or feathering.

Dupes:   I don’t have any of the liners from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil range that are dupes for Nudist, but I DO have a few that are MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula that come close… Whirl is actually a nearly perfect dupe! Stripdown is more brown, and Plum is darker and more cool toned, but looks fantastic if you want to add more contrast with Janice Liquid Set Lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***