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 23: My Top 5 Liquid Set Lipsticks from Melt Cosmetics

On the twenty-third day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Liquid Set Lipsticks from Melt Cosmetics! I know I’ve said it a million times before, but I LOVE Melt and LOVE their liquid lipstick formula! It’s very liquidy, but not runny, and it’s extremely pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. Once it’s set, it’s a beautiful matte finish and wears well all day, as long as you stay away from eating oily or greasy foods (but that’s how any liquid lip is).

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Melt’s Liquid Set Lipsticks each contain, on average, 3.36 ml / .11 oz of product and sell for $19 each from the Melt Cosmetics website. They do have sales from time to time, though, so if you sign up for their emails and you’ll know when you can get these at a discounted price! Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand and ALL of these liquid lipsticks are vegan!

The Liquid Set Lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Rebound: Sensual tuscan red (aka literally the perfect rosy lip) 3.12 ml / .10 oz
  • Roc: Deep warm rose (also another perfect rosy lip) 3.75 ml / .13 oz
  • Death Cherry: True deep cherry red (flattering red on EVERYONE) 3.66 ml / .12 oz
  • Velvet Room: Deep black cherry (perfect dark lip on all skintones) 3.17 ml / .107 oz
  • Bellastona: Candy apple red (bright, pinky red great for summer) 3.12 ml / .10 oz

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

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.

Swatchmas Day 19: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints

On the nineteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you all nine Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colors from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna! These are absolutely phenomenal liquid lipsticks, having insane amounts of pigment and a very liquidy, thin (in a good way) formula that’s easy to apply, dries down quite matte, and is comfortable to wear all day long. One of these colors (Underdawg) was a mini that was limited for the holidays this year, but I’m hoping it makes a comeback because it’s one of my favorites!

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Left to Right: Uninvited (limited first launch packaging pictured), Undefeated, Unlocked, Unattached, Uncensored, Underdawg, Uncuffed, Unbutton, and Unveil

Fenty’s Stunna Liquid Lip Paints each contain 4 ml / 0.13 oz of product and sell for $24, except for Underdawg, which contains 2 ml / 0.07 oz of product and sells (or sold) for $15. Unfortunately, it looks like Underdawg is currently sold out online from both Fenty and Sephora. Also, Uninvited seems to be for sale on the Fenty website, but not on Sephora’s website. However, all seven colors except for Uninvited are in stock on www.sephora.com and all eight permanent colors are in stock on www.fentybeauty.com. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a cruelty-free brand.

The Stunna Lip Paints featured in this post are:

  • Uninvited:   Smooth black
  • Undefeated:   Sultry purple
  • Unlocked:   Vivid pink
  • Unattached:   Bright coral
  • Uncensored:   Perfect universal red
  • Underdawg:   Deep burgundy
  • Uncuffed:   Rosy mauve
  • Unbutton:   Peachy nude
  • Unveil:   Chocolate brown

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid 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.

Swatchmas Day 17: My Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipsticks

On the seventeenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Velvet Liquid Lipsticks from Kylie Cosmetics! Like my Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks I posted earlier in Swatchmas, I feel like this formula has gotten a little better since it was first launched. It’s a very pigmented formula that’s thin, but not watery, so it’s easy to apply without having to layer it, preventing it from getting too goopy or sticky. Since these are velvets, they have a softer, creamier appearance than the matte formula liquid lipsticks do, and they don’t wear quite so long as the mattes, but they still wear well for many hours.

Some of these are available in lip kits (Posie K, Charm, and Kylie), that include a matching liner, along with the liquid lipstick itself. The lip kits are a good value at $27 for a Velvet Liquid Lipstick that contains 3 g / 0.11 oz of product and a liner that contains 1 g / 0.3 oz of product. Some of these are also available as singles (Boy Bye, Posie K, Basic, and Charm), which sell for $16 each and contain the same 3 g / 0.11 oz of product as the liquid lipsticks in the lip kits do. All of these are available directly from the Kylie Cosmetics website. Basic, Boy Bye, and Charm singles are available from both Ulta stores and the Ulta website.

The Velvet Liquid Lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Boy Bye:   Pinky mauve
  • Posie K:   Cool mid-tone berry
  • Basic:   Midtone taupe
  • Charm:   Dusty pink rose
  • Kylie:   Soft dusty nude

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Liquid 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.

Swatchmas Day 13: My Top 5 Holiday Red Lips

On the thirteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite red lips for the holidays, or for anytime, really! These are all bold, bright reds that will really make your look stand out in the best kind of way. There are both liquid lipsticks and typical bullet lipsticks in this post, and from several different brands, so there’s bound to be a little something for everyone.

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1)   MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick: 

This bullet style, creamy matte, blue based red lipstick is the first shade of Viva Glam lipsticks that MAC ever created, and every penny of the $18.50 this lipstick costs goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, just like MAC’s other lipsticks, and can be purchased at any MAC counter (including the ones in Ulta stores), MAC freestanding store, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

2)   TIME Los Angeles Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick: 

This gorgeous, deep vampy red liquid lipstick has a very lightweight consistency that dries down completely matte. It’s comfortable to wear and wears for a long time, too! TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contain 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sell for $16 individually, or you can get this liquid lipstick in their Festive Bundle (which is perfect for Fall/Winter) with 5 other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks for only $60. You can get Crimson directly from www.shoptimela.com. TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company.

3) Anastasia Beverly Hilly Ruby Matte Lipstick: 

Ruby is a true red, comfortable matte formula, bullet style lipstick that’s creamy to apply but dries down to a somewhat long wearing, soft matte texture. ABH’s Matte Lipsticks contain 3.5 g / .12 oz of product and sell for $18 from the ABH Website, Ulta, Sephora, and several other major retailers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.

4) Melt Cosmetics Immoral Liquid Set Lipstick:

Melt’s liquid lipstick formula is thin, but not watery, and it’s incredibly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. It applies easily, then sets down to a long wearing, matte finish. Immoral is a bright red that’s perfect for a classic, but bold holiday look. This liquid lipstick contains 3.12 ml / 0.106 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt Cosmetics website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and Immoral is vegan.

5) MAC Russian Red Lipstick:

Russian Red is one of MAC’s best selling red lipsticks ever, and for a good reason! It’s flattering on absolutely everyone since it’s a blue based red, and is a little brighter than Viva Glam I. However, like Viva Glam I, it has the same matte finish with a creamy, long wearing formula. 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.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct 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.

Swatchmas Day 7: My Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks

On the seventh day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite matte liquid lipsticks from Kylie Cosmetics. I feel like the formula has actually improved over the years and with all the sales at Ulta and on the Kylie Cosmetics website all the time, you really get a product that’s worth the money with these! They wear well, for a VERY long time, without getting slimy or pilling, so these are among some of my favorite liquid lipsticks on the market these days.

Some of these are available in lip kits (Boss, Kylie, Angel, Bare) that include a liner with the liquid lipsticks. The lip kits are a good value at $29 for a Matte Liquid Lipstick that contains 3.25 g / 0.11 oz of product and a Pencil Lip Liner that contains 1 g / .03 oz of product. Some of these are also available as single Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Angel, Bare, and The Bigger The Hoops), which sell for $17 and contain the same 3.25 g / 0.11 oz of product. You can purchase these online from the Kylie Cosmetics website, and some of these are available at Ulta stores and on the Ulta website, but their stock is much more limited than ordering directly from Kylie Cosmetics.

The Matte Liquid Lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Boss:   Soft Cherry (also available in a matte bullet lipstick)
  • Kylie:   Soft Dusty Nude (also available in a Velvet liquid lipstick formula)
  • Angel:   Mauvy Pink
  • Bare:   Nude Pinky Beige (also available in a Velvet liquid lipstick formula)
  • The Bigger The Hoops:   Rose Pink

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Right to Left:  Boss, Kylie, Angel, Bare, The Bigger The Hoops

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Liquid 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.

Swatchmas Day 5: My Top 5 TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks

On the fifth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks from TIME Los Angeles. When it comes to matte liquid lipsticks, these are always the first ones I reach for, both for myself and in my freelance kit, so I had to share them with you guys!

TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks have a thin, but highly pigmented formula, so they never feel sticky or heavy on the lips and are very easy to apply, comfortable, and long wearing. Each tube contains 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sells for $16 individually, although you can get some of these in sets, which costs $60 for 6 Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks. TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free brand.

My Top 5 Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks are:

  • Blushbaby:   A mid-tone dusty mauve (vegan)
  • Crimson:   A deep dark red
  • Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute:   A deep brown nude
  • Corruption:   A deep oxblood plum
  • Velvet Rouge:   A soft rouge color

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From top to bottom: Blushbaby, Crimson, Lookin’ Cute Feelin’ Cute, Corruption, and Velvet Rouge

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, overcast sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.     (Crimson and Corruption look a little thin because uhh, they’re old and I need new ones lolz)

 

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

 

 

Swatchmas Day 3: My Top 5 Go-To Neutral Lipsticks

On the third day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite neutral lipsticks that I use all the time! All of these are permanent products and are different formulas from different brands, but I feel like just about everyone, no matter their age or skintone, could pull these off, so maybe you guys will fall in love with them too!

My top 5 go-to neutral lipsticks are:

  • 1)   Brave Lipstick from MAC Cosmetics:

This lipstick is a creamy, easy to apply formula with a Satin finish and is described as a pink-beige with white pearl. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC’s website or any MAC freestanding store or counter (which can now be found in select Ulta stores).

  • 2)   Blushbaby Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick from TIME Los Angeles:

Blushbaby is an absolutely gorgeous matte liquid lipstick with a very lightweight, comfortable, long wearing formula. It’s a mid-tone dusty mauve that’s flattering on so many people and with so many looks. It contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sells for $16 from www.shoptimela.com. This liquid lipstick is vegan and TIME is a cruelty-free brand.

  • 3)   Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury:

This luxurious lipstick is a nude pink with a creamy matte formula. It contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product and sells for $34 from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website. Charlotte Tilbury is a cruelty-free company.

  • 4)   Spanked Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick from Fenty Beauty:

Spanked is a very creamy, natural matte formula that is a beautiful shade of dusty rose. It contains 1.7 g / 0.06 oz of product and sells for $18 from both Sephora and the Fenty Beauty website. Fenty Beauty is a cruelty-free brand.

  • 5)   Honeylove Lipstick from MAC Cosmetics:

Honeylove is described as a light beige tone with rose, and is one of MAC’s best selling matte lipsticks. Like Brave, it contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from any MAC store, counter, or from www.maccosmetics.com or www.ulta.com.

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Left to Right: MAC Brave, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Fenty Beauty Spanked, MAC Honeylove, TIME Los Angeles Blushbaby

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

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 13: TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks Tropical Bundle

On the thirteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Tropical Bundle of Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks from one of my favorite brands, TIME Los Angeles! I love all of their products, but their liquid lipstick formula is by far one of the best out there. These are very comfortable and wear well without being drying or cracking, even though they’re highly pigmented and matte. I’ve actually reviewed three of the other bundles of Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks from TIME, so if you want to check those out you can click on the links below, and if you’d like to see this bundle reviewed, let me know in the comments!

TIME Los Angeles: Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks Nude Spectrum Bundle

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

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

You can get this bundle from the www.shoptimela.com for $60. Each one of these sells for $16, so you’re saving $36 by ordering them as a bundle. Each Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick contains 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and TIME is a cruelty free company.

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The Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks featured in the Tropical Bundle are:

  • Nuditude:   Neutral peachy nude
  • Peach Mimosa:   Light orange peach
  • Flamango:   Bright neon coral
  • Crystal Fizz:   Bright, warm hot pink
  • Bombshell:   Neon blue-based pink
  • Twilight:   Pale lilac

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

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