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 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 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.

Also, if you want to know what I’m posting, testing, and loving, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. You can find me @ lesley_makeup on all three platforms and I love hearing from you guys! If there are any products you want to see featured during Swatchmas (we’ve got 11 more days of it, after all), or see reviews for any particular products soon, hit me up on social media and let me know!

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.

TIME Los Angeles: Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks Nude Spectrum Bundle

TIME is killin’ it with their two newest Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick bundles! The one in this review is the Nude Spectrum bundle, but I’ll also be reviewing the Tropical bundle soon! Nude Spectrum, like the other TIME bundles, contains six beautiful, matte liquid lipsticks that can be worn with all types of looks, by just about anyone. To check out more details and very in depth reviews about the formula and each individual Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick, keep scrolling down!

If you want to peep the reviews for TIME’s other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick bundles, just click these links:

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

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

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Top to Bottom: Sweet Tooth, 619, Luv U A Latte, I’m Forever Yours, Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute, and Corruption

To keep up with new posts I make and see what I’m testing out and loving, make sure you follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat… You can find me @lesley_makeup on all three. Be sure to check out TIME Los Angeles on both Twitter and Instagram, and boss babe Ashley Wagner’s Twitter and Instagram as well!

If you want to see a video of Ashley trying on all of these, plus the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks from the Tropical Bundle, click here for her YouTube video. In the video, she tries these on with L.A. Girl liners, which are SUPER cheap, but very good quality, so that’s definitely worth watching.

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Left to Right: Sweet Tooth, 619, Luv U A Latte, I’m Forever Yours, Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute, and Corruption

The Nude Spectrum bundle is available online at www.shoptimela.com. You can purchase all six of these together for only $60, or you can buy them individually for $16 each. You save $36 by buying them as a bundle, so it’s a really good deal! Each Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick contains 6.6 ml / 0.22 fl oz of product, so you’re getting a lot of lipstick for a pretty low price… When compared to the prices of other, larger brands and amount of product you get in their liquid lipsticks, you’re getting nearly twice as much product for about $5 less when you buy TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks… Soooo like I said, it’s kind of a steal! These are all cruelty-free and were not tested on any furry friends ❤

Oh, and I almost forgot, if you’re a professional makeup artist, you may be eligible for TIME’s Pro program, so you can save a little bit of money if you want to add these to your kit!

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Top to Bottom: Sweet Tooth, 619, Luv U A Latte, I’m Forever Yours, Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute, and Corruption

Overall, the formula for these is excellent. It’s consistent between all six shades in this bundle, as well as being consistent with the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks from TIME Los Angeles. They’re all very highly pigmented, so you don’t need to apply a lot of product or add layer upon layer. It usually only takes one, maybe two dips into the tube to get full coverage on both my top and bottom lip. On the TIME website, the formula is described as being “whipped, creamy, and lightweight”, which is spot on! These wear SO well without feeling dry, cakey, or “cracking” like a lot of other matte and/or liquid lipsticks do. They glide right onto the lips with the small, doe foot applicator, which is very easy to use. The six shades in the Nude Spectrum bundle actually have a larger, more curved doe foot applicator than the rest of TIME’s liquid lipsticks do. I’m pretty sure this is a new thing they’re trying out, but I really like them and feel like they’re a even more precise than the other applicators are, so I hope they incorporate these into their other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the future!

Another great thing about TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks is the fact that you have a little time to play with it and blend it out, or into your liner, before it sets. You can also layer these once they dry down without any clumping or flaking going on. Just make sure that you give these 30-60 seconds to set and don’t rub or press your lips together! Once it’s dry, it’s not going anywhere, but it takes a moment to set. While these liquid lipsticks are not 100% transfer-proof, they are transfer-resistant (so like, 95%, probably not gonna transfer). You may find a little bit on your straw or coffee mug, or it may fade more quickly if you’re eating something oily like pizza, but it’s not going to get all over your honey if you go in for a quick smooch.

For a testament of how these wear: I decided to see what Sweet Tooth would look like over Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC, and it’s been on the back of my hand for hmm, 9 hours now? I can’t count how many times I’ve washed my hands, plus I took a shower and there’s definitely still a little bit of product lingering on my skin. I think that if you want to layer this over a lip liner, it will extend the wear time significantly. Not only does the liquid lipstick have a more dry base to stick to by doing that, but it also sort of seals in the liner, so it won’t go anywhere either! Even though these wear insanely well, and for a really long time, NONE of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks stain, and they all come off easily with a makeup wipe or remover, like an oil or micellar water.

I do recommend making sure you’ve gently exfoliated your lips prior to applying these, or any matte/liquid lipstick, just to make sure you get the smoothest, most even application possible. If your lips are dry or chapped, this type of formula can stick to any rough patches, so popping on a bit of lip balm will help too! I like using something like Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, and applying it right after I get out of the shower, so it has time to soak in before I put on my lipstick!

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The packaging for these is super cute! The boxes feature TIME’s name and hourglass, as well as their signature lipstick logo. The tubes themselves are clear, so you can easily see the product, and have a golden cap, details, and logo. I’m a sucker for packaging… I always want everything to look clean and professional in my kit as well as in my personal makeup collection, so I love it when a brand keeps it classy like TIME does!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Liquid lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15-ish skin.

Notes:

  1. All of the photos in this review show the way the applicator applies the lipsticks. I did not clean up any lines using a brush or concealer, which may not always look perfectly flawless, but I want to keep it real and show you guys exactly what the product looks like, applying it with the applicator it comes with.
  2. All liners suggested are described based on how they match or compare to the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks once they dry down! Most of these tend to apply and set slightly darker than they appear to be in the tube or when initially swatched, so when I test out liners, I wait a little while to see how it looks next to the lipstick once it’s set, since that’s how it will look when you actually wear it.
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Sweet Tooth – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Sweet Tooth:   This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick is described as a “soft, blue-based pink best suited for fair to medium skin tones”. It’s a pale, nude-pink with cool, rosy undertones and a totally matte finish once it dries down. I definitely agree that this is probably most easily worn by itself for people who have a fair to medium skin tone, but as long as you pair this with the right liner to add some depth and dimension, it doesn’t matter what your skin tone is! Anyone can wear a light lipstick if you line it the right way! (I’ll list liner suggestions below).

Sweet Tooth feels lightweight and has the typical whipped texture that all other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks have. It applies very easily and pretty evenly, although I did have to go over my bottom lip with a little extra product after it set. Color payoff it great, and Sweet Tooth looks just about the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Depending on how pigmented your lips are naturally, it may pull a little lighter or darker on you. Also, depending on your natural skin tone, this could look more or less cool toned. I have pretty fair skin and a more cool/yellow undertone, so on me, it looks like a light, true blue-based pink. Coverage is good, but like I said, I had to layer it a little in the center of my bottom lip to get full opacity, but that’s no big deal and seems to be a common thing with any light liquid lipstick, from any brand. Wear time was between 6-7 hours before I noticed any fading in the center of the lip, and over 8 hours before I had fading occur anywhere else.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   A few light, pinkish liners that work well with Sweet Tooth and will brighten it a bit are In Synch (lighter and more yellow-pink), Rosy Rim (very slightly lighter and brighter pink), and Dervish (very slightly lighter, a bit brighter, and more cool toned), all of which are MAC Lip Pencils. A few more neutral MAC Lip Pencils that nearly match Sweet Tooth are Soar (very slightly darker and more of a rosy plum), Whirl (slightly darker and more of a dusty mauve), and Boldly Bare (similar, but more warm/neutral). If your skin tone any deeper than medium-dark, you’ll probably want to try a Lip Pencil like MAC’s Chestnut (darker and more neutral/cool brown), Chicory (darker with warmer peachy-brown undertones) or Hover (darker and more cool toned/neutral mauvey-brown).

A few good liners that are not MAC are Melt Cosmetics’ Love Note (very similar in color, but slightly darker), Modest (slightly warmer), and Nudist (darker and quite a bit cooler toned).

NYX also has some nice Lip Liners that are super affordable! Their Suede Matte Lip Liners in Soft-Spoken (darker and more cool toned/plum) and Whipped Caviar (maybe a little darker but pretty much the same shade) both look great with Sweet Tooth, as well as their regular Lip Liners in Nude Pink (a warmer pink), Mauve (slightly darker and more cool toned), and Natural (darker and more cool toned/brown).

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619
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619 – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

619:   619 is a “midtone peachy nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”. It’s a light-medium to medium, coral/peachy nude with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. While this is going to look a little less bold and light on people with fair to medium skin, it’s still very wearable by anyone… Like Sweet Tooth, you just need the right liner to blend it with!

This liquid lipstick feels lightweight and whipped, just like the others in this bundle, so it glides right on without any trouble. Color payoff is excellent, and on me, it actually looks a little brighter once it sets on my lips than it does in the tube. Like Sweet Tooth, it can pull slightly lighter or darker, or maybe more peachy or coral (kind of like it does on me), depending on the pigmentation of your lips and the undertone of your skin. I think that’s always nice, though, because it’s almost like the lipstick transforms to be most flattering on you! Coverage is fantastic and super opaque without using much product at all. I got just short of 7 hours wear time with 619 before I had any fading in the center of my lip, and that was even after more than one cup of coffee. It stayed put on the rest of my lip for a little over 8 hours!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   If you want to keep this liquid lipstick looking light and bright, you could try something like MAC’s Lip Pencils in Lasting Sensation (lighter and brighter/more coral), or Fruit Cocktail (a little lighter but very similar in color). If you want to keep the lip more muted, you can also go for Boldly Bare (slightly darker and more neutral/brown) or Spice (darker and more cool toned/brown). Chicory (darker, cooler, and more neutral/brown) and Chestnut (quite a bit darker, cooler, and more neutral/brown) are also good liners to use if you want to make 619 look deeper and more muted, or if you have a dark to deep skin tone and want to be able to blend your liner with 619 to make it more wearable.

NYX also has some affordable liners that look great with 619, such as their Suede Soft Matte Lip Liner in Soft-Spoken (slightly darker and more neutral/brown/mauve), and their regular Lip Liner in Natural (also slightly darker and more neutral/brown).

If you want a more high-end option that’s just not from MAC, Melt Cosmetics’ liner in Modest (maybe a little darker, but nearly the same color) is a nice choice.

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Luv U A Latte
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Luv U A Latte – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Luv U A Latte:   This shade is described as a “deeper peachy-nude best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It is a medium to medium dark (depending on who is wearing it), warm toned peachy-nude with some slight almost terracotta-ish undertones and a soft matte finish. This is definitely a versatile type of color and will work with so many different looks and on so many different people! When I’m extremely fair, it does look a bit darker than it does when I’m spray tanned, and also a little more orange, but not in a bad way! It honestly reminds me of a nude version of pumpkin spice latte color, and would be a great fall lip on anybody!

Luv U A Latte has the same glorious, whipped texture as the other lippies from TIME, so it applies well and evenly. Color payoff is awesome, but I feel like it darkens a bit once it sets. Maybe it’s just me? I’m not sure… It’s not an uncommon thing with liquid lipsticks, but it’s also not a problem, in my opinion. I got very full coverage without having to layer this liquid lip at all. It wore well all over the lip for about 8 hours, and I only noticed a teeny bit of fading in the center of the lip around hour 6.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   Some of my favorite liners to use with Luv U A Latte are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Boldly Bare (pretty much the same color), Spice (very slightly darker and cooler toned/more brown), Chestnut (darker and cooler/more brown), and Auburn (darker and more red/brown but still very pretty if you want some contrast). A few of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils also work well with this liquid lip, and wear for a very long time! The ones I like with Luv U A Latte are Nice & Spicy (slightly darker and more reddish brown), and Morning Coffee (darker and more neutral and brown/mauve, but it looks great if you have a medium or deeper skin tone).

A few non MAC alternatives would be Melt’s Modest (very similar), Headbang (slightly darker, cooler and more brown), or French Kiss (quite a bit darker and more reddish-brown, but would look great with this liquid lip on medium-dark to deep skin tones).

NYX’s Natural Lip Liner (darker and more cool toned/neutral brown) also works quite well.

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I’m Forever Yours
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I’m Forever Yours – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

I’m Forever Yours:   TIME describes this as a “neutral mauve best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It’s a medium to medium-dark, very slightly warm toned pinky mauve with a soft, almost velvety type of matte finish. This is truly one of those colors that looks great on anyone who wears it! On TIME’s website, it says it’s a great choice for brides, which I totally agree with! It’s incredibly versatile and can be transformed to be more pink, more red, more purple, more neutral, or darker, depending on what liner you use with it. I’m Forever Yours is my personal favorite in this bundle and it’s been my go-to lip lately!

The texture of this liquid lip is creamy, lightweight, and consistent with all ofter Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks, so it applies both evenly and easily. The color payoff is superb and I’m Forever Yours looks rich and pigmented on the lips. Coverage is excellent and very opaque using little product. As far as wear time goes, I got around 6-7 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, and between 8-9 hours of wear before I noticed any other areas fading. Because it’s highly pigmented, it seemed to fade very gradually, so it’s the type of lipstick that you can doctor up by layering a gloss or balm over it if you’re out and need a touchup but forgot to bring it with you!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   There are quite a few good liners that you can pair up with I’m Forever Yours… Like I said, you can transform this with all kinds of different colors, but some of my favorites that are a similar color are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Dervish (slightly lighter and more cool toned, but still gives soft definition), Soar (darker and more cool toned), and Whirl (slightly darker and more cool toned/neutral), or their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Absolutely It (darker and more cool toned) and Stanchly Stylish (darker and more cool toned/neutral).

NYX also has a couple of great liners that go with this liquid lip! The ones I like most are Nude Pink (slightly lighter and more cool toned), Mauve (darker and more plum/cool toned), and their Suede Lip Liners in Whipped Caviar (a little more cool toned) and Soft-Spoken (darker and more cool toned/neutral).

Melt’s Love Note (nearly the exact same color as I’m Forever Yours) also looks amazing!

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Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute:   This lippie is referred to as a “deep brown nude best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It’s a medium-dark to dark, neutral to cool toned brown with a hint of plum undertones. I feel like this may pull warmer and more brown on some people, but no matter what, it’s a stunning color that’s going to be perfect for fall!

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick felt a little thicker in consistency than the others in this bundle, but was still just as creamy and lightweight on the lips. It applies very easily and with this shade, I found that I had to use even less product than with any other of the Nude Spectrum Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks! Color payoff was wonderful, but I do find that this looks darker once it sets on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage was also great and fully opaque. I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for 6-7 hours, and it really only wore off in the center of the lip at first, which is typical. As for the rest of my lip, I had zero fading until well into hour 8.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   You can literally use SO many liners with Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute, since it has both brown and plum hues to it. More than a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils are Whirl (lighter and more plum/mauve, but still gives soft definition without altering the color of the lipstick), Hover (lighter to about the same color, but more brown/neutral and cool toned), Plum (slightly darker and much more cool toned), Half-Red (more pinky/red/brown, but looks really nice and adds a bit of a pop to this lip), Chicory (more reddish brown and warmer toned), Auburn (slightly brighter, more reddish brown and warmer toned), Burgundy (darker, more burgundy, and slightly cooler toned), Mahogany (darker, cooler toned, and more brown), Chestnut (darker, cooler toned, and more brown), Vino (quite a bit darker, cooler toned, and more reddish plum), Currant (much darker, much more cool toned, and more purple), and Nightmoth (considerably darker, more cool toned, and much more of a blackened purple, but this looks great for a vampy look or on deeper skin tones).

If you want to use one of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, you can always grab for Absolutely It (slightly more cool toned and mauve/plum) or Morning Coffee (nearly the same color, but slightly more warm toned/neutral).

Some good liners from Melt Cosmetics are Hex (maybe a little lighter but very similar in color), French Kiss (very slightly darker and perhaps more berry/warm toned) and Kink (darker and more purple/cool toned).

And of course NYX has a Soft Matte Suede Lip Liner that works well with Lookin’ Cute, Feelin’ Cute, which is *surprise* Soft-Spoken (very slightly lighter and more mauve).

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Corruption – Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Corruption:   On the TIME website, Corruption is described as a “deep oxblood plum shade that is best suited for fair to deep skin tones”. It is an absolutely stunning deep, cool toned blackened plum with some rich burgundy/oxblood undertones and a matte finish. For me, Corruption is equal to I’m Forever Yours as a favorite from this bundle, and it works well with so many looks from minimal to dramatic. It also flatters any skin tone from fair to deep and will look awesome on anyone this fall/winter (or any other time of year if you’re like me and like to look like a creepy bitch in the middle of summer). Fun fact: If I recall, Corruption was named after a spell that Warlocks cast in the game World of Warcraft, which I’ve played since release, so this gets me right in the nerd feels.

The formula for Corruption felt a little thinner than some of the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks, but it still applied pretty well. Color payoff is awesome and looks nearly the same as it does in the tube, but this liquid lip sets perhaps a bit darker (not something you’ll find me complaining about). My only issue with Corruption was the opacity… As you can see in the photo above, it looks a little less opaque towards the center of my bottom lip, and I wanted to show that in the photo so you all could see what one quick swipe of product looks like, BUT don’t worry… These layer so easily that it’s a two second fix to add more liquid lipstick and get fully opaque coverage! Corruption wore well for about 6-7 hours before I noticed fading in the center of the lip. As for the rest of the lip, it looked great and wore well for over 8 hours and left no staining when I finally removed it with a makeup wipe.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Liners:   The MAC Lip Pencils that I love with this lipstick are Burgundy (slightly lighter and more burgundy, but it brings out the more reddish/oxblood hues in Corruption), Currant (slightly darker and more cool toned/purple), Vino (slightly darker and more cool toned/purple), Nightengale (lighter, more cool toned, and more fuchsia/purple) Nightmoth (darker and more cool toned/blackened plum), and Cyber World (much darker, more cool toned/blackened purple). Another option for a longer wear time is MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bespoken For (much darker and more cool toned/purple).

Melt Cosmetics also has two lip liners that I like to use with Corruption, and those are Kink (nearly identical), and Santeria (slightly darker, nearly the same color, but has shimmer).

While I don’t have any NYX or other more affordable, drug store liners for Corruption, I know that when these made their debut, TIME’s boss lady, Ashley Wagner, used L.A. Girl liners in her swatch/try on video, so you can check that out by clicking here!

 

Thank you all SO much for reading this review! I hope you all like these liquid lipsticks and PLEASE leave me ideas for liner/lipstick combos below or just let me know what you think if you pick these up!

 

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. I hype it because I like it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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:   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:   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:   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:   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:   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:   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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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
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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
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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

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
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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. ***