Despite always rocking a full face, I would often not bother with my lips – which kind of just left the whole look unfinished. I had a few nude lipsticks I liked, but never really loved, and lipglosses just reminded me of highschool and also the windy day/long hair struggle!
Enter the matte liquid lipsticks! I love liquid lipsticks for the intensity and rich colour they provide, and despite how drying matte ones can be, super glossy lips just remind me of out-dated and shiny tacky lips!
As the formulas are often quite thick, they’re also perfect for creating a precise outline on the lips (and overdrawing), without the need for a pencil too. I often use at least two shades – first one darker all over and to outline, and then I fill in from the middle of the lips outwards with a lighter shade.
Being obsessed with the trend, and having worked previously in the beauty industry, I’ve been lucky enough to try out various different products, so here’s a list and my thoughts on a few different ones.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
This is number one on my list and number one in my heart. The brand in general has achieved cult status for a reason; the products are simply amazing quality! Crush is my favourite shade (and often one I’m asked about), but unfortunately it’s nearly always sold out in Sephora here! So, if you come across this beauty – stock up!
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Next up is Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick. A slightly runnier consistency than ABH, it also means it glides on well and still sets with the same intensity. Be careful when testing these shades though as they dry a slightly different shade to when first applied. My go to shade (and current everyday shade thanks to the lack of Crush in my life), is Bombshell. I also love their shade of Crush and the new limited Bikini Babe as a lighter layering shades, and Venus too as a darker option.
Iconic London Matte Liquid Lipstick
Another brand which is slowly reaching cult status, they are often well known for their uniquely shaped brushes and illuminators. Their liquid lip product however is highly underrated! A slightly different style to the first two, this one is a tip pen style which brushes on really well. The product is really thick too, and I found this was also the least drying.
Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Some great shades in the range and the formula is thick and long lasting. Like the Huda Beauty one, it dries darker so be aware of that when choosing a shade. While they are great for staying put, this one can be super drying for your lips!
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
Similar to Huda, this one is thinner but still gives a strong pigment. The applicator has a pointed shape too, which makes it perfect for precision when applying. This one lasts quite well, and is perfect for layering with a lighter shade too.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
I’d heard lots about this product in terms of being being great for the price range. The product like the rest was also super pigmented and applies well, however I found it to be the least long wearing out of them all and the worst for that white lip line that happens with lighter shades!
Zoeva Pure Velours Lips
This one is similar to the Stila product. Great shades and glides on nicely, however doesn’t last as long as I’d like! But a great cheap option and for quick top ups!
Bonus round: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss
Anyone who uses matte liquid lipsticks knows the struggle of the drying effect, so I combat this with a thin coat of lipgloss over the top. My favourite (no surprises here) is Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss as it has colour too, and isn’t super sticky. My favourite shade is Undressed.