Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beauty ¦ The good, the bad and the average - Drugstore lip lacquers


If you are a regular reader you will know my liquid lipstick obsession is a little out of hand at the moment. I've been wanting to do this post for ages however I wanted to try a couple more drugstore liquid lipsticks before I did it. These aren't the only liquid lipsticks you can get in the drugstore and because they are so popular new ones are being brought out all the time. If you have any liquid lipstick recommendations either High end or Drugstore let me know in the comments because I obviously need more!
Left to Right - Revlon Shanghai sizzle - Rimmel apocalyptic - Rimmel Big bang

So I thought I'd start off with the negatives and get them out of the way. Out of all the LL's (I'm going to abbreviate because lets face it I really don't want to type out Liquid lipsticks 20 times in the next hour.) there are very few that I have really disliked. Both of these products where so massively hyped and I just wasn't impressed with either.
Rimmel Apocalips - £6.49
These where literally the most hyped thing of 2013. Every blog review I read and youtube video I watched told me that I simply had to buy one. However I never got on with them. I felt like the shades bled so bad I simply couldn't wear them. I never heard anyone else complain abut bleeding however some days I would end up with my lipstick having bled to about halfway down my chin. I have tried everything to stop it from concealer barriers, to lip liners, to powdering and blotting and I just can't seem to get them to stay. I do really think it is a shame as the staying power and the formula is lovely, I feel as though I should ty a lighter shade however these have almost put me off the range.
Revlon Colourstay Moisture stains - £7.99
These where exactly the same as the Apocalips in terms of hype. I remember watching one of Fleur's videos and thinking yes I need one of those and I was just so disappointed. My first gripe with these was the smell, they absolutely reek like chemicals and the first time I applied it I really struggled to actually put it on my lips because of the smell. I also find the texture incredibly sticky and they go on very patchy. I find you have to work them so much into the lips that the colour ends up much sheerer than in the swatch. Overall if I had to pick a lest favourite LL it would definitely be these ones.

Left to Right - Ps... 10 - MUA Tranquillity - MUA Vivacity - MUA Reckless - MUA Kooky - MUR Keep lying to you - Essence Velvet rose - Essence Silky red.
 So moving onto the averages, these are the ones that I think if you are wanting to expand your collection then they are a good choice however if you are wanting to start a collection there are definitely better ones.
Ps... Lip Lacquer - £2.00
I actually wasn't expecting much from these however in the end I was fairly impressed. They aren't a matte LL however they don't feel sticky once they've dried down. They are very sticky on first application however but do not be put off by this. I was actually really impressed with this one as with it being from primark I wasn't expecting much.

MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquers - £3.00

I really like these. They are incredibly matte and long lasting however they ended up in the average section of this post as I do find that unless my lips are perfectly hydrated and super smooth these do make them look super dry. I'm also not the biggest fan of the scent as it's a super artificial watermelon scent and I really can't stand the smell of watermelon however I can imagine most people loving it.

Makeup Revolution Salvation lip lacquer - £3.00

I find this formula a little more moisturizing than the MUA formula however I do find that these break up and fade pretty unevenly. They are one of those products that you really need to keep checking and topping up to make sure they look nice. I also found that in my local Superdrug the colour selection was really limited and they only had about 4 shades however after doing a bit of googling I think the range is much larger. I would definitely like to try another shade to see if they all fade a bit strange like the shade I have now or if the different shades have slightly varying formulas.

Essence xxxl long lasting matte lipglosses - £2.30

These are another LL that I like however I don't reach for all the time. I actually find these to be a little sheer so I tend to pop on 1 layer let it dry for about 10 seconds then apply another layer to make sure the colour isn't patchy. I actually find that these never really dry down completely which makes them super comfortable to wear. However because they don't set down properly they don't last as long as some of the other products in this post. Despite this because they are so hydrating and nice to wear applying a couple of layers on top of each other isn't to bad therefore the fact that they fade isn't a problem.

Left to Right - Sleek Birthday suit - I heart makeup Firestorm - Bourjois Pink pong - Collection Fairy cake - Collection Cotton candy.
So finally we are moving on to the LL's that I love. These are the ones that I would say if you were starting a makeup or LL collection that I recommend you buy first.
Sleek Matte me - £4.99
These are absolutely lovely. They set down to a matte finish but they are still movable and don't feel tacky on the lips like some lacquers can. They don't feel overly drying on the lips and they don't cling to every little dry patch there is. These are super long lasting and they don't fade weirdly. You do get the little circle around the inside of your lips if you eat anything oily though so that's something to consider if you are going out for a meal.
I heart makeup Lip lava - £2.99
I definitely need to pick up some more shades of these. They go on glossy but not sticky and once the initial glossy layer ha gone they leave behind a really lovely stain. Out of my four favourites this is the one I tend to reach for when my lips are feeling a bit dry as due to them being glossy they don't cling to any of the dry patches. I would recommend these for wearing when you go out to eat as once the stain is on your lips it isn't going anywhere.
Bourjois Rouge edition velvet - £8.99
I think if I had to pick a favourite out of all of these products it would be these ones which is typical as they are the most expensive ones. These are just incredible, longlasting, non drying and insanely pigmented they really are the full LL package. I actually don't think I have anything bad to say about these. All I know is that I definitely need more shades.
Collection cream puff - £2.99
Finally for this post we have the product that started the obsession. I think I've had two of each of these shades I love them that much. These never quite set down completely matte however they are in no way a glossy product. They lasting an average amount of time they aren't incredible however they don't only last for 2 hours.
So if you made it to the end of this post go you! I hope you enjoyed, don't forget to leave me you lip lacquer recommendations in the comments.


  1. i love the collection cream puff lip creams. such awesome value for money.

  2. Thank you for this post! I have to try all of your recommendations!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  3. I haven't heard of the I heart makeup lip lavas before, will have to check them out as they sound great :)

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  4. I am surprised that Rimmel and Revlon are in the negative category! I really like MUA, MUR and Collection so I am glad they have got good reviews!
    Laura Likes Beauty xx

  5. I've never really worn lip lacquers before but the Sleek one sounds lovely! Birthday Suit looks like a really good everyday shade too :) xx


  6. I'm not a massive fan of lip lacquers as I tried the Rimmel offerings and at first I loved them and then I realised how awful they actually looked! I really want to try the Sleek Matte Me and Collection Cream Puff's though as they're not too expensive and the shades you swatched look great, great post lovely! x

    Ami | perksofbeingami

  7. What an awesome guide! I actually have trouble finding lippies that I like and this is a great place to begin. I like the sound of the I heart makeup and I'll definitely check it out! Thanks for sharing :) x

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

  8. I will have to try some out! I've never used liquid ones! X

  9. I was looking to buy some today, thank god for this post, so helpful. Kylie Jenner's lip kit is being released today so that's exciting.

  10. Your top picks look amazing! I haven't tried out any of these liquid lipsticks, but they look awesome! Too bad the hyped up ones didn't live up to it though. Lovely reviews!
    xo Kiki

  11. This is just so informative and great pics too. I've never really got on with lip lacquers but I have been wanting to try the Bourjois one all year - mainly because everyone on youtube says I should! #girlgang member

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