First off I just want to apologise for all the really intense faces I'm pulling in the lip swatch shots below as I look pretty scary! Anyway onto the actual post.
Today I thought I would share some of the most budget liquid lipsticks I have tried. The MUA Velvet lip lacquers are £3 a piece and come in a hug range of 25 shades, this range does also include a colour enhancer which would be fabulous to pair with some of the paler shades. These are highly pigmented extremely matte liquids and possibly aren't one for people with quite sensitive lips as they really stick around. They can be a little drying however I find by applying a thin layer of lip balm underneath they sit nicely on the lips and don't leave them in bad condition once they are removed.
The longevity of these isn't as good as that of some other more expensive liquid lips I have tried and I do find after eating they do tend to flake slightly. In terms of reapplication I do find you can very thinly layer these however that can sometimes lead to them looking a little patchy so I do prefer to completely remove and reapply them. They are incredibly fast drying and they really remind me of the very velvet formula like the Lime Crime velvetines. Overall I really love these and would say they are 100% worth the £3 price tag. Moving onto the shades I own I'm going to do a mini review of each as I do find the formula to slightly differ across the shade range.
The first shade I have is Unity which is an absolutely beautiful pale lilac shade, I absolutely loved this paired with the lilac liner in the shot above however it definitely isn't one I'm going to reach for on a regular basis. I do find that the formula of this one is definitely a little patchier and significantly less opaque however it is an incredibly light shades and after two thinner coats it looks nice and opaque. The second shade is Tranquillity which is a stunning peachy nude shade. I think out of all ten colours this has to be in my top two. I do find out of all of them this one lasts the longest however that is probably due to the fact that it is the closest to my natural lip shade.
The other nude shade I have is Halcyon this is once again a peach toned nude but is a darker and a little less brown toned than tranquillity. Once again this one has a nice lasting power as it is very similar to the shade of my lips. Next up is Dash which is a stunning almost nude berry shade I would say that this one is definitely say that this again is my other top two colour along with tranquillity. This is where they do begin to show more wear however this is such a beautiful shade I can completely deal with that and as I prefer to remove and reapply it isn't something that I really have an issue with.
Vivacity is one of the brightest pinks I have in my collection, I don't very often reach for shades like this however I absolutely love this one. Again this is beautifully opaque and lasts a good 4-6 hours depending on what you eat. Moxie is another pink shade however this is much more red based. It is a bright raspberry shade which I only bought recently but can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of it over the summer months.
The shade Reckless is one I've had for quite a while and is actually in the old packaging, it is a really beautiful true red shade. It does lean a little more blue than some true reds however it still has that deep look you get with a standard red. I think my favourite shade I have is Splash which is an incredible aqua green/blue shade. This is unlike any other blue shade I have seen and I just think it looks so stunning especially on my super pale skin.
The final two shades are purple shades, the first Kooky is a fairly deep purple with quite a lot of pink in it. I do find this one can be a little patchy when my lips aren't in the best condition however most of the time it looks stunning. I think this is the perfect shade to try out purples as it is a lot more pink than any other purples in my collection. Finally we have Symphonic which is another of my favourites. This is a stunning grey toned purple and I can honestly say I have never seen a shade lip it especially not from the drugstore.
Overall as you can probably tell I really do love this line and I think it is fantastic that such vibrant colours are available from the High street.
I'd love to know if you have tried these and what you think of them.