I’ve seen fellow makeup enthusiasts rave about these lip lacquers, and as a stickler for any kind of liquid lipstick, I thought I’d give them a shot.
Claiming to be long-wearing and matte, and retailing at £3 a pop at Superdrug, I bought two shades – a bare nude (Harmony) and a berry colour (Dash).
Looking at the packaging, these instantly remind me of Gerard Cosmetics’ liquid lipsticks, with the matte gold and frosted glass. I think they’re a very similar size to the GC ones too! Whether they’re actually a dupe, I’m not sure, as I don’t own any GC liquid lipsticks.
The first thing I like to do when I open a liquid lipstick is to smell it. The fragrance of the MUA lip lacquers is extremely fruity and can be a little too much at times. Having said that, you can’t smell them once on your lips, so if you’re not a fan of strong smelling liquid lipsticks, these might be a good shout.
The applicator is definitely not my favourite thing about this product. It’s your standard doe-foot, however it’s very rigid and uncomfortable, which makes it difficult to get a precise application. On top of this, the applicator doesn’t absorb much product, which means you have to dip into the tube a few times.
I don’t normally go for nudes of this kind, they’re normally darker and either pinky or brown. However, Harmony is a light, peachy nude and with my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones) it’s one of those bare nude shades.
It’s quite patchy when you first apply it because the formula is quite thin and you can see the marks made by the applicator. However, they seem to disappear once it dries down – but most likely because it’s a nude colour.
On the other hand, the formula dries completely matte and actually feels comfortable on the lips; it does not feel tacky at all, which is something I despise in liquid lipsticks! Even better, they don’t transfer once they’ve dried down!
In terms of wear time, this falls into the average liquid lipstick category. After a while, or after eating something oily, I developed ‘the ring’ on the inside of my lip where the product had rubbed off. As for reapplication, it sort of worked well because the formula is thin. However, with any liquid lipstick, I tend to avoid reapplying and add lip balm over the top instead because I find it makes my lips feel weird.
I am in love with this colour and have been wearing it so much! Comparing the two shades, this one is definitely my favourite. Whilst the formula is very similar to the former lipstick, especially in terms of it drying down completely matte, it’s not patchy whatsoever!
Again, the wear time for Dash was very similar to Harmony, however, this colour was much more noticeable when it started to fade, which is expected due to the fact it’s much darker than the nude shade. For this one, reapplication was the same for Harmony.
I would say for £3 a pop, they’re much better than I expected them to be! Like every product, they have their pros and cons, however, the overall effect of these lipsticks and their value make them worthy of a try. I know I will definitely be using Dash again, however, I think i’ll leave Harmony alone for now.
Have you tried these liquid lipsticks? Or have you tried any other MUA products?