Monday, 6 August 2018

Matte Liquid Lipsticks for Every Budget

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When it comes to liquid-to-matte lips, I still think it's a formula style that you can't beat. Although not all liquid lips are created equal, and some really don't have the right formula, there are so many nowadays that have really nailed down a good, or perfect, formula. Despite my recent rediscovery of lipstick, I still favour a liquid lipstick most of the time. Today I wanted to share with you some of the formulas that I personally think are really worth a look - and they range from drugstore to high end, so you can find a formula to fit your budget!

Lips Matter - BeautyUK, £3.99

BeautyUK are a brand that I've only dabbled in, in the past, but one of the outstanding gems in their lineup is the Lips Matter line, which only consists of a limited number of shades (the usual reds, pinks, nudes), but for a budget number, these last ridiculously well on the lips even through eating, and they don't dry your lips out either. Full of pigment and in an easy-to-use, non-streaky or patchy formula, they're an amazing pick if you're just starting out in make-up or don't want to splash out. You can get them here.

Matte Me - Sleek, £4.99

A classic product, there's a reason Sleek's Matte Me line has a cult-like following. Easy to apply, long-lasting, and soft but matte, they're similar in feel to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream range, except they fully dry down to a matte finish and are therefore longer lasting. Boasting loads of colours from lilac, to browns, to nudes and reds, pinks and oranges, you're spoilt for choice as the range is regularly expanded on. Incredibly comfortable, they are probably the best budget matte lip on here that's under six quid.

Soft Matte Lip Cream - NYX, £6

Another line with a cult following, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams can be a let down if you expect something different to what these products are - which is what I did when I first got one years ago off the UK NYX website and it ended up lying abandoned in my drawer for months. These aren't your traditional matte liquid lipstick - they don't full dry down and there will be wear and transference. However, if you're into comfort over anything else, these will probably be the right choice for you. They come in an amazing array of colours - NYX are known for leading the way with their bold and bright picks in the drugstore - and although some of the brighter shades take more work to get to a nice, opaque finish, they still look great with a bit of effort. If you're not bothered about wear-time or whether they transfer or not, this is probably what you're after.

Instant Colour Matte Liquid Lip Colour - Kiko, £7.90

The most recent formula to my collection is the stunning Matte Liquid Lip Colours by Kiko. Although they don't come in a huge array of colours, Kiko being the bold and bright brand that they are, you're not just limited to pinks and reds, but instead you can also pick up blues, purples, a black and a greenish-grey that's similar to my beloved Stone Fox by NYX (of which I hate the formula, so you'll see why I'm excited about a full matte version!). I'm a big fan of these liquid lips as they dry down quickly and have very little need for topping up or transfer, but I don't find them to be drying, flaky or otherwise gross and uncomfortable. For me, they're the kind of product that I adore, and more often than not, Kiko have deals on so you don't usually have to pay the full price. I really love this line and you can check them out here or in your local Kiko store!

Foiling Around - INC.redible, £8

OK, not exactly a matte formula, but these foil-finishes from INC.redible are so beatiful. At the moment I only own one, but I do have my eye on a couple of the more reddish-copper tones that they also have in the line up. I've heard loads of good things about the matte and glosses in this range from INC.redible too, but I personally can't get enough of these foils. Long-lasting, beautifully pigmented and not a patch in sight, they're an amazing budget product. I have the shade 'We Feel Ya' and you won't ever need another gold liquid lip in your arsenal if you already have this - it's so perfect.

Liquid Lip Color & Liquid Poison Lipsticks - Sugarpill, £14

Possibly my all time favourite formula, the Sugarpill liquid lipsticks are divine. They smell beautiful, apply like a dream, and come in a beautiful array of colours. I'm currently the owner of about six liquid lipsticks from Sugarpill, and I have my eye on several others (Spank, U4EA, Dark-Sided and Crumpet, to name a few). Most are your standard matte-drying liquid lips but some - Trinket, Kimchi, and three recently released shades - actually reveal glitter and sparkle as the lipstick wears. It's such a beautiful effect and I really adore the formula as, like the standard liquid lips, it's not tacky or anything, but a soft, pleasant matte finish where you don't need to worry much about transfer or top ups (especially with the time-release liquid lips). You can check out my post on Trinket here.

Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks - Gerard Cosmetics, £15

This is another formula that's perfect for you if you're looking for maximum comfort, even if it means topping up more. These creamy, gorgeous-smelling products apply well, they're hugely pigmented and feel really luxurious to apply. They've got a beautiful shade range, from nudes, to pinks, reds, oranges and purples - although nothing to out there -, and they last decently throughout drinks, but require top ups after meals. They're incredibly easy to re-apply however and super-comfortable so even if you reapply several layers at once, you're still not going to feel any dryness, caking, or cracking. 

Velour Liquid Lipsticks - Jeffree Star, £16

My second favourite formula to Sugarpill is Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks. There's a reason they're beloved across the beauty community, and that's because they're comfortable, pigmented and easy to apply. The shade range boasts something to suit everyone, from the usual nudes to blues and greens that aren't for the faint of heart. The downside of Jeffree's huge range is that often a bunch of shades are part of a limited edition collection, so you have to snag them while you can! The plus side is he releases new collections 2-3 times a year meaning you're overwhelmed with choice. Some shades aren't perfect - Queen Bee and Venus Flytrap are some of the harder to work with colours, but they're both LE anyway and no longer available. But other than that, I find every shade I own to be amazing and very consistent in formula. I've got a full first-impressions post on these here.

Are you a fan of liquid-to-matte lipsticks? What's your favourite formula?


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