BEAUTY TEST DRIVE
(Liquid) lipstick envy
By Estelle Adjei, 1 October 2016
Has your favourite lipstick ever melted or been crushed under the contents of your bag? I know it hurts, but pull yourself together because the gods of the make-up world have an AW16-approved solution: the liquid lippie...
It’s a new dawn
Is it lipstick? Is it lip gloss? No, it’s liquid lipstick, the cool younger sister. And if, like me, you feel that all you need in this life is a perfect pout, this is for you. Matte or glossy, I went through a few just for you, and here are my favourites, tried and tested!
Ciaté, known for its nail polishes, is stepping into the lipstick zone, and it's doing it well. The collection comes in both subtle and bold shades, like Envy – though I kept it safe and went for Chatterbox. It's easy to apply and is highly pigmented, so one coat is enough. Remember, it does dry super-matte, so don't forget to apply some lip balm first.
Let it sheen!
I’m a self-proclaimed matte addict! So despite its glossy consistency, I was really tempted to try the Illamasqua Lip Lure, and was pleasantly surprised. It glides on easily, it’s creamy and nourishing, and, though glossy, it wasn’t sticky at all, which is a bonus. Do check your teeth after application!
Dripping in Gold
A metallic gold lipstick, you read that right! Lime Crime, which is about to drop on site, is known for its crazy, bold colours, and this one is mega. The coverage isn’t opaque, so don’t be stingy – apply two coats. It drys matte and isn't heavy on the lips, which I expected it to be. Perfect for Halloween, festivals or a big night out.
Whatever shade you go for – because they do have a lot and for every complexion – they all smell like a chocolate cupcake, so try not to bite your lips (you have been warned). They aren't very pigmented, so you can keep it subtle or apply a couple of coats to build up the intensity of the colour. Apply a first layer, wait a bit, and then apply another to avoid smudging the first layer. It’s so tiny, you can throw it in your bag for touch-ups.