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The Summer Lip Edit: Liquid Lipsticks

14 November 2016
When the seasons change, I make a conscious effort to switch up my lip options. Do I do it because I'm intent on being matchy matchy with the weather? Kind of. Do I do it because any chance to rotate my makeup makes me feel less guilty about the amount I own? You betcha.

I actually really dislike the summertime. As princessy as it sounds, I don't like hot weather and I don't like being sweaty. I also tend to gravitate towards darker lip colours, so typical summery shades are a little out of my comfort zone. However, in saying that, I've found some real gems (all in long-wearing matte liquid lipstick formulas!) that'll be sure to get me through the warmer months.

Matte liquid lipsticks have definitely had their time in the sun, and I'm sort of in two minds about them. Part of me wants to run back to my sheer glossy balms because comfort is always a priority, but the other part has really come to rely on the longevity of liquid lipsticks...which has me thinking...

Porque no los dos?

Long-wearing mattes that don't skimp on comfort? This edit has you covered.

The Too Faced Melted Matte Long Wear Liquified Lipstick in 'Sell Out' is the latest addition to my collection of liquid lipsticks. I've been drawn to this shade since these were first released, but I wasn't sure how it'd look against my skin tone. Plus, this aptly-named shade is always out of stock! When I spied one sitting there in my local MECCA the other day, I quickly snapped it up, not believing my luck. Sell Out is described as a soft pinky brown, and I think that'd be an accurate description if I had fair skin. On my medium complexion, though, it's like a mid-tone wearable pink with a hint of brightening peachy-coral to it. I like it. The formula is also really comfortable and doesn't crack, flake off, or accentuate my lip lines. It's not completely transfer-proof, but I don't mind so much because I'm a fan of the way it feels on the lips. 

My budget option is the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in 'Speed Dial'. This shade came out as part of their peachy lip release. Let me just say that I have an intense love/hate relationship with ColourPop. I love the stuff they bring out but I hate that they're constantly bringing things out in the first place. A girl's gotta eat, but this girl might stick to the dollar menu just so she can buy all the stupid trendy makeup ColourPop puts out. Anyway, Speed Dial is far from stupid, but it is trendy, and of course I don't mind one bit. This shade is a medium-deep peachy nude (more peachy, less pink than Too Faced Sell Out). It's stunning, and it has one of the brand's more forgiving Ultra Matte formulas. It wears well but will still come off on things you eat and drink. It's a small price to pay for something that doesn't feel the least bit drying.

Ah, the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Kristen'. Named after her mother, this cocoa strawberry has apparently become their best-selling shade, and I can admittedly see why. I can't imagine this not suiting anyone. It's the perfect balance of colours; the perfect depth. It's bright and bold and uplifting without being unwearable or in-your-face. There's a natural quality to it despite it not being a "natural" colour. The formula is a little more drying than the rest but I still find it A-OK for all-day wear. This shade lasts all day on me, even through eating and drinking. The only downside I've found is that it tends to accentuate lines or wrinkles in one's lips. It's not something that dissuades me from reaching for it, but I can see it being a deal-breaker for some.

Lastly, we have the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Lolita II': a slightly muted medium terracotta nude (more orange, less pink than Kylie Cosmetics Kristen) which rode off the fame of the first Lolita, but is in every way as gorgeous as its older sister. The warmth and perkiness of this shade makes it the epitome of a "summer nude" for me. I'm a big fan of the Kat Von D range of liquid lipsticks. I find all the shades I own to be consistent with one another, though I've heard mixed reviews about their darker shades. I think they've got a good middle ground formula which is neither a runny liquid nor a thick mousse. It sits nicely in between which allows for opaque colour payoff and ease of application. I find that it lasts nicely for me throughout the day and is fairly comfortable to wear. I usually pair Lolita II with a darker tawny lip liner because the colour is on the verge of being too light for me, but I love it nonetheless.

Will you be carrying the matte lip trend into summer, or opting for something a bit lighter?
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