The Battle of Metallic Liquid Lipsticks – Milani vs. Colourpop vs. Kylie Cosmetics

Hey everyone! I have a special post for y’all today. As you guys know, metallic lipsticks (especially metallic LIQUID lipsticks) are all the rage right now. With brand working as hard as possible to release their own version of the trend, it can be hard to discern which are the best!

So today, I’ll be comparing the three most popular brands for you: Milani Amore Mattallics, Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Lip, and Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Lipstick.

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Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipsticks – $6 each, colourpop.com. These lipsticks are the cheapest of the three brands I’m comparing. There are currently 8 shades available in the Ultra Metallic line, but I only picked up Maneater, a metallic rose gold, and Zebra, a true metallic bronze. The Ultra Metallic lipsticks feel similar to their Ultra Satin line, which means they don’t dry to a matte, transfer-free finish.

The lipstick has a flat doe foot applicator which allows for a smooth, even application of the product, and makes it easy to get a crisp line. However, once the lipstick sets, it becomes extremely sticky – much stickier than the Ultra Satin lipsticks! I’m a diehard matte liquid lipstick fan, so I may be biased, but to me they are so sticky that it’s distracting. You can feel your lips pulling apart whenever you move your mouth! I feel like the longevity of this lipstick is affected by the stickiness of it, which defeats the purpose of a liquid lipstick in my opinion. Although Maneater is one of my favorite colors of the metallic liquid lipsticks I own, I just can’t get past the drawbacks of the formula.

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Lipstick – $18 each, kyliecosmetics.com. Although I wasn’t particularly impressed with the first release of Kylie’s Metal Matte range, I decided to take the plunge again with KyMajesty since it is such an interesting color! I also wanted to see if Kylie had fixed any of the drawbacks with her first formula. But, even though Kylie has changed the doe foot – it is identical to Colourpop’s – the formula is still lacking.

Although KyMajesty is a brilliant color and so unique, I can’t wear this lipstick. It’s ridiculously sticky (just like Colourpop’s), not very opaque, and wears off very patchily & noticeably in only an hour’s time without eating or drinking. The formula of KyMajesty is a little grittier than that of Heir or Reign due to the glitter, so that’s another drawback. Lastly, and it might just be me, but I don’t think my tube was completely full? I really hope another company dupes this color soon, because the formula is definitely a no-go for me. This product is straight-up not worth the price.

Milani Amore Mattallic Liquid Lipsticks – $8.99 each, milanicosmetics.com. The Milani Amore Mattallics are the only lipstick in this post that dry to a matte, transfer-free finish. There are about 8 different shades in the range, but I am reviewing Chromatic Addict, a metallic beige; Matterialistic, a bronze-y rose gold; and Mattely in Love, a true red.

These lipsticks have a strong cake batter scent, but I think it smells delicious. I’m also not sensitive to most fragrances, so these might bother you if you are. This lipstick has a long, flat doe foot applicator. It took a little practice to get the hang of applying with this applicator, but I think it actually gives a more even application than other applicators I’ve tried. The product applies evenly, is very pigmented, and dries rather quickly. Once it’s on, it does not move! I’ve worn all three out for nights on the town, and when I return home 5-6 hours later after much food and drink, it still looks as good as it did when I left.

As you guys can probably surmise from my reviews, the Milani Amore Mattallics are by far my favorite metallic lipstick. Between the shade selection, the quality, and the price, you just can’t beat them! To be honest, I would easily pay three times the price for these! They are just that good. I hope Milani makes these permanent or at least expands the line to add new colors before discontinuing them altogether.

Have you guys tried these liquid lipsticks? What do you think of them? What was your fave? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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Jouer Cosmetics Mermaid Collection Palette & Liquid Lipsticks

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing some items from the Jouer Cosmetics Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection. These are the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand, so I was eager to try them out upon receiving them in the mail.

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The Mermaid Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette comes in a pack of 4 eyeshadows, each weighing in at roughly 2 grams. The palette is made of 4 eyeshadow singles that interlock to make one cohesive piece. As a result, they can be rearranged or broken up as you see fit. I think this is a pretty unique set up and I can see it working well for travel or if you want to use some of the colors with other Jouer palettes.

All four shades are iridescent. Three are pastels and one, Dreamer, is a deep shimmery teal with a black base. Overall, I think the colors compliment each other well and that they work well together to create a variety of summery looks.

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This was my first experience with the Jouer eyeshadow formula. Coconut, Pink Pearl, and Splash all have a pretty dry, smooth, silky consistency, which is not a bad thing, just a change from the market’s saturation with buttery shadows. These three shadows are not boldly pigmented but because all 3 are consistent, I believe this was the intention of the palette. All 3 apply beautifully and blend with ease. I think it would be smart to use these over a sticky base to prevent fallout and to keep you from having glitter all over your cheeks by the end of the day.

Dreamer, however, has a completely different consistency from the other 3 shades in this palette. When swatching this shadow, the formula feels more moist, dense, and has the tendency to ball up under my fingertip if I swatch too many rotations. There is no shortage of pigmentation with this shade, though. It applies easily and works well with the other shadow formula. I would also use this over a sticky base to prevent fallout. I had no issue with any of the four shadows in terms of longevity. They all wore well and did not crease.

In addition to the Mermaid Palette, I also bought two of Jouer’s newly released Longwear Lip Cremes. I was excited to try these because I had heard so many glowing reviews from various people online. I chose Daiquiri, a warm metallic coral, and Watermelon, a matte true warm red.

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Both formulae applied smoothly, evenly, and dried to a matte finish. Both also had a more mousse-y consistency, which made them easier to control when applying. Watermelon did have some issues with sinking into the lines of my lips fairly quickly application, which was very disappointing since it was my favorite shade of the two! Lasting power for both of these was fairly standard for a liquid lipstick.

Between the two different products, I think my favorite was the Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. The Longwear Lip Cremes were nice, but given that Watermelon sank into lip lines and I didn’t find Daiquiri to be flattering to my skintone, I can’t see myself getting much use out of them. With the eyeshadow palette, I can see it being very useful and being able to transition it into the winter months when paired with the right products.

Have any of you purchased products from the Jouer Mermaid Collection? What were your faves? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

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Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

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All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

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All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

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It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I ordered the Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks as soon as they launched on the site. I watched for them all day because, as you know, everything Kylie launches sells out in minutes! I was able to snag Heir and Reign, my two favorite shades. I was so excited when they were delivered yesterday evening! Kylie has definitely improved the turnaround and shipping time since her very first launch. It took exactly 1 week for them to arrive.

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kylie cosmetics heir and reign swatches

Aren’t the colors beautiful?! Heir is a beautiful rose gold nude and Reign is a brownish burgundy. The formula is on the thin side. It’s a lot more watery than the matte liquid lipsticks offered by Kylie. To be honest, when I pulled the doe foot out of the tube, I was afraid it would drip off the end!

The formula is very smooth, but nowhere near as opaque as the matte liquid lipsticks, which is a real letdown. I found that I had to apply two coats to get even pigmentation, as the first coat goes on a little streaky. Heir looked much more flattering with the Koko K liner underneath it.

Here are some lip swatches! I included pictures in both indoor and outdoor light to show out the colors look in both instances.

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Heir, solo

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Heir over Koko K liner

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Reign

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Heir, solo

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Heir over Koko K liner

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The products are also not technically matte because they do not dry to a transfer-proof finish and remain slightly tacky on the lips. The finish actually reminds me of the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipsticks. I think the name Metal Matte is a little bit misleading due to this.

While some people wouldn’t mind the tacky feeling or the fact that it transfers, I personally do not want to deal with those issues. I feel like when you’re wearing a unique color, you have to do it with confidence and it needs to look A1 at all times. I don’t want to be afraid it’s uneven or feathering while I’m out and about doin’ my thing.

I applaud Kylie for releasing products that are popular and what consumers are craving, but I feel like there are a few issues with the Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks, like there were with her Lip Gloss collection, that should have been resolved before releasing them for sale to the public.

Has anyone else tried the Metal Mattes? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments ❤

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Set

Hey everyone! The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Set is a limited edition Sephora exclusive set that compiles five different nude lip products from different brands to give you all the options to create a perfect nude lip!

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The Give Me Some Nude Lip Set contains:

  • Mini-size Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini (P)Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim(Rose)
  • Full-size NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita
  • Mini-size Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Milky Way
  • Full-size NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Crayon in Whisper
  • Mini-size Tarte Deluxe Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste Nude

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As you can see, the Give Me Some Nude Lip Set offers nude lip products in a variety of undertones and finishes. Since each product is so different, I’ll give each a brief review:

  • Marc Jacobs (P)Outliner in Prim(Rose): Undoubtedly my favorite piece in the set. The lip liner is very creamy, applied smoothly, and the shade was extremely flattering for my skintone. It’s actually very similar to my natural lip color, so it’s great for no-makeup-makeup or work-appropriate looks!
  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste: Namaste is a warm nude liquid lipstick. The formula is light and mousse-y and applies evenly. The color is pretty flattering and doesn’t pull too orange, a common problem with warm nudes for me. The only drawback is that the formula does not really set, so this liquid lipstick is not transfer-free.
  • Nudestix Lip + Cheek Crayon in Whisper: Whisper is a midtone nude pencil. This is the first Nudestix product I’ve ever tried and I’m impressed with the formula. It’s very pigmented without being chalky or drying. The color is not particularly flattering on me, but I would definitely use this product in another color.
  • NARS Dolce Vita: This is a sheer, rosy nude lipstick. I own the Velvet Matte version of Dolce Vita and was surprised that the lipstick version was so sheer. The finish is slightly dewy when applied, but the formula is very comfortable and provides an even wash of color over the lips.
  • Laura Mercier Lipstick in Milky Way: Milky Way is a brown nude lipstick with a cream finish. It’s very pigmented but the formula felt very thick on my lips. The color was not flattering on me at all, unfortunately, because it washed me out really badly!

Overall, I think the Give Me Some Nude Lip Set is a great value for people who are looking to explore the nude lip trend to see what colors are right for them. I think it would be rare for all five products to work for a single person, so there would likely be some that go unused. For someone that dislikes clutter, that could be a dealbreaker. Since the only product I truly liked was the Marc Jacobs liner, I believe my money would be better spent on a full-size version of that rather than this set.

Do any of you have this set? Which were your favorites? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Colourpop Ultra Satin lipsticks!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone’s had a relaxing weekend. Colourpop is back at it again with the Ultra Satin lipsticks. These are liquid lipsticks that don’t dry down to a matte finish, but rather set to a comfortable satin finish.

I picked up five different shades in the launch to test a good range of the shades: The Rabbit, Frick N Frack, Too Lips, Marshmallow, and Petit Four.

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The Ultra Satin formula reminds me a lot of the Ofra Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. They are a thick, mousse-y consistency. But unlike the Ofra formula, which is stiff like icing, the Ultra Satin formula is a lot creamier. It spreads easily when applied and is very opaque.

It takes a couple minutes for the lipstick to set up. After that, it’s a little tacky, but it doesn’t feel slippery like a traditional lipstick would. It does transfer in a kiss test and wears away while eating similar to a traditional lipstick, so these don’t have the lasting power that other liquid lipsticks have. The Ultra Satin lipsticks can be layered for touch ups, which I am definitely a fan of because that’s the only thing I dislike about most matte liquid lipsticks.

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The Rabbit is definitely my favorite! It’s a beautiful hot pink color with blue reflects. The formula is a little thinner than the rest, but I found it to apply evenly, smoothly, and it sets up quickly.

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Frick N Frack is a rosy terracotta color that I think would be perfect for fall! This formula is thicker than that of The Rabbit, and the standard consistency for the other shades.

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Toolips is such a beautiful color! This deepened plum brown applies so smoothly and doesn’t magnify the appearance of lip lines.

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Marshmallow is not a color I would usually wear, but this lavender grey is surprisingly wearable! It’s perfect for spring and applies very smoothly.

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Petit Four is described as a deep charcoal grey, but it looks more like a slate blue when on my lips. This formula is a lot drier and stiffer than the rest. I had a few issues with pigmentation but they were mostly resolved with a second layer.

All in all, I love these Ultra Satin lipsticks! I actually ordered one of the nude shades, Magic Wand, a few hours ago so I can try it out too. Nothing can ever replace my matte liquid lipsticks, but these are a great alternative if my lips are super dry or if I’m just going out for a couple hours.

Have you tried the Ultra Satin lipsticks? What do you think of them? ❤

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Hey everyone! This review is slightly belated; it got lost in my drafts folder and I forgot to publish it!

MAC Cosmetics released their own line of liquid lipsticks a few weeks ago. They were kinda late to the party, since brands have been releasing their own liquid lipstick collections for months now, but the delay in their release has allowed MAC to perfect their formula.

The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolors are soft and mousse-y. The consistency is not quite as liquidy as Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks and not as thick as Ofra Cosmetics’ formula. The Retro Mattes are quite pigmented and dry down quickly to a velvet matte finish. The applicator is a flat and triangular, which allows you to get a nice, crisp edge when applying.

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And now, for comparison swatches! The downside to the MAC Retro Mattes are that most of the shades are fairly dupeable. Someone with a larger collection of lipsticks would no doubt have a match for all four of the shades I bought. Tailored to Tease and Oh, Lady were the hardest shades for me to dupe from my own collection.

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Of the four that I purchased, Tailored to Tease is definitely my favorite. It is not as dupeable as Fashion Legacy or Quite the Standout, nor is it as patchy as Oh, Lady.

I have worn all of these for extended periods of time and they have worn very well. I have yet to experience any bleeding, crumbling, or cracking. The only real negative part of the formula that I know of is Oh, Lady’s patchiness, which is common in darker, vampy shades.

Do you have any of the MAC Retro Mattes? How do they hold up to the rest of the liquid lipsticks in your collection? ❤

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Kylie Lip Kit – True Brown K

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great NYE so far! The Kylie Lip Kits have been sold out for a couple weeks now, but there are a few people selling them on Instagram and eBay in the meantime.

I managed to get True Brown K from a follower for research. I was really wanting to test out the longevity of the product, as well as compare it to the Colourpop Ultra Mattes, given the “controversy” surrounding the products.

To start, the formulas are very different. True Brown K is a mousse-y, lightweight formula. It is extremely pigmented and feels pretty weightless on my lips. It dries down pretty quickly and does not transfer. When it wears off throughout the day, it doesn’t crumble or flake. Instead, it wears rather evenly. At the end of the day, it’s very difficult to remove, even with a makeup wipe!

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True Brown K really is a true brown. It is cooler than Lime Crime Salem and Melt Catsuit. It is also cooler than Colourpop Limbo and a little lighter than Jeffree Star Dominatrix, but I don’t own those products to compare them myself.

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Although these products are hard to come by, if you’re a liquid lipstick addict, I definitely recommend getting at least one of these kits to try out. For $29, you get a liquid lipstick and matching pencil. It’s a great deal considering that most liquid lipsticks are around $20 each and do not come with a coordinating pencil.

What do you guys think of the Kylie Lip Kits? Let me know in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin! I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year! ❤

LA Splash Liquid Lipstick Haul

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re all ready for Halloweekend. It’s sure to be a great one.

I’ve really been in the Halloween spirit the past couple weeks. Watching Halloween movies, gathering everything for my costume… It’s been the most festive time! I recently placed an order with LA Splash for some spooky liquid lipsticks in some really neat colors.

la splash liquid lipsticksFront to back: Nagini, Bellatrix, Raven Claw

As you know, I have an obsession with liquid lipsticks, so I’m always trying to expand my collection. LA Splash has a really diverse range of colors—there’s literally something for everyone! Their formula is also really great—it’s extremely pigmented, smooth, and the staying power is unbelievable. Seriously. I have had LA Splash liquid lipsticks that have lasted through a steak dinner!

I ordered 3 Smitten Lip Tints: Nagini/Komodo, a deep green; Bellatrix/Bella Donna, a dark blue-purple; and Raven/Raven Claw, a vampy burgundy. I’d been wanting to try these shades for a long time, so I decided to take the plunge in the spirit of Halloween!

IMG_7767Bellatrix/Bella Donna: I really love this color. It applied smoothly, wasn’t patchy, and dried quickly. It’s a really unique purple color, more blue than red. I think it would be flattering on a wide variety of skintones.

IMG_7773Raven/Raven Claw: This is a really nice color, but it goes on very patchy. This isn’t uncommon for dark liquid lipsticks, but it’s nevertheless annoying, especially with a formula that has to be applied quickly in order for it to dry correctly. This color is also easily dupable, so you could undoubtedly find a less patchy version for a similar price point.

IMG_7774Nagini/Komodo: First of all, I LOVE this color. I didn’t expect it to be such a beautiful green or to look so wearable. However. I do not love how it applies. It’s patch city and really uneven. I had to apply two coats for it to be completely opaque, but given how fast this formula dries, that is not a viable, comfortable option. I’m going to keep trying to make this work because the color is fabulous.

What are your favorite LA Splash liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments! ❤