Occasionally, I watch YouTube beauty tutorials and I’ve noticed how many have replaced the classic lipstick tube for the liquid lipstick. A makeup hybrid, liquid lipsticks combine strong pigmentation with comfort and long-wearability (at least that’s what I’m assuming judging from all the YT beauty videos). I’m introducing here three green products that I would classify as “liquid lipsticks” since they do not fit into the lipgloss category.
Glory Boon was featured in my Little Gems series (here) and they moved from a little Etsy store to an online and pop-up physical store. Alexandra, the founder creates quirky and playful artisanal makeup. I absolutely love her concealer and lip crayons and I’m now eyeing that Mermaid lagoon highlighter that she has just launched (here). GB’s liquid lipstick has the most “matte” feeling even though it stands in the middle ground -not totally matte nor totally satiny. You have to apply several coats for maximum opacity; the color, “Bella”, is a gorgeous soft rose with a cool undertone. I reach for it more than I thought I would because it is a flattering shade. It has no particular scent, a hint of sweet almond oil at best. While “Bella” is the one that fits into the liquid lipstick category the most, it is also the one with the most drying formula. It’s not dramatic but you it is something to keep in mind if your lips get dry very easily. Formulas slightly change depending on the pigments and shades so this might be the reason. Nevertheless, I really like the simplicity of the formula with very few ingredients. For international customers, the shipping is $25 which is why I tend to wait for sales and when I want to make larger orders. Good news for my vegan beauties, “Bella” is vegan.
Ingredients: Castor, Sweet Almond Oil, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Zuii is known for their beautiful makeup line, they have a wide range of products and their powder foundations has been one of my favorites the past couple of months (review coming soon). The organic satin lip color shade “Summer” is a gorgeous, bright, vivid coral. One coat is enough to get an insane color pay off, the finish is satiny. The lip colors have the signature Zuii scent (rose-scented); the smell is noticeable but not overpowering and personally, I really like it. On the lips, it feels beautifully hydrating and plumping but it can be a bit streaky and settle into fine line if you don’t exfoliate first. I’m wondering if this is also due on the shade itself. I’d would have to get another color to compare. Comfortable and soft. it does not dry out. While Zuii Organic has some vegan-friendly shades, Summer is not one of them. The wand applicator distributes the product evenly but for a precise application on the upper lips, it can be a bit complicated, especially for fine lips.
Price: ($.31.50 AUD)
Ingredients: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHAE BUTTER) FRUIT * ROSA MOSCHATA (MUSK ROSE) SEED OIL * RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL* CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (CAMELLIA) SEED OIL* COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) CERA * ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE * EQUISETUM ARVENSE LEAF (HORSETAIL) EXTRACT * MICA CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL* ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL* PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL* CYMBOPOGON MARTINI OIL* CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE TOCOPHEROL ASCORBYL PALMITATE MAY CONTAIN (+/-) CI 77891 CI 75470 CI 77742 CI 77491 CI 77492 CI77499 * Certified Organic ingredients
Texture-wise, Lavera is very similar to Zuii, but slightly more watery and shinier. It has the strongest scent out of the three, it smells like watermelon candy which is not uncommon in Lavera makeup products. The product applies like a dream, immediately coating the lips with a juicy fuchsia. The term ‘lip cream’ fits like a glove because this is exactly how it feels on lips, which also means that the color transfer is a reality. On the plus side, the color fades away evenly and at the end of the day, it turns into a berry stain. I love the color, it brightens up the face and it’s a gorgeous day-to-night color. The wand applicator is also great, it is slightly smaller than the others and you can get a precise application. There are currently three Lavera shades available, and this is the darkest one. Not vegan.
Price: 7.99 EUR for 5,50mL
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry) Fruit Extract*, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Alcohol*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)**, Linalool**, Citral**[+/- Mica (CI 77019), Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 77861 * organic * from essential oils
Bottom line: Each has their pros and cons, none have a magnificent staying power (3-4 hours at best) nor are void of color transfer, but that’s not something I have issues with. If you’re on a budget start with Lavera, if you’re in the US try Glory Boon and get your hands on the Zuii satin lip color for unique shades. Liz’ little tip: you can also slightly blot/dab with a tissue to mattify the look and make the color last a bit longer. It worked particularly well for Zuii and Lavera.
What are your thoughts on liquid lipsticks? Have you tried any?