Liquid lipsticks are my thang now…like I hardly reach for my regular lipsticks anymore, that’s how much I’m feeling this new trend. See liquid lipstick reviews I’ve done here and here. Today I decided to take two liquid lipsticks, one high end and one drugstore and put them up against each other and compare. I like to do these comparison posts because it is very easy to get carried away by all the pomp, pageantry and hype of the high end brands when other more affordable, less hyped brands could offer you just as much or even better.
Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint in Vanity Raine
Coloured Raine is one of the new age independent makeup lines that is more popularly known for its range of lip products. I admire this company’s PR strategy, they cleverly leveraged the influence and reach of Instagram beauty gurus like Amrezy and MakeupShayla to push their brand and PUSH they did, lol!
Shade and Formula: Coloured Raine describes Vanity Raine as “an orange-based red”. I don’t get any orange undertones with this one, it comes off as a true bombshell red! It has a great, easy to apply formula but it doesn’t beat Lime Crime’s for me. Like all liquid lipsticks, it dries down to a matte finish which is pretty dope. A nice, comfortable, super pigmented matte at that, not a painful, lip dragging matte.
Length of Wear: One word- badass! Wore this for a wedding from 1pm till about 11pm and at the end of the day it had only faded slightly, I did not need to touch up through out. All I needed was a bit of lip balm a few hours in because my lips had dried out.
Price: Retails in the US for $16.50 but you can only buy 2 at once -_-. In Nigeria, get it here for N6000.
LA Girls Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Secret
LA Girls is one of those affordable drugstore brands that aims to still give you good quality products. I see them as America’s answer to Sleek..haha! They are more popularly known for their concealers which are BOMB (review here) but they recently got into the liquid lipstick market as well.
Shade and Formula: Secret is a deep burgundy red that reminds me a lot of Mac Diva, reviewed here. The formula of this one didn’t quite work for me though. It was clumpy and tacky, really difficult to apply. It was almost impossible to get an even/smooth application and the colour pay off is not really great. Reminded me of Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills, higher end brands I reviewed a while back and did not like!
Length of Wear: As anticipated, this didn’t last long on me. It moved around a lot and faded off in about 2 hours, no bueno 🙁 Stick to making those bomb concealers guys 🙂
Price: Retails for $5 in the U.S and N1600 in Nigeria. Buy here if you would still like to try it.
Side by Side Swatch
|L: LA Girls Secret (can you see the clumps?) ; R: Coloured Raine Vanity Raine|
In this case, you definitely get what you pay for- Coloured Raine Vanity Raine knocked LA Girls Secret out of the park, no contest! However, what I have found with liquid lipsticks is that the formula sometimes varies with shades. There could be some other Coloured Raine or LA Girls liquid lipsticks that are quite different from these shades. Therefore this review strictly pertains to these two shades.
What brand do you think has the best liquid lipsticks?
Enjoy the weekend guys!