Liquid Lipstick Face Off | Coloured Raine vs LA Girls

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! 



  1. September 6, 2015 / 12:14 am

    Dunno if its the best but loving Sephora liquid lipsticks currently …long wear, doesn't shift and dunno how they got it to be matte and moisturizing

    • September 7, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      Oh someone else has told me about them Sephora lipsticks! I will give them a try when next i'm in the US…Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  2. September 8, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I initially thought Colored Raine was a Nigerian brand from the instagram pics. Anyway…great review
    Love liquid listicks too, so I will keep an eye out for it


    • September 22, 2015 / 11:41 am

      You should, the quality is awesome!

  3. September 10, 2015 / 1:53 am

    As of now I have tried five different brands of liquid lipsticks; two international high-end (lime crime and dose of Colors) and one drugstore (nyx) and one Nigerian high-end (bmpro) and the more affordable sleek and so far I loved all three international brands, nyx is a very good alternative to any high-end brand out there cos their soft matte lip creams are true to their name; soft matte and not over drying which I love and I think their formula is identical to that of dose of colors and as for lime crime; it's a bit drier than nyx and dose of colors but still not over drying which is great;in fact I think that's the maximum dryness any liquid lipstick should have. As for the Nigerian products I have the same verdict for both, though they both have pretty colors and I especially love the packaging of sleek cosmetics the only problem I have with them is that they are extremely drying and even dried up UN the containers after only a few weeks of using and making sure I cover them with my fingers to stop air from getting in while I applied, somehow they still manage to dry up and also dry up quickly after application;less than 30secs. What I do if I have to apply them is apply a lip balm first before applying them on top of the balm but I won't be repurchasing. Sorry for the long epistle.

    • September 22, 2015 / 11:42 am

      Yup I agree with you..NYX make the best drugstore alternatives for liquid lipsticks…All the others I have tried just don't meet up to expectations.

  4. February 18, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Great photos! I'm eager to try the Coloured Raine Liquid Lipsticks but they are hard to come by in the UK. I have the next shade up from Secret in the LA Girl ones, and really like the formula. I've heard that the darkest couple of shades are terrible however so maybe give a lighter one another shot! Especially as they are such a cheap alternative.

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