Friday, April 8, 2016

Mad for Matte

Matte, nude lips have become a massively popular trend as of lately, and I've got to admit that I am all for it. Now if you think my style in fashion changes often, you should just see how ridiculous my makeup preferences shift. My signature lipstick looks change all the time, and I've even switched around quite a bit since the last beauty post I've put up on here! (which, embarrassingly, was really not too long ago at all.) To be honest, I'm actually feeling pretty optimistic on the look I've got down at the moment. Because believe it or not, I think that this one may actually have some longevity after all. My transition to matte lipstick has introduced me to formulas that I feel have been far more superior to the glossier ones I wore in the past. They pack a bolder punch of color, last significantly longer and match seamlessly with just about any other makeup products I'm wearing. What's not to love? The benefit of following such a popular trend is that you've got a whole influx of these products everywhere, giving you an overwhelming amount of options to select from. From drugstore brands like Maybelline and Revlon to more high-end companies like Laura Mercier and Stila, matte, liquid lipsticks are being shelled out everywhere. During the past two months, I've narrowed down this impossibly large selection to the select few that have stood out to me the most. 

So far, I have yet to be disappointed with an Anastasia product. I've given their Dipbrow Pomade and highlighters a shoutout on here before, and now it's time for me to shine a light on the wonder that is their liquid lipstick. This product glides on as a super smooth liquid and immediately dries into a luxurious matte. It's long-lasting, good quality and packs a strong amount of pigment for such a light toned color. I wasn't a huge fan of this shade at first as I thought it was just a bit too light on me, but it only took me a few more wears to realize that it actually rocks. Now, my next plan of Anastasia action? I absolutely must get my hands on the new liquid lipsticks shades that just recently got released.

2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin 
I'm obsessed with this lipstick. Literally everything about it is incredible. The color is by far the perfect nude shade, the formula is lightweight, and the packaging itself is ultra cute. It has a faint root beer smell that makes the application process that much more pleasant and the product lasts all day.  

3. ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Chilly Chili
Top three: Chilly Chili / Last three: Limbo
If you want an amazing matte liquid lipstick for a bargain price, ColourPop is the brand for you. After having so much success with their Lippie Stix collection, I decided to switch over to the Ultra Matte line and see what these products had to offer. Unsurprisingly, they were just as great - if not better! Just like with Anastasia, the product glides on as a smooth liquid and quickly dries into a matte finish. A little goes a long way with this stuff, especially with shades as bold as these ones, so make sure you don't accidentally glob up more product than necessary. I had the rather unfortunate experience of doing so, and ended up with a giant drop of Chilly Chili on my white bedsheets. 

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Limbo
Limbo is an ultra bold and daring color. Once swipe of it and I literally feel unstoppable. I am honestly all about dark brown lipstick, and this is the perfect shade for when I want to add a whole lot of edge to whatever it is I'm wearing. Chilly Chili is similar in character, but has a plummier tinge to it. This makes it slightly more toned down than Limbo, but it's still badass nevertheless. 

5. NYX Lip Lingerie in Beauty Mark
Top three: Ruffle Trim / Last two: Beauty Mark

After falling in love with NYX's soft matte lip cream line (the shade "Abu Dhabi" is my favorite!), I figured I would try out the Lip Lingerie collection as well. This line in particular was perfect for me, as it features a wide selection of exclusively nude-toned shades in a matte formula. It was actually quite difficult for me to select only a few, and I can't even tell you guys how many swatch videos I watched on Youtube to help me narrow down my selections! After long inspection, I picked Ruffle Trim and Beauty Mark and ended up being very pleased with my results. Beauty Mark is similar to ColourPop's Limbo, as they're both dark chocolatey browns that give your look a bold, daring touch. Beauty Mark seems to be a bit more on the grayer side, leaving the final finish not as intense and bold as that of Limbo's. Nevertheless, it's a stunning color and perfect for adding some edginess to any look. And just like with the lip cream, the drying process was wonderfully quick. 

NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim
Ruffle Trim reminds me of Celebrity Skin because it's such a perfect, everyday color to wear. It's a gorgeous cinnamon pink that works with just about any look it's paired with, whether you're going out to a casual brunch or off to a romantic dinner date. It's subtle and leaves an impression all at the same time, and I definitely love that it's only $7. 

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