Everyone loves a good lipstick range and the ladies of the internet seem to go especially nuts over any new liquid lipstick. I had sworn off buying any more liquid lipsticks after deciding that I just prefer regular ones. I’ve reviewed Limecrime and Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in the past and while I still bring them out from time to time, I find regular lipsticks easier deal with and much more comfortable. Having your lips feel like the sahara desert isn’t my idea of fun.
Then came along the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick range. It was EVERYWHERE, in the pinup world and in the ‘regular’ world, EVERYONE was going on about how amazing it was. Then most of it sold out/ there were only limited colours available so it went off my radar.
Just a couple of weeks ago a brand new range of colours was brought out and once again, I couldn’t scroll down my Instagram feed without seeing someone rave about their love for this lipstick.
That was it, I had to try it for myself and break the liquid lipstick ban. I settled on ‘Sarafine’ which looked like a gloriously rich, slightly darker red. Shipping to New Zealand was just $3 less than the lipstick itself and with the NZ$ being so low right now, it turned into a very pricey lippy… However that is something I’m used to with ordering online and at least it only took 5 days to get here! Definitely no complaints on the speed of shipping.
When I wear a regular lipstick, I always apply foundation first, then powder, line my lips fully and apply the lipstick over the top. I find this keeps my lipstick on for much longer and helps to give the colour a good base for maximum richness. With liquid lipsticks however I have always applied it strait onto clean lips without anything applied before hand. The reason for this is because liquid lipsticks usually are very highly pigmented and opaque with one coat and because they are quite drying, the thinner the coat the better.
So that’s what I did the first time I wore Sarafine- I started off by using the LUSH Popcorn lip scrub as my lips had been a little dry the week before so I wanted to get rid of any loose skin. Then I applied the lipstick on clean, dry lips.
I was really impressed with the colour- it wasn’t as dark as I was expecting but it was still a lush rich red.
Now was time for the real test- how it wears and longevity. The first few hours were fine and then I had Japanese Donburi for lunch… It definitely needed a touch up so I wiped off as much as I could (it’s very hard to get off without any kind of makeup remover) as I didn’t want to end up with a double layer which would have been too thick. I reapplied and went back out into the salon for a very busy few hours.
At the end of the day after not getting the chance to check myself in the mirror, I finally looked at myself (7 hours after my post-lunch reapplication) and had that horror moment of ‘is that what I’ve looked like this whole time, talking to clients?!’
Oh the shame!!!
Dry, chapped and some serious bleeding going on… I was pretty disappointed. Why has it done this to me when it seems to be the ‘perfect’ lipstick for everyone else I’ve seen on Instagram?
So two days later I tried again, this time doing my usual base of foundation, powder and liner. I used a new liner called BH Waterproof Lip Liner in Retro that I had bought from makeup.co.nz as I hoped it’s waterproof aspect would control the bleeding and feathering.
I found that the colour seemed a little bit darker now that it was going over the top of the liner and it also felt a lot thicker and heavier (which is why I normally just apply liquid lipstick on bare lips).
8 hours after application, I couldn’t take the dryness anymore, there was feathering already going on and it looked pretty terrible and patchy so I applied some of my Antipodes Hungry Like The Wolf lipstick over the top quickly inbetween clients.
By the time I got home two hours after that, it looked like this-
So not much improvement really and it looked a whole lot worse before I applied the Antipodes Lipstick over the top.
I’d like to note that I do not have any problems with bleeding with my usual lipstick colours (a selection of MAC, Antipodes, Natio and Besame) so this was a disappointing outcome especially since you’d think that a lipstick that dries matte like this wouldn’t have this problem.
The verdict? I won’t be buying any more, they obviously for some reason don’t work for me. I have friends who absolutely swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks and don’t have the problems that I have had. The colour range is beautiful so if you have your heart set on one and you don’t mind taking the risk, maybe still give them a go and hopefully you are one of the lucky ones!
I think I’ll go back to my no liquid lipstick ban, I love creamy, moisturising lipsticks and when you apply a good base beforehand (read my post here), they can last just as long. I truly wish this had a different outcome but I shall just have to admire the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks on others and perhaps reserve my one for photoshoots where it only has to look good for a short period of time.
x Miss Victory Violet