Part of my resolution this year is to widen my horizon by expanding to brand and/or product type that’s out of my comfort zone. Talk about my renewed venture for liquid lipsticks! I’ve tried a couple few years ago but both left my lips dessert-dry so I went back to nurturing my love for traditional lipsticks. But never say never because my curiosity on the overly-buzzed Anastasia Liquid Lipstick prevailed! So do I join the league of believers now? scroll further for the reveal!
Retailing for $20 (Macy’s exclusive), this lipstick in high intensity liquid formula offers full matte coverage and infinite wear time depending on your activity (I’ll go into that later). Available in 32 shades, I procured five shades to try: Vintage (purple plum), Bloodline (fiery red), Vamp (blackened berry), Soft Lilac (mauve lilac), Pure Hollywood (nude).
Packaged like a lipgloss, the colors you see from the outside are consistently true when applied on the lips: bold and utterly opaque in one swipe. The wand is slender and long and the applicator is quite slanted which may or may not work according to your preference because it requires more control and precision as you apply it.
The swatches are one swipe straight from the tube. It dries quite quick so I recommend to apply and “perfect” your application in section because once it settles, it is a complete PITA to correct especially along the outline of your lips. The lighter shades (Pure Hollywood and Soft Lilac) don’t stain the lips but Vintage, Vamp and Bloodline do. Unless you eat greasy food, I am delighted to report that this liquid lipstick did not transfer to cup, mug, hand, husband’s lips, dog’s head and all other things my lips came in contact with, haha! But seriously, this is hardcore smudge and feather-proof. In fact, removing is a challenge itself because it does adhere and sink into every lip line. Makeup wipes ain’t cutting it so you need a makeup remover that’s oil based or something that will melt it like Osmosis (reviewed here). As with matte lipsticks, it is important to exfoliate and moisturize lips prior to application or risk exposing your flakes. Despite the extra effort vis-a-vis time involved in the application process, I am glad that this didn’t dry out my lips and for that, I am a convert!
Have you tried any of these?