Liquid matte lipstick has been such a craze lately in the beauty industry. I'm not exactly sure what brought back the trend. You see, liquid matte lipsticks aren't entirely a new species in makeup. Locally, we've had it here for years - a liquid matte lipstick from Jazzy Cosmetics. Then I was able to try Limecrime back in 2012 that carries liquid matte lipsticks.
Now, liquid matte lipsticks are back!
LA Splash is a brand that is new to me. I would've cared less about this brand had they not released the Harry Potter inspired liquid lipsticks. That's what got my curiousity. Being a Potterhead, I felt like I had to have it!
Then I realised I joined the bandwagon way too late. I'm not so sure when the Harry Potter liquid lipsticks were first released but they were almost sold out when I decided to purchase them. I was only able to purchase 2 from the collection.
Smitten LipTint Mousse in Charmed, Lip Couture in Innocent Vixen
& Smitten LipTint Mousse in Raven's Claw
I'm not new to liquid [matte] lipsticks so I knew hat to expect. One of the things I found different though was the doe foot applicator. Innocent Vixen's doe foot applicator is longer than the usual.
normal doe foot applicator [Smitten LipTint in Charmed]
longer and tilted doe foot applicator [Lip Couture in Innocent Vixen]
Swatch of the three shades. All lovely.
Charmed on my lips. One layer.
Innocent Vixen on my lips. One layer.
Raven's Claw on my lips. One layer.
The thing with liquid lipsticks is that you have to be a "pro" when applying it. It's difficult to make a mistake because it sets so fast - just a few seconds after you swipe the applicator on your lips. That fast. You can use a lipliner of the same shade first if you want so you'll get an even application [if you miss out a part, it won't be that noticeable because of the lipliner].
I'm quite disappointed with its longevity though. Liquid matte lipsticks have one claim in common that they stay on for a long time because the lipsticks doesn't move once applied. Well, it fades as soon as I eat food. Let's not even talk about how long it stayed on me before I ate [it's the usual. Application at 8am. Lunch at 12 noon. 4 hours]. Drinking is fine although you see some transfer on the cup. But when you eat, it fades as in "Major Major" that you have to apply lipstick again. So, apart from it being very matte, there's really not much of a difference with other lipsticks. But hey, the shades are to die for.
The difference between Lip Couture and Smitten LipTint Mousse is that Lip Couture is liquid/watery while LipTint is mousse-y/creamy. You can see the tackiness when you pull out the doe foot applicator. They are both matte although LipTint claims to be ultra matte. You can feel this when you touch your lips once it dries.
LA Splash has come up with 10 shades for the Harry Potter inspired collection. I feel that some of the names are not that apt to the theme like Inflamed and Hypnotised but oh well. I've been searching for Inflamed and Spellbound but they are already out of stock. I'm not really sure if this is limited edition but what I was told was that they stopped production of these shades when their factory/warehouse burned down. They instead released a new shades like Ginny and another one [that I forgot].
I got these liquid lipsticks online for PhP440 each. However, LA Splash has increased their price and online shops now sell them for PhP580 each. I was able to get in touch with the person re-selling LA Splash liquid lipsticks per se. I'm not sure if she has an online shop but she posted this on one of the makeup groups on Facebook. I'll update this as soon as I get a heads up on her that I can give her details so you guys can get in touch with her as well. Her shipping fee is cheaper, too, because she uses Fastrack.
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