[REVIEW] Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

I’ve been wanting to try Sephora’s products for a long time, and when I finally went to swatch their lip stain liquid lipsticks in a JB branch, I was so impressed by the colours and staying power that I made a note to buy the exact same shade in Singapore.


Product Description

This must-have lip stain comes in bold colours and gives a matte finish that lasts for hours. Rediscover the Made In Sephora no-transfer Cream Lip Stain with its high-coverage formula and ultra-velvety texture. Infused with avocado oil, this lip stain delivers ultimate comfort, and it’s so easy to apply with its precision applicator that distributes just the right amount of Cream Lip Stain.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.00

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Ingredient List

Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aroma (Flavor), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Alcohol. May or may not contain (+/-): Mica, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine)

The first ingredient here that caught my eye was the avocado oil – I guess they were serious about it! A quick check online showed that avocado oil is good for your skin and reduces inflammation & itching, so this might be good news for those with sensitive skin. Also noteworthy is the beeswax, which is great for moisturizing your lips so that the matte finish doesn’t dry your lips out. The rest are pretty common (& relatively safe) ingredients found in cosmetic products.


I’m always attracted by MLBB shades, so I swatched a few and decided to get just one: #05 Infinite Rose. It’s described as a ‘satin golden peach’, which honestly sounds very delicious.

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I’m not sure why I picked a shimmery shade, since I’m more of a block-colour person, but I really liked this shade! If you’re not keen on glittery ones, a close match would be Pink Tea or Nude Blush.

Packaging: Reminds me of KVD and Kylie lip kits. Very simple and straightforward, very easy to bring around.

Colour: I sometimes struggle with liquid lipsticks because they can get a little patchy, which makes the colour look bad, but this is great! If you see the swatch, the colour is very even. I think it resembles rose gold more than peach, and is very wearable in many occasions. You can wear it on its own for a sweet look, or apply on top of a darker shade to enhance it with the shimmer.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s a little sheer, but it doesn’t mean that the payoff is bad. If it were any more intense, I think this could pass for a glitter lipstick instead. You can use just one swipe for sufficient colour, or another layer to enhance the pink colour.

Staying power: The combination of ‘lip stain + liquid lipstick’ is enough to raise expectations that this should be long-lasting – and it is! If I know that I’m not gonna have much time to reapply lipstick throughout the day, or if I’m just feeling lazy, I’d definitely consider using this. The transfer is minimal, and you should still have stains left on your lips at the end of the day when you remove your makeup.


Final Verdict

How did I take so long to finally get this lipstick from Sephora? Why did I not buy more shades??

A few gripes about this product would be that it still feels a little too drying for me if I don’t put lip balm beforehand, despite containing ingredients that should help to prevent this. Another is the price point – I feel that $19 is still a bit expensive for a relatively small tube (5ML), but considering that all it takes is a small amount at the beginning of the day to obtain good lips all day, it’s probable that you can stretch this $19 for pretty long.

I’d highly recommend this if you’re not too particular about the price point, or would love to try out many colours. Their shade range for this product is honestly overwhelming – and it definitely tempts consumers to get a few more than necessary.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

Colourpop is one of those brands I’ve seen almost everyone around me gushing about for its price and quality, so when friend A asked if I wanted to buy something in order to make a big enough order for free international delivery, I leaped at the chance.

After much scrolling of the website and reading of reviews by fellow bloggers, I whittled down my purchase to 3 products, and I’ll first review my favourite item, the Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick.


Product Description

For that soft, diffused just-blotted look, our medium coverage liquid lipstick dries matte, doesn’t budge, and feels soft and comfy on the lips.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12 (Shopee), USD 6 (Colourpop site)

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Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, OCTYLDODECANOL, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SILICA, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, TRIBEHENIN, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Isododecane? Sounds a tad fishy, but a quick check on Paula’s Choice will tell you that ingredient is safe and common.

Synthetic hydrocarbon ingredient used as a solvent. Isododecane enhances the spreadability of products and has a weightless feel on skin. All hydrocarbons used in cosmetics help prevent the evaporation of water from skin.

Among its many uses in beauty products, it’s not uncommon to see isododecane in long-wear lipsticks and foundations, where it helps minimize color transfer and lends itself to a lightweight, matte finish.

Again, most of the other ingredients listed are labeled as good on Paula’s Choice, so you may not need to worry as much about using this if you have sensitive skin.


If you’ve looked at all the shades available for this product, you’ll definitely understand how difficult it is to choose just one colour. Of course I wish I could have them all, but reality is cruel 😢

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Packaging: It immediately reminded me of Urban Decay’s Vice Liquid Lipstick, except with a thinner bottle. Having said that, I would say that it’s quite a common packaging for liquid lipsticks, so little surprise there on the resemblance. It’s generally quite well-made and doesn’t look too cheap.

Colour: Colourpop describes this as a warm rose, which is a very fitting description. The hand swatch looks a tad too red, so it’s better to refer to the applicator itself to see the true colour. It’s definitely an MLBB shade that is easily incorporated into any makeup look.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour is not super intense, as a matte lipstick might be, because it’s marketed as a blotting lippie. However, the colour payoff and intensity are definitely more than sufficient in covering your lips fully.

Texture: Despite being labelled as a ‘blotting lipstick’, which initially gave me this mental image of lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, this is actually much closer to a matte liquid lipstick. In fact, this definitely reminded me of Peripera’s Airy Ink Velvet! The textures are very similar, with the velvety and airy feel on application. I dare say it can even be a dupe for Peripera (or is it the other way round? hmm)

I also like that it’s not drying – of course, it’s inevitable that at some point in time your lips will feel a little dry, but definitely nothing too uncomfortable.

Staying power: As with most liquid lipsticks, you should expect a decent level of staying power. While not totally transfer-proof, I do think this product stays on quite well through all the eating and drinking, and you should still have a fair amount of product left after a few hours.


Final Verdict

Friend A told me more than once that she loves this, and I absolutely agree.

Most of the time, I stick to lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, because these liquid products are not always the easiest to work with, despite all their claims of being less drying on the lips, transfer-proof, etc.

This blotted liquid lipstick, however, is truly a life-changer in my make-up collection, and is slowly making its way to my list of most frequently used lipsticks. Feels comfortable on the lips, stays well, makes your lips look healthy – it feels like too much to expect from an extremely affordable liquid lipstick, but Colourpop has overturned my assumptions and managed to deliver in all aspects.

Am I repurchasing this in the future? DEFINITELY. I even already have a few other shades in my bag, waiting for me to check them out on one fine day…


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Ever since my amazing experience with Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani collection, I was pretty determined to get my hands on their Vice lipsticks.


Product description

This is Vice Liquid Lipstick—a waterproof formula so life-proof, it’s not going ANYWHERE until you take it off. (Just imagine the possibilities.) What makes Vice different? Our high-tech formula provides longer-lasting wear with ZERO transfer. Like our original formula, Vice Liquid Lipstick lays down intensely pigmented color. And the comfortable, nondrying wear sets it apart from other liquid lipsticks.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 30

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I was absolutely spoiled for choice at the store when I saw all the shades available. I remember being torn between Brat, Naked, Backtalk and Trivial. In the end, I chose Naked because it looked like a nice nude pink that I could pull off for everyday looks.

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It actually looked a bit streaky in the bottle after a while, especially if you don’t use it often. This came as a surprise to me because I haven’t had similar problems with my other liquid lipsticks.

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This is how the shade is advertised on the official UD website.

 

It appears as a much darker shade in real life – in fact, it looks a bit like Backtalk and Rapture. On the lips, however, it becomes a nice shade of nude pink.

I had very high expectations of this product because it’s advertised as being ‘life-proof’. Imagine if your lipstick could last through the whole day without any reapplication or transfer! It’s a tough promise to keep, but I’m quite happy to say that it was about as life-proof as I needed it to be. It lasted through hours of snacking (oops) and drinking, with minimal transfer to anything else.

The one issue I have with this liquid lipstick, however, is how drying it is. It promises to be comfortable and nondrying, but it left my lips feeling totally dried out the first time I tried it. The next few times, however, I learned my lesson and applied lip balm before the liquid lipstick. It did improve the situation, so I guess that’s the trick to it.

Another thing I learned was to apply just one layer and let it dry before you decide to smack or press your lips together. This lipstick’s colour payoff is as amazing as you can imagine, especially coming from Urban Decay; just one swipe is good enough for sufficient coverage. HOWEVER, you have to let that one layer of lipstick dry!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. If you don’t let it dry properly on your lips, you’ll find that the lipstick becomes a bit sticky and streaky on your lips, and the application doesn’t look as smooth as it should be, and you’ll end up wondering why this lipstick isn’t as life-proof as it promised to be.


Final Verdict

Life-proof? Check.

Nondrying? Meh.

I think this lipstick comes with its own tradeoffs. You either have a product that you’ll seriously love for its staying power, or one that you’ll have second thoughts about using because it makes your lips feel like you haven’t drunk water in 10 days. Of course, matte lipsticks are more or less guaranteed to make your lips feel like dried prunes, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to use lip balm for this product, even matte lipsticks can be your go-to product every day.

I would definitely recommend this for the colour intensity and the ‘life-proof’ness. It is honestly one of my favourite shades, and I’m immensely glad I picked this colour after my huge dilemma at the store. I’m a bit iffy about how it feels on my lips though, as well as the price. $30 for one liquid lipstick can feel a bit like an overkill, but for the volume of product you can get, I think it’s probably still acceptable.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮