Matte lips have been the craze for a while. Not just matte, but clay facial mask…matte. My lip balm addicted lips quiver at the thought of wearing such a drying product. The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are a happy medium.
Black Cherry #57; Bright Plum #49
It has a whipped formula that is supposed to be comfortable, non-drying that won’t fade, dry or crack. I wouldn’t call them moisturizing in the traditional sense, but it has enough silicones in the formula to prevent it from sucking the life out of your lips. I didn’t experience any cracking and it maintained matte/velvet finish.
The pigmentation in the Liquid Lip Velvet’s is awesome. I was blown away with the first swipe. The color stays intense for hours, but needs fixing up after meals. It also leaves a nice stain behind.
L: Black Cherry #57
R: Bright Plum #49
When initially applying the product, it has a slippery feel that stays around for quite some time. The slip feels comes from the silicones, which feels good initially, but after an hour or two, I was reaching for my lip balm. It isn’t a perfect lip product for me, but if you’re looking for a more manageable matte finish, these should be considered.
The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are $34 for 6mL.
Black Cherry #57
If your lips are naturally dark brown like mine, #57 comes off as a really, really dark brown. There is no hint of “cherry”.
Bright Plum #49
If you’re a fan of makeup and Mac Cosmetics, chances are you know about its Viva Glam campaign. If not…Mac Viva Glam is typically a lip stick or lip stick and lip glass combination released annually where 100% of the selling cost goes to the Mac AIDS Fund. So go out and buy one…buy two. It’s for a good cause.
Mac has been doing this since 1994, but only a handful of the previously released Viva Glams are available. Mac Viva Glam 1 is really nice (and still available), but this year’s is quite lovely. It is fantastic bright matte fuschia lipstick and a fuschia lipglass with pink pearl. I am loving the limited edition packaging with Taraji P. Henson’s signature.
The matte lipstick is a comfortable to wear and isn’t too drying. It goes on relatively smooth and doesn’t tug at the lips during application. The lipstick is brighter than the gloss, which is intensely pigmented and can be work alone. It is a typical, sticky feeling Mac lip glass (though in larger packaging).
Mac Viva Glam Taraji P Henson
Mac Viva Glam’s are limited edition, but are available for most of the year it’s released.
The lipstick (3g) and gloss (4.8mL) can be purchased at Mac counters or online for $17.
Urban Decay has released new permanent eyeshadows to its line, some brand new others previously released. I picked up a few.
Urban Decay C-Note
Urban Decay Thunderbird
Urban Decay Smokeout
- C-Note – Is described as a frosted green. It is a light cool-toned green with a strong blue undertone.
- Thunderbird – Is described as a metallic red-brown. It is a medium toned reddish brown with gold flecks.
- Smokeout – Is described as dark taupe black. It is a warm smoke black that was previously released with the Vice 2 palette. The version released with the Vice 2 palette is the same shade as the new single, but it isn’t as pigmented. As it’s less pigmented, it appears warmer.
L to R:
C-Note, Thunderbird, Smokeout
The performance of Thunderbird and Smokeout are very pigmented and blends out nicely. C-Note swatched great, but didn’t perform as well. It took some layering to get the same intensity on the eye.
These shades are available in store and online for $19 each (0.05 oz.).
Smokeout single (left); Vice 2 palette (right)