Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Another treasure in the beauty community.

Stila was offering matte liquid lipsticks way before they went viral in the beauty community. These days, every brand is offering their take on the trend made popular by Kylie Jenner.

Personally, I love a good matte lipstick. I also enjoy the occasional liquid lipstick, though I’m more picky about the formulas I go for. My first introduction to liquid lipsticks was also through Stila (and Birchbox), but this is before they were truly popular and I didn’t understand how they worked. This was also back when the shades offered were much brighter. I received a color that ended up looking clownish orange. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Luckily, I didn’t give up on liquid lipsticks and got to try many more formulas and colors. Now, given the right formula and shade, I love them. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (USD $24.00, full size) is very well known in the beauty community. The formula is one that people either rave about or don’t like at all.

I got to give Stila a second chance when the shade Patina was included in a Birchbox. Patina is a cult favorite dusty rose shade that you can find all over Instagram and YouTube. I can see why. It’s just muted enough to be a good neutral without washing out the skin. The dusty rose shade is a bit pinker on tan and deep complexions, yet still works wonderfully.

Ah, last year’s summer tan. How I miss it so.

I have nothing bad to say about this shade. The color payoff is wonderful and I got full opacity with just one stroke. I don’t think that’s constant across all shades (you tend to get more patchiness with the lighter and darker colors), but there were no streaks in this neutral.

This is an especially great shade if you want to wear an on trend muted color, but don’t want to venture into the concealer colored nudes or the more cool toned gray/taupe shades. It’s safe, but not boring.

Yes, yes. I admit the hype around this color is real.

Now as for the formula. There are some very polarizing views. Some people say that it’s one of the best formulas out there. Others say it’s way too drying. I’m somewhere in the middle.

Whether you like this formula is going to depend on what you want out of a liquid lipstick. This is not the thinnest, drying formula I’ve ever tried. While thinner in comparison to OFRA or Lonely Planet (which are more mousse like), it’s still whipped enough that I don’t cringe when I put it on. Now, because it’s slightly thinner it’s not going to be as moisturizing or comfortable as the more mousse like liquid lipstick.

That being said, Stila’s formula wore really comfortably on me for about 6 hours. I’d say it’s a step above the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in comfort.

Because it was a little thinner, it had a bit more staying power and did fade quite nicely. Of course, after several hours of wear I started noticing some breaking down around the inside of the lip. I personally prefer fully removing a liquid lip and applying a new coat versus layering. But I did try to layer in the areas that had faded and it did apply well. There was bit of residue, but nothing I couldn’t brush out once the new coat had dried.

So while this isn’t my favorite liquid lipstick formula (that title belongs to both Smashbox and Lonely Planet), it’s still solid.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a true powder matte finish, but need something with a bit more comfort, I would try out Stila’s liquid lipstick. Though it doesn’t have the same staying power as the more drying formulas, the finish is beautiful and will feel better on the lips while still lasting a good bit. You can layer it as it fades, though I don’t recommend doing this with any liquid lipstick. And yes, Patina is just as beautiful a shade as everyone claims it is. It’s one of those nudes that’s going to be extremely universal, from the fairest to richest complexion.

I received my sample through Birchbox*. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.

*Quick update on my Birchbox subscription. Just as I was contemplating saying good-bye Birchbox has offered another option. For and additional $7 per month for monthly subscriber and $6 for yearly subscribers, you can now get access to a “premium subscription”. What this means is (from Birchbox):

  • Monthly Category Choice: Select a product category you’d like to receive a sample from in your next box and/or a product category you’d like to exclude (i.e. “Send me a cleanser this month, skip the shampoo!”). The samples themselves will still be a surprise!
  • Beauty Fix-It Boxes: Choose from a selection of curated boxes filled with samples that address specific beauty needs (i.e. acne-prone skin or frizzy hair). Try out something you’ve had your eye on—or give a new trend a go! You can opt to receive one of these boxes instead of your personalized box.
  • Swap for Points: Opt to receive Birchbox Points in place of your Birchbox for that month. We’ll add your Points (matching the value of your monthly subscription payment) into your account on the 1st of the month.
  • Exclusive Shop Discounts: As part of the premium subscription you will get adiscount on the full size versions of the samples you receive so you can save on new and familiar favorites.
  • Fast Track to ACE status: Your monthly subscription counts towards your dollars spent towards ACE status, so you’ll get there quicker with a premium subscription.

Very interesting. Also, I didn’t know they had taken away having the subscription count towards ACE status in the regular subscriptions. Way to be shady again, Birchbox. I’m intrigued by what they’re offering. I’ve already switched my subscription from yearly to monthly, so I’ll have to shell out the extra money. However, I’m willing to see if this makes the boxes any better. But at $17 a month, this is getting into Boxycharm price territory. And they at least offer full sized products. Plus, Sephora keeps their box at $10 (plus tax) and still counts what you spend on Play towards rewards points/VIB status. We’ll have to see just how this plays out.

In all honesty, unless Birchbox starts offering more sample variety and brings back some form of their reviews for reward points system, I’m not really seeing how this will be enough to tempt people into coming back.


April 2016 Boxycharm Review #3: OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Manhattan

Another hit from OFRA

I’ve already raved about OFRA’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick (USD $19.90, full size — but there are a million affiliate discount codes out there. Pick your favorite beauty guru and use their code) before. Boxycharm actually included the shade Americano in an earlier box this year, which was an on trend brown color that I adore. Feel free to check out my previous review that goes more in-depth into the formula and such. This may be a social media brand, but their mousse like, comfortable liquid lipsticks are some of my favorite. The hype is real.

This time around they sent the shade Manhattan from their New York collection. Manhattan is a darker mauve purple that, again, is super on trend with the 90s makeup making a comeback. (TBH: I’m so glad these colors are back, as I love the 90s lip shades. And crop tops. And high waisted pants. Basically everything except the pencil thin eyebrows.)

Like other liquid lipstick brands, the consistency in color and formula is going to vary a little from color to color. With more purple shades, liquid lipsticks tend to go on more patchy and sometimes flake off a bit.

Please give me all the purple shades ever.

I love purple lipstick, even the whackier colors, so I’m willing to put up with the issues that come with them.

Upon first application, Manhattan was slightly patchier with one swipe. However, a second coating got me to full opacity without the lipstick feeling bulky on the lip. It’s a formula that builds really well, especially in this color. To compare, Americano, Brooklyn,  and Miami Fever all apply fully opaque in one swipe. Havana Nights, a vampy burgundy, takes two coats. Dubai, a true nude, also takes two coats.

Like the other OFRA liquid lipsticks I tried, the formula dried down completely, though not to a super powdery matte finish that you would get from a Kat Von D or Stila Liquid Lipstick. It’s not 100% transfer proof because it’s the “comfort matte” of liquid lipsticks. Still, I’d say it’s about 98% transfer proof, meaning I do have to reapply after meals and such.

Grey muscle tank for more 90s awesomeness.

The shade itself is gorgeous. It’s a mauve purple that works really well on my tan skin tone. This shade doesn’t wash out my skin, though I have a neutral undertone that leans more towards warm. If you’re super cool toned, you may want to make sure this shade doesn’t grey wash your skin.

Bottom line: This is a winner from OFRA’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick line. If you want to bring back that early 90s purple, this is a great option. The comfort matte of liquid lipsticks, the comfy yet long wearing formula is consistent with this shade. Just be aware you won’t get the powdery dry finish that you see from other brands.

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March 2016 Ipsy Review #3: NYX Liquid Suede

When you get a product you’ve been dying to try.

While I’ve gotten some really exciting products in beauty subscriptions, I’ve rarely gotten something I’d been wanting to try for a while. When that happens, I’m extra happy with the subscription services. This is one of those “dying to try” products.

I’m such a huge fan of the NYX brand. I can safely say that they’re my favorite drugstore makeup, especially for lip products. (Milani is a close second.) I’d heard mixed reviews about the Liquid Suede Line (USD $6.99), which made we want to try it but scared about investing in a product I wouldn’t like. Yes, I can always return it, but that’s such a hassle. Much of the discussion was around the formula of these liquid lipsticks. Some loved it, some hated it. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Ipsy sent a FULL SIZE Liquid Suede to some of us, and I was stoked to see I was one of them! They could probably do this because NYX is so affordable, but I’m always down for a full size product in a $10 subscription, affordable or otherwise. I got the color Pink Lust, which, as you’ll see in the pictures is an incredibly bright hot pink.

Almost positive they could see my lips from outer space.

Liquid Suede is one of three options NYX currently offers in the matte liquid lipstick form. The Soft Matte Lip Cremes are one and the other is the Lip Lingerie. These three formulas are really different from one another. I own a few from the other two lines, so I think it’s fair to compare what each has to offer.

The Soft Matte Lip Cremes do set to a powdery finish and I’d say they have the better lasting power of the three. This does make them the more drying of the three, but with proper lip conditioning they can be very comfortable to wear for a few hours. I don’t really feel a need to reapply these, plus some can get a wee bit chunky if you do try to layer them.

The Lip Lingerie also sets down to a very matte finish. The range is all nudes and neutral, unlike the Soft Matte Lip Cremes, which come in a variety of colors. Despite being completely matte, these definitely wear away throughout the day, though not as quickly as a traditional lipstick. I have to reapply these once or twice to get them to last eight hours. Since the finish is really matte, these are the more uncomfortable of the three.

So how does Liquid Suede compare? NYX describes them as cream lipsticks that set into a “striking matte finish” and are waterproof. I have to respectfully disagree. These to have a matte finish to them. However, they do not settle into the powdery finish of traditional matte liquid lipsticks. They look more like a traditional matte lipstick. They also don’t 100% set on the lips, like a Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream. Because they don’t set, they might be waterproof, but they are in no way transfer proof. You absolutely need to reapply these after eating and drinking.

Surprisingly wearable.

Despite these not being transfer proof or drying down to that powdery finish, these aren’t duds. You do get the liquid lip look, but get a very comfortable product in exchange for the longevity of other formulas. This is ideal for people that have dry lips and just cannot tolerate liquid lipstick but want to get the look.

Honestly, these were so comfortable that I went out and bought three other colors: Soft Spoken (brown nude), Cherry Skies (vampy red), and Tea and Cookies (light pink). This gave me a better idea of the formula and application in the overall range.

Application is going to vary depending on the color. Like other liquid lipsticks, the lighter colors tend to be streakier. Tea and Cookies is actually quite streaky and I can’t wear it on its own without my natural lip color showing through. I do use it, however, to mix with some of my darker brown liquid lipsticks to lighten them up.

Pink Lust, the color Ipsy sent, is really neon and was also a wee bit streaky. However, it wasn’t as bad as Tea and Cookies. I actually got full opacity with two coats. The formula also allowed the lipstick to still feel comfortable with two coats. It doesn’t ball up or get chunky, which can happen with some other formulas. Because it’s a neon, it does leave behind a stain, so you don’t look like you have chunks missing from your lips between applications.

Soft Spoken and Cherry Skies had the best application. This tends to happen with darker colors. Both went on smoothly with full opacity in one swipe. Be careful with Cherry Skies, as it can transfer everywhere, especially when eating. But then again, you have to be that careful with vampy colors normally. If you’re looking for the color lock guarantee of a liquid lipstick, I’d go with another brand.

Soft Spoken, a darker pinky nude color, was actually the one that settled the best on the lips. I actually didn’t have to reapply this color! I’m not sure what was so different about the formula, because it was equally comfortable, but it actually set on the lips.

All colors were fairly easy to remove with makeup wipes, though Pink Lust needed an extra dose of micellar water.

Rating: 3.5/5. These liquid lipsticks are very different from their description and I can understand why people are so divided. If you’re looking for a powdery finish, completely color locked formula, you’re not going to like this. But if you want the look of a liquid lipstick and are willing to sacrifice longevity for comfort, you’ll really enjoy these. Be careful with the lighter colors, as they can be streaky.But for $6, you’re getting a pretty good product. NYX is extending the color line, so I’m excited to see what they’ll be adding.

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December ’15 Boxycharm Review 5: OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano

This color and formula speaks to me.

The liquid lipstick trend is definitely going to stick around for a while. On Instagram it looks really cool and I was all for hopping on board. The question is, which formula is right for me?

Everyone knows that liquid lipsticks dry down to a really amazing looking matte, almost powdery finish. The more powdery the finish, the more drying the formula. For me, I need my liquid lipsticks to be both beautiful and comfortable. I’m willing to sacrifice longevity and a completely “matte” look to save my lips some pain.

Enter OFRA Cosmetics. I have to admit, this is not my first go with their liquid lipsticks. I hopped on board with OFRA after Kathleen Lights gave them a shoutout and she started collaborating with them.

The first shade I tried from OFRA was Kathleen Lights’ Miami Fever (PS, I also own her second shade, Havana Nights. It’s equally gorgeous). It was absolutely gorgeous and so incredibly comfortable to wear. I was sold.

When Boxycharm announced we’d be getting an OFRA shade in the December boxes, I was over the moon.

Their Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks retail for USD $19.90, but Kathleen Lights does have a coupon code that will get you 30% off (KATHLEEN30). Honestly, they’re worth the original price but do take the discount code and save a few bucks.

I received the shade Americano, which is definitely an on-trend mocha brown color. It’s absolutely stunning and would work well on a lot of people on the pale to dark skin color spectrum.

I mean, who wouldn’t love this color?!

If you’ve been wanting to get on the Kylie Jenner lip trend, this is a great place to start.

The formula is more mousse like than liquid in consistency. I would say it dries down to a semi-matte finish. If you’re going for full matte lips, then this won’t be your favorite formula. However, if you have lips that are very prone to drying or if you’re older but still want to try this trend, this formula will be right up your alley. It dries down comfortably, still looks matte, and doesn’t dry out the lips or emphasize lip lines. Of course, I still highly recommend using a good lip balm for your base to ensure full moisture.

This particular color does give you full opacity in one swipe. My experience with the lighter liquid lipstick colors in general is that the lighter the shade, the less opaque the formula. If you want to ensure full opacity (and add an extra layer of moisture protection), I suggest using a similarly colored lip liner as a base. Pictured above, I’m using the Bellapierre liner that Boxycharm also sent in the December box (that review will be up tomorrow). A liner will also ensure that your lipstick doesn’t smear all over your face.

Because it does dry down completely, this is not 100% transfer proof. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t long-wearing. I would say with eating and drinking I can get a good 4 to 5 hours before I need to touch up. I’ll just need to touch up around the center. What I love is that you don’t get that awkward O ring in the inner part of the mouth, like some other lipsticks. That’s not a cute look and luckily, OFRA avoids that.

As for the packaging, OFRA is a smaller company so the lipsticks I have are nothing to write home about. They’re a standard plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator. However, it keeps the liquid lipstick from leaking and the applicator works just fine. My sister tells me that the newer shades are being placed in glass bottles, so OFRA may be upping their packaging quality now that they’re more popular.

Rating: 5/5. If you want a comfortable, mousse like liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips and you don’t mind sacrificing the 100% matte look, this is definitely for you. Especially if you’re new to liquid lipsticks, OFRA is a good gateway product. They have a great range of colors. Americano is a wonder on-trend brown shade that will work will on a ton of people.

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