I'd like to start this with a story of my cryving for a liquid to matte lipstick. I first saw those being sold by Lime Crime (which might even be the first brand to start producing them??? idk correct me if I'm wrong) but since my last purchase I have learned about the shady LC business (here is a whole tumblr blog dedicated to this topic) and decided not to support them, not mentioning how goddamn expensive their Velvetines are.
So I learned that there were good dupes for LC Velvetines being sold by another indie brand, Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. I decided to give it a chance and ordered a lippie from them, but I never got it. I emailed them about the problem and they asked me if they should repost the item or refund me. I said refund and they never sent me the money, nor did they bother to reply anymore.
Since then, even more mainstream brands started to sell more affordable liquid to matte lipsticks, but most of them didn't ship to my country, so I was really happy when I learned about MUA's Velvet Lip Lacquers.
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Velvet Lip Lacquers by MUA are liquid-to-matte lipsticks. From what I understood, there are currently two series of those, the older one comes in bright, distinctive shades of pink, red and purple and the newer one contains lipsticks in more decent, light pink and brownish shades. There is also one brand new, dark rosy purple shade called Dare, which is in my opinion completely stunning and if it was around at the time I was placing my order, I would have gotten it as well.
I decided to grab one lipstick from each line and bought the shades Reckless (dark red) and Tranquility (nude-ish brown).
Availability: The brand is based in the UK so if you're from there, you won't experience any trouble getting their products since the list of stores that carry MUA is really long. If you're not, you can use their e-shop, they ship internationally except the USA and Russia, but that should be only temporary.
Price: Good news, their prices are reeeeaaaally low. The lip lacquers cost £3 ($4,7 or 100,-Kč) each and their other products are also pretty inexpensive. Shipping
to the Czech Republic cost me £4,95, which is more than the lipstick but if you get two it already
Packaging: The packaging isn't my favorite, I'm far too spoiled by all the cute and fancy Korean stuff I usually buy, but it doesn't look bad either. I say they could have tried more if they wanted to name it "Luxe".
Application: This lipstick, since it's liquid when you apply it, is used like a lipgloss or tint - with a wand. You have to apply it precisely and quickly because it's rather quick-drying and if you mess up, it can hardly be anything done with it.
Smell & taste: The smell is rather unpleasant, it is not perfumed and it just smells like a lipstick, which isn't awesome. When, however, applied on your lips, you don't smell or taste it at all.
Consistency, durability and other info: As I said, the lacquer is liquid when applied, but it quickly dries into a matte finish. It's necessary to make sure you get the application right the first time because when it has dried, it forms kind of a film on your lips you cannot do anything with or it starts to crumble. It's fairly long lasting, it doesn't smudge or smear or stain, but it's not resistant to eating and drinking. Also make sure to keep your lips hydrated when using these because it kinda dries your lips out. Both of the shades I got are heavily pigmented so even one layer is enough, really.
Colors: I absolutely love both of the shades I got. While Reckless looks like from a 50's movie and will be great for parties, Tranquility is tender, sophisticated and suitable for daily use.
- good availability
- good pigmentation
- variety of really cool colors to choose from
- nice matte finish
- drying out
- application requires some skill
- shipping more expensive than products
Will I repurchase? Maybe, I might as well try similar products from other brands. But I'm definitely getting the new shade asap!
Sorry for a shitty selfie! Wearing Tranquility in this pic ;3
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