Happy first of March! I am struggling to believe it’s March already, though I’m looking forward to spring. In fact I’ve already put together a bucket list of things I want to do… The subject of today’s post, however, is makeup! Around about a month ago, I was sent my very first VoxBox complimentary of Influenster. This is the Rimmel Urban Affair box, which contained a selection of nail varnishes and lip glosses. This is a review of the Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks, which I was very excited to try.
The three colours I received were Urban Affair (dark red), Fatal Kiss (light brown/nude ) and Damn Hot (purpley black).
All of these lip sticks are matte, which is what I generally prefer to wear. The shades themselves are beautiful – again, colours that are right up my street. I did notice that the actual colours are slightly different to the colour of the tubes – the one that appears black actually dries to be purple. The applicator has a slight curved edge making it easy to apply, though the individual tubes don’t have that thing inside that some lip products do to remove any excess. Though the smell isn’t particularly pleasant, it doesn’t smell too chemical-ly either.
I did like the colour of the lipsticks as soon as it dried – which was very quickly! And it definitely was matte. I find that some of these products claim to be matte but don’t turn out to be, and this wasn’t one of those. It was, however, perhaps a bit too matte… because it soon started to tighten around my lips and began to crack. It may not be so apparent in these photos but it didn’t look great up close. All three of these products started to set in the lines in my lips (not flattering at all!) and dried them out very quickly. I also found that it started to crumble pretty soon, making my lips look patchy and uneven.
In the photo below, I’m wearing Urban Affair with Fatal Kiss on my inner lips. I found that Fatal Kiss did not suit me by itself because it’s a similar shade to my skin and completely washed me out. It’s possible that it could work on some people depending on their skin tone, but it looked too much like concealer on me. I tried to use it as a way to ‘contour’ my lips and create an ombre kind-of effect.
One good thing though is that the lipsticks are pretty transfer-proof! They took me a fair bit of time to remove – which is great if you are intending to wear them when going out, eating etc. Conversely though, they are also incredibly drying, which is a real shame as I did like two of the shades. I think they’d add a nice pop to any simple outfit, but unfortunately they just don’t work for me so I think I’d give this range a miss.
What are your favourite liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!