Last month, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks were part of Sephora’s Week of Wow sales, and I took the opportunity to try two shades in this formula. There are a million reviews of this liquid lipstick line, but I wanted to share my thoughts as a dry skin, dry-lipped gal who has always steered clear away from liquid lipsticks. However, at $16 each, it was hard to pass up trying the formula to see if it would work well on me. I wanted to try one brighter shade and a more neutral shade, so I settled on a magenta called Sugar Plum (I called this Dusty Rose in the haul post) and a brownish shade called Kathryn. Read on to see how I got along with these!
First off, let’s talk about the packaging, which looks like a typical liquid lipstick. The ABH liquid lipsticks have a gold trim at the top of the tube and a silver cap. Interestingly enough, I noticed that the design on the tubes were a little different – Sugar Plum has the ABH logo on both the tube and the top of the lid, but Kathryn doesn’t have the logo on either. Sugar Plum was made in the USA, and the packaging of Kathryn says that it’s “made in PRC”. I take this to mean the People’s Republic of China, and I wasn’t able to find anything else online that contradicts this idea – more on this later.
I also noticed that the applicator is different for both lipsticks – Kathryn has a flat applicator, while Sugar Plum has a traditional doe-foot applicator. Doing some research on this, I found out that the flat applicator is the new design. I can personally see why they changed the applicator, as it’s much easier to get a crisp line on the edge of lip line with the flat applicator. HOWEVER, let’s think about this for a second. Kathryn has the new design, yet it’s made in China while Sugar Plum, the old version, was made in the USA. Has ABH switched its production to China? That worries me a bit; I feel a little sketched out using Kathryn due to where it’s made, considering I try not to use any makeup made in China, let alone something that goes on my lips.
In terms of formula, both are very pigmented and opaque. This is what the Sephora website has to say about these liquid lipsticks:
Liquid Lipstick’s ultra-saturated liquid formula delivers an intense amount of matte pigment in a single swipe. Just one application leaves lips with smear-resistant coverage that stays put for hours.
These liquid lipsticks are very pigmented, and as it claims, one layer is enough for opaque coverage. The formula is long-lasting, but the amount of transfer is actually different between both shades, which I will get into when I talk about the shades individually. Without any eating, this lipstick lasts a really long time – about 6 hours before it starts to wear off. In terms of fading, both lipsticks fade from the middle of my lip first instead of evenly all over the lip, so it does look uneven after a few hours.
I tried these lipsticks for the first time at home just to see what they looked like on the lips. My lips were very dry at the time and I hadn’t exfoliated beforehand, so unsurprisingly, the lipstick looked really terrible. With some exfoliation before application, these look great and feel quite comfortable on the lips for the first three hours. After the three-hour mark, they both started to feel drying. Once your lips start to feel dry, it’s not really a formula that can be reapplied on the lips after it starts to wear off, because you would be applying it onto dry lips. I’ve found that I mostly wear these liquid lipsticks when I know I’m only going out for a short time (a few hours shopping at the mall, drinks or dinner with friends, etc) instead of a day out on the town.
Once the lipstick is removed, I feel like I need to exfoliate my lips at that point as well. For the removal process itself, I used an oil-based makeup remover to ensure that my lips were not stained. As always, I relied on my trusty MAC Cleanse-Off Oil to take the lipstick off.
Now, onto a review of the individual shades! Kathryn is a orange-based warm brick shade. The ABH website calls it a “brown berry”, which is interesting because it doesn’t look very brown or berry to me at all. As expected with a liquid lipstick, Kathryn dried down as soon as I applied it onto my lips, and it was very comfortable to wear. I pretty much forgot I was wearing it, until it started to feel a bit drying three hours in. There was no transfer when I kissed the back of my hand nor onto the rim of my cup when I had a drink. After eating, I would say about 60% of it had faded away patchily; I don’t see this as an issue as ABH only says it is long-lasting and doesn’t claim to last through meals. I have to admit though, that since this is only the second liquid lipstick formula I’ve tried and am by no means a liquid lipstick connosseiur, I can’t say whether this is any less long-lasting than any other formulas out there.
The second shade, Sugar Plum, is a deep magenta with a subtle purple-blue shift. The ABH website calls this an “iridescent berry”. You can see the shift in the tube, but it’s pretty subtle on the lips. It’s more visible up close, but I imagine that most people would not get close enough to me be able to see it. Even with the shift, this is still definitely a matte formula.
Unlike Kathryn, Sugar Plum didn’t dry as soon as I applied it onto my lips. In fact, it still felt sticky when I pressed my lips together even 30 minutes after application. As a result, this didn’t feel quite as comfortable to wear as Kathryn – I didn’t forget it was there the way I did with Kathryn, although it wasn’t drying either. I thought it would rub off, but I could only see very faint mark when I did the kiss test on the back of my hand, which wouldn’t even have been noticeable unless you’re specifically looking for it. It wore off similarly to Kathryn -most of it was gone after a meal, and it felt drying after a few hours of wear.
This is a swatch of both shades. Sugar Plum looks to have a bit of a sheen when compared right next to Kathryn, but it still dries down matte.
Overall, I have really been enjoying using these. They don’t replace the normal lipsticks in my life as I do find them to be a bit more work, but they do have its own place in my makeup routine. Have you tried this liquid lipstick? What’s your favourite liquid lipstick formula?