While I have quite an extensive collection of cosmetics, I think one of my all-time favorite products would have to be lippies. I have my fair share of gorgeous lip products I love and I absolutely swoon over new ones that come my way too. There is not a lipstick, gloss or balm I don’t fancy and I love checking out new brands as well. Today, well – it’s no exception! I want to share with you Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Matte Lipstick and hopefully you found something new to check out too.
I was recently introduced to Highlight Cosmetics. Highlight Cosmetics is a highend brand that was created to express the power of makeup. Their goal was to contribute to a boost of confidence for all women, all around the world. They used outer beauty and inner beauty as factors of their inspiration and worked hard to create products that offered quality for their customers, ensuring that each customer is looking and feeling beautiful.
Highlight currently offers 10 gorgeous and vibrant shades of liquid lipstick. The matte liquid lipsticks are long lasting and non-transferrable leaving your lips smooth with a velvet lipstick. Highlight’s liquid lipsticks are suitable for all skin tones, and offer ingredients that are high quality, consisting of different oils that will maintain its natural color while helping your lips to retain moisture and smoothness.
I got to try Ruby Royalty – a gorgeous deep burgundy red that is a matte lip with a slight metallic finish. This lipstick is VERY pigmented, but super smooth and easy to apply. It has a great soft velvet feel that I’m really enjoying and while it does kiss off, it lasts long on the lips. I can easily get 4 – 6 hours of wear time with normal fading before I have to touch up. I’ve been able to eat food and drink without any huge issues and just some fading as well. After 6 or more hours, while I did have fading, it faded nicely (no weird and funky line on the inside of my lips). I love that this doesn’t transfer on me, which is a huge thing because my husband doesn’t like lipstick on his lips and he has given me no complaints. This lipstick doesn’t have that traditional matte liquid lipstick feel and is not drying on the lips at all. It’s comfortable and offers beautiful opaque pigment so you get one swipe with gorgeous color.
The formula of this lipstick is quite interesting. If you’re expecting a dry-matte lipstick or something that will dry out your lips, then this is not it. Since the lipstick has a satin feel – I suggest applying slowly to ensure that you get an even application. The formula itself has a mousse like texture, kind of like a creamy matte, not a liquid. I love that this product is definitely comfortable on the lips. You can feel that it dries down, but it doesn’t leave my lips feeling like I have 100 layers of liquid lipstick on. My lips are soft and the product is quite light weight.
Ingredients: Isododecane Cyclopentasiloxane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Beeswax (Cera Alba) Dimethicone Kaolin Disteardimonium Hectorite VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Polybutene Silica Silylate C18-36 Acid Triglyceride Propylene Carbonate Phenoxyethanol Stearalkonium Hectorite Ethylhexylglycerin Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 Tocopheryl Acetate Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Camellia Oleifera (White Tea) Leaf Extract MAY CONTAIN: +/- Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492) D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410:2) FD&C Yellow No 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140:1) Carmine (CI 75470) FD&C Blue No 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090) D&C Red No 6 (CI 15850) FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1)
I would have loved to see a much darker, more deeper toned red in the collection, but I’m hoping that Highlight comes out with many more colors. Overall, I do really enjoy Ruby Royalty and I’ve already been eyeing some of the other shades in the collection. You can find a selection of neutrals, reds and pinks available – metallic and completely matte.
The NATURAL infusion of TURMERIC, GREEN TEA, WHITE TEA, SEA KELP, and a BENEFIT PEPTIDE will give your lips a soft, moist, and smooth finish.
Each Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick retails for $25.00. The tube of lipstick includes a Net. Wt. of 4g / .14 fl.oz. and is encased in a gorgeous tube. The packaging is fabulous and I love that it has that faux lipstick look, giving you the impression that you are pulling out an actual lipstick bullet… ha ha, trust me, I did try initially to do so.
Highlight Cosmetics is Made in the USA is cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free and non toxic.
Check out Highlight Cosmetics here: http://highlightcosmetics.com/
Have you heard of Highlight Cosmetics before? If so, have you tried it? Also, are you currently into liquid lipsticks? Do you think you would like the formulation of these?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I have been sitting on the thought of writing up this post now for a few weeks but just never got around to it so I’m sharing it with you all today. Last month after a huge fiasco, website crashing and overall craziness, I was able to get my hands on the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. When I say fiasco, I mean it. ColourPop has this thing about releasing their new products earlier than they state and it causes a huge frenzy sometimes. After almost 12 hours of trying to get their site to load, I was able to place my order and add 13 of the 25 liquid lipsticks to my cart. Here are some swatches and my overall thoughts on the products.
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks retail for $6.00 through Colourpop.com. Considering I own a few liquid lipsticks from other brands like Stila, Kat Von D and L.A. Splash – I consider this to be a great price point. You get 3.2g/0.11 oz worth of product which is a lot considering the price you pay for each liquid lipstick. These liquid lipsticks are now available in over thirty shades (new ones recently released this past week) and are a variety of colors. They are a thin formula and consistency which makes applying them pretty easy and they dry quick and to a matte finish. The formula does glide on fairly easy for me and I haven’t noticed any patchiness with the shades I have upon application. I love the color payoff on each and the rich shades make a matte lip show stopping.
While these claim to be kiss proof and long wearing – I think it really does depend on what you are eating and drinking and on your lips. You must apply these to your lips that are bare (no lip balm) and dry. Since the product dries quickly – I suggest you start with one coat and for the most part – one coat is enough for me. The formula is thin, which makes layering colors a little easier with this particular liquid lipstick then others that I own however, too much product will cause the lipstick to feather or start flaking off. I can get approximately 6 full hours of wear time without eating or drinking anything that has oil in it and if anything I consume does include oil, I will need to touch up shortly after eating. I don’t normally like to bring makeup with me when out and about but I take my lipstick with me to touch up. I find that because the formulation is thin that it makes reapplying or touching up easy vs. other similar products.
I like the packaging on these a lot though I’m a bit bummed that most of my lipsticks no longer have the ColourPop signature holographic logo as they have wiped off. But I think it is great that we can see through the packaging and can pick out the color we want to wear for the day or night without issue. Each lip color has a twist off cap (similar to that of a lip gloss) and a basic doe foot applicator which applies the product pretty nicely for the most part.
When applying the product – I tend to follow these steps:
- Make sure your lips are moisturized and exfoliated (or all the lines and cracks in your lips will be visible with this product).
- Lips must be bare and dry – so if you have moisturized or applied lip balm, be sure to remove or pat off your lips. (this helps with the longevity and adhesion of the product)
- Line your lips if you feel you must. I apply the product directly to my lips without liner and clean up any mistakes quickly with a little jojoba or coconut oil and Q-tip.
These lipsticks leave your lips with a dry texture, so if you have have dry lips, it can exaggerate the lines in your lips. I suggest that you apply a lip balm over the lipstick through out the day – dab the lip balm off and then reapply the liquid lipstick for use the remainder of the day. However, while it can be a matte / dry texture, I didn’t notice that my lips felt overly dry. I have used many liquid lipsticks that dry down matte but leave my lips feeling cracked, sore and too dry -these are fairly comfortable. They don’t have a scent – which I really enjoy and it makes the lipstick easy on the nose when applying.
The swatches above are done on the inside of my arm which is not an accurate shade reference to my actual lips which have color – but I figured I would swatch them anyway so that you could see some of the color range. Since my arm didn’t get any exposure to oily food the swatches lasted until I removed the lip product with coconut oil. Oh – and that brings me to removing the lipsticks. I have had some other brands which don’t budge when removing. These actually are quite easy to take off with a little coconut oil or my Josie Maran Cleansing Oil or InstaNatural Cleansing Oil. A little bit of oil and a little rub will remove these fairly easily compared to others I own from different brands.
I do enjoy these liquid lippies quite a bit and have been getting a lot of use out of them. If I had to choose my favorite from the shades I currently own, they would be Tulle, Trap and Avenue – though I think it’s because I get the most use out of those three. At the end of the day – I really enjoy the shades I own and I am looking forward to adding more to my collection. You can’t beat the price point – I just purchased some from Milani that are $8.99 so I’m over the moon enjoying these. While there are some cons to the longevity I think I really like how easy they are to apply and they leave my lips matte, no sticky texture like some can do. Also – my favorite combos to layer and pair are Trap and Tulle and Tulle and Seesaw.
So have you jumped on the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick trend? If so – what colors do you love and if not, what colors are you hoping to try? If I have my way – I may collect them all. 😀
Disclaimer: All products discussed in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased as is anything on this site. I was not paid to provide my thoughts on these products or to feature in this post.
Oh hello there! Happy Monday to you! I have been tossing around ideas on what I wanted to write about today, but I figured I would share with you six new lippy additions to the Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick collection. I have been sitting on these shades now for about a month – I know, FAIL. How could I not share these gorgeous beauties with you sooner? But honestly, I put them on the side and waited to see when they would make it to my local stores and finally – THEY HAVE ARRIVED… cue the harps! lol Today, I’m going to share with you some swatches of the new releases of the Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks #13 to #18.
Let’s face it… the drugstore brands are really stepping up their game when it comes to matte lippies. I remember just a few short years ago it was difficult to find a lipstick that didn’t look like it was a frosty pink that came out of the 70s. As many know, I love matte lipsticks… but I’m always looking for cheap alternatives and I’m really excited for the plethora of shades that drugstore brands have been releasing. I previously swatched and shared with you the original release of the Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks – which you can see here if you are interested. These six shades are new additions to the original release and I think offer a great variation of shades for all skin tones.
Retailing for about $2.49 – you can find this large collection of matte lipsticks at most drugstores like CVS and Walgreens and of course, they can also be ordered online at Jordanacosmetics.com. As I stated in my previous review and swatch fest of these beauties, while they are matte, they are much more comfortable on the lips than most matte lipsticks. Application is easy and nice and I find that these do not really accentuate the fine lines in my lips which is a huge plus. You surely can’t beat the price on these babies and collecting each color is quite easy to do since they are so affordable. With the addition of these new shades, this line now offers 18 colors for you to choose from in a variety of shades from neutrals and nudes to bright pinks and reds.
As you can see from the swatches, these new additions offer some great wearable shades for any one and any skin tone.
Matte Whisper (13) is a nude brown with an almost pink hue to it. This would be my “my lips but better” type of shade, offering a color on my lips that is wearable day or night and perfect for everyday use.
Matte Innocent (14) is a brown nude that looks almost grey-ish brown. At first glance I could easily see a grey hue in the tube and swatched or on the lips, it really does become more prominent. This shade is not an easy one for me to pull off, but it does look pretty. If you are loving that “grey-brown” lipstick trend – this may be a good lipstick to pick up for the price. It is a little lighter than other popular grey-brown lippies I’ve seen, but built up or topped with a darker color it could be a great match.
To show you a comparison of Jordana’s Matte Innocent against a few greyish-brown shades I had in my collection. Colour Pop’s Tootsi and LA Splash Ghoulish are a little darker than Jordana’s Matte Innocent, but if you really wanted to obtain a similar lip shade, a darker brown lip liner blended onto Jordana’s Matte Innocent could yield a dupe easily. Of course, in comparison to LA Splash, a $2.50 lipstick over a $12.00 lipstick is definitely a great steal.
Matte Goddess (15) is a gorgeous rose toned pink. This is one of my favorite pinks because it looks so soft on the lips but offers a great pop of color without looking to bold. If you like pink lipsticks and are looking for one you can use everyday – I think you may like Matte Goddess.
Matte Divine (16) is a light pink shade, but something I think would be so fun for Spring and Summer. While it does lend for a “too light for my skintone” shade in the tube, when used, it looks really nice on the lips and not as bold as in the tube.
Matte Gorgeous (17) ooh… this shade is a beautiful deep red and will definitely be a favorite of mine come Fall and Winter this year.
Matte Ambition (18) If you are a MAC Ruby Woo lover, you may enjoy this one. It’s a true red, just a tad bit darker in shade then Ruby Woo, but has a similar red profile so it will wear nicely if you are looking for a similar shade.
If you are looking for some great matte lipsticks at great prices, then I definitely think these would be an awesome find for you. Are they absolute must-haves? Well, no – but at the price, if you are one that wants to add a bunch of lippies to your makeup arsenal, then I think these would be great additions. I love using these and find that I pull these out much more than I do my higher end lip products. Whether it be because they are easier to replace should I damage or lose them or they are just nice lipsticks overall, I think that they would be nice to have. If you love drugstore lippies, then I think you’ll definitely enjoy these.
Have you tried the new Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks? If not, what shades do you have your eyes on? If you have, what are your favorites?
I am a lippie addict, but let’s face it… most makeup lovers are. While I do love glosses, lipsticks have always been a favorite of mine because I just love how well they wear on my lips. Lately the drugstore brands have been releasing a plethora of gorgeous shades in matte textures that have stolen my heart. I talked about the Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte lipsticks last week (you can read that post here), but today, I bring to you the new Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks.
The newly released Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks retail for $2.49 on the Jordana website, and you can find them for about the same cost in stores like CVS, Walgreens and other select drugstores. This line offers 12 gorgeously pigmented shades that are matte in texture and feel but to my surprise, not drying at all. With a wide range of shades to choose from anyone will find a color they can use and “rock out” daily or for certain seasons.
Check out my video below as I walk you through each shade and try some on my lips. Or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
Matte lipsticks are all the craze these days and until now, bright and bold shades that you would see in high end brands were not readily available to drugstores. I have enjoyed Jordana’s matte lipsticks from their original line, but find that the packaging is not the only thing that has changed with these Modern Matte lipsticks – but also the formulation as these are much more comfortable on the lips.
I was very impressed with these matte lipsticks after using them the last month or so. While I love the satin finish the Milani Moisture Matte lipsticks offered, I like how these feel on the lips. Even if they are matte, they didn’t accentuate lines in my lips like the Milani ones can do if my lips are dry. I love the shade range in these and find that even if my lips are not smooth, I can wear these easily without worrying about dry patches or the look of crusty lips.
These really are comfortable on the lips and with that price point – it surely can be beat. I love that the shade range offers anyone skintone to find a shade that will work for them and I love that popular shades you find in the high end brands are making their way into drugstore selections.
The only thing I didn’t really like is the packaging. I’m a true lipstick addict but find that the flat lipstick bullets tend to make it a little more difficult to apply and I always find a way to ruin them. I would have loved to see these in their original packaging for their lipsticks though I do love the bright colors on the packaging and the fact that they show each color on the tube. Very cool!
Overall – I’m VERY impressed with these lipsticks and find that I’ve been pulling for these often since getting my hands on them. Again – the price point is fabulous and while it may take a little digging in some of your favorite drugstores to find them, it’s still relatively easy to get your hands on them. Don’t forget – you can also buy these from Jordanacosmetics.com. I love the pigmentation on these and I think they are definitely worth looking into if you are interested in matte lipsticks. If you’re a lippy lover, well then, you definitely want to check these out.
Have you tried the new Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks yet? If not, what colors do you have your eyes on?
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration of review. While I did receive these products for free, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Anything stated in this post or on this site is unbiased.
Yes, it is public knowledge that I have a thing for purple. Purple is my favorite color and I am super duper intrigued by purple lippies and tend to need them as soon as I see them. Recently NYX Cosmetics rolled out their new Macaron lippies. I caught sight of the purple shades and I absolutely know I had to have them. NYX rolled these awesome lipsticks out in 12 shades, but I knew that I wouldn’t really make use of the others so I passed and placed my order. Since NYX only ships to Hawaii with a $25 flat rate fee, I shipped it to a friend and then eagerly awaited its delivery.
Looking for fun daring shades of lipstick to add to your makeup collection at an affordable price tag? Well, NYX recently came up with a solution for us makeup obsessed people who love experimenting with fun and exciting shades. Newly released – the NYX Cosmetics Macaron lipsticks have already been a huge rave among those in the beauty and makeup community. These colors – available in 12 different shades are daring, bold and not for the faint of heart, but surely show-stopping and most importantly – affordable. Check out my video below for live “try-on” swatches or click here to watch them directly on YouTube.
Violet is a gorgeous purple shade (shown on the left in my photo above) – my absolute favorite of the two. It applies nicely on the lips and is definitely the more wearable of the two shades, though it is still quite bold. The color goes on evenly, has a slight gloss look to them (definitely not matte) with a cream type finish. If worn with a fuchsia lip liner, this shade could definitely be a great one to rock out year round. This lipstick applies very nicely and one swipe of the color on your lips can lend for an even application and full coverage. I think it is much more wearable with just one layer, but adding a second layer on top will give the lipstick a bolder shade that you may be looking for. This lipstick was the easiest to work with between the two.
Lavender is definitely a bold lavender shade. It was probably the one that was most difficult for me to wear between the two. This lipstick settles into the lines of my lips a lot, even if my lips are completely moisturized and exfoliated. As you can see in my video, it was harder to apply. This is definitely a shade that I would suggest you wear over a lip primer, or if you don’t use primer on your lips – then conceal or apply foundation prior to application of this lipstick. Lipsticks with these kind of milky white look to them usually include a white based pigment to help give it its color, and I think that is why they tend to be harder to wear. A blue or pink would lend for the same if the white pigment was used in them as well. To create a nice even application, I definitely needed to take my time to apply the lipstick and then apply two layers to get an even and full coverage look. The lipstick is definitely full coverage in one swipe, but it can be a bit patchy and apply unevenly.
Packaging is cute and looks very similar to that of the NYX Matte Lipsticks except instead of the black of the tube being matte (like on the matte lippies), it is shiny. The Violet lipstick tube didn’t seem to want to stay up when I twisted the lipstick up – which sucks, but I think it is just a dud in that department and not necessarily the packaging for all in a nut shell.
These lipsticks seem like they are matte based with a cream finish, and because of this I didn’t have any issues with it drying out my lips and my lips felt moiturized for the time I had the lipsticks on. Each lip color did move around on my lips a lot however, so I do suggest you using a lip liner to help keep it in check, or definitely prime your lips prior to application. The pigmentation is awesome on each shade I received, but the color doesn’t last very long and reapplication is definitely a must if you are eating or drinking. You can expect about an hour use out of these without too much movement. Violet does stain slightly, not not enough to call it a stain… that is why I think it is a matte based pigment that was made creamy.
Overall – at $6.00 a piece and a “technically” drugstore product, I am pretty amazed with the quality of these lipsticks. I may consider picking up Rose (the pink shade) just to have it, but I’m not quite sold on the other shades to warrant picking them up yet. I think that they are pretty nice and good quality and since they are making waves in the bold and bright department when it comes to drug store – it shows me that it is much more promising for other drugstore companies to bring out bolder shades that highend brands offer. If you are a makeup artist or someone that just loves bold lips, I think these would be pretty great for you to add to your stash.
Have you tried these macaron lipsticks yet? If so – which ones do you have? If not, are there any that you are interested in?