Maybelline Metallic Foil

Maybelline Metallic Foil

Alright so, in 2017 there was quite the trend for metallic lips and brands put out several quite different formulas for metallic lips. Maybelline released liquid lipsticks called Metallic Foil, and there were several quite unusual colors as well. Now I thought they would be permanent, so I took my sweet time testing except now I realize they may have been LE all along? Sorry if my review comes too late, let’s hope not.

I also want to add that as usual, my posts are not sponsored and I bought all products myself. I feel the need to say this, because I really, really love these. They’re so good.

The color selection was a bit weird. There were like three pinks that were pretty close imho, a gold and a bronze and then a bunch of really outlandish colors which I loved. I think they should have also done a red. The colors I picked up are 95 Luna, the lighter pink, 120 Nemesis, a deep purple, 125 Vortex, a bronze green and 130 Labyrinth, a deep teal/gunmetal.

These are liquid lipsticks, they are shimmery but dry matte. They come with the typical liquid lipstick application rules: do not press lips together until lipstick is completely dry, smile once while it’s wet to avoid it cracking. The only way to remove them is with oil. They wear off a bit on the very inside of the lip but other than that you can eat with them, no problem. They stay and stay and stay. And when you remove them, that’s a bit weird, the lipstick flakes off. Like tubes mascara? Also unlike most other liquid lipsticks it is not drying at all and you don’t get the shrivelled up look either. However, upon application they tingle. This feels weird but I have worn them many times and hours now and there was no further negative effect, so I don’t think it was an allergy of mine. The tingling also stops once the lipstick is dry. However, if that’s something you dislike better avoid them.

Swatches. These are a single swipe and you can see that you need to go over the lips more than once to get even distribution. The colors remind me of nail polish and like most nail polish they need a second layer. But once the color is on, it’s opaque and stays like that until removal. There is no fading (like I said this flakes off but only when in contact with a good amount of oil).

All of the colors are shimmery and shimmer basically matches the base color. Luna is pink with pink shimmer, Nemesis is deep purple with purple shimmer, Vortex differs because it’s a brassy green with bronze shimmer. And then Labyrinth is a deep teal with teal shimmer.

The applicator is a regular flocked applicator. I found it easy to get crisp lines, which is important with such intense colors.

All of the colors applied well, with the caveat that you do need two coats. Labyrinth (the teal) was the only exception. As often with very dark colors it was a bit more difficult. I had to go over certain spots more often and the edges were harder to get clean, however it was still workable and the result was opaque and long lasting.

Overall the metallic foils get a huge thumbs up from me and I’m so surprised these came from a mainstream drugstore brand and not from an indie brand. I do hope they are still available or that they are made permanent or come back as LE at least, because those are the best liquid lipsticks I own. I reach for them whenever I need something solid and fuss free and who’d have thunk you’d ever go for a color like Nemesis or Vortex when you want fuss free?

Colorwise my absolute favorite is Vortex, because you know I love my bronzy olives like no other.

Huge recommendation. 🙂

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MAC Retro Matte Lip Color Divine-Divine

MAC Retro Matte Lip Color Divine-Divine

Here’s my review of the third MAC Retro Matte liquid lipstick I bought back in spring. It’s the color Divine-Divine, which is basically Barbie Pink. This is from the regular MAC retro matte lineup. They have recently released new ones with shimmer in, but this is not one of those.

Before I go on, allow me to give a little history of lipstick trends: when I was a teen, lipgloss was all the rage. Nobody wore lipstick, nobody. This has led to adult me despising lipgloss, because it’s sticky and doesn’t last well and hair constantly sticks to it, ugh. Then Chanel released their Rouge Coco Shines, to seduce people who loved gloss back to lipsticks. And it worked, so for a while shiny, sheer lipstick was the thing. Then the Chubby sticks came out, going for a similar but slightly less glossy finish. Then the trend slowly went towards glossy stains. I dislike glossy stains because they’re still too much like lipgloss to me. Luckily technology marched on and liquid lipsticks that were not glossy became a thing. This was the biggest lip trend for the last few years: very matte lips. Then, this year people got bored by super matte lips and the metallic lip trend was born. There will be several matte metallic lipstick reviews coming up on this blog. But this one right here is still on the very matte, non shimmery side of things.

Still mostly wet swatch of Divine-Divine. You can already see it drying to the thin, very texturized finish typical for the liquid retro mattes. The color is a light bubble gum pink. Basically every time I put it on I was surprised at how light it is, but it ends up looking pretty good (might depend on your skin color). Most of MAC’s retro mattes were too dark for me except for this one and Flesh Stone.

Lip swatch shot with my phone. This is basically what Divine-Divine looks like after a couple of hours. This is not cracked, but the lip lines show super deep. In my experience this is completely normal with this sort of finish. To avoid cracking it is important to smile after application so that the color can settle in there before it dries. If you do that, the lines will show, but if you don’t you’ll get cracking as soon as you move your mouth.

Divine-Divine lasts very well and is really only affected by oil. So oily food takes it off (on the inside mostly) or oil remover. Otherwise it sticks on. The finish feels and looks dry and the next day my lips felt drier than usual. But for me this was not worse than matte MAC lipsticks in a bullet. Matte MAC stuff is just drying. I combat that by applying a strong lip balm before application and then again after I take the lipstick off. If you generally have a problem with flaky lips you probably won’t get happy with Divine-Divine as it does show the flakes.

While I like the colors I own I don’t feel the need to have any more of these. They’re okay for a certain sort of look, but then I’m glad when I can reach for more creamy stuff again. As mentioned, there’s going to be some more shimmery stuff up next, right for fall and holiday season!

MAC Feels so Grand

MAC Feels so Grand

I finally dared to check out some liquid lipsticks. This is MAC Feels So Grand.

This is the swatch mostly dried down. One swipe. The amount of color you can get from such a liquid lippie is insane. The finish is very matte. In fact MAC calls these the retro matte liquid lip color. This is the mattest stuff I own. It emphasizes you know not the lines, as it doesn’t pool in them or anything, but the lips look super not smooth. Afterwards the lips feel dry but it’s not too bad.

Color comparisons with regular lipsticks. The liquid one is just so much deeper. Colorwise it seems to be in between Mrs Mia Wallace and Viva Glam I.

I like that the applicator it is really precise. You can get good, crisp lines. Once on and dried (it takes a minute to be dry) it just will not come off again. You need oil remover to get it off. Also when you get it on glasses or stuff like tooth brushes, you need to clean those by hand because the lipstick will cling forever. Funnily enough even though it stays on the lips it still rubs off everywhere!

I had a long meal and the lipstick did wear off on the inside, but only there and I think that only a beauty blogger would notice that. I wasn’t left with a two toned mouth or something. So wow, this really works. To be honest I still prefer regular lipstick bcause you can reapply more easily – reapplying on top of liquid lipstick can get weird and flakey. Secondly the liquid calls for a sharp outline which emphasizes how my mouth is not symmetrical at all. But those are personal points. The lipstick is still totally worth it.