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illamasqua matte liquid lipstick review swatch photo

illamasqua matte liquid lipstick review swatch photo
illamasqua matte liquid lipstick review swatch photo
illamasqua matte liquid surrender lipstick review swatch photo
illamasqua matte liquid surrender lipstick review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA MATTE LIP LIQUID in surrender
illamasqua matte liquid exotic lipstick review swatch photo
illamasqua matte liquid exotic lipstick review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA MATTE LIP LIQUID in exotic

Y'all know I love a matte lip. In fact, Illamasqua Androgen Pigment is still my favourite lip product of all time. It's held the peachy pink matte crown for a very VERY long time now. So when I heard that Illamasqua were adding a Matte Lip Liquid line to their innovative and unqiue range - I was very very excited. I was really intrigued to see how Illamasqua would tackle the trend. They are a gloss/lipstick hybrid, apply like a gloss and dry like a liquid. Available in three seasonal shades, Surrender (warm peach), Exotic (vivid orange) and Forbidden (sensual pink) which I think they plan to expand on in the future.

I initially loved them. The colour’s are bright, peppy and the colour finish is really pretty. I always got compliments on Surrender and how lovely it looked on. It was basically like a more liquid version of my beloved Androgen. However, the more I wore them the realisation hit me was that they are good, but not excellent. While they look nice for the first hour of wear I find they ball up a little on the lips and look very weird. Especially around the opening of the mouth (that sounds horrid, I apologise) the colour wears off quickly and looks very odd. I used the expression “bitty” to describe them if you know what I mean.

I do like them, but I don’t think they are exceptional. Like all matte liquid lipsticks, they suck all the moisture out the lips and leave you with a bit of a chalky looking pout. I love the idea, colour pay off, shade range and the packaging… It’s just not quite there in terms of finish. Nice but not the best.

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