Slick It On
Liquid lipsticks give you intense colour with juicy gloss – minus the feathering and need for touch-ups. SIMONE WU tries five.
1 Shiseido Lacquer Rouge, $43
USING IT: Each dip into the tube picks up a small amount, so you never end up with more than you need. The lipstick glided on smoothly, leaving a non-sticky film. THE EFFECT: One swipe gave e average colour pay-off that was slightly patchy. But it left ft a nice glossy finish. It didn’t bleed leed into my lip lines, staying put t for five hours, and coming off just slightly after meals and drinks. inks. I loved how my lips felt hydrated ydrated even after I’d removed the lipstick.
2 Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $31
USING IT: The paraben-free formula felt a bit slippery as I applied it – I think I needed more practice to make it effortless. Once it went on, though, it felt feather-light. THE EFFECT: One swipe gave full-coverage, bold lip colour – the best pay-off of the lot. I loved how the product stayed put for up to eight hours. However, my puckers felt a bit drier than when I used the other liquid lipsticks. It stained my lips and was not easy to remove.
3 Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge, $40 USING IT: One end gives you a coloured stain, while the other offers a clear gloss. The tube has a standard applicator for the colour and a brush for the gloss, which took me some time to apply. THE EFFECT: The stain gave a matte finish that left my lips dry. But applying the gloss made my lips feel more comfortable and my lip lines, less obvious. The gloss came off but the colour didn’t budge, not even after food and drinks. I had to scrub this off – a lot of effort! 4 Este Estee Lauder Pure Colo Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer, $38 USING IT: It It’s thicker and creamier tha than the rest, giving you more control when you apply it. Just one dip picked up the right amount for the whol whole lip. THTHE EFFECT: It gave excellent colour c pay-off and a nice glossy finish that hid my lip lines. However, it felt a tad sticky and bled slightly. The colour faded eventually but it was still pretty long-wearing, lasting five to six hours. I liked how moisturised my lips felt, and how the lipstick did didn’t leave a stain. 5 Yves S Saint Laurent Beaute R Rouge Pur Coutur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain, Sta $48 USING ITIT: The paraben-free formula has the lightest texture and n needs minimal effort to app apply. The applicator has a sla slanted tip – perfect for tricky outer lip corners and the Cupid’s bow. THE EFFECT: It had adequate colour pay-off and a subtle glossy finish. Although my lips felt somewhat dry, they didn’t look dry. The gloss disappeared after a few drinks. The colour faded after a few hours but left a stain that lasted up to six hours, and was easy to remove.