That Classic Red Lip Thing
Cream lipsticks are coming on full force in the beauty world, and I am all for it. These things have crazy long lasting abilities and there is a price range for everyone out there. From NYX, to Ulta, to Sephora, and all kinds of high-end brands. A good classic red lip is a look that every girl wants to rock, although not every girl has the courage to do. Who wants to end up with red lipstick smudged on their teeth or face? No one. But with liquid lipsticks that dry to a matte finish, these are a godsend for all red lip lovers. I don't know about others, but there's just something about wearing a red lip that makes you feel on top of the world.
I'm a huge fan of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, mainly because it actually stays all day - hence the name. When I heard about the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks I was set on trying it. I ended up picking up Beso, which is a beautiful bright red-orange shade. Now let's just start off with the fact that this stuff stays put all day, as the name suggests. Apply the product, wait for it to dry, and it'll be dry to the touch - absolutely no worries of product transfer. You can kiss your boyfriend without the dreaded lipstick print, and you can eat without a worry that it'll be smudged around your face.
When Sephora's Cream Lip Stain popped up on the blogisphere I knew I had to try it, as it was almost half the price of its Stila counterpart. I picked this up in Always Red, and it is close to a perfect pin-up red shade. As with most items I wasn't too keen on it at first, I was wearing lip balm under this the first time I tried it and it easily transferred to the back of my hand. I gave it another try the other day and it actually lasted all day long - and through Korean BBQ I might add.
L-R // Beso + Always Red
Comparing the two, they both have a similar smell. If I had to describe it I would say a mixture between frosting and marshmallows. I've read some reviews where people thought it smelled overly, nauseatingly sweet, but IMO it isn't too bad.
Both products have a doe-foot applicator, although I find the Stila one a bit more difficult to use. The Stila sponge applicator is longer in length and has more of a bend to it. Although it does make for lining the cupid's bow easier, lining the bottom lip is more of a challenge. The Sephora sponge applicator is shorter and feels more sturdy, making application a lot easier.
There are hits and misses on both sides, and the perfect combination of the two would be the long lasting abilities of the Stila lipstick, and the doe-foot applicator of the Sephora lip cream. Overall I would choose Stila for it's lasting capabilities, but if you're new to the liquid lipstick game and want to give it a try, I highly recommend the Sephora version - mainly for its affordability. If you're looking for a good everyday lip, look into the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina - it is a gorgeous mauvey pink and is great to dress up or down. If you're going for a fun bold color, I'd definitely opt for the cheaper Sephora option.
What is your favorite red lip to wear? What are your thoughts on liquid lipsticks?