New Lip Products

You've probably started to notice the number of beauty products being released seems to have skyrocketed in the last few years. With practically something new coming out every day it can be really hard to know where to spend your money. 

 

That's why I have this showdown series, I compare similar products released at similar times so on a consumer to consumer level you can assess which products you're interested in picking up. Today we're talking lip products, I've got five of the latest releases from YSL, Marc Jacobs, Smashbox, Fenty Beauty & Kylie Cosmetics for each product I'll be judging the packaging, application, look and wear.


YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain $57

Packaging:

YSL rarely put a foot wrong when it comes to packaging and the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain is no exception. It comes in the gold carton you know and love from YSL and the product itself has the classic gold lid with a frosted glass container which makes it easy to identify the colour and it has a decent weight to it which makes it feel luxurious without being too heavy.   

 

Application: 


The applicator is really innovative on this product and different to anything else I've seen. The doe foot is cut at an angle creating two points (see above). I was a little dubious about it at first as I'm not always perfect when applying lip products but I think this applicator actually makes it easier. 

The doe foot is a little bit flexible which allows the points to hug your lip line but is still very forgiving and gives a really smooth, precise application. I found while I didn't need to re-dip the wand, I did need to finesse it into my lips a little bit to get even coverage. Another good point is that they dry down to matte within a minute so there's no need to worry about smudging them.

 

Look & Feel:

I really love the look of the Tatouage Couture products, while they're not super full coverage (I have some freckles on my lips you can see through the product if you look very closely) the pigments are really fantastic and even with brighter shades like red are fully saturated. Best of all these are so weightless it feels like there is nothing on your lips.   

 

Wear:

These lip stains will transfer a little in the first hour or so of wear, but know that they will still be on and look good for hours. They claim to last for eight hours - mine lasted for ten without needing to be touched up and survived several coffees and lunch. 

 

Final Thoughts:

The Tatouage Couture Matte Stain is my kind of lip product, it does what it says it will and won't let you down. While these are on the pricey side I do think they're worth it. Of all the lip products in this showdown, I've used these the most. And while I was gifted a few of these to try, I have since purchased more shades with my own money.   

 

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon $38

Packaging:

The packing on the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons is really sleek, it comes in a black carton with white print, which is consistent with the brand overall. The lipstick itself isn't dissimilar to their existing liquid lipstick packaging but instead of having a small dot to show the colour in the bottle, they have a large circle printed with the colour. The pencil inside is mechanical and twists up.

 

Application:

There isn't much to say about the application on this one. They are really easy to apply, you just draw on the colour and you're good to go. No fuss involved what so ever and they are the smoothest, creamiest formula.

 

Look & Feel:

I love the consistency and formula of this product, it's not as light as the YSL stain but I didn't expect them to be as they are a liquid lip. I would say these have a medium weight to them, you can definitely feel that you're wearing it, but the colour pay off is insane. 

These are full coverage and dry down beautifully, unlike traditional liquid lipsticks the Le Marc Crayons are not at all drying on the lips and are extremely comfortable. I feel like this is a liquid lipstick for people who don't like liquid lipsticks.

 

Wear:

Sadly for me, it's in the wear where the Le Marc Lip Crayons fall over - that said they last until you're ready to take them off. It's just they have a shimmer in them which is a pewter colour (well the colour I have, which is called Send Nudes does) and it's like the lipstick wears off the micro glitter which leaves you predominantly with the grey metallic. Not cute.       

 

Final Thoughts:


I really wanted to love the Le Marc Lip Crayon (especially as I spent $38 on it and you can't return makeup in Australia) I tried to make it work a few times, I thought maybe the grey was just a result of the first use, but sadly not I had the same problem every time I wore it. The formula is amazing though so I'm hoping they release matte versions in the future.  

 

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle $28

Packaging: 

These come in the graffiti carton that is uniform across the Fenty Beauty line, but as with all her products the packaging is a little bit different to other products. The lipstick still has the hexagon shape like the Matchstix, but the nude makes way for a slimline plastic rose gold tube. I loved that FB was printed into the top of the lipstick itself, but overall I was a little disappointed in the packaging as while it looks pretty, it feels really cheap. 

 

Application:

I often find thinner lipstick bullets like the one you get with Fenty Mattemoiselle easier to apply as you get a bit more control over where you put the colour which is important for these guys are they are pigmented AF. This is one swipe coverage at it's finest, I purchased the shade Spanked which is a deep rose nude and the pigmentation phenomenal. 

 

Look & Feel:

These lipsticks are really creamy but still matte (I don't know how they did that!) as I mentioned when talking about application these are full coverage and give you strong solid colour. I would say these are a mid-weight as far as feel goes and are extremely comfortable to wear. 

 

Wear:

The Mattemoiselle lipsticks do transfer, but you don't seem to lose any colour payoff in the process. You will need to top these up during the day, they won't survive a meal and the downside to full coverage pigmented matte lipsticks like these is that as they wear you get a strong tide line on the inside of your lip so be prepared to check them throughout the day.    

 

Final Thoughts:


Overall I think the Fenty Mattemoiselle is a great lipstick that performs beautifully. While you can definitely get similar coverage with other brands, the creamy, comfortable formula is not something that is often replicated. I've worn mine a lot since purchasing it and would definitely consider getting some other shades.

 

Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte $35

Packaging: 

I really like the packaging on the Smashbox Always on Lipsticks, it might not be as luxe as YSL or Marc Jacobs but I love that you get the swatch of colour on the box and the component itself does feel weighty which gives it a luxury feel. The lids on these are a little different than the Always On matte and is a black chrome which is a nice touch and the clear plastic bottle lets you easily identify the shade.  

 

Application:

The Smashbox Always On Metallic Mattes have the same doe foot as their matte predecessors - the diamond which holds the additional product in the center, which makes it easy to apply these without needing to double dip the wand. 

The formula to me has a thick slightly whipped or mousse-like consistency and offers full coverage colour. One thing to keep in mind when applying is not to smack your lips together as it will remove colour.

 

Look & Feel:

I have to admit I wasn't super excited about trying a metallic lipstick. I barely wear glosses and tend to keep to the matte end of the spectrum when it comes to lip colour. But true to their name these really are a metallic matte. They dry down matte and are metallic without looking glittery which I really like. 

Smashbox's liquid lip formula is one of my all-time favourites and these metallics work just as well, they're super lightweight - you can barely feel they're on. Don't dry down to the point you look like you've eaten and lemon and look really sophisticated and chic for a metallic. 

 

Wear:

These lipsticks wear beautifully, you can eat and drink without worrying about getting lipstick all over your face or having a patchy mess left over. The colour stays vibrant and strong all day. I tried out the shade 'So Jelly' which is a bright pink - a colour I find would usually need to be checked repeatedly and true to its 8-hour claim, it didn't fade or feather.   

 

Final Thoughts:

I was so impressed with the Smashbox Always On Metallic Mattes, I never imagined I would wear a metallic lip by choice but these have made me a convert. The formula is great, the pigments are great and the wear is great. If you want to try out a metallic definitely give these a go.

 

Kylie Silver Series Crème Lipstick $21.50

Packaging: 

I think the packaging on Kylie's silver series as a whole is really slick. As a brand, she changes her packing with almost every release and often it seems like it's geared more to tweens than adults. This release was definitely a step up. 

The lipstick tube is elegant and simple silver with Kylie Jenner printed around the bottom. (Though having thrown this in my purse a few of times her name is already starting wear off). The lipstick bullet is the real star of the show and I love that she has her name embossed down the side. 

 

Application:

The lipstick formula is extremely rich and creamy. They glide on the lips with ease making application as painless as possible. The pigment on the shade I have (Madelene) is fabulous, not quite as intense as Fenty's but it's still one swipe coverage.   

 

Look & Feel:

The lipstick itself is really lightweight and feels very comfortable on the lips. The colour is even and the glossiness of the formula makes your lips look fuller. They also have a strong vanilla scent that lingers for quite a while.    

 

Wear:

These lipsticks last a couple of hours, but definitely need to be touched up during the day and won't survive a meal, that isn't usual for a traditional lipstick though. Plus they wear off evenly (you won't get that inner lip tide line like you do with her liquid lipsticks) so if it is a while between touch-ups you don't need to worry about the lipstick looking bad.

 

Final Thoughts:


These are definitely nice lipsticks, but I did really struggle writing this review as there just isn't really anything overly special about these lipsticks. I think you can find equivalent quality at the drugstore without needing to pay an additional US$14.95 in shipping, which takes the overall price up to AU$40 or wait several weeks for them to arrive.