As foretold in the expectations post, I will always prefer a creamy lipstick over a liquid one, I will also never wear the latter on a daily basis. Yet I’ve enjoyed trying out a lip product of which everything, from the application to the actual formulation, step outside my comfort zone – warning: it might be a lengthy post- . If the four shades are very different from one another, the Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks and the Jouer Long-Wear Lip crèmes happen to have very similar formulations and finishes.

Swatches from top to bottom: Cassis; Noisette (Jouer) / Mocha; Miami Fever (Ofra)

The first thing which completely got me lost is the application. In other words: we only get one shot at applying them correctly! Indeed, besides drying quickly and being almost impossible to layer, there is the wand issue. I was quite used to the short Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet wands, the Jouer and Ofra ones -very similar to a plain lip gloss wand- being significantly longer, my first applications were a little bit uncertain, but it is only a matter of time to get used to it. Once applied, they have a rather effective plumping effect on the lips: if the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crèmes stay as such all day long; it isn’t the case for the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks, which tend to downplay any full lips as they dry them out. After a few hours of wear, 4 to 5 hours to be accurate, both of these liquid lipstick formulas are drying and, to a certain extent, uncomfortable. Given the fact that they are extremely matte, long-lasting and don’t require touch-ups, I unfortunately see it as inevitable, yet what isn’t are the little lines they give to my lips -which are naturally very smooth- after 6 to 7 hours of wear. Here again, the Jouer Lip Crèmes don’t emphasize them as much as the Ofra Liquid Lipsticks do.

Even though it comes down to tiny details, I believe I prefer the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crèmes formula -which owns a strong  yet pleasant vanilla scent-. When it comes to the shades, however, Ofra Cosmetics definitely have a better colour range: they have more colours and seems to master the bright yet wearable shades. Miami Fever is a shining example to prove it: this rusty orange truly is frightening on the tube, yet, once on the lips, it becomes a gorgeous, unique shade which, because it is extremely flattering, doesn’t trigger strong reactions from relatives! Mocha – very similar to Mac Twig- is definitely more on the classic side of things, yet it is still a flattering and pretty shade. If the Jouer shade range is more downsized – while at least 6 Ofra shades are tempting to me, I’m only willing to try two more shades from Jouer-, the shades I’ve chosen are still very beautiful! Cassis is more purple than I expected, but I was quite surprised to see that it didn’t make my teeth yellow! As for Noisette, I believe I will have a lot more wear of it than I first thought I would as I absolutely love the contrast of the true brown against my fair skin!

Overall, the shades truly help me overcome my little formula issue, which remains full of advantages on certain occasions – I’m thinking about a dinner where I refuse to worry about my lipstick…- yet completely unsuitable for mature lips and inappropriate on long, exhausting days!


  • So I guess I will go check out Jouer next.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yes, I believe the Jouer ones are a tad less drying and a lot more comfortable to wear!

      • Liquid lipstick being drying is the main reason why I am hesitant to wear them.

  • Most of the liquid lipsticks are kinda drying, it is one of the issues that they can’t seem to resolve. However when you are out and you won’t have time to refresh your lippie then they are better than lipsticks, they tend to last more and the colour doesn’t fade away easily.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I have yet to try anything from Jouer but the liquid lipsticks sounds lovely! I actually find Ofra liquid lipsticks are pretty easy to wear but maybe because I’m used to wearing liquid lipsticks and the dryness doesn’t bother me as much anymore.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I’m sure I can get used to it as well, especially as I truly love the plumping effect it gives to the lips 🙂

  • I personally love liquid lipsticks. I just love the matte look that comes from them and I also love the longevity of the wear time! I completely agree that they are not suitable for mature lips.


  • I love liquid lipsticks and recently picked up the Jouer in Cassis, which is gorgeous. But like you said they are very drying and not something I can wear all the time, my lips need to be in perfect condition when I do x

    Beauty with charm

  • I love liquid lipsticks for special occasions, especially in bold colours. But I totally agree with you – it’s way too much for every day

    • I’m glad you agree 🙂 You’re right: I think I will try bolder shades next time I purchase some!

  • They are a little drying, but I love them lol. Thanks for sharing

    Take care doll! Oh, I’m hosting a giveaway, I’d love if you entered!


  • I just picked up a couple of the Jouer ones – I never thought I’d like a true brown shade but think I’m enjoying Noisette! I really want to try Ofra next 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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