BEAUTY HAUL: ONE WEEK LATER -3- TRYING OUT SOME LIQUID LIPSTICKS
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!