Top 5 Korean and Drugstore Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Hey, everyone!

In this post I want to share with you my top 5 Korean and western drugstore matte liquid lipsticks, as well as some comparisons between them. Since this is my own top 5 ranking, I evaluate them based on my preferences in matte lipsticks.

Basically, in term of matte lipstick, I prefer liquid lipsticks than conventional bullet lipsticks. I find liquid lipstick is easier to apply by nature and offer more crisp look without having to put a lot of effort by lining our lips first. I often do my makeup in a hurry so I rarely have time for a lip pencil.

To make it easier for us to compare, I divided the evaluation into some categories: price, consistency (creamy or watery), applicator (whether it makes application easier or not), finish (whether it sits on fine lines or not, whether it stains our lips or not, and whether it feels heavy or not), wearing time (whether it’s long-wearing or not), and transfer-ability (whether it’s transfer-proof or not). And for a quick disclaimer, since all lipsticks here are imported, I’ll be mentioning the price when I bought it, not their original prices in their country of origin, and convert them into USD so it’s easier for you to assess whether it’s affordable or not.

Okay, without further a do, here are my favorite Korean & western drugstore matte liquid lipsticks from top 5 to top 1.

Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit

This lipstick is the cheapest among all lipsticks I’ll be mentioning in this post. I bought it for around USD 5.

Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit in ‘Give Me Mocha’

It has consistency between creamy and watery. So it’s not too creamy, but not too watery either. It has doe foot applicator with a dent in the middle so that it can reach our entire lips precisely. I found it very effective to apply the products not only to the front part of my lips, but also to the top part, without having to go back and forth.

It doesn’t stain my lips, instead it sits on top of them. And because of that, there’s possibility it could stick on my teeth if I shut my lips before it completely dries. However, it dries fairly fast, so I don’t find this property very annoying. I don’t have chapped lips, but I find it sits on my fine lips after a long wear time. So please keep that in mind if you have a very dry lips. I also feel it a little bit heavy, nothing crazy, but I can clearly feel that I have something on my lips.

Speaking about wear time, I guess it has an okay wear time. As long as we don’t eat or drink, it isn’t really worn off for nearly 4 hours. But it’s not transfer-proof. It definitely leaves some marks on my cup or my straw when I drink.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

They claim to be 16-hour long-wearing but I never had a chance to wear it for that long. But I remembered one day, I wore this lipstick and ate a kind of soup. After eating, it was still on my lips as if I didn’t eat anything. And until the end of that day, maybe around 8 to 10 hours after the first application and without re-application, it was only start to worn off of the inner part of my lips, but it definitely left stain on that part so I still looked like I have lipsticks on. That being said, I can safely say that this lipstick is the most transfer-proof and long-wearing among all lipsticks I’ll be mentioning in this post. It also stains my lips therefore it looks there even after quite a long time.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in ‘Ruler’

However, I feel like this one is also the heaviest. I definitely feel I have something on my lips. It has creamy consistency and doesn’t sit on my fine lines, which is usually the case for creamy liquid lipstick. But I don’t really like the applicator. It is too big for my small lips so I must be extra careful when applying it. It also needs a decent amount of time to be completely dry. And I highly recommend you to not shut your lips before it’s dry or it would wipe off some products you’ve applied.

Price-wise, it was slightly more expensive than the Wet n Wild one. I bought it for about USD 7.

Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer

If you don’t know, Etude House is a Korean beauty brand. They always have cute packaging and are still considered drugstore/ affordable price among other Korean brands, although they aren’t sold in drugstores. They have their own stores widely spread across Korea and a lot of Asian countries, including Indonesia.

Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer in ‘Wendy Brown’

Etude House advertised this as a completely transfer-proof lipstick, and I must agree. Although it has watery consistency, and watery liquid lipstick tends to transfer easily, it’s not the case with this one. It almost as transfer-proof as the Maybelline one. But, it takes a decent amount of time to be completely dried. If you shut your lips before it dries, it might stick on your teeth. So please keep that in mind. However, when it dries, it’s not easily transferred to our drinks or foods.

I bought it for around USD 8.5, so it’s in the middle range among other lipsticks I’ll be mentioning here. It doesn’t stain our lips, instead it sits on top of them, so it has tendency to sit on fine lines too.

It’s quite long-wearing, and since it’s pretty transfer-proof, too, I find it very practical to wear on the day when I don’t want to keep re-applying my lipstick. But this also because in my opinion, the applicator is not the easiest to use. It has bent like Wet n Wild one (so I like it), but the tip of the applicator is too long for my small lips, so I must be extra careful when applying it. It’s not as difficult as the Maybelline one, though.

3CE Soft Lip Lacquer

Now let’s move on to the top 2 of my all time favorite matte liquid lipstick, and two of them are actually from a Korean brand called 3CE. 3CE is actually considered middle range brand in term of price. They are not fairly affordable like Etude House, but not as expensive as, for example, Laneige or Sulwahsoo. Their style is also very different with Etude House. 3CE is more elegant, as they seem to target women around age 25-35 (based on my observation only), unlike Etude House that seems to target younger women (under 25).

3CE Soft Lip Lacquer in ‘Almost Mauve’

I bought this particular lipstick for around USD 12. What I think is a unique property of it is that it has watery consistency, but it dries down as velvety finish. That’s why it’s called ‘soft lip lacquer’, ‘soft’ because of the velvet finish, and ‘lacquer’ because of the watery consistency. And that’s why I love this one so much. Since it has velvet finish, it stains our lips, doesn’t sits on fine lines, and doesn’t feel dry whatsoever. It also blurs our lips texture and makes it looks so smooth.

It’s also long-wearing enough even though it doesn’t feel sticky on my lips like Maybelline one. I can safely say that it’s also very transfer-proof. I remember one day I had a lunch in a seafood place. It’s hard to eat neatly in seafood place, right? So I remember clearly that I didn’t try to maintain my lipstick during that lunch time. However after finish eating, my lipstick hadn’t come off AT ALL!

3CE Velvet Lip Tint

3CE Velvet Lip Tint in ‘Taupe’
3CE Velvet Lip Tint in ‘Daffodil’

And here’s my favorite of all time, the 3CE velvet lip tint. This one if I’m not mistaken has the same price as the soft lip lacquer, around USD 12. It has also the same velvet finish, but the initial consistency is different than the soft lip lacquer one, this one is creamy instead of watery. It has the similar shape of doe foot applicator with the soft lip lacquer one, but this one is a lot smaller so it fits better to my small lips.

Applicator comparison between soft lip lacquer and velvet lip tint

Although it’s creamy and creamy liquid lipsticks are usually not really long-wearing and transfer-proof, this one is otherwise. It is very long-wearing and has enough transfer-proof property. And the darker color one, since it stains our lips more than the lighter one, it helps to maintain the vivid color. It is unquestionably non-drying and doesn’t sit on our fine lines.

Left: taupe, right: daffodil

Comparisons

And here are all of them swatched together as well as the summary of their properties I’ve mentioned above in a table so you can see clearly how they are different with each other.

Left to right: etude house, two of 3CE velvet lip tints, 3CE soft lip lacquer, wet n wild, and maybelline
The swatches. You can see pretty clearly that the 3CE ones are non drying compare to others.
Comparisons of all lipsticks

From comparisons above you can see that although the Maybelline one has 5 preferred properties, the same as the 3CE velvet lip tint one, since it feels quite heavy on my lips and the applicator is a bit too big for me, I don’t reach it as much as the ones on higher rank. And because of the weight and how it looks on lips, I found it a little too thick and too crisp for a casual everyday wear.

And then, I also tried to wipe them off with an oil-based cleanser I normally use to clean my face, which is the Garnier Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water.

And here’s what they looked like from one to four swipes.

You can see from picture above that the most left one (which is the Etude House one) was the hardest to take off. That’s why I said it has the same transfer-proof property as the Maybelline one, but I prefer the Etude House than the Maybelline because the Etude one is not as heavy-feeling as the Maybelline one.

What do you think about my recommendation? Do you have one or some of the lipsticks I mentioned here, too? If yes, which one is your favorite? Let me know your preference on comment section below! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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Concealer Battle: Too Faced vs Colourpop

Hey, everyone! Today I will be sharing with you my current top favorite concealers that I’ve been using pretty much everyday when I do my makeup. They are the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-use Sculpting Concealer and Colourpop No Filter Concealer.

To be honest, the title of this post kinda burden me as I’m using ‘versus’ on it. I’m not a professional makeup artist or expert in makeup so I think I’m in no way qualified to compare both concealers. However, as I’m consistently wearing them, I feel like the two of them actually have their own pros and cons that are comparable.

Colourpop No Filter Concealer

I use shade ‘medium 28’ for this one and it is slightly darker than my skin tone. But I can make it work with a little bit of powder and blending.

Since the first time I tried this concealer, I’m amazed at how easy it is to blend. It just melts into my skin. The coverage is medium and build-able, but it doesn’t feel heavy. It gives such a natural look. On the day when I want a no-makeup makeup look, I only wear this concealer on my under-eye area, my acne spots, the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and my chin, blend it, add a little bit of powder, and I’m good to go. It really is making my skin doesn’t need any filter anymore. I even prefer this concealer than a BB cream for a simple and quick makeup routine!

Besides that, it is also quite long wearing. I never properly test it out, though, but I never had any issue where my concealer looks separated at the end of the day. And by ‘the end of the day’ here I meant is when I wore it for at least 8 hours before I took it off. Moreover, it is also non-transferable! In fact, I hardly find any cons about this concealer. It is affordable and even cruelty free. I couldn’t ask for more.

Too Faced Multi-use Sculpting Concealer

This concealer was really hyped up at the time it was just released back around July 2018. And I can’t lie that I was also curious of how good it is as so many beauty influencers liking it and comparing it to the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. However since I was (and am always) on a budget, I didn’t immediately buy it when it was released. Instead, I got it on Black Friday sale at Sephora online for 15% off.

Before I bought it, I watched many beauty influencers’ first impression and reviews about this product on Youtube. According to what I watched, almost all of them fell in love with this concealer ever since the first time they tried it. Therefore, my expectation was a bit high.

I also noticed that many said that a little goes along way with this concealer. For example if we use it for under-eye area, we don’t have to put several strokes, instead, we only need some dots, and it’s enough to cover triangle area under our eyes.

I got this in the shade ‘light beige’. This shade is actually lighter than (what I think is) my actual shade (by guessing from pictures online) because I mainly tend to use it to brighten my under-eye area. The first time I tried it, I was so ready to practice all advice I got from watching reviews about this concealer on Youtube. However surprisingly, my first impression was not very good. It was cakey and creased so bad under my eye on the day I tried it for the first time. I also felt it was quite dry and heavy.

At that day, actually I tried many different products for the first time all together. Therefore I thought it might be because of other new products that didn’t work on me, not necessarily because of this concealer. So tried it again on another day with products that I know work well on me. But, I still got the same result. Creased, cakey, and heavy.

Since it is quite an expensive product and many people recommend it, I really want to like it and make it work, so I tried again on another day. But this time, I applied only teeny tiny bit of dots, even smaller sizes than before. And guess what? It finally worked! It didn’t creased throughout the day, wasn’t cakey, and wasn’t heavy at all! So now I know, maybe because I’m not used to heavy full coverage makeup, I need even less amount than what was recommended by most of people.

So, for the Too Faced concealer, it was a bit of learning curve for me. But, I can make it work in the end.

Comparison

Now let’s try comparing both concealers.

After I know just the right amount to use of the Too Faced concealer, my makeup has never been as flawless since. I highly recommend it for those who want a full coverage concealer, but for those who want a natural look, go for the Colourpop one.

Both of them are long-wearing and I never had any issue of them transferring into my clothes. However, from my personal experience,
the Too Faced one feels a little bit dry, but that maybe because my under-eye area is extremely dry these days. But, I never feel Colourpop is drying at all even when I use it for under my eye area.

Price wise, the Too Faced one retails for 29 USD and contains 0.5 fl oz, makes it 5.8 USD per 0.1 fl oz. While the Colourpop one retails for 6 USD and contains 0.14 fl oz, makes it 4.2 USD per 0.1 fl oz. So actually the Too Faced one is not far more expensive compare to the Colourpop one! It just contains more products in a tube making it seems much more expensive. Please also remember that the tube of the Too Faced one is made of glass (sort of) material, while the Colourpop one is made of plastic/ acrylic kind of material, so I’m sure it also contributes in the pricing.

If I had to choose between one, actually, it’s so obvious. I will go with the Colourpop one. It’s cheaper, easier to use (I can make it work since the first time I tried it), and easier to carry (contains less product in a tube makes it lighter and the tube material which made of plastic feels more safe to carry).

So, what do you think of my review? Have you ever tried any or both of these concealers? What do you think about them? Or do you recommend another concealer?

Thank you for reading and see you next time!