Liquid lipstick is having a bit of an extended moment, and I'm totally OK with that. As a lover of bright, matte lips, this format is totally up my street and I've loved seeing more and more of these products roll on to the market. I adore the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, the Sleek Matte Me lipsticks, and the Sephora cream lip stains are also brilliant - the red in that range is one of my all-time favourites. At the very ttop of my wishlist are a couple of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks - they seem to be pretty expensive, though, and in the meantime I've been kept quite happy with some cheaper alternatives.
The MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers come in the most gorgeous frosted tubes - if these were part of a high-end collection I'd probably be forking out for them just as quickly. I know that these look quite look like the Lime Crime Velvetine lipsticks, but they're not really something I'd buy having heard so many bad stories about the company. These MUA ones are super-affordable at about €4 and you can find them in Superdrug - my local one in Santry had a great supply the last time I was there.
Swatched: MUA Luxe Lip Lacquers in Kooky, Tranquility and Atomic (L-R)
I picked up three shades; the first one swatched above, Kooky, is a true smoked purple. I don't own MAC Heroine (though I want it), so can't properly compare, but this is definitely the most true purple lipstick in my collection to date - MAC Violetta has very fuschia/pink undertones in comparison to this.
Tranquility is a peachy nude with a hint of mauve. Often the nude shades of this formula aren't the best, but this one was fine - I like to team it with NYX Mauve liner (which I have nearly used up!) for a little extra definition.
Atomic is a full-on neon orangey-coral. It reminds me a bit of MAC Ablaze, but bolder. It definitely looks far better with a tan and I'm really looking forward to wearing it at the height of summer.
In terms of wear time, these stay put for absolutely ages and definitely aren't for the faint-hearted. They will leave a stain and you will need to use eye make-up remover on your lips - I couldn't get the swatches off my arm properly for nearly a day. They are also obviously a bit drying, especially without proper prep and if your lips are in any way chapped, they will crumble a bit. So they are definitely a slightly high-maintenance kind of product but overall, I don't care. I love them enough that the trade-off is totally worth it for the incredible pigment - they're my current 'night out' lip product of choice.