Welcome back to the ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where I discuss products that didn’t work for me, or that I just don’t love and wouldn’t purchase again.
I love Makeup Revolution and I have to admit that I purchased these Salvation Velvet Lacquers based on excellent reviews on youtube. I didn’t have any experience with matte, liquid lipsticks, so part of the reason why I may have found these to be a product that I don’t love is that I really just didn’t know what to expect. Obviously people do like these – all the reviews I looked up at the time were positive, but seriously people, if you don’t like dry lips, and I mean straight up, dry lips, then you are going to struggle with this kind of product.
I have three colours from this range and the pigmentation is amazing on all three.
The texture is creamy and opaque and when you swatch them they are beautiful. On your arm it is clear that these are super long wearing! Once they are dry they don’t budge.
The difficulty with these lip lacquers comes with the complexity of wearing such a dry colour on an area of the body that flexes and gets wet. After trying these and getting super frustrated at the disastrous results I hit up the internet for some advice. I was told that I needed to do the following for a more successful application:
- exfoliate my lips before application
- apply only a single, thin layer
- keep mouth open, without touching lips, until the product is completely dry
- avoid any kind of oily food as oils will immediately break down the product
So I went back to the drawing board and had better success BUT I still find these to be a very high maintenance lip product to wear. I have taken some photos to demonstrate my point.
When you first apply the velvet lip lacquer following the instruction above they look really pigmented, opaque and matte. If it stayed like this I could deal with the dryness because the colour payoff is awesome.
In my experience the lacquer goes through a process of ‘stripping away’ the colour that touches the inner edge of the lip that tends to get damp. I strongly dislike this. The colour crumbles and transfers to my teeth, a situation that makes me anxious and leaves me checking my teeth compulsively.
Once this ‘stripping’ process along the inner edge is completed these do wear for a long time. The only issue is that they really aren’t comfortable for me. They are so very dry and matte that I am constantly tempted to lick my lips or purse my lips – both of which lead to the colour breaking down.
Although the colour is long wearing, when it breaks down it doesn’t wear away like a creamy lipstick might, but rather is kind of crumbles away in a really uneven, unattractive way.
This picture was actually taken less than 30mins after application and I had been laughing (loudly) and talking with my husband and you can see that the colour is already starting to crumble off the lips. The pigmentation and opacity doesn’t change over time but it does just crumble off!
I have to be honest and say that because I haven’t enjoyed these lip lacquers I have avoided matte liquid lipsticks from other brands, so this is the only matte, liquid lipstick that I have ever tried. I can’t compare it to similar products from other brands so I have no idea how it might compare. All I can really say is that I don’t love this product. I do, however, LOVE Makeup Revolution as a brand. In fact, they are my favourite brand of makeup! I suppose every brand has something that just won’t work for you and the Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers are that product for me.
Have a wonderful day beautiful people!