"I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention and one day I decided I had better things to do."
- Brian Andreas
Hey all! Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite makeup products. I wear them 99% of the time that I have makeup on and I almost never wear regular lipstick anymore. I've tried countless formulas from tons of brands and although everyone does have a preference when it comes to them, I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't.
With that being said, I will begin by saying this is a negative review. We all have our preferences so if you enjoy these liquid lipsticks, please do not take offense. I tried these every single way possible and they were terrible each time - for me. Before I get into the formula and why I dislike them so much, let's take a look at each shade...
Coloured Raine is a brand I discovered on Instagram after seeing tons of influencers wearing their liquid lipsticks... Every shade is, without a doubt, beautiful and unique; I swooned over nearly every color so when they had a Black Friday sale, I jumped at the chance to pick some up. I ordered 5 shades:
The left swatches are built up for more opacity while the small right swatch is one swipe of the applicator.
On the website, "Metallic champagne liquid lip paint that dries matte leaving your lips vibrant for hours. Won't budge a bit unless oil based product is used for removal."
I've been searching for a metallic shade like this so it was the first shade I tried on when I received these... First impression, the fragrance is strong-ish and my lips tingled a little - I'm extremely sensitive so right off the bat, I knew I probably wouldn't be able to wear this often. It is the only shade I purchased with a scent.
I applied a very thin layer and after a few minutes, rubbed my lips together to see how it felt and immediately it started flaking off on itself. The entire center of my lips was flaked off and removed. I tried again, waiting until it was fully dry before moving my lips at all and it continued to flake.
"Dark amethyst with purple undertones."
This shade is patchy, uncomfortable and wears off quickly.
"Dark rouge with purple undertones."
This shade looks near identical to Raine Fever. On the website they look different. The formula is close to Raine Fever in that it's pretty streaky and wears off quickly but I'd say that this one takes more layering for opaque coverage.
As you can see, they are quite similar and on the lips you can't really tell the difference.
This shade is gorgeous but feels chalky and flakes off in the center within an hour or so of wear.
"Dark chocolate with subtle cherry tones."
This is my most liked shade out of the bunch, however it feels very uncomfortable on the lips and needs some layering for full opacity. It wears off the center of the lips within a few hours whether you eat/drink or not.
Here is a photo of Tootsie after two hours of wear. There is a shine to my lips because I had just started adding vaseline to remove it before I remembered I needed to take a photo. Some of you who follow my snapchat (themakeupaffair) may have seen it while I ranted about how it broke down on my lips super quickly. I was not eating nor drinking, simply taking photos for a makeup look and it was flaking and crumbling off after an hour.
Trouble shooting - Trial and error, in an attempt to get a better application and wear.. No balm underneath, adding a balm underneath, lip liner, no lip liner, thin layers, thicker layers - I have tried literally every way possible and they all ended with the same result.
It definitely varies depending on the shade, as does the packaging which was a red flag for me from the beginning. It seems each shade is from a totally different batch!
As I've said, liquid lipsticks are my favorite so I don't think that I'm in any way, shape or form very picky when it comes to formulas. Sure, I have my favorites but I'm not one to be easily put off by texture/dryness, etc.... These are bad. And for $17..... Absolutely not!
My other complaint is the return policy is only 7 days... So by the time you receive them and are able to test them, you no longer have the time to return them for a refund.
I wanted to badly to love these... I'm extremely disappointed!! My only guess is that all the rave reviews on Instagram that introduced me to this line were bloggers and artists who have had these sent to them.
I really, really dislike giving negative reviews but you guys know I will always be totally honest with you. I'll be trying to utilize them as eyeliners or otherwise give them to a friend.
Have you tried these lippies from Coloured Raine? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!