(Top to bottom, left to right; Stripped, Crush, Ashton, Soft Lilac and Kathryn)The whole Instagram world seems to be going a bit nuts with the liquid lipsticks thing. There are selfies being taken left, right and centre of every female and their dogs pout. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand I haven’t tried much from but the few bits I own have seriously impressed me. It’s also a brand that isn’t readily available in the UK, you can get it from a few websites but they don’t sell the entire range. After seeing those endless selfies of girls and boys rocking the ABH Liquid Lipsticks, I hopped on to their website and picked out a few colours.
They shipped out to me really quick, I had seen so many people complaining about how long their lipsticks took to arrive and how ABH customer service was pants, but luckily I didn’t have the same issue. It took them around a week to get here, which wasn’t at all bad. The downside was the ridiculous amount of custom fees I had to pay; £30.01. Excuse me? But I’m glad to report it was worth it, still outrageous though. I went pretty safe when it came to picking out the shades I wanted. I went for some nudes, a lilac and a pinky-red, but they are all such beauties.
The lipsticks are housed in a beautiful glass tube and come with a doe-foot applicator. Personally I find the packaging very slick. When you remove the wand from the packaging, there will be quite a lot of product loaded on the applicator, so always make sure you remove any excess before going onto the lips. The colours are very opaque and I find that I can fill in my whole lips without having to dip the applicator back in to get more product. I like to start in the centre of my top and bottom lip and then turn the brush on its side to trace along my lip line. You need to be careful with the darker shades because if you mess up and get it on your skin, it will stain.
One thing to bare in mind, they do set to a matte finish so if your lips are slightly dry, it can become prominent once the lipstick sets, but as long as you have well exfoliated lips you won’t have that problem. I have seen reviews where people complain about the longevity of this product, however I can’t relate, the only colour that didn’t last that well on me was Crush but apart from that shade, they all last really well and wear off beautifully. They can feel a tad drying but they don’t look dry. On me, the nude lipsticks last around 4-5h before they need touching up and the darker shade (Kathryn) around 7h. I can eat and drink without any fear that this lipstick will rub off, seriously, you need a good oil based cleanser to remove this. When it comes to reapplying, you won’t have to remove whatever amount of lipstick you have left, the second layer will go on smoothly over the top and won’t look patchy or flakey.
The downside for me was of course the custom fees, it sucks having to pay to receive a parcel, especially when I had already paid almost $19 for shipping, but I guess it worked out for me as I thoroughly enjoy the product, otherwise I would’ve been extremely upset. I will say though that after using these lipsticks for more than three days in a row, I can tell that my lips are starting to dry up quite badly, and if you look closely you can see some cracking in the pictures. So as I said, make sure your lips are well moisturised before using this, or any other matte lipstick for that matter. As with everything in life, we’re all going to have a difference of opinion, but I really, really like these and I’m gutted I didn’t pick up more shades. Hopefully they’ll come to the UK soon and I can use the £30 custom fees to get myself another lipstick or two.
Have you tried these? What are your thoughts?