If there’s one product I can’t resist buying into, it’s lippy. So now that MUA have decided to include some new shades in their Velvet Lip Lacquer range, I gave in and bought three. For £3 each, many beauty bloggers are hailing these as budget dupes for the infamous (and practically difficult to obtain) Lime Crime Velvetines. I can’t make any real comparisons between the two products as my Lime Crime Velvetines are still being shipped out. But rest assured that when they arrive it’ll be swatch central in my house.
With the introduction of 4 new nude-y shades, there are 9 in total to choose from. I picked up Halcyon, Funk and Reckless. Swatched on my arm in that order,
Halcyon is the nude everybody will want to get their hands on. It’s one of the four newest released nude shades that were added to the Velvet Lacquer collection and it’s perfect for creating that 90’s Kylie Jenner inspired lip. Personally, I lived through the 90’s and I have no idea why brown lipstick was such a winner then or even now but Halcyon is a wearable warm, pink-ish nude that most people will be able to wear.
Funk is a bold fuchsia pink shade that I wish I had in my collection during the Summer months. I doubt this would’ve left my side. Bright and eye-catching but easy to pull off. It glides on with the ease of a gloss, setting to a matte velvety texture.
Last but not least is Reckless – a classic red. This one is quite a deep shade and it’s perfect for the Autumn/Winter months. Like the previous two shades this lip lacquer lasts for about 3-5 hours depending on your eating/drinking habits. My only issue is that the matte formula is very drying and instead of wearing off the lacquer tends to “crumble” in pieces – either in your food, drink or on your teeth (not a good look!) My suggestions are to use a lip scrub and balm to ensure lips are super smooth and moisturised before application.
Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, they’re smooth, thick and super pigmented. I found that using just one swipe had more than enough coverage. The paraben-free formula might not be perfect, but for £3 they’re an absolute bargain.
Bottom line, would I buy more? No, not really. I need my lip products to last and the crumbling nature of these is a feature that puts me off buying more. But for somebody on a budget, they’re perfect.