REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Dirty Money, Masochist, Dominatrix


Hello everyone!

With so many up-and-coming new makeup brands emerging in the beauty industry, it can be hard to keep up but on the bright side (*cough*in denial*cough*), it allows me to explore more options which may be less damaging to my bank account as compared to the likes of MAC. ColourPop, for instance, is one makeup brand that is gradually gaining a foothold in my makeup stash with their dirt cheap liquid lipsticks. Also joining the ranks of beauty brands on my radar is Jeffree Star Cosmetics, a relatively new brand that is only turning a year old in three days’ time!

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Founded by Jeffree Star, an American singer-songwriter, make-up artist, fashion designer and model from Orange County, his eponymous cosmetics line carries merely lip products (no regular lipsticks, strangely) and is widely known for his flamboyant and unorthodox liquid lipstick shades (100% vegan and cruelty-free too!). When I first learnt about his existence, I hadn’t really caught up in the liquid lipstick craze yet. But the more I looked at those perfectly filled lips on his Instagram account, the more I felt compiled to lay my hands on his products! However, the prices aren’t exactly affordable for an indie brand like Jeffree Star so I had to shelve that idea. Then, one day he decided to sell 3 of his newest shades at a bundle price of US$48 (savings of US$6, no longer available)! Ok lah, not a huge discount but at least it’s enough to cover the shipping fee of US$5.95!

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Most lipsticks are limited to 2 per customer since it’s a new set-up (and this also makes me wonder how ColourPop, also a new brand in the market, is able to meet the high demands for their products?). Shipping speed was average and comparable to that of ColourPop. My order was received by my forwarder after 7 days it was shipped out although I had gotten the delivery confirmation on the same day I made my purchase.

(from left) Dirty Money, Dominatrix & Masochist

(from left) Dirty Money, Dominatrix & Masochist

Size

Size

But Jeffree Star definitely does better in terms of packaging. The thick glass-like plastic container that holds the liquid lipstick certainly feels a lot sturdier, more expensive and luxurious. I don’t really like the tiny gap between the cap and the lower part of the tube, though, because it always makes me think that the cap is not securely tightened.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (swatches)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (swatches)

And clearly, these liquid lipsticks dry down a lot faster than ColourPop! That alone already deserves a bonus point in their scorecards. But do the products live up to expectations? Let’s find out!

#1 Dirty Money

Dirty Money is a dusty green with matte finish (US$18)

Dirty Money is a dusty green with matte finish (US$18)

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money (ok, I’m a little trypophobic so this picture kinda grosses me out. Sorry if you feel likewise)

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

The highlight (newly released at that point in time) of the trio, Dirty Money is a funky shade of green inspired by the colour of American banknotes that would go well with all skin tones (if you’re daring enough to wear it). It goes on the lips opaque and smoothly and wears very evenly.

I did not exfoliate my lips before application (don’t have the habit, but of course you’re encourage to do so) so there were very obvious flakes of dead skin on the bottom lip. Interestingly, Dirty Money accentuates the fine lines on my upper lip more than the lower when it’s usually the opposite. It is slightly drying (just a teeny weeny bit) but felt like it could last for hours. I don’t think I’m gutsy enough to parade in public with this unusual shade (my boyfriend would kill me if I do) but it’s a unique colour to own as a memento. This is the only greenish lipstick I have so no swatch comparison is available for this.

Dirty Money is currently sold out on site but will return at the end of February 2016.

#2 Masochist

Masochist is a dark pink with matte finish (US$18)

Masochist is a dark pink with matte finish (US$18)

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Masochist

Another sellout from this trio (and probably not going to get a restock anytime soon), Masochist is more accurately described as a cool-toned berry, somewhat like a liquid lipstick version of MAC’s Heaux. Perfect for fall, this bold shade instantly brightens up my face but took a little longer to set on the lips. It has an ultra-matte finish with uh-mazing colour coverage that went on my lips smoothly without a fuss. It didn’t emphasise my lip lines and the applicator was very easy to maneuver around the outline of the lips. The lipstick is neither drying nor hydrating.

Swatch comparison against other similar liquid lipstick shades

Swatch comparison against other similar liquid lipstick shades. Masochist looks wetter because it was applied last!

Masochist is a lot brighter and more opaque than the other pink shades I own.

#3 Dominatrix

Dominatrix is a chocolate brown with matte finish (US$18)

Dominatrix is a chocolate brown with matte finish (US$18)

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

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Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix

Dominatrix is intensely pigmented, but tends to “crack” when it dries down completely. You can clearly see those fine lip lines in the picture of me not smiling. Extremely matte in texture, it has a thick and heavy (like chocolate, really) consistency that will make your lips more defined with a single stroke. In fact, it’s so much so that the product appeared in clumps when I lifted the applicator off the tube, thus making it more difficult for me to apply on the lips. I had to be really careful in the application lest my lips look like a monkey’s butt (a very sexy one, that is).

Swatch comparison against similar liquid lipstick shades

Swatch comparison against similar liquid lipstick shades

Dominatrix is darker than ColourPop’s Limbo and also a lot more opaque and even.

In conclusion, my first purchase from Jeffree Star was a very gratifying one. You’re literally paying for the quality – their liquid lipstick formula is way more superior than that of ColourPop (I know it’s unfair to compare the two since the price difference is so great, but it’s the only other liquid lipstick brand I own) because it has gives colour payoff and opacity. When Jeffree Star says “matte”, he really means it!

What are your thoughts about the finish? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! (And yes there’s another batch of Jeffree Stars comin’ to me soon, so do subscribe or follow my Instagram for more first-hand updates! 😉 )

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick is available at jeffreestarcosmetics.com and BEAUTYLISH for US$18 each. international shipping is free for orders above US$100 and US$35 on jeffreecosmestics.com and beautylish respectively.
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6 thoughts on “REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Dirty Money, Masochist, Dominatrix

  1. Dominatrix looks SO good on you! I wouldn’t think a deep brown lipstick would look good but it looks amazing in your pics.

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  2. I stumbled upon your review. Your LLs are not authentic. I own 9 of his LLs which I bought direct from his website. One of the clear giveaways is the sticker with the name of the LL, stuck on the base of the box packaging. Google/YouTube it and you’ll see what I mean. Also the metallic print on the box should be rose gold, it’s clearly gold in your pictures :/

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  3. Errr… I bought all of my JSC lipsticks off Jeffree Star website too (including this batch) and I still have all the order confirmation emails from Jeffree Star Cosmetics to prove it. Haha are you saying that the owner himself sells knock-offs of his own products? I don’t think so right…. 🙂

    But anyway I did what you said and Googled/watch how-to videos on YouTube. If you noticed, all of these Authentic VS Fake videos/posts were created very recently this year while this review was posted last year. I do, in fact, own a couple of JSC’s new lipstick shades and notice the change in packaging, notably the sticker at the base. The old packaging comes with the square sticker with rounded corners like what you see here whereas the new packaging has long rectangular sticker that’s connected from the base to the main body of the box. If you were to search for JSC reviews that were posted in 2015, you will see pictures of the same packaging design – but they are not fakes. The packaging was only changed this year and very obviously the knock-off factories didn’t follow through and update their design.

    If you’re still not convinced, well.. all my boxes have serial numbers /printed/ on.

    As for the metallic print, eh, could be reflection from the sun? Sorry I was a broke student, couldn’t afford camera lighting so I had to rely on natural lighting. It was 1pm and the sun was its strongest. Lol

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