Last Christmas was an exceptionally brutal period for my wallet because of all the sales going on that caused my credit cards to break out of hibernation. Jeffree Star Cosmetics, in particular, rolled out five limited-edition (and now permanent) liquid lipstick shades to get every beauty lover in the mood for the festive season. They are Drug Lord, Doll Parts, Androgyny, Hoe Hoe Hoe and Mistletoe, some of which are colours that I admittedly don’t have the courage to parade in public yet.
Topping it all off, these new lipsticks were sold as a holiday bundle for only US$75 (which is equivalent to a discount of US$15) despite the widespread attention they had garnered on social media even before they were released for sale! That’s quite a substantial amount of moolah when converted to Singapore currency if you ask me, and it is precisely their generosity (and willingness to listen to their customers) that compelled me to support the brand. As might be expected, the lipsticks were sold out in minutes, thereby prompting Jeffree Star to do a restock and make the more popular shades permanent!
Deviating from its regular pink packaging, these liquid lipsticks came in white tubes and boxes that scream exclusivity. I actually prefer this design because it looks more sophisticated and original, unlike the regular packaging (the use of stars and silver holographic effect and the hot pink especially) which reminds me so much of that of Lime Crime. But of course, in terms of the quality of materials used for the packaging, Jeffree Star’s doesn’t feel like it would crack and shatter into pieces if you accidentally drop it.
#1 Doll Parts
Making a comeback this month is Doll Parts, a muted fuchsia with blue undertones that instantly transform a tomboy into a girly girl. It has a fairly runny consistency which makes it all the more easy to blend. With a single application, it was able to fill my lips with an opaque and well-pigmented layer of lipstick. Unlike some liquid lipsticks I have, this does not wrinkle the lips and cause them to stiffen or move awkwardly. I generally do not have any complaints about their formula and Doll Parts certainly did not disappoint!
I don’t really go for light pink hues when it comes to purchasing liquid lipsticks because of my relatively tanner complexion, so the closest (but far from similar) shade I have to Doll Parts is Bad Habit by ColourPop.
Dusty mauves have become one of the most highly sought-after lipstick shades ever since Kylie Jenner started wearing it at public events about two years ago. As a neutral hue, Androgyny makes a safe choice for an everyday lipstick shade because it doesn’t blatantly shout for attention. It applies smoothly and evenly with a lightweight texture but settles slightly into the lip lines. It dries down to an opaque and non-drying matte finish quickly and was able to conceal the scab on my lower lip entirely.
However, this is one shade that you cannot rely solely on swatches to get a good idea of its true colour. While it seems to have redder undertones when swatched on my hand, it tends to pull purple on my lips which has a warmer tone. I was rather upset with the huge disparity because I really liked the colour on my hand. So Asian readers, do take note before you make your purchase!
Stingraye from ColourPop is lighter and has browner undertones as compared to Androgyny.
#3 Hoe Hoe Hoe
I don’t need another red lipstick but I just couldn’t resist those gorgeously subtle purple shimmers. Hoe Hoe Hoe lends the lips a fuller appearance with a provocative sheen, thereby upping the pout game. Unfortunately, it accentuates fine lines on the lips and feels a tad drier than the other Velour Liquid Lipsticks. The finish isn’t as densely pigmented as I like it to be but has a thicker consistency which may be why the applicator wasn’t able to collect a lot of product from the tube each time. Despite the alluring colour, this shade is probably the worst performer in the bundle.
Dance With Me by MAC is the dupe for Hoe Hoe Hoe! But if I had to choose between Hoe Hoe Hoe and Dance With Me, I would opt for the former. Apart from price difference, there are many other reasons for my choice and they will be revealed in my upcoming review on MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks so keep your eyes peeled to this space!
#4 Drug Lord
The first of its kind, this sold-out multi-purpose shade can be used as a lightening agent to create ombre lips, as a liquid eyeliner or even worn as it is. But unless you want to look like a drug addict who has probably forgotten to wipe large remnants of heroin off the lips after use of the drug, or a clueless child who has mistakenly used correction fluid on her lips, use Drug Lord only as a base colour, please.
When worn by itself, it appears messy and requires several applications to completely conceal the natural lip colour. It forms clumps at the doe foot, thus making it hard to line the lips. On top of that, because it’s white, the applicator gets dirty very easily!
What’s Christmas without red… and green? This aptly-named shade (although Grinch would be more appropriate) is a unique colour in my stash (so no swatches to compare with, sorry!). It has a slightly runnier formula and therefore was able to distribute evenly across the lips without too much difficulty. It applies smoothly on the lips but has a fairly opaque coverage because streaks of my natural lip colour could still be seen. You would hence need more than one swipe (the formula is buildable) to entirely obscure the lips.
I’m very late to review these lipsticks so Mistletoe and Hoe Hoe Hoe have already been taken down from the catalogue on Jeffree Star Cosmetics website. But who knows, it may just make a comeback this Christmas!
All in all, this bundle is only worthwhile if you intend to use all of liquid lipsticks. Otherwise, just stick to the conventional shades like Androgyny, Doll Parts and Hoe Hoe Hoe because honestly, US$75 is still quite a lot of money!
What are your thoughts on the unusual colours like Drug Lord and Mistletoe? Would you wear them as they are or blend it with another shade to achieve another colour? I would love to hear from you so chime in below!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more beauty reviews! 🙂