REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Virginity, Queen Bee, Nude Beach, Watermelon Soda & 714

Hello everyone!

Jeffree Star is no stranger to controversy, having been very vocal about his opinions on his social media accounts. Perhaps his forthrightness – on top of his talent in makeup artistry and music – was what propelled him to superstar status on the internet. Despite his popularity, he holds no reservations in publicly ridiculing other high-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, whom he lashed out for the poor quality of her lip gloss applicator when they first came out so very naturally, he was regarded as the voice for the beauty community whose passion for make-up has so often been taken advantage of by big beauty brands.

But things can get even uglier when the tables are turned. Not long after the whole Kylie Cosmetics hooha, Jeffree Star found himself embroiled in a yet another feud, but this time with former BFF Kat Von D, just a few days shy of the release of his summer collection last July. With his credibility undoubtedly affected by Kat Von D’s claims of plagiarism claims against him, his Velour Liquid Lipstick sales took a hit despite all the hype around them on Instagram in the weeks leading up to the launch, thereby prompting Jeffree Star to remove the limit on the number of lipsticks each customer can purchase. Beautylish (an authorised Jeffree Star vendor) had to also slash the price of the bundle in half Labour Day to get them to move.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

But were people shunning the summer collection solely because of the scandal? Or were there other underlying reasons such as poor quality control that led to such drastic sales decline? Seeing that not a single shade was sold out one week into the launch, I bought the bundle to test the lipsticks out for myself.

And yes, I paid full price with shipping for this. If only I had sat on buying the bundle a little longer… *sigh*

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Aptly wrapped in eye-catching yellow packaging and infused with a refreshing watermelon scent to remind you of the popular summer punch, the theme of this collection is unmistakable. It stands out from the multitude of summer-themed collections in the market (go Google “makeup summer collection” and you will know what I mean) simply because the five shades picked out exclusively for this line are finally not of the same ol’ pink and coral hues… *yawn*

Here, I see a bold yellow as striking as the sun, a vibrant beige as inviting as sandy beaches and a violet like the colour of perennials that bloom even more brilliantly in summer. These shades are oh-so-relevant to the season!

#1 Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Virginity is described as a soft lilac but dries down completely to a pale purple with slight grey undertone matte. It runs smoothly on the lips and it is sufficiently pigmented to give an opaque finish in a single swipe. The texture feels powdery and drying so it cracks instantly upon movement of the lips. The cracks are more visible on dry lips so lip exfoliation is a must.

Don’t fancy getting roasted under the hot sun but yearn to be tan? Well, this shade is able to help to a certain extent as it makes the skin appear tanner.

Jeffree Star Virginity swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Virginity swatch comparison

While some of the colours in this collection may not be suitable for everyday wear alone, they can be mixed with other lipsticks to create customised colours. As liberal as I am, I am certainly not ready to parade the town in unusually bright lipstick colours just yet, and I am one of the lazy sort who can’t be bothered to tailor-make my make-up. So what do I do with my unconventional lipstick shades? I use them to create lip art!

Virginity as the main colour for my Ditto lip art (other shades include Kylie Cosmetics' Kourt K, Jeffree Star's Drug Lord and Nude Beach)

Virginity as the main colour for my Ditto lip art (other shades include Kylie Cosmetics’ Kourt K, Jeffree Star’s Drug Lord and Nude Beach for the mouth)

The whole lip art experience proved to be a lot more fun than I thought.

I spent close to 30 minutes on this one. And to think that I said I was lazy. Hmm.

Virginity is still available on JeffreeStarCosmetics.com for US$7.99.

#2 Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Queen Bee is the first yellow liquid lipstick in the market, as claimed by Jeffree Star. It is a vibrant canary yellow upon application but becomes one tone lighter when it dries down. This shade was my main deciding factor in getting the summer bundle (as buying just one product would not justify paying for the shipping fee) because, as common as this colour seems for apparels and household products, yellow lipsticks with this degree of pigmentation and vibrancy is virtually unheard of. Furthermore, I didn’t have a yellow liquid lipstick in my stash so this would be a perfect addition to my spectrum of liquid lipstick colours.

Packed a powerful punch in the colour department, Queen Bee is exactly what you see in pictures, except that it appears streakier and less consistent in coverage than expected. The fresher coats of lipstick can easily be told apart from the older ones because they don’t blend well together, resulting in those unsightly horizontal strokes as seen in the above lip swatches. Therefore, the first application has to be absolutely even for the payoff to be uniform. The finish isn’t entirely opaque as some parts of my natural lip colour can still be seen peeking through the lipstick. It feels a little drying and leaves a tacky finish when dried down.

I immediately thought of doing a Pikachu lip art the moment I saw swatches of Queen Bee before it was even launched

I immediately thought of doing a Pikachu lip art the moment I saw swatches of Queen Bee before it was even launched

Besides creating lip art, Queen Bee can also be used with pink and red liquid lipsticks to create a sunset lip ombré, something like Laneige’s Juicy Pop but more vivid and in liquid lipstick form.

Despite all the flaws mentioned, I think Queen Bee deserves a permanent spot in Jeffree Star’s lipstick lineup just because yellow liquid lipsticks are a rare find.

#3 Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Nude Beach is Jeffree Star’s rendition of macaroni and cheese nude, a pale peach matte. This is the only shade which I notice dries down to the exact colour as the product in the tube. But like most light-coloured liquid lipsticks, one swipe of Nude Beach is not opaque enough to mask the natural colour of the lips. It does not apply evenly and the texture is too runny to be able to stay in place when I try to add more coats of the lipstick. Furthermore, I’m not impressed with the streaky texture and tacky finish (even after leaving it to dry). Instead of hugging the lips like a second skin, the lipstick feels like a burdensome layer of paint which I very much look forward to remove every time.

Echoing what Jeffree Star said in his introductory video, however, this is one of the few light shades which works for every skin tone due to its gorgeous warm undertone that prevents it from washing the palest skin out while making lips on dark skin tone “pop” in a flattering way. I personally feel it complements Asian skin tone the most. Really too bad for the poor quality.

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Jeffree Star Nude Beach swatch comparison

Nude Beach is still available on JeffreeStarCosmetics.com for US$7.99.

#4 Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Since watermelons are one of the iconic fruits of summer, it makes perfect sense to dedicate a liquid lipstick from the summer line to the red and green fruit! Fittingly named Watermelon Soda, this rich salmon-toned coral not only resembles the colour of the juicy red watermelon flesh but also smells like the taste of it (yeah, just like the other lipsticks in this collection but this just feels more appropriate, you get what I mean?).

It applies smoothly on the lips and lends a fairly pigmented finish with some negligible patchiness quite unnoticeable from a distance. It dries to a soft reddish-pink matte that does not suck every ounce of moisture from the lips. It is prone to transfers as it still feels slightly tacky after several minutes of wear.

#5 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Named after the area code of Orange County in California where Jeffree Star was born, 714 was first launched in 2015 but was quickly discontinued after several complaints about the formula surfaced. It was said to be poorly formulated and extremely blotchy. But as the saying goes, ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’ – while there were critics who thought 714 was the “worst lip product” they had ever come across, there were also hardcore fans who swore by it. After 714 was taken off the shelves, resale prices for this prized lipstick rocketed and people were pleading Jeffree Star to bring it back.

Fast forward one year, this coral-toned pink made a comeback in a different packaging but the formula remains as horrendous as when it first came out. It has poor colour payoff and the runny and streaky texture means that it would be impossible to distribute the lipstick evenly on the lips. The lipstick budges and does not seem to dry down completely, making it a whole lot more difficult to build. It is tacky and very prone to transfers. The only good out of this substandard liquid lipstick formula is probably its lightweight. This lipstick is so bad, it deserves to be shelved forever.

Jeffree Star Watermelon Soda and 714 swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Watermelon Soda and 714 swatch comparison

714 is the only shade in this collection not infused with watermelon scent (as Jeffree Star explained that adding fragrance would change the colour of the lipstick).

All in all, the summer collection was a huge letdown mainly because all the lipsticks are of light shades and as many of you know, light lipstick shades often turn out to be streaky. Nonetheless, this is not what I would expect from a perfectionist who has no qualms about calling labels out over quality issues. He clearly knew about all these issues (since he had talked about them in his videos), but had still gone ahead with production. Things are always easier said than done, huh?

What say you? Chime away in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The limited edition Jeffree Star summer collection was available at JeffreeStarCosmetics.com and Beautylish for US$18 per lipstick and US$75 per bundle. Some shades may still be available on both websites for heavily discounted prices.

REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Scorpio & Gemini

Hey y’all beauty addicts! How’s it going?

Although I haven’t been posting here as actively as I did before I formally entered the workforce, the shopping still goes strong and I have tonnes of unopened parcels dated way back to last December (when the progression of my posts was already impeded by my Final Year Project then). Heaps of backlogs to clear here, so do bear with me!

In April, Jeffree Star launched two Velour Liquid Lipstick shades named after two star signs – Scorpio and Gemini – just months after MannyMUA released ‘Aries’ with OFRA Cosmetics (review to come). I see a trend towards naming products after attributes that consumers are able to resonate with – a very smart move, I must say, as it stimulates purchase of things you don’t necessarily need but have a strong desire to possess.

Regular packaging

Regular packaging

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Scorpio and Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Scorpio and Gemini

Scorpio, for example, is a grey-purple which is out of my colour comfort zone but I know I must have it because like Jeffree himself, I’m also a Scorpio! I bought Gemini simply because the colour looks amazing. But if you ever need another lame excuse for my incessant spending, my boyfriend is a Gemini and it would be inauspicious to separate a perfect zodiac combo 😆

#1 Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio

Made in honour of Jeffree’s star sign, this purple-toned grey is an unconventional lip colour which would require quite a lot of courage to flaunt. It is not difficult to guess why this particular colour was chosen for Scorpio, judging from the venomous vibes it emanates. It dries down to an opaque, matte finish without bunching up while delivering an intense colour payoff that promises up to hours of smudge-proof wear if doesn’t come in contact with oil. If the smell of the lipstick was concocted to match the lethal look and feel of the shade, then it has certainly achieved its objective because the product does emit a slight chemical odour 🙄

It also comes with a fluffy doe-foot applicator which picks up way too much product for a single application. Do not apply directly to your thin lips without a lip brush or you would be left with a hot mess.

Swatch comparison with other purples

Swatch comparison with other purples

Scorpio makes the other purple shades I have look pinkish in contrast.

#2 Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

This terracotta warm-toned nude is inspired by Jeffree’s best friend who is a Gemini. It gives an impression of boosted lip volume with its velvety and richly pigmented finish. The formula feels slightly tacky in the beginning as it does not dry down as quickly as Scorpio. But once it does, it is absolutely touch-proof and it does not make me feel like my lips are cracking or weighed down. Like Scorpio, one swipe is all it takes to lock that universally-flattering nude onto the lips.

Swatch comparison with other nudes

Swatch comparison with other nudes

Once again, the formula of the liquid lipsticks does not disappoint. I’m aware that many who used to support Jeffree Star have shunned his beauty line ever since his fiasco with Kat Von D over an alleged artwork theft. But if you’re willing to look beyond the drama, his vegan and cruelty-free, yet high quality lipsticks are actually worth the hype and investment 🙂

What are your thoughts about Scorpio and Gemini? Chime in below!

Thanks for reading!

JEFFREE STAR VELOUR LIQUID LIPSTICK IS AVAILABLE AT JEFFREESTARCOSMETICS.COM AND BEAUTYLISH FOR US$18 EACH. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS FREE FOR ORDERS ABOVE US$150 AND US$75 ON JEFFREECOSMESTICS.COM AND BEAUTYLISH RESPECTIVELY.

REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Doll Parts, Androgyny, Hoe Hoe Hoe, Drug Lord & Mistletoe

Hello everyone!

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!

Limited edition packaging

Limited edition packaging

From left: Androgyny, Doll Parts, Hoe Hoe Hoe, Drug Lord & Mistletoe

From left: Androgyny, Doll Parts, Hoe Hoe Hoe, Drug Lord & Mistletoe

Swatches at a glance, from left: Hoe Hoe Hoe, Mistletoe, Drug Lord, Androgyny & Doll Parts

Swatches at a glance, from left: Hoe Hoe Hoe, Mistletoe, Drug Lord, Androgyny & Doll Parts

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

Doll Parts is a soft cool-toned pink with matte finish (US$18)

Doll Parts is a soft cool-toned pink with matte finish (US$18)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts (true to this colour)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 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!

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts - swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts – swatch comparison

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.

#2 Androgyny

Androgyny is a plum mauve with a matte finish (US$18)

Androgyny is a plum mauve with a matte finish (US$18)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny

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!

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny - swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny – swatch comparison

Stingraye from ColourPop is lighter and has browner undertones as compared to Androgyny.

#3 Hoe Hoe Hoe

Hoe Hoe Hoe is a deep toned with hints of metallic red and purple throughout with matte finish (US$18)

Hoe Hoe Hoe is a deep toned with hints of metallic red and purple throughout with matte finish (US$18)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 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.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe - swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe – swatch comparison

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

Drug Lord is a pure white with matte finish (US$18)

Drug Lord is a pure white with matte finish (US$18)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 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!

#5 Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a true Christmas tree-green with a matte finish (US$18)

Mistletoe is a true Christmas tree-green with a matte finish (US$18)

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mistletoe

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! 🙂

JEFFREE STAR VELOUR LIQUID LIPSTICKS in Doll Parts, Androgyny and drug lord ARE 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.

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)

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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)

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Masochist

Masochist

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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)

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Dominatrix

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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!

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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.