REVIEW: Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks – Brick, Cork & Desert Suede

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t noticed, my recent beauty reviews have been steering away from my usual favourites of MAC because there are a lot of buzz around some new brands lately and I wanted to share how their hot-selling products fare against my Asian skin tone since no one is doing it (well, not that I know of). If you’re missing those MAC updates, don’t worry – they will be back. Soon. But first, I wanted to put another brand in the spotlight today and that is none other than.. *drum rolls* Dose of Colors!

dose of colors logo

Founded in 2013, Dose of Colors (DOC) is the brainchild of Armenian makeup artist Anna Petrosian who aspired to have a brand of her own to experiment with colours. It is a relatively new indie beauty company based in California, USA, which is not only cruelty-free (verified by PETA) but also eco- and vegan-friendly.

I had been seeing this brand around a lot on the internet lately and I gotta admit that I used to dismiss it as another wannabe brand riding on the popularity of liquid lipstick until I checked out their Instagram page. Despite its young age and being largely an e-commerce business (although they do have brick-and-mortar stores in some parts of the U.S.), it has already garnered over an impressive two million followers on their Instagram account. That’s an even larger following than well-established and high-end brands like Laura Mercier (920k) and Clinique (one million). Surely, to have a following that massive (that’s unless they paid for it.. but I highly doubt that), it must mean something, right? So I threw in the towel, paid for my first DOC order… and I’ve never looked back since!

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Traffic to the website must have been overwhelming that night I made my purchase as it was the day these three highly sought-after shades were restocked. Thus. I was half-expecting the order to be processed at snail’s pace. But I was dead wrong. Delivery was almost immediate – my order was shipped on the same day my payment was made (just four hours apart from each other) and it was received by my forwarder six days later. I think my eyes widened a little in disbelief when I saw the notification emails. Gold star for efficiency!

As a self-proclaimed advocate for creativity, colourful and stylish logo and packaging design like those of DOS drive me wild. The simplicity of the typeface in the logo is very distinctive to the brand, eye-catching yet professional-looking. I also love the semi-opaque packaging (super smooth to touch) which reminds me of the smart glass on the LRT trains that changes to translucent when passing by apartment buildings.

In terms of functionality, the cap “clicks” when it is securely closed. The reflective band next to it, although does add a more luxurious feel to the overall appearance of the product, isn’t reflective enough to serve as a mirror surface. It would be awesome if it is so it could save me a trip to the toilet when I need to reapply the lipstick. But I’m willing to forgive that minor flaw because the soft and cushiony doe-foot applicator is perfectly tapered for an extremely clean and precise application. Literally no lip brush needed to line the lips! Another gold star for product design!

*gasp* How now, brown cow?! Even before using the products, I’ve already fallen head over heels for them! 😳

#1 Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

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Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Most of the liquid lipsticks do not come with clear colour description on the website so I had to rely on the given images to judge the shades. I hate to do that because the colours may vary from computer to computer depending on the colour resolution of the screen, so what seems like warm red on mine may actually be a burgundy in real life. But thank God everything turned out pretty close to my expectations.

Brick is a deep brown-red. It has a faint chocolatey scent and applies evenly on the lips. It does not sink into the creases on my lips but it accentuates the lip lines to a small extent. Never mind, it is not very obvious from afar. It feels lightweight and neither hydrating nor drying but the tackiness remains even after several minutes of leaving it to settle. It dries down to an opaque matte finish with a natural sheen. It is not entirely transfer-proof although that makes it very easy to be removed.

Swatch comparison for Brick

Swatch comparison for Brick

#2 Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

This is my favourite shade among the three reviewed here. Stand out with Cork, a medium-toned yellow-brown which goes on smooth and velvety on the lips to give an opaque finish. It leans more towards the dry side, thus definitely has the tendency to flake after some time. Its emphasis on the lip lines can be quite noticeable even from a distance and even though it doesn’t feel as sticky as Brick, it has a strange rubbery texture (rub your lips against each other and you’ll know what I mean). Nonetheless, this is a very unusual shade to have to complement any skin tone and style.

Swatch comparison after Desert Suede.

#3 Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Desert Suede is a matte dusty mauve with a strong grey undertone. The initial application glides on smoothly like the other shades with great colour payoff. Then, the horror comes once it dries down completely. True to its name, this shade makes my lips looks like mudcracks in deserts, especially on the upper lips (a very common issue I have with light-coloured lipsticks). It is a little drying so you gotta smile at all times with this shade on because those awful lip lines become intensely obvious when you don’t. On the plus side, it feels lightweight and the tackiness is pretty negligible here.

Swatch comparison for Desert Suede and Cork

Swatch comparison for Desert Suede and Cork

Generally, the formula hold up pretty well and has surpassed my expectations. Furthermore, Dose of Colours carries mostly wearable shades so I certainly see myself buying from them again (in fact, I’ve already added Black Rose to my cart – just waiting for the right time to cart it out!). If you’re conscientious about animal welfare and the environment, Dose of Colors is one guilt-free cosmetics brand you can consider supporting. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the packaging and the incredible pigmentation of the colours but I would personally look out for their bundle sales (typically 5 for US$75 and they sell out snap) to take full advantage of that that shipping fee.

What do you think about these lipsticks by Dose of Colors? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS BY DOSE OF COLORS ARE AVAILABLE ON doseofcolors.com FOR US$18 PER PIECE. Final Prices do not include flat shipping rate of US$5.50 for all shipments within the U.S. regardless of item quantity purchased. International shipping rate varies and will be calculated at time of checkout.

REVIEW: MannyMUA x OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks – Hypno, Charmed & Aries

Hello everyone!

If there is one thing social media has taught me about gender equality, it’s debunking the stereotype about makeup being something reserved only for the ladies and drag queens. It made me realise that men can be as good as women at applying makeup.. or even at a more expert level! Just switch over to your ‘Explore’ or ‘Recommended’ tab on Instagram or YouTube and, depending on your activity, you may be able to spot men wearing the most wicked makeup looks and dayum do they look fabulous in it!

One such talented male beauty gurus is @MannyMUA733  (real name Manny Gutierrez), a professional makeup artist by trade who found fame on YouTube as one of the few premier male beauty vloggers. Prior to that, he was already sharing snippets of sped-up makeup tutorials on his Instagram page and that was how I discovered him (because I’m not the kind who has the patience to sit through an entire 15-minute video.. unless it’s related to popping pimples, of course). His makeup creations on his own stubbly face are truly second to none and it is really no wonder beauty companies are lining up to work with him since he has the ability to make you feel like buying every product he uses in his videos.

First, it was a liquid lipstick with Gerard Cosmetics. Then, an eye shadow palette with MakeupGeek that caused a frenzy online when it dropped. And now a collaboration with one of my favourite beauty brands on a trio of universally flattering neutral liquid lipsticks? Shut up and take my money!

MannyMUA X OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

MannyMUA X OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

MannyMUA X OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks swatches

MannyMUA X OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks swatches

OFRA Cosmetics recently underwent an appearance transformation and this collection had the honour of decking out in the new and improved slinky packaging right at its launch. But personally, I prefer the matte paper box used in the former packaging (sans the unsightly ingredient list sticker pasted on the front) as the material feels sleeker and more professional and I like the obscure yet very much visible brand name on the box against the all-black background. I don’t really like how flamboyant the logo is now on the packaging. But that’s not to say there is nothing noteworthy about the new design.

The current tube is noticeably much longer and thicker as if made of better quality plastic. Certainly, there seems to be a lot more product in the tube as compared to that of the older packaging so you would definitely get your money’s worth with this one! Moreover, improvements have also been made to the applicator to allow for more precision in application and control around the edges. And most importantly, there is no price increment even with all these changes. I mean, it ought to remain the same considering how kinda pricey the lipsticks already are for a mid-tier brand (FYI, MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks cost US$21 each).

#1 Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries

In keeping up with the trend of naming products after the creator’s zodiac sign (which I honestly feel, at this juncture, is getting very predictable and overused.. If I had the opportunity to launch my own lipstick line, I’d name the products after my favourite food like Carrot Cake, Salted Egg and whatnots – why didn’t anybody think of that?!), Aries was born into a form of nude with peach-pink undertones. It would actually make more sense if it had taken on the corresponding colour of Aries but hey,  who needs another red lipstick anyway? After all, pink nudes are a foolproof option because they will never go out of style!

Aries are supposedly feisty and aggressive in nature but this shade exudes just the opposite. It complements fair skin tones beautifully and softens one’s look without being over the top. Vanilla-scented, it has a creamy texture with semi-full coverage which applies buttery smooth on my dry lips but it tends to clump up significantly on uneven areas. However, it leaves a sticky sensation on the lips.

#2 Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charmed

There is no explanation anywhere on how the name of this shade came about but I would like to think that it was named in tribute to my all-time favourite American television series (on a side note, anyone knows where I can watch all the episodes online? I’ve been searching for them for ages!) so that I have another reason to love it.

Charmed is a pink-nude mauve – very close to my natural lip colour – with a moisturising touch. It glides on creamy, thick and highly pigmented and accentuates the shape and curves of the lips. The formula is lightweight and feels exceptionally comfortable on the lips, yet provides excellent coverage and does not dry down to a completely matte finish. My chapped lips approve! This shade is perfect for light to medium skin tones.

Swatch comparison for Aries and Charmed

Swatch comparison for Aries and Charmed

“What?! Nothing for dark skin?” Fret not, sweethearts, why wouldn’t there be? It’s 2016! OFRA’s got your back!

#3 Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno (US$19.90)

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

MannyMUA X OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hypno

The darkest shade of the trio is a hydrating burgundy that would look gorgeous across all skin tones. Transform from a daytime darling to a nighttime diva with just a change in lipstick colour! Best paired with smokey eyes, it is the shade to wear on any night out. It does not tug at the lips and it sweeps across seamlessly, leaving a slight sheen even after it dries. It simulates the look of a fuller pout without emphasising the fine lip lines. The first swipe is mostly opaque but it builds to a nice intensity with several passes.

Swatch comparison for Hypno

Swatch comparison for Hypno

I would recommend this shade if you only have the budget for one because, really, everyone needs a vampy lipstick in their stash! But if you weren’t fast enough to get your hands on any of these babies when they first launched as a limited-edition collection, you would be thrilled to bits to know that this lovely set of classic nudes are now set to stay for good! The last time I checked, they were still available online, so go grab ’em!

What are your thoughts about this latest collaboration with MannyMUA? Let me know your thoughts below!

Thank you for reading! 🙂

MannyMUA X OFRA Cosmetics is available permanently at OFRACosmetics.com at US$19.90 per piece or US$49.70 for a bundle of all three shades. Alternatively, you may purchase through an international distributor in your country of residence.

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.