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: OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks – Paris Rendezvous, Venice, Santa Ana & Atlantic City

Hello everyone!

While hopeless romantics eagerly anticipate the arrival of Valentine’s Day every February, shopaholics like myself look forward to sales as well as new releases that complement the special occasion. OFRA, a brand I’ve been keeping tabs on ever since purchasing my now all-time favourite liquid lipstick in Miami Fever, launched the Four Shades of Romance collection in January to give ladies ample time to prep for their Valentine’s date. Featuring four versatile and romantic shades, this Valentine’s Day-inspired collection includes one that is limited edition and exclusive to this set.

OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection

OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection

OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection

OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection

Packaging size

Packaging size

Housed in a dark purplish-pink drawstring mesh bag and cushioned from inevitable knocks during transit by shredded pink paper, the liquid lipsticks looked set for the celebration of love in a visibly smaller packaging – about 2 cm shorter than the regular-size ones – and a shiny silver cap instead of the usual matte black. The slimline design also makes it very handy to carry around in a clutch purse.

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Swatches

Among the four shades shown above, Santa Ana, Venice and Atlantic City are repackaged from the permanent line. Given that OFRA has been consistent in naming its liquid lipsticks – Miami Fever, Las Vegas, Dubai and other names of cities around the world (would love to see one named after an Asian city like Singapore though), it’s definitely not surprising to see that the shades picked out for this bundle are of two of the most romantic cities in the world. All of them have a matte finish.

(Pardon my ignorance but why Atlantic City and Santa Ana if not for the shade? Perhaps my American readers can enlighten me on this one!)

#1 Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

OFRA Atlantic City

Vivid red lipsticks are a staple for the romantic season so it would be silly not to have one in this collection pack. This classic red has blue undertones which exudes sophistication and confidence on your first date with the guy you’ve been really interested in. The formula ensures full coverage to reduce the appearance of your lip lines and it also leaves a creamy and hydrating texture on the lips before drying down to a matte (but still moisturising) finish.

#2 Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

OFRA Venice

If you’re bored of your classic red lipsticks already, try this bold orange-red for a change! Like Atlantic City, Venice goes on slick and evenly and coats the lips with intense pigment and high-impact colour payoff which guarantee to get you noticed among a crowd of other dolled up women (so singletons, take note!).  A little of this product goes a long way and one swipe is all you need to fill the lips. The texture, however, felt slightly tackier than other shades.

Atlantic City and Venice swatch comparison

Atlantic City and Venice swatch comparison

I couldn’t tell Venice and First Class apart because they looked too similar! Since ColourPop carries a more extensive range of shades, it won’t be difficult to find dupes at a fraction of OFRA’s price if you’re willing to compromise on the quality. 😉

#3 Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

OFRA Santa Ana

Not fond of heavily saturated brights? Don’t worry, OFRA has got you covered! Santa Ana brings out the gentle side of you with its gorgeous berry rose colour – an ideal neutral shade for everyday wear which also gives the lips a healthier-looking flush. It has an apparent buttery texture with fairly good colour consistency because some areas appeared thinner on my lips and thus required reapplication. But I don’t really see it as an issue. I absolutely love Santa Ana because it blends so well with my natural lip colour! I can totally see myself wearing it to death.

Swatch comparison

Swatch comparison

I think I may even like it more than Bumble now.

#4 Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

OFRA Paris Rendezvous

Following very closely behind Santa Ana on my colour charts is Paris Rendezvous, the limited edition coral pink shade that was specially created for this promotional bundle. It feels exceptionally comfortable and lightweight on the lips and does a satisfactory job in filling the lips entirely with its fairly opaque and somewhat streaky coverage. It is hydrating but does not dry down completely. Therefore, this shade isn’t transfer-proof and won’t be as long-lasting as the rest. But looking on the bright side, it doesn’t demand a lot of effort to be removed. Moreover, this shade is too pretty to be tossed aside, don’t you agree? 🙂

Swatch comparison

Swatch comparison

With only ColourPop’s Instigator bearing the closest similarity (but far from being a dupe) to Paris Rendezvous, it is essentially a unique shade on its own.

OFRA has undoubtedly become one of my go-to brands for liquid lipsticks because of its incredibly soothing and comfortable formula that does not dry out my already-chapped lips. They generally last for at least four hours before fading evenly all over the lips. This bundle is really value-for-money and I would certainly recommend anyone who’s still contemplating to try this brand to get it. I assure you that you will love their liquid lipsticks as much as I do!

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

OFRA Four Shades of Romance Collection is now available on OFRACosmetics.com. Quote “LIPLOVE” upon checkout for 30% off Storewide.