Make up brand LA Girl isn’t one that I have tried lots by. They are famous for their Pro Conceal concealer, but also their lip paints and matte glosses are huge favorites. Since May, a new make up store opened in my town, called Make Up by Tatou and they happen to sell LA Girl. I picked a few shades to try out and today I’d like to share my thoughts on these with you.
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Blushing
LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Timeless
Liquid lipsticks are very popular at the moment and I was hoping these would be some super affordable ones. At €4.49 & €5.49 these definitely do not break the bank. The lip paint is the cheaper product here, with the matte gloss being slightly more expensive. Both products come in a huge array of colors and since I’ve been on a huge blushed, dusty rose lipstick kick lately, I picked two shades that fit in with my current obsession.
Let’s start by looking at the Glazed Lip Paint. I heard tons of people raving about this and picked a shade based on the color of the tube. The packaging looks like those of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, but instead of sponge tip applicator, you get a smooth, lipgloss tube type opening. You simply squeeze out a bit of product and you’re good to go.
Packaging wise this is my least favorite of the two. Unfortunately, the smooth surface of the applicator doesn’t work very well. On me, this smears the product everywhere and it is difficult to stay within your lip line. Since the product is quite pigmented, this means you will need to clean up quite a bit once you’ve applied this.
The Matte Gloss comes in another type of lipgloss tube, namely the one with the doe foot applicator. Only this applicator isn’t doe foot: it’s more of a thin, straight applicator. There were testers available for these and I swatched two shades that seemed similar and I went with this one as it seemed the most wearable.
Application of this one went quite smoothly. The applicator is quite easy to use, but with this product I felt it went on a tad sheer. Now I do have very pigmented lips naturally, which means I am quite demanding of my lip products. However, this product didn’t go on opaque and a thin second layer was needed in order to get the results you see in the pictures below.
Blushing – Timeless
But that doesn’t mean that the colors aren’t absolutely stunning. Especially blushing is a very flattering shade. Blushing can best be described as a deep rose shade. Very stunning, thought the formula is quite gloopy and shiny. It is a glazed lip paint though, so is should be expected, but I’d have preferred this if it would dry down a bit more. Now it just feels like a very pigmented thick gloss.
Timeless is also beautiful, yet a lot more cool toned. This shade can best be described as a blue toned, mauve pink. It is definitely a very unique shade. The formula on this is quite thin and sheer as I already mentioned. It looks like a gloss in the swatch, but once applied to the lips it does look a lot more matte than Blushing does.
You can clearly see the difference between the two finishes in this lip swatch. Blushing is a lot more shiny than Timeless. Even though the first one isn’t called a gloss and the second one is. The names are so confusing! The shades look really nice on though. You can clearly see how Blushing is a lot more opaque than Timeless too.
Where I thought (going by the names) that these might be liquid lipsticks, I was completely off. These are both more like lipgloss than lipstick. What I mean by that is that these do not dry down, these don’t really stay your lips and that is why staying power is not very good. These disappear even when you just talk and need reapplication pretty much after a snack and a glass of water.
Full face you’d think there is nothing wrong with these, but I can think of a few reasons why I won’t be reaching for these much anymore. Firstly, the application of both products is not as easy for different reasons. One has a shoddy applicator and the second is too sheer for my taste. Secondly, both of these products are more like amped up glosses rather than liquid lipsticks. And I have never been a fan of lipgloss.
I went into these thinking I would have found a true budget gem. However, after reviewing these I feel a bit meh. These definitely aren’t bad products in itself: for a gloss they are really really good. It’s just not what I had expected of them. The shades are crazy nice and flattering on and the formula is great for a lipgloss. As a liquid lip, these don’t work though. So if you’re looking for a really nice gloss, then have a look at LA Girl products, as they do some really nice ones.
What is the last make up product you bought that ended up not being what you’d hoped it would be?