Fed up of the rain? Hate that it's Monday? Well here's a cheeky giveaway to cheer you all up if you're a fan of liquid lipsticks!
Liquid lipsticks are of course absolutely everywhere right now - I can't open up Instagram or Snapchat without someone on my feed raving about the latest one that they've purchased. I wasn't an immediate fan of them at first as a lot of them were very, very drying when they were initially released, however as more brands have brought them out, many of the formulas are now definitely more appealing to me.
One brand that does liquid lipsticks well are Ciate which surprised me as much as it may surprise you reading this. Although Ciate have been releasing high-end makeup left, right and center for a while now, I've always associated them just with those cute bow-tied nail polishes in the my mind, and so I hadn't really explored much else by them.
But hot damn! Their Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks* (6.5ml, £17 each, link) are goooood! These have been around for a while, but they're recently added some gorgeous new shades to the range, 7 of which I have to share with you below.
From L-R: Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Kiss Me Quick, Wonderland, Head Over Heels, Envy, Voodoo, Chatterbox and Fast Lane.
Packaging for these Liquid Velvet Mattes are really cute with Ciate's brand logo bows and the see-through tubes make choosing which shade you want to wear in the morning a breeze. The wand is a precision tip as many lipgloss style products tend to sport these days, which makes application much easier, though some of these shades are a little tricky to apply!
Formula wise, these are described as 'moisturising high-pigment colour for long-lasting perfection' which sums them up well, and they dry down to a matte finish which does feel very velvety. They don't feel drying or sticky on my lips (yay!), in fact they sort of feel like you're not wearing anything at all, but I don't think they're super moisturising or anything like that either despite the fact they contain Hyaluronic Acid. You'll need to prep your lips well before application because they will cling to all and any dry patches you may have, but that's the norm with these sorts of products.
Wear-time for these is very good once they've dried down, however you will need to re-apply/touch-up after drinking/eating in the inner mouth part as this area is prone to transfer. And lastly, with regards to scent, they have a subtle perfumeness about them, but it's not overpowering or noticeable after it's been applied.
Onto the swatches then! Note - some of these shades dry matte instantly, others seemed to take a little while to do so.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Wonderland
Wonderland is the shade that I think will be the most popular as it's one of the easiest to wear, especially for everyday. A gorgeous dusky nude rose that dries matte instantly and stays that way.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Kiss Me Quick
Love your baby doll pastel pinks? This is the shade for you! Like Wonderland above, it dries to matte instantly after application.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Fast Lane
Fast Lane is the colour I will be wearing all summer long - absolutely stunning. A bright and bold juicy watermelon shade. Slight sheen to it initially but does become matter the longer you wear it.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Head Over Heels
If bright fuschia pinks are your thing, don't pass by Head Over Heels. Very bold and super pigmented!
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Chatterbox
Chatterbox was a little tricky to work with as it went on a little patchy and required a bit more application in places. A pretty bright mauvey-magenta colour.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Voodoo
The hardest out of all 7 to apply as these darker colours do have a tendency to bleed so I'd recommend using a lip liner with it. What an amazing vampy, black cherry-esque shade though!
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Envy
Envy is an incredible deep teal colour with almost a metallic, slightly frosty finish that becomes more matte the longer you wear it. Richly pigmented too.
UK GIVEAWAY - 2 WINNERS!
To celebrate the release of these new shades, I'm giving away two Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipsticks to two lucky UK readers. To enter, just pop your details into the Rafflecopter. Easy! Giveaway ends on 20/06/2016 and winners will be drawn at random. Good luck!