So, I finally got my hands on Ever Bilena's new Matte Liquid Lipsticks and I helped myself to some of Careline's new Matte Liquid Lipsticks as well! These local makeup brands have been upping their game lately with great releases, color collections and improved packaging design. These are all very affordable with each lipstick below PHP 200.
The shades I got are more or less shades that I normally wear. No ultra-bright shades for me! While I decided to get a matte metallic shade from Careline; I figured, if I'm going to dip my feet into the metallic trend, it would be best to start with a low cost buy.
Glaze (Greige Pink)
Brick'd (Brick Red)
Luster (Metallic Rose Gold!)
Rouge Berry (Blackberry)
Vogue Diva (Blood Red)
Careline Matte Liquid Lipstick
The formulation of Careline Matte Liquid Lipstick closely resembles that of Colourpop's Ultra Mattes. If you like those, you'll like these too. These lipsticks are very pigmented and they apply evenly. Once set, these do not budge. They are not completely transfer proof especially after a few sips or a few bites. I wore Glaze for one whole day and found it fades gracefully after a heavy lunch and dinner. These do not flake off after eating like other liquid lipstick and I appreciate that so much! Rather, it just faded like traditional lipsticks would. Like most matte liquid lipsticks, this felt drying by the end of the day.
Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick
This was the launch I was most eager for! When I finally saw the lippies in-store, I naturally went for the deepest, darkest shades. For all my excitement surrounding the launch, I only fell in love with two! But boy, oh boy! You can see from the lip swatches that these make a statement! I love them! The formula is even thinner than Careline's and is a bit more 'sheer'. It takes extra work to even it out on the lips but once set, I found these don't feel as dry as Careline's. I've worn Rouge Berry through a steak dinner (already,haha!) and it hardly faded at all. It isn't completely transfer proof after food and drink, though the same goes that these do not flake off. Before food and drink, this is transfer proof. I kissed my little boy's cheek and he was surprised that no lipstick came off on him. He even asked to be given another kiss, when usually they would squirm away from mommy's lipstick-lips. I did not experience dryness with the Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks during wear and my lips still felt comfortable after taking it off.
As for each collection, Careline carries the trendier colors like greige, brick, gray, blue and metallic shades while Ever Bilena carries the classics such as burgundy, terracotta, mauve and a wide range of classic reds. I should probably explore EB's medium shades next. Another thing, since EB and Careline counters are almost always beside each other, it's too easy to hoard these! I limited myself to colors I would actually wear but if these were released back when I had no sense of restraint, I would have pounced on every shade!
Lipsticks make my day!