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This P185 Drugstore Liquid Lipstick is Your New Everyday Fave

(From L-R: Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Dusk, Toast of New York, Siennas, and Sexy Nude  from Watsons, P185)

I remember my first tube of Ever Bilena lipstick. It was stored in the infamous plastic black bullet with a sneak peek of the color on top. I was a junior in college, completely oblivious to anything related to beauty and on rare occasions, a mere recipient of products from relatives abroad and my beautiful mother. The classic vampy red (Storm) became my everyday weapon of choice – way before discovering the life-changing reds, Russian Red and Ruby Woo, from MAC.

Affordable liquid lipsticks in the market are pretty rare but lately, I’ve noticed that local and international brands are finally making them available in the drugstore! It was exciting to know that the ultimate beauty brand for the modern Filipina released Matte Liquid Lipsticks of some of their bestselling Matte Lipsticks. I’ve tried so many (a collective review will be up in a few weeks!), and I can definitely say this is one of the best formulas out there. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s only P185!

Watch: Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick Review and Swatches via Kenny Manalad

Formula and Wear Time

From the 12 shades, I picked up 4 gorgeous, everyday colors from the array of luxurious nudes, browns, and reds. They may look similar but once on the lips, I can see a big difference. Before anything else, not all are created the same. The nude (Sexy Nude) appears to be streakier and will need more than a single swipe to get its full opacity. It stays less longer and cracks on the lips are more prominent after a few hours. Nonetheless, the colors are supreme and so flattering for Pinays that I can overlook the staying power. The browns and reds (Siennas, Toast of New York, and Dusk) are so intensely pigmented, reminiscent of some bestselling Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick shades like Miami Fever. They’re so unique that I can’t find anything similar in my collection!

Upon application, you’ll find it to be lightweight and non-drying. It’s so comfortable on the lips! Let it dry before applying another coat because it can get tacky. From experience, this can last up to 7 hours (still perfectly dry even after my Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Americano) without touch-ups, which is unbelievable. Saan ka pa? Use an oil-based make-up remover or your trustworthy micellar water to remove at the end of the day!

Final Verdict

From the collection, my favorite would have to be Toast of New York (an orangey brown) which is such a unique everyday color. Still, I’d keep wearing the 0thers, even choosing them over my more expensive lip products – it’s that good. Whether you’re in university and have a student budget or just on a search for a really good, budge-free lip product, these fantastic (true) matte liquid lipsticks are totally worth the trip to your local Watsons! ✨

Any thoughts on the new Ever Bilena release? What are your favorite shades? Leave them in the comments below! 🌹


Review: The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

(The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipsticks in Charming, Sincere, Committed, Doting, Dedicated, and Loyal from Beauty Bar, P1,195)

Do you ever feel guilty for owning too many lipsticks? Well, a tiny part of me can be when I see my growing collection. I know I’ll never get around to emptying them so I justify every purchase with a blog review. Thus, a set of travel-sized liquid lipsticks from The Balm seemed to be a…valid buy. You get 6 beautiful, wearable shades, and there’s only 1.2ml of product to consume! If you fall in love with a particular shade, you can purchase the regular size for P795 a piece.

From my experience, drugstore liquid lipsticks (e.g. Sleek MakeUP’s Matte Me and Makeup Revolution’s Lip Lacquers) have questionable formulas. The simple act of drinking water removes it. It’s rare to find affordable ones that last a good amount of time and are non-drying. The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipsticks are terrific!

The colors are so universally flattering, especially the warm red (Loyal) – a possible dupe for the beloved MAC Russian Red. This lasts forever on my lips! The bold fuchsia (Dedicated) is such a unique shade that looks stunning on dark skin. The mauves (Sincere, Committed, and Charming) honestly look pretty identical to one another but actually differ in saturation; they’re great for everyday wear. Committed is my favorite among the 3! The warm coral (Doting) stands out in a sea of pinks.

The product comes out in a velvety texture but dries down to a matte finish. It goes on opaque in a single swipe. It’s transfer-proof, which is Heaven-sent for people who don’t like touching up – a staple for events! I need a good micellar water to actually remove it at the end of the day. I find that the deeper shades last a longer amount of time (5 hours or so). The formula is so lightweight, and it doesn’t dry my lips. It even leaves a cooling sensation! Also, it’s really easy to mess up (big time) when applying liquid lipsticks because precision is everything but not with this particular doe foot applicator.

Anyway, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! In case you missed it, I already posted my Best of 2016: Skin Care and plan on publishing my Beauty and Literature entries on January!