L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss ($5) is an intensely pigmented matte hybrid liquid lipstick slash lipgloss formula that’s available in a wide variety of shades that launched last Spring.
Matte liquid lipsticks have a long standing trend that’s worked itself across a few seasons so far and have been increasingly popular in the drugstore at the moment from brands like Maybelline, Revlon, etc…
But by far the cheapest I’ve come across are most definitely L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss as at $5 each these pack a mighty punch.
L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss has a lot going for it but it does have one major issue but first let’s chat the good stuff. These are generously sized 0.17 oz tube with an attached sponge applicator for application for $5 bucks each that come in a wide variety of pigmented colors. There’s no lack of variety here as L.A. Girl has quite a few gorgeous shades to choose from and at five bucks each I’m sure you’ll want to pick up one of each.
They apply beautifully on my drier lips. I tried two shades and both had a thin yet creamy consistency that applied like a wet gloss. A single layer produced opaque color that didn’t cling, tug, or feel dry during application. I have to say they were one of the easiest liquid lipsticks to apply as they hugged my lips nicely and didn’t want to migrate all around my lip line during application. I’ve read a lot of reviews that stated they didn’t set quickly enough and I was happy about that as I thought the formula would be more along the lines of Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Paint. I don’t really like super long wearing liquid lipsticks so if it doesn’t set to a 24/7 365 finish I’m fine with that just as long as it doesn’t migrate and it isn’t dry I’m golden.
After application the formula set for me within a few seconds. As I said a lot of reviews I read stated that they remained quite wet for a while but I didn’t experience that issue. This is where my problems started. They are a very, very long wear lipstick as in they don’t go anywhere until you physically remove them with eye and lip makeup remover (and even that’s a struggle by the way). The real issue is the fact they dry lips out so very badly during that long wear plus even though they start out very smooth without accentuating drier areas on my lips they don’t remain that way. Within five hours of wear I was about ready to crawl up a wall as my lips felt so tight and I had no way to remove these no matter how hard I scrubbed at my lips. They also tend to flake at around that time too so my lips looked like they were peeling. I noticed they developed a tackiness as they dried down but nothing that led me to believe that they would settle into such a gross, dry flaky mess. For sensitive users these didn’t have a fragrance or a flavor but they didn’t exactly taste good either and almost had a paint-like smell to them and a weird taste that wasn’t pleasant.
L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss have a lot of great pros but unfortunately the dryness and flakiness outweighs the cheaper price tag, pigmentation, and easy to apply formula. If you’re a huge liquid lipstick kinda girl or guy you might be willing to fight the good fight and wear these out and about. But I think it might be safe to say no one is going to be comfortable with this dry a formula.
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