I am woman, hear me roar ... about my love of liquid lipsticks. And once I'd read about Too Faced's Melted offering, I blimmin' well knew I needed to get some of that good stuff on my gob, and STAT.
So I did.
There are 10 shades in the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick range and you'll find 'em at Debenhams for €22 a pop. So, are they any use? Yes, with caveats, is my answer, and I shall explain what I mean RIGHT NOW.
I've got two shades to test; Melted Ruby and Melted Nude. What I immediately liked about these is the presentation of the tube: it's a one way system, so no dipping wands back in and out. You squeeze the tube gently to release some product via the soft flock applicator, and away you go. It's identical to Ellis Faas' Milky Lips, if you've tried those.
Colour and pay-off is absolutely excellent: these paint onto the mouth really easily thanks to the shape and smoothness of the applicator, one go around is all that's needed and your lips are super-coated with lovely Liquified Lipstick. Ruby is gorgeous, a fabulously rich shade and it looks great on.
Nude, on the other hand, is gick. Delivering the sort of corpse lips a nineties bride would delight herself over, it made me look like I was recovering from a particularly grim illness. So, no.
Here's Ruby in action. Gorgeous, huh? And the lipstick ain't half bad neither, wha?
So, that all sounds great, and is great; so what's the catch? These don't really last. I guess the big clue here is in the name: Liquified LIPSTICK. These aren't lip cremes that set and stay, so there's wear with them straight off the bat, just like there is with any soft, emollient product you put on your kisser.
If I apply at 8.30am before work, have my usual grande Americano from a takeout cup and a couple of slices of PB granary toast, I won't have much left to look at. Well, I will, but it'll be all on the lid of the coffee.
So, if wear time's your huge bugbear, then avoid. If you're a bit like me and accept that with creme product comes great responsibility (to keep reapplying), then you'll likely get on fine with them. Product bleeding and feathering or lip chapping aren't issues I've experienced and I'd even shell out my own hard-earned for the coral shade, so really, it's kisses from me.
Kirstie is Frillseeker's founder and editor-in-chief. This is her second foray into the web-world: she founded Beaut.ie in 2006 before stepping down in 2012 and has held a large number of positions over the past number of years including acting beauty editor at Image magazine and beauty ed at the Sunday Tribune, Irish Examiner and Confetti. She's currently the deputy editor at STELLAR magazine.