Friday, February 24, 2017

Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks, Part 2: Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks in Nudist Peach and Missy and Fierce

I never paid much attention to Wet n Wild until recently. They've truly stepped up their game in the past couple of years, and perhaps the best evidence for that is their new line of "Liquid Catsuit" lipsticks ($4.99 each). By the time Wet n Wild got around to creating liquid matte lipsticks, every sane variation on the phrase "liquid matte" had already been taken, but I appreciate their creativity and their commitment: there's even a sexy lady in a catsuit on the tubes. Personally, though, I think of catsuits as shiny instead of matte. Am I wrong? The word "catsuit" makes me imagine a Bond girl from the Age of Aquarius, clad in gold lame or black patent leather. Regardless, kudos to Wet n Wild for coming up with a cute and memorable, and only slightly objectifying, name.

There are 13 Liquid Catsuit shades, most of them pretty basic: you've got your beige nude, peach, cool red, warm red, fuchsia, etc. I picked up two shades at my local Rite Aid: Nudist Peach, a muted peach, and Missy and Fierce, a vivid blue-based red.


Many reviewers have noted the similarity between the Liquid Catsuit tubes and Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipstick tubes. Some people have insinuated that this is a case of plagiarism, but I really don't think it is. My understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that most smaller brands choose from packaging options that already exist, instead of making their own packaging in their own factories. So yes, Wet n Wild and Jeffree Star (and Dose of Colors, for that matter) seem to have identical tubes. But this isn't a copyright issue unless Jeffree Star patented his own tubeand if he had, you'd better believe we'd already have heard about Wet n Wild's chicanery in multiple Jeffree Star tweets, YouTube videos, and Snapchat stories. In any case, Wet n Wild chose wisely, because the bottles are attractive and hefty with an extra catch to keep the lid closed. The applicator is a small, very slanted doefoot resembling a pointe shoe. Of all the liquid-lip applicators I've tried, this one is the most effective in achieving a precise shape.


Nudist Peach is the shade I bought first (I liked it so much that I had to go back for Missy and Fierce).  Unlike many peach lipsticks on the market, it's not white-based or bright, but it's not quite the brownish "dirty peach" that Kylie has made famous. On my skintone, it's certainly more "peach" than "nudist," but it's browner and softer than most other peach lipsticks I've tried. I thought it might resemble Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak, but Streak is much brighter and pinker, while Nudist Peach leans more orange. L-R: Milani Matte Naked, Glossier Cake, Nudist Peach, Urban Decay Streak:


Oddly, Nudist Peach looks a bit brighter on my lips than it does in the tube or in arm swatches. I was hoping for a subtler peach, but oh well:



Of the two Liquid Catsuits I own, Nudist Peach has the more problematic formula. It looks patchy after one coat, so I have to fill in the lighter places with a second coat. Unfortunately, adding a second coat makes the dried-down lipstick slightly tacky. Not sticky, certainly, and not as tacky as a NYX Liquid Suede, but not perfectly dry either. This doesn't bother me too much, but I know it bothers some people a great deal! The formula is a little drying: in terms of the other formulas I've tried, it's less drying than the ColourPop Ultra Matte lipsticks, but more drying than the Sephora Creme Lip Stain lipsticks (though the one I have doesn't dry down fully). Nudist Peach doesn't transfer onto cups or straws, and I don't have to touch it up until I eat.

Peach lipstick always makes me want to put together a vintagey face, despite my continuing inability to draw a cat eye. Yesterday I took inspiration from this Brigitte Bardot tutorial by Karima McKimmie (too bad Bardot is a racist shithead): a simple, slightly messy cool-toned eye with a subtle warm lip. For eyeshadow, I used two shades from the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette: Skimp (light beige) all over the lid and Frisk (light taupe) in the crease. I lined my upper lashlines with Kiko black pencil eyeliner on a liner brush, then smoked out those lines with Undone, an off-black from Naked2 Basics, on the same brush. I also used Sleek Life's a Peach blush (more than usual, concentrated on the apples of my cheeks) and ColourPop Lunch Money highlighter. I really liked how the look came out! Peach is such a youthful, innocent-looking color, isn't it?


A better look at the eyes:


Nudist Peach is a good liquid lipstick, but Missy and Fierce is the best liquid lipstick I've ever tried. Holy shit, you guys. It dries down completely, it's in-fucking-delible, it's not drying, and it's $4.99. WTF is this magic. I've been spamming everyone on Reddit's makeup communities with my love for this shade.

Okay, let's calm down. Missy and Fierce is a cool-neutral red, essentially the liquid matte version of my favorite red lipstick-lipstick, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red. L-R: NARS Cruella, NARS Mysterious Red, Missy and Fierce (not fully dried down), Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69:


Missy and Fierce's formula requires just one thin coat for opacity, and it's not tacky at all once dried down. Instead of highlighting my lip lines and flakes, as Nudist Peach unfortunately does, it somehow blurs them into near-invisibility. Yes, my liquid-lipstick application skills are still a work in progress:


And here's a lazy-ass face with some Naked2 Basics eyeshadows and Illamasqua Zygomatic blush. Why does my lighter hair look gray? I swear it's not.


I have dupes for most of the other Liquid Catsuit shades, but I do have my eye on Coral Corruption, a muted coral pink, and Nudie Patootie, a greige nude that will probably make me look like death. For now, though, I'm going to enjoy the shades I have and thank the makeup gods that the drugstore finally carries a decent matte liquid lipstick formula. Well done, Wet n Wild!

24 comments:

  1. I love love love your look with the peach lip! And I am now tempted by these, even though I almost always hate liquid lipsticks and don't need any more lip products in general. I doubt I can even wear muted peach lipstick, but it's calling out to me.

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    1. Thanks! I actually picked up the Physician's Formula liner yesterday, so I'm looking forward to wearing a version of the peach look with liquid liner. Unfortunately, I had no coupons and had to pay the absurd regular price of $11.79 plus tax, though that's still way cheaper than Stila or Kat Von D. I can't wait to try it out!

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  2. Okay, you've convinced me that I need at least one WnW liquid lipstick (I think the brand is on sale downstairs :D). Missy and Fierce is, um, GORGEOUS! And I love how the Nudist Peach looks on you as well.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, definitely worth a try. From the reviews I've read, the darker colors are streaky but the bright ones are pretty uniformly good.

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  3. I've been loving Nudist Peach, especially since the weather took a very sharp turn toward spring this week and I feel like I can wear it. I'm still not totally sold on liquid lipstick, but for this price with pretty good formula that doesn't make your lips fall off, I'm in.

    I also think of catsuits as shiny! Patent leather all the way.

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    1. Nudist Peach is a good late-winter/early-spring peach, I think. And the fact that my mind just conjured up that category indicates the depth of my lipstick addiction BUT HEY.

      I still prefer bullet lipsticks to liquid mattes as well, but these days it seems like all the really interesting colors are coming out in liquid form. I was reading a Reddit thread asking users whether they preferred solid or liquid lipsticks, and a lot of them said "liquid unless I'll be eating," and I was like, are there days when you just don't eat? What?

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  4. I second Lyn’s love for the peach lip FOTD. Totally stealing the casual eye makeup idea. So perfect for work and faux-effortless moods. Neutral but not dull.

    I’m definitely buying Missy and Fierce when I visit the US this May. I need a replacement for my Sephora Lip Stain in Always Red (the cap is busted – it no longer shuts securely).

    Reading your Coral Sunset review, it’s interesting that you mention the formula not being long-lasting. Forgive the change of subject to my own experiences, but when I bought Always Red at a duty-free airport store more than a year ago, Always Red survived a long flight and NEVER TRANSFERRED despite 2 airplane meals, several snacks, and numerous plastic drinking cups. Always Red wore like iron. Indelible, to quote you.

    Not the case anymore. I wore it last week and one sip of tea left a vibrant mark on the teacup. Didn’t even last through lunch. I wonder if liquid lipsticks stop being long-lasting over time or if my busted cap contributed to worsening formula (no longer airtight, maybe?)

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    1. That's a really interesting observation, especially because I've heard so much about Always Red being apocalypse-proof! The matte liquid lipstick I've had longest is ColourPop Trap (about a year now), and its longevity hasn't decreased at all, but I wouldn't be surprised if that does happen with some formulas. Yet another reason why I'm traditionally reluctant to buy liquid lipsticks--they seem so much more prone to spoilage and formula change. Yet here I am with three new ones purchased in the last two months...

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  5. Girl, cobalt blue + cool neutral red is so your POWER combo, it's amazing! the most intriguing thing about the wet and wild catsuit is the applicator, it looks so cool!

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    1. Yessss I love wearing cobalt! Definitely one of my best colors. I wish I had more of it in my wardrobe (I just have this shirt and a dress that's too fancy to wear often). I was wary of the applicator at first, thinking it was too weird to be effective, but I'm really impressed.

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  6. Since if I recall correctly you don't wear foundation, a q-tip (preferably one of those pointed muji ones but not necessarily) dipped in a bit of micellar water makes for perfect application. Both shades look lovely on you (but the red and blue combo is absolutely perfect) and I may try one of these lipsticks and see if they'll make me reconsider my liquid lipstick distaste.

    Alice

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    1. You do remember correctly! Thanks so much for the tip. I've actually never used micellar water, but I'll try it out. It's so infuriating when I notice a crooked line only after the lipstick has dried.

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  7. I need to check if Wet n Wild is on sale at Rite Aid this week. They aren't expensive but if I can get it for 3 bucks (40%off sale)...I would never shell out 5. I picked up (and put back) coral corruption a few times already...

    Now with Global warming I can wear those matte shades. I collected a few lip brushes so this is a great opportunity to use them!

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    1. When I bought mine at Rite Aid, they were BOGO 50% off, but I didn't want to buy two at a time before I knew anything about the formula, so I didn't end up getting a discount at all. Bummer. Personally, I think they're well worth $5!

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  8. I just threw my hands up in the air - I was JUST AT RITE AID. I've gotta pick some up next time I'm at the drugstore. Missy and Fierce is phenomenal on you!

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    1. Hey, at least they're permanent! I never once saw any of their LE liquid lipsticks last fall. And thanks. :D

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  9. I need everybody to come together and remind me that I totally don't need these.

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    1. You don't need them and you're not gonna buy them! (Though Missy and Fierce does strike me as a Renee color...)

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  10. Nudist Peach is calling my name - I find peach really hard to pull off on my complexion, but the fact that it's not white-based gives me hope. Then again, I went to Walmart and they didn't have these yet, so I'm guessing it'll be several months before any of the new WnW launches make it to the Canadian market anyway. :(

    I love Missy and Fierce, too. I love a good bright red. It looks awesome with that blue shirt, too.

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    1. Yeah, white-based peaches and corals are a disaster on me. I don't bother with pastel lipsticks of any kind anymore. I hope the Liquid Catsuits find their way up north soon!

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  11. I bought the Missy & Fierce on your recommendation! It really is pretty great, though apparently I need to apply it more thinly so it dries better and doesn't get on my teeth.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! And yes, with liquid lipsticks it's always best to apply as thin a coat as possible so that it can dry down fully. Start with less product than you think you need--you can always build up from there.

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  12. Ah, I bought Vintage Vixen (perhaps the darkest shade in this line, it said "new" on the packaging), because I really wanted to try a dark liquid lipstick.. simply because I'm drawn towards dark shades, but I'm terrified of them smearing. So.. I'm disappointed! It applies pretty patchy, and I tried adding another coat, but it didn't get much better. I didn't even have patience to wait and see if it dries down to a matte finish. Eh, going to return it, unfortunately :(

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    1. That's a shame! :( I've heard that the darker shades are patchier. At least you can return it!

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