Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Review

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Okay, so these were very hyped up by the Instagram beauty community, and even by Huda herself. She made a number of seemingly outrageous claims, like these are “hydrating” and “the longest lasting liquid lipsticks ever” and that they’re super “comfortable”. It almost pains me to say it but these completely top the LL league table for me and I was NOT expecting that. They really live up to their claims!! And possibly the best thing about the shades? They are completely brown girl friendly. *applauds*

I got the shades Trendsetter (an orange based brown-nude), Icon (a warm toned strawberry pink), Flirt (a cool toned grey brown) and Spice Girl (a neutral-warm brown). All the shades are super flattering and they all perform as well as each other.

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  • Pigmentation – 8/10
  • Texture – 10/10
  • Longevity – 10/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 10/10

You may notice the lower than perfect score on pigmentation – these aren’t super pigmented – but it works. They’re pigmented enough to cover any discolouration but they don’t have the flakey dryness that comes with super high pigmentation. I’m assuming it was a compromise to having a ‘hydrating formula’.

Texture-wise, they’re very liquid, which can get a little messy but it’s NBD really. Worth mentioning though, they dry a lot darker than when first applied and they take about 30-60 seconds to dry down.

They last for aaaages, and they wear off super inoffensively. I literally wore flirt today for 14 hours. Sure, it wasn’t perfect at the end of the day but I didn’t top up once and I ate a full three meals. It still looked fine after all those hours because it’s so neutral and lightweight.

The only downside to these, are the price. I paid £18 per 5ml lipstick on Cult Beauty. Having said that, they really are worth it in my opinion. They look good on medium skin and they’re comfortable and long lasting. What more could you want from a lipstick, really?

Well done, Huda.

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Best nude liquid lipsticks for brown girls

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From L-R. Colourpop Chi, Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin, Dose of Colours Truffle, TheBalm Committed, Coloured Raine Mars, Kat Von D Lolita 2, NYX SMLC in Cannes, TheBalm Charming, Kat Von D Lolita, Jouer Noisette, TheBalm Trustworthy

This is probably one of the topics I get asked about the most… I love a good nude lip. But if you’re anything beyond NC25 you may have noticed that a lot of ‘nudes’ look straight up baby pink or like you have concealer on your lips circa 2009. That would be because they are often made for lighter skin tones. That’s a whole other debate, and I won’t get into it other than to quickly say that I’m glad more brands are catering for women of colour these days! Anyway, the trick to finding the ‘perfect nude‘ is to look at the undertone of it. Nudes with brown undertones tend to be fairly flattering on brown skin, though they’re often a little dark so channel that 90s vibe. If you want a straight up nude, go for something warm/neutral/orange based. Anything pink/cool based like lighter nudes won’t flatter medium/tan/dark skin very well. Of course, this is all dependent on individual preferences. There’s a lot about your lips that will influence how a shade looks on you including natural lip pigmentation, dryness and size.

Why Liquid Lipsticks?

I pretty much ONLY wear liquid lipsticks now. I have a lot of them, last count was 40 odd?! Crazy I know. But it’s because a few years ago, before there was the plethora of liquid lipstick (LL) choice, I really really struggled with lipstick. I have naturally pretty pigmented lips and no bullet lipstick could cover the pigmentation properly and stay true to the colour and finish that was promised. Trust me, I tried all of them. Everyone used to swear by the MAC matte bullets but seriously, they stayed on my lips for a hot 2.5 minutes before disappearing into thin air. Then, years and years ago we were on holiday in Abu Dhabi, and I went in to Sephora and bought a Sephora Cream Lip Stain. These were one of the first ‘liquid lipsticks’ out there, and they weren’t even marketed as that back then. I realised that I could wear it and it would stay put on my lips for hours! I had a super dark vampy colour and I loved it but I didn’t get anymore of those. The current formulation of LLs across the board are far superior. So not long after, I discovered Stila’s Stay All Day LLs. And I told everyone and their mother (including my own mother). Seriously, I bought loads of colours for myself, I bought more to give to people as gifts, I just had to let people know about this lipstick advancement! Word spread quickly, and soon enough all my friends and family were walking round with their Stila LLs in their bags. I maintain to this day that the Stila formula is one of the best and it was one of the originals, so if you want to start somewhere then Stila is a great brand. It’s also easily accessible in the UK, online or in M&S. You’ll notice that Stila hasn’t found its way on to this list.. The colour selection is somewhat disappointing. And the ‘nude’ shade of the bunch – Dolce, is not the best. It’s patchy and weirdly glittery and I just don’t like it. Patina, on the other hand, is a nice rosy shade but I wouldn’t class it as nude. It’s a light mauve. It looks VERY different on different skin tones but it doesn’t look bad on any at all. It used to always be sold out but I think the Patina hype has died down a little now! I remember when I got it a couple of years ago, I was on the waiting list for ages and as soon as it came out it had sold out within the afternoon! Ah, those were the days.

Anyway, lets move on to the nudes.

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Colourpop, Chi$6 (£4.63)

This was part of the Karrueche ColourPop collection a few months ago. It’s a neutral nude, perfect for medium-tan skin tones that won’t pull grey or pink. The formula is pretty good and it’s not expensive.

  • Pigmentation – 8/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 8/10

Jeffree Star, Celebrity Skin, £14 (Keep checking back for stock updates)

Controversy aside, JS are known for having one of the best LL formulas. I obviously had to test this out, so as soon as Cocktail Cosmetics got a restock of popular shades I was all over it. It’s one of the lighter nudes on this list but it’s warm based and will work for light-medium skin no problem. Tan skin might struggle as it’ll pull a little grey/pink and might blend in too much, but dark tones should be able to pull it off as a lighter nude. It’s pretty thin, and it can go on a little streaky so needs a couple of coats but tbh, that’s common with all lighter LL shades. I think it’s due to the type of white pigment. It wears off fairly inoffensively and doesn’t tend to crumble which is always good. I’m not sure I’d consider it the best formula out there but it’s a solid effort and it’s a decent price.

  • Pigmentation – 6/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 7/10

Dose of Colours, Truffle, £14.50

This one is almost always sold out but I’m particularly grateful to beautybay for stocking dose of colours as a brand anyway. This is another brand that supposedly has the best LL formula and again, I have to disagree. Whilst this performs better than some others on the list, the moussey texture lets it down more than expected. It wears away and looks a bit silly in the centre of the lips even if you don’t eat anything oily. I would put this down to the shade but I have another one from DoC, called Berry Me and that one is even worse! It literally peels off. This one isn’t as bad. It’s very comfortable and easy to reapply once you’ve put it on so its longevity is not a huge deal if you’re prepared to carry it around with you all day. The packaging is cute and sophisticated also. It’s a pink based nude and it’ll work for light – medium skin. Any darker and you’ll be wearing a lovely shade of pink, as opposed to nude.

  • Pigmentation – 8/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 8/10

TheBalm, Committed, £13.50

A warm, pinky nude that is comfortable, smells great, easy to get hold of (online or in Superdrug stores), lasts for ages and wears away fairly inoffensively. It’s perfect for lighter – medium skin. Anything beyond NC42 will find it pink.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 8/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 9/10

Coloured Raine, Mars, £15

This one is a dusty rose, it’s not really brown based but it’s the Stila Patina shade for brown girls and the formula is excellent. It’s a good price and is very flattering. This is a ‘go to’ daily shade for me.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 9/10

Kat Von D, Lolita 2, $20 (£15.48)

I bought this as part of the Lolita duo released on Sephora website last year. I’d always wanted KVD Lolita and the chance to grab both of these shades was too good to miss. It’s a travel sized tube so it’s a bit on the tiny side but you can get it in full sized. I heard KVD was launching in Debenhams this September so hopefully her LLs come with her! It’s a terracotta nude. Orange based nudes are VERY flattering for asian medium skin in particular so I always get lots of compliments when I wear this. The KVD formula can be a little drying but pop a lip balm on beforehand to moisturise if you suffer from dry lips.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 9/10

NYX SMLC, Cannes, £5.50

This takes a while to dry down fully, it’s pretty similar to Charming from TheBalm in terms of colour when dry but it takes about half an hour to dry and mattify. That’s great if you know you can’t eat or drink for half an hour! It’s a nice, daily colour that wears off subtly. It’s very affordable so NYX SMLC are a great place to try out different colours.

  • Pigmentation – 7/10
  • Texture – 8/10
  • Longevity – 6/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 7/10

TheBalm, Charming, £13.50

This is one of my all time favourites. It’s a deep mauve shade as opposed to a nude but it complements my skin tone really nicely. It’s a trendy shade too – it channels major popular colourpop/girlactik vibes. The formula, as described above, is excellent. It’s one of the few lipsticks that I have a backup of incase it ever goes missing!

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 9.5/10

Kat Von D, Lolita, $20 (£15.48)

Although I have this in the mini size as part of the kit, I also have it in full sized because it’s so perfect. It’s a browny, dusty rose that looks different on everyone (not to mention the fact that there have been three versions of the same shade), but i think this is the one here to stay. It evens out my lip pigmentation so it looks like I have none and is just a very flattering, comfortable lipstick.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 9/10

Jouer, Noisette, £15

My favourite nude of all time. The formula is great, it smells nice, it’s easy to carry. It’s a lovely warm medium brown with neutral undertones and not a hint of pink. It dries almost immediately and lasts for ages. Although the Jouer brand is very good, Cassis which is a purple mauve shade slightly underperformed compared to Noisette, so not all the colours across the brand are perfect unfortunately 😦

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 10/10
  • Longevity – 10/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 10/10

TheBalm, Trustworthy, £13.50

This is one of the newer shades from TheBalm. It’s a spicy reddy brown and is actually the liquid lipstick version of Spice Lipliner from Mac. **Cue mad rush to buy it**. TheBalm is very consistent with its formula across the shades and this one is as excellent as the other two on this list.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 9.5/10

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From L-R.  TheBalm Trustworthy, Jouer Noisette, Kat Von D LolitaTheBalm CharmingNYX SMLC in CannesKat Von D Lolita 2, TheBalm CommittedColoured Raine Mars, Dose of Colours TruffleJeffree Star Celebrity SkinColourpop Chi

My favourite highlighters

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It’s no secret that alongside liquid lipstick, my favourite item of makeup is HIGHLIGHTER. I mean, it’s having its moment in the sun right now – everyone is all over this exaggerated, borderline obnoxious highlight and I just love it. What’s not to love about smothering yourself in glitter?! Obviously, you’ll get some people (Debbie Downers) who think that the current trend is ‘too much’ buttttt that’s not what BBHb thinks 😉

I have been collecting highlighters for some time now, and the purpose of this post is to review all of my highlighters, mentioning their strengths and weaknesses and who each one is best suited to. Let’s start, shall we?

These are in no particular order, per se… Each has its own merits and deserves a place on this list – the hardest part is choosing which one you want!

1. Mary Lou Manizer, TheBalm £17.50 for 8.5g

This is an oldie but a goodie, it’s an intense champagne coloured highlight that you’ll be able to see from space. It’s not the smoothest or the butteriest, but it’s fairly blendable and has decent pigment. It’s a safe investment and will work for most light to tan skin tones. Darker girls may struggle with this as it’s so intense from first stroke but it could work with some clever foundation blending. It lasts for a good 7 hours from first application.

  • Pigmentation – 8/10
  • Texture – 6/10
  • Longevity – 8/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Overall – 7/10

2. So Hollywood Illuminator, Anastasia Beverly Hills £28 for 9g (currently out of stock)

This was a cult product. It flew off the shelves like nobody’s business, much like everything ABH releases. It’s a warm golden highlighter, or ‘illuminator’ that capitalises on the intense glittery highlight trend. The glitter particles are rather large in this one, it’s great for parties but it’s not a natural glow like some others on this list. It’s also really pricey. It would work for warm light to medium dark complexions as it’s so gold but I have to say, my favourite way to wear this illuminator is on top of another more subtle highlight to diffuse the blending.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 9/10
  • Price – 6/10
  • Overall – 8/10

3. Wisp and Teasecake, Colourpop $8 for 4.2g (roughly £6 each)

So I bought these a little over a year ago – when they first came out. Though I was always reluctant to recommend them to my friends over here in the UK because back then, colourpop was near impossible to get hold of. Despite spelling ‘colour’ the British way, this American brand and their weird moussey formulas did not share the goods. I am now happy to report that as of July 2016, they have started shipping internationally! Yayyyyy!

Wisp is a beautiful, soft golden colour and has a mix of high glitter and intense sheen. It is one of my all time favourite highlighters because it’s intense but so easily blendable. With these colourpop ones, or cream highlights in general, you can apply the product with a damp beauty blender after foundation and it just does all of the work for you. You aren’t left with any harsh lines of glitter but you can build up the intensity on the highest points of the face easily. The formula is weird. It’s soft and spongey and moussey all at the same time. It dries to a powder like finish but it’s a dry mousse sort of texture? Idk. It lasts on the face for AGES, longer than any of the other highlights on this list and retains its intensity.

Teasecake is a lovely pink/gold highlight. I like to use it as a blush topper as well as a highlight when I’ve got cool/pink tones on the eyes. It’s very pretty and gives a healthy flush to the face. Both shades work for light to tan skin tones, in my opinion.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 10/10
  • Price – 7/10 (it seems a great price, but you get almost half the product as the bigger pans!)
  • Overall – 9/10

4. Gilded Honey, Laura Geller £21 for 4.5g

This purchase I can fully blame on beauty bloggers and youtubers. Ahem; Amrezy, Lustrelux, Desi Perkins.. I’m looking at you. It’s gold… Like really really gold. And really glittery. It doesn’t reflect as much light as ABH So Hollywood but the difference is pretty negligible. One might say they are ‘dupes’ for each other. However, drastic price difference. Although the ABH one is expensive for a highlighter, this one is HALF THE SIZE! If you have the ABH, pass on this and if you have this, don’t worry about adding the ABH to your collection. They look very similar on the skin. Because this one pulls a tad more gold, it may be unsuitable for very fair skin tones. It will, however work for most others. Although it’s a powder, and there’s a fair amount of fall-out on the pan when you swipe a brush into it, it has a creamy, buttery texture that can be blended out with a little extra time. The packaging is also pretty basic considering the price tag. It’s a nice highlighter, but I’m not gonna lie – I rarely reach for it.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 8/10
  • Price – 5/10
  • Overall – 7.5/10

5. Golden Rose, Autograph at M&S, £15 for 10g

Okay, if you’re wondering how M&S made it on to the same list as Becca and ABH then oh my gosh you need to go look at the autograph range in store. It is excellent. This highlight is one of the few things I have from the range but it’s as good as, if not better than some high end or cult buys. I loved this one so much, I got my mum another of the highlighters in the range and she loves it too. This golden rose shade is pretty pink, but it’s a warm pink and goes nicely with yellow/golden undertones, unlike some other pink highlights. It’s got pretty chunky glitter and is another one that can be seen from space but it definitely deserves its spot on this list, the light reflection is in.sane. The wear time is slightly compromised due to the chunks of glitter but its easily blendable and can be made to look very natural and rosy. It’s not dark enough to be a blush topper so I use this for highlight with warm pinks on the eyes.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 8/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 8.5/10

6. Sunbeam, Topshop Beauty £10 for 6.5g

I really like Topshop makeup, it’s always very pigmented and well priced. This yellow gold highlighter is no exception. It’s truly YELLOW. It looks amazing on medium, tan and deep skin but I feel like lighter skin tones might not be so accommodating. It’s the kind of glow you want after a holiday in the middle east. The glitter is not chunky, but it can be built up to deep intensity. It can also be brushed over the cheekbones lightly for a “lit from within” look. (I hate that phrase so much, however it’s accurate in this context). It lasts for a good while on the skin but the colour does fade. As it is a ‘baked’ product, it’s meant to give more of a wash of colour than provide intense pigment and butteriness but this is very pigmented regardless.

  • Pigmentation – 8/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 8/10

7. That Glow Glowkit, Anastasia Beverly Hills £39 for 4 x 7.4g

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This is another one that was really highly anticipated, but for good reason. It gives one of the glowiest glows ever. It doesn’t have huge glitter particles and gives more of a sheen but that’s why it’s so flattering. You can use the colours individually or mix them for a layered and super intense effect. I like to mix Dripping in Gold (a pure gold) with Bubbly (a cooler champagne gold) as a base and then spray my face with Urban Decay all nighter setting spray (or MAC fix+) and apply Sunburst to the very highest points of my cheeks. This adds dimension to the highlight and avoids the streak of shiny stuff. Golden Bronze is one of my all time favourite bronzers to use as it acts as a true bronzer and not a contour. All in all, every single shade in this kit is versatile and useful and considering the size of the pans, it’s extremely good value… Especially compared to the ABH illuminators.

  • Pigmentation – 7/10 (it’s not the most pigmented – it’s all about layering this one and it’s actually a good thing)
  • Texture – 9/10
  • Longevity – 8/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 9/10

8. Albatross, Nars, £23 for 4g

This is a relatively new addition to the family. I got it because I can hardly call myself a highlighter collector if I don’t have Nars albatross! It’s a classic and I guess I can see why… When it first came out all those years ago it didn’t have the same competition from every other cosmetics company and it really does give you a strong glowy highlight. It looks white in the pan but the actual pigment is clear so you only see the reflects which pull VERY STRONGLY gold. Surprisingly, it’s most like topshop sunbeam on this list than any other once brushed on to the cheeks and blended out! It claims to be “universally flattering” because of the unusual concept of transparent pigment, and I guess that’s believable. I would stay away if you wear pink toned foundation and you’re fair though, as it might just clash.

  • Pigmentation – 7/10
  • Texture – 7/10
  • Longevity – 7/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Overall – 7/10

9. Sun Beam, Benefit, £19.50 for 13ml

This was one of the first highlighters in my collection. I’ll be honest – I don’t use it often. It had more of a place before the Becca SSP as I used to mix it into my foundation for a nice glow. It’s more purse friendly than the Becca, so if you’re happy to spend under £20 for a liquid highlighter, this won’t disappoint! Although I will say, the applicator is pretty impractical – a pump would be better!

  • Pigmentation – 8/10 (sheers out quite a bit)
  • Texture – 8/10
  • Longevity – 8/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Overall – 8/10

10. Moonlight Shimmering Skin Perfector, Becca, £34 for 50ml

I saved the best for last. This is my all time favourite highlighter because it does everything… It’s a thick liquid consistency that can be mixed in to your base, you can also pat it straight on to the high points of the cheeks and it lasts forever! It’s super blendable and you will never get the dreaded highlighter streak. It doesn’t alter the texture or longevity of your foundation but does make it ever so slightly lighter so bear this in mind if your foundation errs on the light side. It’s yellow toned and pulls champagne on medium skin. There are a few colours – Pearl for the very fair, and Moonstone and Opal for medium skin and Topaz and Rose Gold for tan-dark skin. They’re all just as gorgeous and if I could justify having all of them, I would. I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about it. It is one of the most expensive products on this list but it is totally worth the price because of the whopping 50ml (!!) of product. You’ll literally never use it up. (Ok Becca pls hire me now thanks.) All joking aside, the only downside to this product is the amount dispensed in each pump is quite a lot. It’s not really a big deal because there’s so much of it, but I hate wasting product nonetheless.

  • Pigmentation – 9/10
  • Texture – 10/10
  • Longevity – 10/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Overall – 10/10

 

Beam of Light Highlighter 02, Kiko Milano (unavailable)

Okay, so this one isn’t available anymore apparently but it deserves honourable mention because it’s the ONLY highlight I reach for on “minimal makeup days” i.e, no foundation. It’s not at all glittery and reflects the light soooo naturally. Very gutted this isn’t available for you guys to pick up but if it ever comes back make sure you grab it!