2016 was the year of the liquid lipstick. You could not get anywhere, especially on Instagram, without seeing that ultra-pigmented, matte liquid lipstick look. While admittedly gorgeous, I just didn't find myself jumping wholeheartedly onto the liquid bandwagon, namely because liquid lipsticks are notoriously tricky to apply, take too long to set and most importantly, leave my lips feeling like Death Valley.
With the debut of the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets though, was it finally time for me to step into the liquid lipstick camp?
The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are ultra-pigmented liquid lipsticks with a unique whipped texture and a matte-cream finish. Designed to offset the worst characteristics of the category, the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets claim to be non-drying, lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear. The collection is available in 14 stunning shades, ranging from a pale nude mauve to a vibrant fuchsia and a deep black cherry - and lest we forget, there is of course an oxblood shade!
Burberry was kind enough to send me 2 shades from the line to try and they are just the ones I would have picked myself!
Fawn is described as a nude rosy brown, although straight out of the tube, it looked more like a pink mauve. On me, the color is true to description. Fawn is a beautiful brown rose MLBB that makes my lips look like a refreshed version of their natural color. If you want something more mauve, then Fawn Rose would be your pick, but the warm brown undertones of Fawn suit me perfectly!
|Burberry Lip Velvet in Fawn|
The other shade I received was Brilliant Violet and it's described as a soft purple. On the Burberry site, Brilliant Violet is a gorgeous magenta purple that's a cross between a deep mulberry and phlox. On me, my lips seem to bring out more of the red tones in this color and it appears more like a amaranth than a purple.
|Burberry Lip Velvet in Brilliant Violet|
Both shades apply with one swipe full color, which is what I'd expect out of any liquid lipstick. The texture is probably the most unique part of the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. It truly comes out of the tube like a whipped mousse that applies softly and evenly across the lips. Although you don't need to, I like to swipe back and forth across my lips with the wand to really pack on the color; I found this the best way to make the color last without fading, whereas a single swipe tended to fade slightly over time.
The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets mousse texture makes this lipstick a lot easier to apply than other liquid lipsticks that lean more gloopy and sticky. The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets' creamy texture melts into lips and can be blended easily with the Lip Velvet's tapered doe foot wand. I found the tip of the wand especially handy for creating a precise outline on my lips.
As the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets aren't really wet, I thought they would set quickly and they do set somewhat, in that they don't feel slippery, but I didn't find them to ever truly set like a liquid lipstick should. Basically these transfer as easily as any other lipstick, i.e. onto cups, napkins, skin, everything! The color does however last very well throughout the day and I didn't notice either of mine fading to a dreaded ring over time.
|Left to right: Fawn, Brilliant Velvet|
Besides the fact that the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets don't truly set, my other major gripe with these is that they are not moisturizing. My lips right now are drier than they've been for months thanks to the weather and indoor heating and these lipsticks show every single dry patch. Looking at these photos just makes me cringe because I can see every line and wrinkle clearly. Both shades show dryness equally, though I imagine the palest shade in the line could probably show this even worse. Exfoliation and lip balm are definitely needed with these.
At first I was super hesitant to use any balm with the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets, but unlike many liquid lipsticks, these didn't seem to melt off with lip balm; just be sure to use a beeswax based one and not an oily one to be safe.
Despite these lipsticks not resolving my biggest dislikes with liquid lipsticks, the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are still a winner in my eyes. The colors are gorgeous and I love the truly velvet finish it gives. If my lips were more moisturized, then I think the velvet finish would make them look so pillowy and lush and who doesn't want that?
You can purchase these lipsticks from Sephora and Burberry counters for $38 each.