Top brands for liquid lacquers

3 Mar 2015

A picture of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars, Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain and Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer
I can't be the only one who has become completely smitten with liquid lacquers. More often than not I reach for a liquid lip over a standard bullet lipstick, preferring the intensely opaque shades and long-lasting formulas that come with liquid lacquers. I've tried quite a few brands over the past year or so, ranging from the really budget high-street brands, to high-end brands with prices that make my eyes water. Some have been absolutely amazing - whilst others have lacked that oomph I look for in a liquid lip. These are my top three brands for liquid lacquers!

The first liquid lacquers I ever tried, I have a lot of love for the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar range which features some of the most daring, bright, bold and unique shades you'll ever find. Packaged completely different to any other liquid lip products in my stash, they come in a little squeezy tube and should be applied with a good lip brush - there's no applicator with these beauties, so a lip brush is a must, and most come with a mini OCC lip brush.

I used to have quite a stash but there were a few shades I just didn't use any more, so I passed those on to friends who had been wanting to try out OCC and kept my two favourite shades; Demure and Psycho. Demure is a pinky-purple with blue undertones that is seriously intense; we're talking bright, bold and eye-catching. Psycho is one of my favourite reds; a bright and bold red with definite orange undertones, it's one of the most stand-out shades in my lip product stash. OCC is a little bit difficult to find on the high-street, but you can snap them up online at Selfridges, CutECOsmetics, BeautyBay, Love Make Up, Cocktail Cosmetics and Cult Beauty. They range in price from £11.95 - £14. depending on where you buy them and the finish.

I know, I know. It's annoying when UK bloggers feature American beauty brands and products which we struggle to get here in the UK, but there was no way I'd be sharing my love for liquid lacquers without including my favourite budget-friendly Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain range which is just unbelievably amazing! Everything from the slim-line and simple packaging, to the creamy formula with just the right consistency and incredible colour pay-off, they're everything you want in a liquid lacquer. 

I have three shades in my beauty stash; 03 Strawberry Kissed, which is a lovely strawberry red, 04 Endless Purple, a winter perfect purple plum, and 06 Forever Fuchsia, which is a bold and bright blue-toned fuchsia. With the doe-foot applicator they apply with ease, providing intense opaque coverage with a staying power that lasts all day. My favourite Sephora find yet, they're a pretty budget-friendly $13/£8.97, and a must-have range to check out if you're heading to Sephora or plan on placing an order soon! You can find out all you need to know about ordering from Sephora to the UK in this post.

The newest liquid lacquer to find it's way into my beauty stash is the Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in the stunning shade Fire Cracker*. To say I'm obsessed with Fire Cracker with be an understatement - the formula of this range is unlike any other liquid lacquer I've tried and I am completely smitten! The finish is what stands out the most from other brands; the colour is bold and opaque, with intense colour pay-off, but unlike most brands whose liquid lacquers have a matte or semi-matte finish, this has a gorgeous glossy finish. Unlike many gloss-finish products, it doesn't have that sticky feel or any unwanted residue; it feels comfortable, with no bleeding of colour throughout the day and gosh does this have amazing longevity! 

The colour range is huge, including 20 shades ranging from everyday nudes and pinks, to bright and bold eye-catching shades, even including warm and deep shades. At £19 they're a little bit more pricey than OCC and Sephora Collection liquid lacquers, but for the finish, colour pay-off and longevity, they're well worth investing in if they're within your budget! You can see me wearing Fire Cracker in this photo.

What's your favourite brand for liquid lacquers?

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