Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks – Worth The Fuss? Review and Swatches: Bold Shades

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks Review and Swatches


Like anyone else who is at all interested in makeup, or is an Instagram user, or on social media in general I have witnessed the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks’ ascent to the forefront of the beauty community. In a cosmetic industry where matte liquid lipstick is all the rage at the moment, the variety by Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a highly popular choice. The line has only been on the market for around a year and a half but is already expanding quickly, with the launch of his “Skin Frost” highlighters and “Beauty Killer” eyeshadow palette on the 25th of May, and the prompt sell out of his liquid lipsticks soon after every restock. As any curious makeup fanatic, I was keen to try his lipstick formula myself. With all the hype around the product, one cannot help but wonder: is it really worth the fuss? I have accumulated several of the shades, and today I am going to show the bolder ones of my collection: Unicorn Blood, Dominatrix and Anna Nicole.

First a word about liquid lipsticks. There has been almost an infectious trend for this particular makeup product that has only grown over the past couple of years, with virtually every makeup brand keen to release their take on the product. Over the past few years the modern matte lip has become increasingly popular, and increasingly more matte. Everyone seems to be going potty over the long wear lip formula and matte finish seen on makeup artists and celebrities such as Kylie Jenner who has also, along with many other brands, capitalised on the trend and released her own line of liquid lipsticks. Despite the huge trend they have become they are not entirely without their cons; liquid lipsticks are notoriously drying, are not easily reapplied, and if you don’t find the right variety, they can chip off and leech all moisture from your lips.

I recall a few years back when the MAC retro matte lipstick finish was released and the coveted “Ruby Woo” was considered the most matte lipstick on the market. Today, however, there are some even more matte lipstick formulas that make Ruby Woo seem almost semi matte in texture. Another problem that seems to arise when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks is their ability to emphasise lines and wrinkles in the lips. Due to their lack of moisturising properties, they will inevitably settle into lines, and will tend not to apply as smoothly as a regular cream variety. The only people whom I can imagine escaping the wrath of the wrinkly lip are those ladies and gents out there with perfectly, almost unnaturally smooth, plumped lips; namely, those with lip fillers. Many times we will find ourselves wondering why our liquid lip does not seem to appear as smooth as those girls on social media, with their line free, luscious lips. We have to remember, ladies, that many of the photos shared to social media have been retouched and many of beauty influencers have undergone procedures such as lip fillers in order to achieve such a plump, line-free pout. So please do not feel disheartened if you find you cannot achieve the same look.

All embracing, I personally prefer pairing a long wear lip liner with a regular lipstick to a liquid lipstick, if I want to achieve a long lasting lip colour. However, I do enjoy experimenting with makeup, and trying new colours and finishes, and I do love the look that you can achieve with a matte liquid lip. I have tried out a hefty number of liquid lip formulas, some I have absolutely adored while others I have been disappointed by, and (spoiler alert) the Jeffree Star formula is among the best I have tried.

From left to right: Anna Nicole, Unicorn Blood, Dominatrix

One of the first lipsticks I purchased from Jeffree Star was cult favourite Unicorn Blood. I bought this around Autumn time because I thought it would be very fitting for the season. It is a deep brown-toned burgundy lipstick, described on the website as a “dark rusty matte red”. The formula applies like a liquid, as is of a much thinner consistency than other formulas on the market such as those from Stila, which are more mousse-like. Once applied, it dries matte and lasts for a lengthy amount of time before wearing off. I’d say I can achieve around 5 to 6 hours of even wear before the colour begins to wear off. When it does, it does chip slightly and peel off but not as badly as other formulas I’ve tried. Some of the shades have a stronger scent to them, which I initially thought of as being quite like some type of medicine for children, although I believe Jeffree Star mentioned the scent was root beer float.

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Wearing Unicorn Blood with minimal makeup on the rest of the face – I am not topless btw, just wearing an off the shoulder top 😉

The colours apply opaque and can be easily built upon, unlike some formulas on the market which tend to wear quite patchy if layered. The lipsticks provide an even application which can be difficult to come across, especially for dark shades of lipstick. I did not use a lip liner in the photo in an attempt to get the most accurate representation of the colour (which seems in vain, seeing as the photo quality is so poor anyway), but I would suggest lining the lips beforehand to make the job far easier, especially when working with such opaque, bold colours.

Dominatrix is a very dark brown, deep chocolate shade. Although not the most conventional colour, brown lips have increased in popularity as of late, and this shade is quite the statement. And yes, you best believe I have worn it out. In fact, I have worn all of Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks on long nights out, many times when I have pulled all nighters, through dancing and heat, and they all lasted considerably well, given the circumstances.

Anna Nicole is a fiery orange-red. This is one of the most recent of my purchases and I’m looking forward to wearing this a lot during the summer months. I love the effect a bright lip can give with minimal makeup on the rest of the face and tanned skin, although I think this shade would look equally beautiful on fairer skin tones than myself as well as very deep skin tones.

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Stay notified for my next blog post which will be up in a couple of days, where I will be showcasing the more everyday, neutral, wearable shades from the Jeffree Star line, including fan favourites such as Doll Parts, Androgyny and Celebrity Skin.

I understand this was a lengthy blog post, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the topic as well as review the product. If you did get through the entire post, however, I really appreciate it; my next beauty post will certainly not be quite as chatty as this one.

Wishing you love, light and laughter,
Shannon xx

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First blog post

Allow me to introduce myself…

Hi there!
Well I suppose I should properly introduce myself: my name is Shannon. I am currently nearing the end of my first year studying Chemical Engineering at Sheffield University. I am originally from Gibraltar but moved to Sheffield to study at university.
I created a blog a long while back with the intention of finding one particular theme to base my blog around, but frustratingly I could never seem to decide upon just one. Because of this, I allowed the idea to gradually wither away into crevices at the back of my mind.
I am exceedingly passionate about writing, and so I keep finding myself simply opening up word upon word document on my laptop, and note upon note on my phone to write down whatever I am feeling particularly zealous about at the time. These notes however, just get lost in the sea of hundreds of notes and applications that we keep in our mobile devices, while my word documents have been obscured among the Uni assignments and reports. I have no true way of chronologically documenting and organising my thoughts. Like so many aspects of my life, there is no order to these written down musings, and if there is one thing I’m hoping to improve going forward is introducing some structure into my life. And so here I decide that in writing a blog my aim is to turn my thoughts, my goals and daily life into something tangible, written down and ordered.
The truth is, my whole personality is a discrepancy; I will never adhere to just one category of something because I am simultaneously so many things all at once. This could have come into play in not being able to choose only one topic for my blog; how can I limit myself to one thing when my life is an intricate concoction of so many? While I am a science and engineering student and I am taught to think mathematically, I also possess a creative, ever-wandering mind. If I wouldn’t have chosen to study Engineering, while other people in my position might have opted for another Math’s or science-related degree, I would have probably opted for English literature. If you know me, you’ll know I have trouble complying with rules or instructions; for some reason I am always compelled to just do things the way I feel, and not the way I’ve been told. I take my own route and follow my intuition, yet I subconsciously I suppose I add in some degree of reasoning with the decisions I make. I could write a whole novel about all the twists and turns in my character, but we shall not delve into that for the moment; perhaps you will be able to assimilate these traits as time progresses and we get to know one another to a deeper degree. I have been told on a number of occasions that I am not easy to read; and I do concede I can tend to be difficult to fully comprehend. Perhaps starting my blog can be my attempt to be more clearly undertsood. Anyway, I digress.
I hope my blog can be a creative outlet where I can just allow my thoughts to flow freely. I am undertaking several journeys in my life at the moment, and I’d love for you to join me as I go down my path.
My blog will primarily consist of beauty and lifestyle posts. Some topics you can expect from me:
Daily life – from holidays to trips and places I visit, family and friends
Getting back on track with my fitness (which I have neglected for far too long)
My transition to veganism – now that I have moved out on my own I am beginning to realise the importance of nutrition. Since beginning university I have gained 7kg, which I am not necessarily upset about (I am not overweight by any means) but I have gained it as a result of a very poor diet, a lot of processed foods and my struggle with binge-eating (which is a whole separate topic in itself). Becoming vegan is something I have always had a keen interest in, but I would like to get myself to a healthy routine with food as I do so.
My outlook on life topics, and general advice I would give to girls or guys (I can justly say I have been through my fair share of life experiences for a 19-year-old; I have been through a lot, but this has really enabled me to empathise with many situations and give my sincere opinion. I find people often approach me for advice; perhaps because I am frank and honest and they know I will give my genuine outlook). I hope that, in some way you find me relatable and I can show you that beyond the darkness there’s always a ray of light, and that I can be something of a friend to you.
Beauty and fashion – this is a topic I really enjoy. I am a self-professed makeup lover and have always been engrossed by the way one can express themselves through their personal style and fashion sense. I’d love to share my favourite beauty products, tips, reviews and outfit ideas. I am also on the pursuit of finding a skin care routine that will work to combat the severe bout of acne that has recently crept up on me.
And so my dear, I could go on all day but this post is already long enough as it is.
I hope you that you will follow me and that my blog will somehow be more than just a chronological documentation of my thoughts. Perhaps I might be able to reach those of you with the same interests, struggles, aims, or hobbies I have. I look forward to beginning this journey with you.

Wishing you lots of love, limitless light, and endless laughter,
Shannon xxx

© Shannon Feetham and, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Shannon Feetham and withlovefromshannon with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.