Battle of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks – Vault, Revlon, Sleek & L.A Girl

Liquid Lipsticks


Matte liquid Lipsticks have without a doubt changed the lipstick game. I love matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks are by far my favourite. They are an array of liquid lipsticks from different brands. I believe most makeup brands have a line of liquid lipsticks from Mac, Stila, NYX, Revlon, Vault and even drug store brands like L.A Girl and Essence. They have revolutionized the way we apply lipstick , you get more pigment and long lasting stay on your lips. I am an advocate and strong supporter of the trend. 

I am going to share some of the brands I’ve used, why I love them and what I don’t like about each brand. If it weren’t for financial limitations, ladies I promise I would have all the liquid lippies money could buy. I am smitten. I still love and appreciate the bullet lipsticks, don’t get me wrong but that’s a chat for another day. ‘Liquid lipsticks have become increasingly popular in the beauty community and I don’t see the trend dying down anytime soon. 

What’s there not to love, you get the lightweight feel of a gloss with the pigmentation and full colour of a lipstick. In case you are wondering what my obsession with liquid lipsticks is about then let me break it down. Liquid lipsticks are in my opinion low-maintenance, easy to apply because with most if not all liquid lippies the brush/applicator is made in such a way it hugs your lips on application allowing for sleek, easy and precise application. No more bleeding lippies and constantly wiping away lipstick that goes beyond the boundaries of your lips, unless of course that’s what you’re into of which that’s alright. It’s a safe space and we don’t judge. 

I have to tell you though that like all makeup choosing the right shades and finish for your lipstick is very important. We all have different expectations and preferences so don’t worry if matte isn’t your cup of tea. Matte lipsticks are great for those nights you’re going out, if your going to be eating or drinking because you rarely need to worry about having to go powder your nose just so you can touch up your makeup. 

I little goes a long way, Matte lippies are generally very pigmented. If you would like for me to talk about the different kinds of finishes from Matte, Satin, Glossy to Creamy just let me know and I’ll be glad to. (You’ll have to give me a week or two though coz I think I won one satin lipstick, lol) 

I am going to stop babbling so we can get right into the battle. I am going to talk about the consistency, pigment and lasting effect of each of the brands mentioned in the heading. It’s my review of 4 brands that I have used and either loved or hated so keep your eyes glued to this page…. 

Revlon Matte Liquid Lipstick

Revlon Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The Revlon matte lip colour is my least favourite of the bunch. Don’t get me wrong I love the finish and I am planing on adding other colours to my collection but I don’t find it as matte as the other brands. it has a creamy, satin finish. They sold us dream with their packaging and naming of the product but I guess they can always turn around and say they mentioned it on their site. The liquid lipstick smells amazing and feels great on application. Only issue is you will wait and wait for it go matte  but the lipstick just won’t budge. The last on the lips is acceptable but not amazing. It’s really pigmented but will likely give you about a 2 hour wear before you have to reapply it. The applicator is soft and easy to use, it sort of bends which makes it really easy to use. The Revlon matte Lip Color is a bit pricey at R160,00 a pop. I have a full review here 

If you are newbie to the matte revolution or have otherwise really dry lips I suggest starting with these. So although I genuinely like the lipsticks I would give them ♥♥♥ hearts on the matte lipstick battle. 

Sleek Liquid Lipstick

Sleek Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The Sleek matte ultra smooth lip creams are exactly that, creamy and ultra smooth. The sleek liquid lip cream were my very first liquid lipsticks and after using them I just couldn’t go back. I guess once you go matte you can never go back. The Ultra smooth lip creams are highly pigmented, creamy upon application and then they dry up to a matte, fine finish. If you like matte lipsticks then these should be in your collection. The Sleek liquid lipsticks are really  drying. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say I find the sleek lip creams difficult to use , I have found that they crack on your lips. 

The applicator is extremely stiff which makes them a mission to get into the curves of your lips but very precise which makes for quite the dilemma. They tend to fade of your lips after a while so I would give them about 4 hour wear. The sleek liquid lipsticks retail for about $13 a pop which is equivalent to R182,00 (pricey O_o) ♥♥ I give these 2 stars. Check out my full review here 

PS: When applying the sleek liquid lipsticks I suggest starting small then building it up. Applying too much at the same time will lead to it cracking on your lips. 

Vault Liquid Lipsticks

Vault Matte Liquid Lipsticks 

Alright, alright, alright (insert_matthew mcconaughey voice). I love the vault liquid lip stains. I love the range of colours, I love the pigment ad I love how long wearing they are. Don’t let the small bottle fool you these small-sized babies pack a punch. I little goes a long way. the liquid lip stains are extremely pigmented and very matte. I am talking about giving Ruby Woo a run for its money kind of matte. They stay on your lips for long, when I have these on I feel like such a boss, I don’t have to check on my makeup at all plus aren’t they just adorable ?? 

I have had a couple of people complain about just how matte and drying these are and so I want to take a detour and advise you about matte lippies. I believe going matte is challenging, it gives you a lot of work to do prior to applying your products. Unlike glossy lippies or satin finish lippies  you can’t get away with having cracked, dry, unkept lips because matte lipsticks will give it away. 

I would like to suggest first scrubbing your lips with a lip scrub of your choice. I have seen a number of DIY recipes online and I can share some if you’d like. I would also like to suggest really keeping your lips moisturized with a heavy-duty lip balm. This will ensure you protect your lips under any matte lipstick. The vault Liquid Lipsticks are so matte you won’t have to worry about changing their consistency. They aren’t sticky on your lips, you will feel like you have nothing whilst still slaying. You can purchase these online however they recently launched in SA so I am sure the wait won’t be too long. 

With the vault liquid lipsticks you will can expect a 6 hour+ wear, if you like to know more about the vault cosmetics brand then check out my review here  They retail for R204,00 which can be a bit much I suppose, I have seven shades hides so I can’t be one to talk. Because Of the price I will give these ♥♥♥♥ 4 stars. 

L.A Girl Liquid Lipstick


L.A Girl Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Okay so for a drugstore brand the L.A girl matte flat finish pigment glosses are the bomb. And although it might say pigment gloss on the bottle don’t let them scare you off. These are as matte as they come. These babies are highly pigmented and long-lasting. They aren’t as long-lasting as the Vault lippies but they are great for a drugstore brand. I like the two colours I bought and will be sure to add more to my collection. For R59,95 a pop you are getting really great value for money. They are inexpensive, quality lipsticks and I love them. I found them slightly sticky but that’s just because I’m particular about how matter a product should be as well as formula. 


I would give these ♥♥♥♥½ stars which makes them the winner of this battle. They are pigmented, long-lasting and affordable. I mean what’s there not to love. I have removed the half star because like I said they are slightly sticky. 

Liquid Lipsticks

I hope you enjoyed this battle and if you would like to see more of these just let me know in the comment section below. 


Happy Wednesday folks, the weekend is upon us does dance 



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