Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipsticks review and comparisons.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipstick.

Liquid lipsticks are one of those products you either love or hate.  Many people love the long-lasting aspect of these products, but hate the dry uncomfortable feel and removal process.  Personally, I like these types of lipsticks, they are easy to apply (in most cases), the longevity is outstanding, the matte finish is maintenance-free, and the colors are always vibrant.  Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me ($18 USD/4.5g) are my latest obsession.  The rich bold colors are definite standouts and completely justifies why they are frequently sold-out.  I hope you enjoy.

The Pros to Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

  1. Beautiful bold colors:  Merlot is more of a pink-red and Berry Me is a deep berry plum.
  2. Long-lasting colors remained vibrant for a solid six hours, with slight fading thereafter.
  3. Non-drying feel with one coat–maximum two coats.
  4. Solid matte finish is evident after 30 seconds.
  5. Both colors wore comfortably (for a liquid lipstick) without color bleeding/feathering into fine lines.
  6. Merlot is a great red for lighter/cooler complexions.
  7. Unbelievable staining effect (especially Merlot) when colors are removed.
  8. Colors can be worn individually or mixed for custom coloring.
  9. Certain glosses can be applied lightly over this formula.
  10. Ideal lip product for windy days–hair hovers freely over these babies 🙂
  11. Lipstick remains intact on cold days when scarves need to be taken off constantly.
  12. Fantastic price/amount ratio.
  13. Formula is vegan friendly, cruelty, gluten and paraben-free.
  14. Comes in five shades:  Merlot, Berry Me, Kiss of Fire, Pinky Promise and Purple Rain.
  15. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

  1. Not completely smudge-resistant.  I experienced slight color transfer on cups and/or when kissing my children.
  2. Applicator head fibers are splayed erratically, making application challenging.  The fibers on Merlot are definitely cut more precisely than those on Berry Me.
  3. Proper exfoliation of lips, prior to color application, is necessary for even coverage.
  4. The addition of another layer over an existing layer (for a touch-ups) can feel heavy, drying and uncomfortable.  I strongly suggest to wipe off what you can and start fresh.
  5. Not impervious to oily foods–forgo the fried foods and oil laden salads.
Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Application of color using the tip of the applicator head with angled side facing upward.

Application of color using the tip of the applicator head with angled side facing upward (Berry Me topped with Merlot).

As the above photos demonstrate, the applicator head fibers are splayed unevenly (especially on Berry Me).  I prefer to wipe off some of the excess color, lay down an initial layer on my bottom lip, rub my lips together to disperse the color to the upper lip region, and then use the tip of the applicator head (angle side up) to carefully outline the perimeter of the lips.

The combination of these two colors created completely different shades depending on how they were layered.  Personally, both variations in the above photos suit my complexion beautifully. However, depending on your skin tone, mood and level of comfort, anything is possible with Merlot and Berry Me 🙂

Dose of Colors topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Dose of Colors Berry Me

Dose of Colors Berry Me Topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

The above photos show how Merlot and Berry Me appear when a non-oil based gloss is applied.  Dior Addict Fluid Sticks worked beautifully with the Dose of Colors formula, for non-feathering results. When Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss was applied on top of Merlot, I did experience slight color feathering by the third hour.  Do keep in mind, the addition of any gloss will give a noticeably dense feel and look on the lips.

Comparison Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparison Swatches: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparison Swatches:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

  • Lime Crime Red Velvet is a true blue based retro red.  This tube was purchased four years ago and this older version is definitely more bearable to wear than the newer formula.
  • Lime Crime Wicked was purchased last year and despite the seductive vampy coloring, the overly dry texture is too uncomfortable for my liking.  In addition, Lime Crime Velveteens do not mesh well with any glosses.
  • Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me are a pleasure to wear in comparison to LC.  The longevity, comfort and staining effect are top-notch.
  • Girlactik Matte Lip Paints are the “Bobbi Brown” of Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  These neutral beauties pair beautifully with any lipstick or lipgloss.
Dose of Colors ingredient list.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

**Dose of Colors Matte Lipsticks can be found at Rickysnyc.com and Doseofcolors.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipsticks are some of the most comfortable and vibrant liquid lipsticks I have had the pleasure of wearing.  The longevity, appealing color choices, and versatility of these lipsticks are worth your time and money.  After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a little dose of color in their lives?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is a Wondrous Product.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

I am not one of those individuals that enjoys reapplying lip color all day long.  My routine is very basic, apply my lipstick in the morning, remove my lip color to eat lunch (2:30 pm), and reapply after lunch for the duration of the day.  My dependence on a quality lip liner (to prevent feathering and prolong wear) is essential for my lip color to abide by my schedule.  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint ($23 USD/7.5 ml) has proven to be the ultimate work horse, by taking on the role of matte lipstick, lipstick base and lipliner all in one.  Who wouldn’t want that? 🙂

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

The Pros of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

  1. Gorgeous neutral rose/beige color.
  2. Water-like consistency glides on lips easily and smoothly.
  3. Precision head is pointed for accurate placement of color.
  4. Can be applied lightly or layered for a deeper tone.
  5. Makes an outstanding stand alone matte lip color or base for any lipstick.
  6. Matte finish does not flake or dry out the lips.
  7. Wears comfortably alone for up to 5 hours.
  8. Prolongs the wear of any lip color when used as a base.
  9. Fuses perfectly with many formulation of lipsticks so color does not feather into fine lines.
  10. Can be paired with a variety of lip colors from pale to the darkest deepest reds.
  11. Unlike most long-lasting liquid lipsticks on the market (Revlon Colorstay and Limecrime Velvetines looking at you), Allure is easily removable without the need for a makeup remover.
  12. Amazing amount offered compared to lip liners.
  13. Formulated without parabens.
  14. Made in the USA.

The Cons of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

  1. Texture can feel heavy if too many layers are applied; my limit is three light layers.
  2. 1-2 layers are sufficient when used as a base for lipsticks, otherwise the texture becomes uncomfortably heavy.
  3. Very limited retail locations.
  4. Does break down in the presence of greasy foods.
  5. Website does not list ingredients for any of the products.
  6. Formulated with mineral oil.
Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

When used on its own, Allure settles into a delicate pinky/rose hue.  This color would pair beautifully with a smokey eye, as well as, a minimal makeup look.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Black Tie Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Black Tie Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Allure has an amazing chameleon-like quality; this shade pairs seamlessly with all lip colors.  Personally, I adore the finish and feel when paired with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here); the results yield a truly velvety appearance that lasts for hours.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick and estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick and Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with  Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick and lightly topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick and lightly topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

Up until now, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain (reviewed here) was my go-to lipstick base/lipliner.  The formula of those lipliners was magically, they prolonged the color of any lipstick without drying out the lips.  After the purchase of two Spicy Nudes over the course of 2 months, I quickly realized I needed to find another alternative.  Allure fits the bill perfectly; since the introduction to these Matte Lip Paints, I have not had a need for any lipliners 🙂

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

**Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint can be found at girlactik.com and newly remodeled Rite Aid locations.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint will always be in my makeup arsenal.  Bottom line, another tube will be ordered ASAP, so I can keep one in my handbag and house another tube at my makeup station.  This may very well be my HG lipstick base…it is that good.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint review.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

I have an obsession with long wearing lip products.  The less effort involved in maintaining a (red) lipstick the better.  So when Girlactik Beauty’s founder, Galit Strugano, gifted me her Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ($22 USD/3g) and Iconic Matte Lip Paint ($23 USD/ 7.5 ml), my curiosity was piqued.  Would these beauties meet my expectations and perform as well as some higher-end products?  You’ll see 🙂

Girlactik Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty  Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Rouge Le Creme Lipstick is a lovely vibrant creamy red.  The silky smooth formula glides onto the lips without any dragging or tugging.  The hydrating feel of this lipstick lasts until the color wears off.  Due to the emollient nature of the formula, wear time is average, lasting 3½ hours with slight feathering around the upper lip line.  When paired with It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Perfect Red (reviewed here), the longevity extended to 5 hours, without any feathering.  Rouge Le Creme is very comparable in finish to MAC Creamsheen lipsticks, but more balm-like with a remarkable lightweight texture.

Girlactik Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint is the star of the show; this formula is right up my alley.  The applicator head is slightly elongated and the fibers on the head are compact and designed to give more control for precise application.  The lightweight water-like consistency glides on the lips easily, which gives the formula a versatility like no other.  Iconic can be applied lightly for a delicate stain or full-on for truly attention-getting results.

I am able to wear this formula alone without any feathering for a solid 5 hours.  The application is effortless and the buildable coverage does not yield caky or uncomfortable results.  As with all long wearing lip products, greasy foods are their Kryptonite; however, adding an additional layer does not result in irregular patches or dry flakey skin.  Should you feel the need to remove an existing layer to start fresh, Matte Lip Paints remove easily without the need for a makeup remover.  These matte lip paints also make fantastic bases for any brand of lipstick–lipliners become obsolete.  However, do keep in mind when layering with lipsticks other than Girlactik Le Cremes, the texture becomes more dense.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint and Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint and Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint 3 coats.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint 3 coats.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint topped with Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint topped with Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

For the above photos Girlactik Iconic Matte Lip Paint was applied using three layers.  On me, Iconic turned out to be a bright red with slight orangey undertones; completely different from what I was expecting. Nevertheless, the color paired perfectly with Rouge Le Creme and the combination lasted for 6 hours.  It is my impression, these two products were meant to be layered for the ultimate long wearing soft sheen lip color.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Personally, orange based reds are not my first choice, but Iconic did make an excellent base when applied lightly under my Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Lipstick (reviewed here).  This combo lasted for 6 hours, but did not feel as lightweight as when layered with Rouge Le Creme.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Dior Addict Vintage.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Dior Addict Vintage.

Iconic also played very nicely, for a short while, with Dior Addict in Vintage.  This combo lasted for 3 hours; apparently Vintage had some sort of emollient ingredient that broke down Iconic’s wear.

Girlactik Beauty  Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme and Iconic Matte Lip Paints can be found at girlactik.com and certain remodeled Rite Aid locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint are wonderful products.  If you are someone who requires moisturizing lightweight lipsticks with a beautiful natural sheen, then Le Creme Lipsticks are for you.  As you can tell, my preference lies with the Matte Lip Paints.  So smitten was I with this formula, I order Allure Matte Lip Paint (will be reviewed next week, love it) the same day I received Iconic.  In the two weeks I have used Girlactik Matte Lip Paints, I have not had a need to use lipliners; quite an amazing feat for someone like me with serious lipstick feathering issues.  Bottom line–worth the money, which do you prefer?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned.  *The products for this post were provided by PR for consideration. *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.