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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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Dear Maria,
    I’m reading your site with a lot of pleasure and totally agree with many things you say! Since I’m kind of addicted to every kind of lip color I would love to get some ‘expert’ advise…. I have nice teeth, veeery strong even but they’re not so white as I would hope so I have to be really careful what color to wear. Anything orange or bright pink is enhancing the yellow…. After many years I know now that wearing berry colors with cool undertones is perfect, it really makes my teeth look whiter – but still haven’t found my HG…. I do prefer dry lip colors like lipstains or lip paints….. as less greasy as possible, I rather put a lip balm over it. Till now I make a lot of combo’s with my lipsticks and stains but it would be SO nice to have 1 perfect color since unlike you, I don’t like re-applying all the time – no offence ofcourse! Hopefully you can help (I’m also rather dark like you, olive skin), thnx in advance and warm regards,
    Doet
    Holland, Europe

    • Hello Doet,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to me.

      I have found on most days I combine my lip colors as well. However, some of Marc Jacobs Le Marc Creme Lipsticks are fantastic as stand alone colors. On most days, I wear J’Adore with a lipliner (only to even out my lip line). Recently I have purchased No Angel and it is superb. This apricot nude is perfect for us olive girls. Blow is my HG Oxblood color, that needs no coaxing to work on our complexion.

      The formula does not bleed into fine lines and you can easily add an additional coat, if there is fading. If you want to invest in a semi-matte long lasting (5 hours) traditional lipstick, give the Le Marc line a try. On a final point, these lipsticks are very concentrated, yet have an unusual color range, an in-store visit is highly advisable, to see if the colors mesh well with your coloring. I hope this helps.

      -Maria

  2. Hey Maria, these are really really REALLY pretty on you! The only liquid lipstick I am completely convinced by so far is Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait, although I don’t know why they haven’t added any new shades since the formula was initially released. Most others I have tried suffer from flaws that I personally am unwilling to put up with, including migrating and breaking down badly in contact with oil. I am glad to hear your experience with these is largely positive! They look even better with Dior Addict Fluid Sticks on top!

    • Hello Sunny,

      Thank you so much. I completely understand your stance on liquid lipsticks–they are drying and the removal is really more of a hassle than they are worth. However, Dose of Colors really has a lovely formula that stays in place without any migration and comfortable wear. I have to admit, even in the presence of oil, these do not break down as unpleasantly as some other formulas on the market. Dior Addict Fluid Sticks seem to go with everything in my collection.

      I also have the Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait and they are amazing (I have to break them out now), but it pains me to no end to have to throw away the packaging when I’m done with the lipstick. I wish they would make refillable cartridges so that beautiful packaging wouldn’t go to waste.

      -Maria

  3. These colors are stunning individually, but I’m really loving them paired together. I love that you actually showed all the possible ways to combine these lipsticks. Really great post!

    • Hello Trish,

      I agree, I love each color, but the combination of these two colors is outstanding. I always try to show in photos what I am trying to describe in the review 🙂 I glad you enjoyed this post.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for the support.

      -Maria

  4. Love the colors and they look great on you. I was wondering how they compared to Lime Crime since you mentioned they were drying. Good to know these aren’t. I can see they apply evenly and beautifully. You have sexy beautiful lips!!!

    • Hello Olivia,

      Thank you so much dear friend. There really is a difference in feel between Dose of Colors and Lime Crime. They do apply evenly despite the wonky fibers. As for my lips, my goodness you are too kind *blushing*. 🙂

      -Maria

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those colors are gorgeous! I was just looking at these yesterday, tempted to purchase haha, great post!

    • Hello Anonymous,

      These guys are beautiful and bold…definitely not for the faint of heart. If you do decided to purchase these, get ready to be noticed!!

      -Maria

  6. Gorgeous colors and packaging! I’ve been meaning to check out this brand and even though I’ve never been big on liquid lipsticks, these seem like ones worth a go. I haven’t even given too many liquid lipsticks a try but the one’s I have tried left me unimpressed.

    • Hello Maeve,

      I completely understand the whole apprehension to Liquid Lipsticks. I have quite a few that I keep for comparison purposes only. Dose of Colors and Girlactik are so much more bearable than many others. I would say Berry Me is a safe “first try color”..this guy would look great on most complexions and the formula pairs really well glosses (oil-free) if you should feel the need for hydration.

      -Maria

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