I love liquid lipsticks, but, as a woman of color, I have a tough time finding shades that are pigmented enough. Then I heard about Pat McGrath's limited-edition collection of liquid matte shades, LiquiLust 007, and had to try it.
Let me explain. For starters, I’m an instant fan of anything the makeup tycoon launches, but this one is particularly special because the lip shades make darker skin and lip tones pop. At the product launch in New York City, McGrath described them as "super matte, but buildable," and promised they would "give major pigment with one swipe."
She was right.
Of the six matte liquid lipsticks, the first I tried was the red-brown shade, "Slay-Omi," a tribute to Naomi Campbell. On my almond-toned lips, it was perfect. It's high-impact color that lasts until you want to take it off. Another winner for me was "Nightshade," a deep dark purple that stands out when worn under clear gloss and that I'd imagine would look amazing on darker skinned ladies.
In addition to the pigmentation, the beauty of these lipsticks is that they aren’t meant to be worn alone: They're designed for "cocktailing," or mixing and matching. (I paired "Revelation," a true crimson red, with "Slay-Omi" and loved the result.) They aren't drying, they don't crack and they brighten your face.
My suggestion: For everyday shades, go with the five-piece Skin Show Kit ($75); for pops of color, opt for the five-piece Colour Blitz Kit ($75); and for a mix, try the nine-piece Everything Kit ($125).
If you’re a woman of color, I say buy all three. You won’t be disappointed.