It should come as no surprise that the largest part of my makeup collection is made up of lip products. In fact, I usually have at least a half dozen lippies in my handbag at all times. Are most of them variations of the same rose shade? Maybe. But that’s not the point. Of course if you’ve been here before, you know I’m a big fan of Pat McGrath Labs products. However, aside from my beloved Lust Gloss, I don’t really wear any other PMG lip products. Mostly because they are traditional lipsticks and I’m more of a “long wear liquid lipstick” kind of gal. Traditional lipsticks always get on my teeth, in my hair, or on my face. But my lack of PMG lipsticks is about to change. Because we now have the new Pat McGrath Labs Liquilust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick.
The new PMG Liquilust liquid lipstick is $30 each and currently comes in two shades. They are available at both Sephora and the Pat McGrath Labs website. However, I’ve heard rumors that they will soon be extending the shade range. Of course I will update this post as soon as I hear more! Right now, the current shades are Divine Rose and Divine Nude and launched with the recent Divine Rose II Collection. (If you want to know more about the rest of the products in the collection, you can read my full post here.) *UPDATE* – Six new shades of this gorgeous liquid lipstick are launching on March 5, 2021 exclusively at the Pat McGrath Labs website.
If you don’t want to keep reading, you can watch my full Pat McGrath Labs Liquilust Liquid Lipstick review on YouTube! Or you can just keep reading… Or both… I can’t tell you what to do.
But this isn’t the brand’s first foray into liquid lips! Originally, there was the Pat McGrath Labs Liquid Lipstick (Liquilust 007). The original liquid lipsticks came in 6 shades including a red, nude, rose, hot pink, purple, and a deeper shade of red. The new version of the Liquilust lipstick comes in 8 shades. I’m not sure if this new collection is just a relaunch with nicer packaging, or a full reformulation, but I’m glad the six new shades aren’t just re-do’s of the original six. The new shades are a bit more wearable than the originals. In fact, six of the eight are in more of the “nude/neutral” family, including a lighter shade and a darker shade to cover a wide range of skin tones.
Pat McGrath Labs Liquilust Liquid Lipstick Shades:
Nude Cabaret – Soft pink beige
Wild Orchid – Mid-tone berry pink
Spellbound – Muted Sienna rose
Flesh 3 – Deep bronzed rose
Elson 4 – Vivid blue red
Divine Rose – Soft plum rose
Divine Nude – Lush nude beige
Pink Desire – Vivid warm pink
I have three of the original shades – the red (Revelation Red), rose (Possessed), and nude (Femme Moderne). So far, I will say the original nude is not the same shade as the Divine Nude shade. However, the original rose shade is extremely similar to Divine Rose. Along with the shade similarity, the packaging is almost identical. The new Liquilust lipstick has nice clear and black packaging with the gold name where the original packaging was just clear with a black label stuck to the side. But other than that, they look almost identical. The wands are the same length, the doe foot applicators have the same contoured and pointed shape, and both packages are the same size with the same black lid. Which is why I wonder what the difference is – a formula change or just some updated/more glamorous packaging.
I do want to take some time to call out the wand and doe foot applicator specifically. Because of course the formula is great, but the applicators really make this lipstick for me. There are two things that make this wand different. One is that the largest surface (the one you use to swipe the product on) is curved. So it really contours to your lips and makes the product glide oh-so-smoothly. The second is that the tip is quite pointed. This is super handy for lining your lips.
In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about liquid lipsticks – that I don’t need a lip liner. You can use this pointed tip to line your lips in a super precise line and then fill them in with the contoured part. Voila! Perfect lips every time. (If you want more information on lining your lips, you can check out my how-to on Pinterest. And if you’re not following me on Pinterest… Why not?! You should be!)
As for the new PMG Liquilust Liquid Lipsticks, I really like the formula. They wear well and aren’t drying, and don’t smudge, budge, or transfer. Plus the packaging is super pretty and classy. They do have a slight “liquid lipstick” smell, but nothing frou frou like a vanilla or floral scent. Just the regular ol’ liquid lipstick smell. But it’s nothing offensive. I’m wearing the shade Divine Rose in this video. Although they are called “Legendary Wear Matte Lipsticks”, I wouldn’t fully call the shade Divine Nude “matte”. In fact, it’s more like a matte with a secret sparkle. Maybe like a soft shimmer velvet? But not matte.
In the super creepy looking swatch above, you can see some of the hidden shimmer in the shade Divine Nude on the left. (It’s the only way I could figure out how to actually show the sparkle.) I don’t really know how to describe it, but it’s like the glitter is actually in-between the layers of the lipstick. It’s not glittery like a glitter lipstick. Or a more traditional satin formula. In fact, when you’re wearing it, you hardly even notice the sparkle at all. It just gives your look a little extra dimension. Honestly, shimmer velvet is the only way I can describe it.
Although I am a big advocate of matte liquid lipsticks, I have to say I really do like the way this secret shimmer looks. However, I think it should have been accurately noted in the lipstick description. It’s pretty, but something you should be aware of if you’re buying something you think is “matte”.
Overall, I’m really excited about this PMG liquid lipstick. And I can’t wait to see them expand the shade range. Plus I’m super interested to see if any of the additional shades will have the secret sparkle. If I like any of the additional shades, I wouldn’t hesitate to expand my collection. So far I’m very excited to see the shades Nude Cabaret and Pink Desire in person. And of course I can’t resist a good blue red. Because that’s what I need… more lipsticks!
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