The Make Up For Ever Acrylips. Acry-lips. That’s kind of a cute name… It sounds like acrylic, doesn’t it? Like acrylic paints?
Hopefully you don’t have to be a painter or have painting skills to use them because…
Clearly, we are not going to be seeing this up for auction at Sotheby’s anytime soon, HAHA!
The Acrylips are brand-spankin’ new liquid lipsticks with a creamy finish and a non-sticky, lightweight formula. They’re also kind of on the down-low right now because I think they’re only available online at sephora.com and makeupforever.com. But they’re coming to Sephora stores and Make Up For Ever boutiques next month.
There are 10 shades (here are pics of eight of them), $24 each, and I’m not completely sure if they’re permanent or limited edition (according to Sephora, they’re L.E.).
The idea for them is based on those concentrated, intense acrylic paints used by ar-teeests.
Yes, I just said “artists” all fancy-schmancy.
All I have to say about these is, “Hi, pigment!” Yeah, these don’t mess around, but girl, you know Make Up For Ever. They do insanely pigmented makeup. It isn’t always easy to work with.
Just watch out for dinosaur claws! — which is what I call being tempted to squeeze the heck out of these tiny tubes, which are 0.23 ounces each, but that’s not bad because they’re extremely concentrated. Ya hardly need any.
According to Make Up For Ever, they give you flawless color thanks to synthetic mica and ultra-fine, triple ground pigments. The formula also contains castor seed oil to boost the intensity even more while nourishing lips to keep them comfortable to wear, lightweight mineral clay to keep them from feeling greasy or sticky, and silica gel to helps smooth your lips by filling in fine lines.
See the sponge tip?
When you squeeze them, a few dots of the product come out of the sponge tip. If you want a really light application, and by “light,” I mean medium coverage, because they’re VERY concentrated, dab them on your lips and scoot them around with the sponge.
You could use a separate brush instead, but the flat part of the sponge covers a nice, large area, and it’s easy to get into the corners with the slanted tip. It’s really, really easy to use.
If you want to more coverage — opaque coverage — do the same thing, but do a few more dabs of product.
Oh, and once you get these on your lips, they stay creamy. They don’t dry down or set like a matte liquid lipstick.
You have to be verrrrrry careful with these, though, because it’s easy to cross the point of no return and use too much. When it happens, all you end up doing is scooting the product back and forth, back and forth, and it never settles or looks even.
It might take a few tries, but once you get the hang of them, they’re quick and easy to use because you don’t need to use them with a lip brush.
I don’t notice a problem with these settling into my vertical lip lines or emphasizing any flakes, either. In these lip swatches, my lips are in less-than-ideal shape, I’ll tell you that much (I haven’t been drinking enough water), so there’s a little bit of flaking involved, but it’s barely even noticeable at all.
Actually, it’s hard to find a completely opaque liquid lipstick that handles flakes this well, which is another reason why I like these.
Also, the colors on the outside of the tubes are darker and not as bright as they look on your lips. Like, with shade 401, I expected a deep, moody, brownish wine, but it looks like a bright garnet on my lips.
These are also unflavored and unscented, by the way, and last about four hours for me.
It’s easy to forget that I’m wearing these sometimes because of how light they feel. I’ll rub my lips together and end up with lipstick smeared above my Cupid’s bow and under my lower lips, a la the Joker. Whoops! It’s can be a HOT MESS with the darker shades, so don’t rub your lips when you wear these. That’s all I’m saying. 🙂
I really, really like these a lot. If you can’t stand feeling anything on your lips (and you love opaque lip colors), give them a swatch one of these days. I think they’re totally worth it.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,