Friday, May 27, 2016

€1 Liquid Lipstick from eBay - Bargain or Bin?

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Liquid lipstick has been around for years, but since the rise in popularity of the formula, there are new variations popping up all over the place. One glance at eBay, AliExpress or Wish and you'll see ads tempting you with "Anastasia Beverly Hills", "NYX" or "Lime Crime" - I put those in quotation marks because when buying from those sites, if you're paying a very low price, chances are - they're counterfeit copies. Dangerous counterfeit copies. I've done posts on counterfeit makeup before:

How to Spot Fake Mary Lou-Manizer by The Balm
How to Spot Fake Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I'm a hoor for a badly-packaged bargain from the other end of the world, but not when it has the potential to poison me. If buying makeup from China or Hong Kong, I buy the cheap brands available in those countries - their version of MUA or Makeup Revolution, for want of a better description. One such brand are Danimer (other brands you can buy safely are Music Flower, Sugarbox, MeNow, Etude House, Nature Republic, Inisfree, Skinfood, Tony Moly) . The Danimer liquid lipsticks have been the subject of many a YouTube haul video, and they're cheap as chips. I'm guessing they're a private label brand, because they're pretty much the same as the brand MeNow, which you can have a better look at over on Total Makeup Addict.

I bought mine HERE, the day I bought them there was a "Buy Two Get One Free" offer, which made them a huge bargain. I ended up with 7 for under $5, making them around €0.64 each.

The applicator is a standard doe foot. The formula isn't too thick, it's not overly gloopy but it's not runny either, and just enough comes out on the applicator.

Here's a look at the shades:

With the exception of #18 and #13, none of them looked really dry on. Some of them dried matte, others didn't - but they didn't have that stickiness that I remember from the MeNow ones I tried before. I got 3-4 hours out of some of them - #22 in particular is a great long lasting shade.

Overall, would I recommend them? Absolutely. There are some great on-trend mauve shades, I didn't buy them because I have the MeNow ones in the same numbers and thought they'd be the same again. For the price, they're great quality and I'm happy to add them to my stash. They come in some really vibrant colours too - green, orange, purple - I'd definitely add them to my kit if I did more adventurous looks.


  1. Nice review on them. Its great to hear they worked out so well for you.

  2. These things always seem hit or miss, but for the price it isn't the end of the world :)


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