On my previous blog, I mentioned that I will reserve the weeks of December featuring Filipino-owned cosmetic brands. This week, I would like to introduce to you a young brand that has been washed to the tides of mainstream and the personal cosmetic brand of a famous figure in the Philippines, Vice Cosmetics.
It was a instant hit for a number of reasons. Besides its affordable price and a shade range perfect for Filipino skintone, it is also the personal cosmetic line of a famous Filipino comedian Vice Ganda. The PR thing is an easy peasy lemon squeezy.
With the other FIlipino cosmetic brands (featured and will be featuring), my sweetest momma send it here in Australia as a Christmas present from Lazada for Php295 per kit. Vice Cosmetics also have classic lipsticks retailing for Php195 and recently, liquid matte lipstick singles for Php195 as well.
Packaging: Inside its sleek mauvey purplish box kit contains a liquid lipstick in an clear, cylindrical acrylic tube and a pencil liner.
Size: For Php295 (U$5.8, A$7.6), you get a 3ml liquid lipstick (Php195) and 1g pencil liner (Php100). A breakdown of Php65/ml for the liquid lipstick – now this is the price I will not be missing.
Smell and Texture: It has a lovely vanilla scent and has the usual runny consistency of a liquid lipstick.
Liquid Lipstick Ingredients: Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxycilicate, Mica, Cyclomethicone, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance. May Contain (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77492,CI 77499,CI 77491), Red 6 (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
Lip Liner Pencil Ingredients: Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclomethicone, Candelilla Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Diisostearyl Malate, Isododecane, TridecylTrimellitate, Microcrystalline Wax, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E). May Contain (+/-)Iron Oxides (CI 77492,CI 77499,CI 77491), Red 6 (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
Something to keep in mind: Vice Cosmetics is cruelty-free, paraben-free and unofficially seemed to be vegan too (please correct me!). The lipsticks are formulated in the Los Angeles, California but made in China. The shade names are slang words popularized by Vice himself.
Vice Cosmetics Phenomenal Lip Kits claim to be:
- Modern Matte Finish
- Intense Color
- Long Lasting
- Transfer Proof and Smudge Proof
- Full Coverage with One Swipe
- Paraben Free
- PETA Certified Cruelty Free
I used the four shades with their lip liners as a part of my everyday look in the past week and wear tested them.
DISCLAIMER: I did all the basic preparation (exfoliate and moisturise) before wear testing the product. I never had lip fillers (and never will) so I apologize in advance if my lips are looking like a butthole rather than a smooth Instagram lips, and I love every single part of it. Whenever I reapply, I try to remove the existing layer before coating a new one just to give a fair chance. As always, if it worked for me, I do not guarantee that it will be the same to you, and vice versa. Just a little reminder: I will get very close. *wink*
I have also added dupes and their prices in Philippine Peso, US Dollars and Australian Dollars. The conversion were made during the week I posted this and may change overtime.
FIRST IMPRESSION: I only needed a single swipe for this lip colour as it has a nice solid coral red. It is a little bit sticky when I was waiting for it to dry. Just then, it set into a very nice flat lip colour. On the other hand, it did not went in the lines of my lips so well. Even though it looks dry, it did not feel that way. This shade of warm brown berry with a hint of soft orange is a good dupe for ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Take Five (U$6, A$8, Php300), ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Bumble (U$6, A$8, Php300) and Matte In Detail in Jhen (Php225, U$4.5, A$6).
WEAR TEST: We had Pork Sinigang (Pork Tamarind Stew) at lunch and dinner. There was no flaking or whatsoever and very minimal fading.
THOUGHTS: I have been wearing this shade for more than ten hours and I can pretty much say that this has stood with the claims. It only felt dry on the 9th hour but still bearable. It only smudged on my inner lower lip and nothing more.
FIRST IMPRESSION: I was not too impressed by the pigmentation of this shade. I needed at least three coats to achieve full coverage. It dries slower from the four shades, and felt sticky but tolerable. This soft warm nude shade can be a dupe for ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brink (U$6, A$8, Php300), ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Bare Necessities (U$6, A$8, Php300) and San San Matte Lip Crayon in Rich Mocha (Php165, U$3.26, A$4.32).
WEAR TEST: We had a Chinese food buffet at lunch and the lipstick kind of flaked a little bit on the side. When we had samgyupsal (Korean BBQ) and fried tilapia at night, I never even thought that there was even a lipstick in the first place – barely there.
THOUGHTS: I tried wearing it again the other day without eating too much oily food. Even though it happened the same, it was not as bad like the last time. It stayed as long as eleven hours with my lips feeling a little bit sticky and drier.
FIRST IMPRESSION: This lip colour definitely has a full-coverage solid pigment. I only needed one dip for my lips and is never patchy nor streaky. On the side note, it did not seep in well along the lines of my lips. Though not visible not until you get close, I can see them when I smile. Also, when it settled, its feels rough, kind of grainy and a little bit dry but not to the point that it sucked the moisture of my lips. This classic neutral red lip colour with blue undertone has a plenty of dupe from my collection.
WEAR TEST: It kind of flaked a bit when I had cereals in the morning but barely noticeable. I had a nice Pinakbet (slow-cooked vegetable stew with shrimp paste) during lunch and dinner. It almost did not fade or flake not until you get very close. When I had to pat my mouth with a tissue, some of the lipstick transferred.
THOUGHTS: I have been wearing this for almost twelve hours now and it looked like I just applied it an hour ago. This is never sticky even when I press my lips together. Surprisingly, the grainy feeling went away on the third hour I was wearing this. From then on, it felt really comfortable and not drying until the time I removed it at night. Sadly, like what happened with my Colourette Supramatte in Miranda, this one bled as well.
FIRST IMPRESSION: It has a straight solid pigment for a mauvey magenta lip colour. It is neither streaky nor patchy, and I only needed a single coat for my lips. It felt really dry on my lips for the first two hours. But as time goes by, the dryness went away and it felt lighter. There was not an exact dupe for this shade in my collection but I find Careline Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pop (Php210, U$4.2, A$5.5) and Careline Melted Metallic Lipstick in Prince (Php210, U$4.2, A$5.5) a little close to this lip colour.
WEAR TEST: I had dinuguan at breakfast, chicken and chips at lunch and corned beef at dinner. I was expecting that it will bleed or flake at some point, but to my surprise, it almost did not budge.
THOUGHTS: I have been wearing this lip colour for thirteen hours and counting. I can pretty much say that it really did stick so well. It only faded in my inner lower lip, and that is it. However, I felt an extra dryness on the 10th hour of wearing it
Here are some close dupes for Vice Cosmetics Phenomenal Lip Kit that I found in my current lipstick collection. Some do not have exact undertones but they can get by.
THE BEST… For the record, I have experienced so many good points using these lip kits besides its price point. There is a good payoff in the colour intensity. And as you can see from the photos, it has a nice staying power that can go over ten hours of wear. The consistency complimented the doe foot applicator, giving me a nice and easy application. I also noticed that the lip colour spreads evenly and there was a minimal to no patchiness or whatsoever. Throughout the wear test, I almost did not need a reapplication.
The colours complement the Filipino warm and neutral skin tone. A big shoutout to their website for putting up the ingredients and specifying the undertones. Most of the time, you have to figure it out yourself. This is very important if you are looking for a nude and red lipsticks.
The Vice Cosmetics Lip Kits can be easily removed using an oil-based cleanser. I would dab plenty of the my Garnier Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water on a cotton pad. Then, I hold it on my lips for a few seconds before wiping it off. Works like magic. Only the Phenom left a pink stain, but I do not really mind.
THE WORST… The first thing I like to point out on things they need to improve is their creamy and soft lip liners. Phenom’s and Pony’s lip liner’s tip broke even with the slightest pressure. But the worst part was when I discovered that Pony’s lip liner is fuggen hallow inside!
Moisture is not also their strongest point. It only felt like the usual drugstore matte liquid lips. It feels dry but not to the point that it sucks out the soul of your lips. From all of the 60+ liquid lipsticks I own, this is the only liquid lipstick that feels dry on the first two hours but becomes lightweight after that. I know. Weird. Please enlighten me.
There was also a minimal transfer when you pat your lips with a tissue or sipping drinks with a straw. Lastly, exfoliation is needed for this product to work and look properly, unlike my ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick and Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick which I can just wear anytime.
SO… With all honesty, I thought this will be a fail. I was expecting it to be. Overall, I have a pretty good experience about this product. I thought this was just another gimmicky product produced by celebrities. Personally, this performed better than the Php499 Colourette Supramatte. Again, the only edge with the Suprammate is its lightweightedness in the first few hours but it still performed like many drugstore matte liquid lipstick.
Vice liquid lipstick is not light weight but definitely not heavy as well. It stayed on for an average of ten hours. The lip liner is not necessary. You can definitely wear these liquid lipsticks by themselves. But pairing it with the lip liner that came with it gives it more lasting effect.
In regards with their customer service, I tried reaching them through their Facebook page to clarify whether their products are vegan. On their reply, they mentioned that they are cruelty-free but did not confirm if their products are vegan.
With this, let us take a look which of their claims really took place:
- Modern Matte Finish – GIVEN
- Intense Colour – ALL OF THE 3 SHADES EXCEPT PONY
- Long Lasting – LASTED AT AN AVERAGE OF 10HRS
- Transfer Proof and Smudge Proof – MINIMAL TRANSFER
- Full Coverage with One Swipe – ALL OF THE 3 SHADES EXCEPT PONY
- Creamy – THIN AND RUNNY CONSISTENCY
- Paraben Free – GIVEN
- PETA Certified Cruelty Free – GIVEN
SHOULD YOU BOTHER? For somebody who would like to try a matte liquid lipstick for the first time, you could give this baby a go! It sticks most to its claims without breaking your bank. This is also perfect for students and mothers who are conscious on their budget but would love to try something new. Their darker colours has a better pigment payoff and last longer than the nudes. They cater to warm, neutral and cool toned makeup lovers so there is surely something for you. Currently, they have released eight new shades for the matte liquid lipstick and can be purchased by itself. They are not the best in the market but they are definitely worth their price.
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