Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick Review

by - 6/01/2017


I've decided it's time to get rid of my Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick collection. I'm not going to go into details, but I'm just going to say that I will no longer be supporting him. That means that I now have to find a new liquid lipstick that I love to replace the 20+ that I have from him. That is a pretty daunting task, let me tell you. I felt sad to not be using my favorite shades anymore, but when I saw the shades from Dose of Colors, I quickly forgot my sadness and got hyped for some new products!


I heard YouTuber Stephanie Nicole talk about this brand's liquid lipstick, and how it's her favorite formula. I really like Stephanie Nicole and appreciate all the detail she puts into her reviews, so I decided to give her favorite liquid lipstick a try. I decided to get three liquid lipsticks and one lipstick. My goal was to find dupes for Jeffree Star Cosmetics Gemini, Leo, and my absolute favorite, Androgyny. More on that later. 

About the Company: 

Dose of Colors is a US based brand that makes cosmetics for eyes, face, and lips. They make eyeshadows, lip products, highlighters, and even make brushes and false lashes. Their products are 100% vegan, paraben free, gluten free, and cruelty free. Their lip products come in lip gloss, matte liquid lipstick, and creamy lipstick. I purchased the lipstick and matte liquid lipstick because I don't like gloss. Just a personal preference. That being said, I'll only be talking about the matte liquid lipstick and creamy lipstick today. 

About the Products: 

The matte liquid lipstick comes in 23 different shades (as of this writing), and there is one bundle available that contains five of their best selling shades. If you want to get started with this brand, perhaps that is a good place to begin. I didn't opt for the bundle because there were only two shades that I wanted to try, so the value wasn't there. The individual liquid lipsticks cost $18.00. There are 18 creamy lipstick shades, but no bundles. They are slightly cheaper at $16.00 a piece. 

The net weight of the liquid lipsticks is .16 oz, and the creamy lipstick is .12 oz. I would say that the price is a bit steep compared to normal drugstore brands, but it's not something that I'm not used to paying. Jeffree Star Cosmetics is the same price for about the same amount of product, and same could be said for MAC products, too. But price point is definitely a deciding factor for any type of purchase. 

Shipping: 

It took three days for my order to ship from the day I placed it, and it took four days to receive it in the mail. Not bad for shipping to Hawaii.


The packaging itself is really fun and artsy. There's a splash of color on the side of the packaging to indicate the shade within. I don't know why Truffle didn't have it's shade name printed on it, though. 


The packaging of the liquid lipsticks is really clean, minimal and chic. The plastic container is frosted, and you can easily see the color of the product. It also has a nice weight to it and doesn't feel super cheap and flimsy. The lipstick packaging is interesting in that I've never really seen a bullet lipstick that lets you see the color of it at the base. I thought that was a really neat way of seeing the color without having a clear cap instead. 


The applicator of the liquid lipstick is a standard doe foot, but I like how it's not super spongy and is more on the bristly side. Some applicators are spongier and I find that they don't apply as smoothly and tend to fall apart. 


The creamy lipstick packaging up close. Also very chic, with minimal logo and clean white packaging. 


The bullet itself has a slight reptile embossing on it, which is neat and at the same time kind of unsettling. I don't think I like that, but it's not a huge deal as it doesn't affect the performance of the product itself. It just kind of grosses me out. 


The swatches to the left are the Dose of Colors items, and the swatches to the right are Jeffree Star Cosmetics products that I want to dupe. As you can see in the swatches, the colors look really similar. On my lips, they weren't. I'll be talking about that later in a separate post, so ignore the swatches on the right for now! The swatches from top to bottom are: Stone, Campfire, Truffle, and Ditto. You can see the texture of Ditto is smoother than the texture of the liquid lipsticks. 

On my lips they looked slightly different than in the swatches. 

Stone

Campfire

Truffle

Ditto
The liquid lipsticks go on really smoothly, are intensely pigmented, and are buildable. You really only need one dip to cover your lips, but can build for a deeper color. I love that none of the colors I have are streaky; they all seem to be the same formula. The creamy lipstick is really, really nice. It glides on smoothly and just feels super moisturizing on the lips. Of course it doesn't have great staying power since It's a lipstick, but that's to be expected. I would say that my only complaint about it is the smell. It does have quite a strong waxy lipstick smell that lingered for a while after I first put it on. The liquid lipstick has a very slight sweet smell, nothing crazy or really noticeable. 

Let's talk about wear. I started out looking like this: 


I wore it for six hours on a warm evening/night and ate Taco Bell (Crunchwrap mmmmmmm), and immediately afterwards, my lips looked like this: 


The color is still there, for the most part, just not as vibrant. 

I got home and ate a fudge pop, and that seemed to be the demise of the liquid lipstick, but there was still color on the outer part of my lips. 


There's a bit of butthole lip action there, but it did really, really well up until the fudge pop. So let's break it down: 
Pros of the Liquid Lipstick: 
  • Long lasting
  • Pigmented
  • No strong scent 
  • Packaging doesn't feel cheap
  • Not drying
Cons of the Liquid Lipstick:
  • Not a huge variety of shades
  • Mostly darker shades, nothing bright and "springy" 
  • Pricey ($18.00)
Pros of the Creamy Lipstick: 
  • Super nice feeling formula
  • Moisturizing
  • Good pigment
  • Not streaky 
  • Has brighter shades than the liquid lipstick
  • Cheaper than the liquid lipstick ($16.00)
Cons of the Creamy Lipstick: 
  • Strong waxy, lipstick smell
  • Not long lasting (but you know, it's a lipstick)
  • Not a lot of shades to choose from 
I think if you're looking for a nice matte liquid lipstick, you should definitely give Dose of Colors a try. It might be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for: great color payoff, great staying power, and a great feeling formula.

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