I have wanted to try Beauty Bakerie‘s products for quite some time. First of all, because they were recommended on r/makeupaddiction as having excellent long-wear lip products better than anything else on the market. They have a beautiful Instagram account which has been enticing me for months with their pretty packaging and “#WhatSmudge” videos of their seemingly bulletproof Lip Whips. The other reason I’ve wanted to order was because they are an independent, Black-Owned Makeup Brand and I highly recommend participating in the #BOMBChallenge to support beauty brands owned by black women.
For my first order with this brand (note that I say first; I will be ordering from them again), the inspiration was the great deal on their Sweet On You set. This $36 set includes three full-size lip products: Matte Lip Whip in Coconut Mango, Metallic Lip Whip in Dream Cake, and Peach Bon Bon which is a new product, a cream gloss. The $36 price is a $24 savings over purchasing three lip products separately, and is available for a limited time, so seriously folks, I HAD TO. I also ordered a few other products: Matte Lip Whip in Très Jolie (AND I ORDERED AN EXTRA ONE FOR A GIVEAWAY, COMING SOON, MY DARLINGS!), Metallic Lip Whip in Vitamin Sea, and GELato Eyeliner in Black Milk.
I received my order eight days after placing it. (Rough when you’re used to Amazon Prime but not everyone can, or should, be Amazon). The packaging was adorable! It came in a very pretty, sturdy box filled with hot pink crinkles and the products. Nothing was damaged at all during shipping. I’m saving the box, because I’m that kind of person.
I have to preface this review with a disclaimer: in general, I really don’t like matte liquid lip products. I think the biggest reason for this is that I am a fussy, fidgety flibbertigibit. I’m always rubbing my lips together which tend to make liquid lip products get flaky and patchy. I also eat pizza pretty often and when liquid lips wear off due to oil, you get this ring around your mouth of perfect lips and then nothing inside it. It’s not a great look. However, I also think that there’s a learning curve to get used to this type of product. Good application is pretty specific on these, as well as retouching, and there’s not a lot of room for error since you can’t really wipe or blend the edges once it’s set. Prior to Beauty Bakerie, I had tried all of the following and been pretty underwhelmed: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip, Sephora Cream Lip Stain (not a stain as you might think, it’s a matte liquid lipstick), Tarte Tarteist, Ulta brand matte liquid lip, and NYX Liquid Suede. Beauty Bakerie had a big challenge here to win me over.
First, here are my lip swatches of all of the lip products I ordered. I noticed a couple of things when doing these swatches. First of all it is damned hard even when you are trying to get a perfect edge on liquid lipsticks. I am going to need to practice more with these. Secondly, seeing these super close-up shots of my lips made me notice that one side of my lower lip is plumper than the other. Very strange anomaly.
Très Jolie, which [SPOILER ALERT] is my favorite, is a vivid hot pink matte. Coconut Mango is a very bright orangey coral matte. Dream Cake is a gorgeous shimmery metallic lavender. Vitamin Sea is a metallic navy blue. Peach Bon-Bon is a glossy cream peach.
So, here’s what I learned about the best way to apply the matte and metallic Lip Whips:
- You have to pretty much get it right before it dries. Layering it after it dries makes it be kind of clumpy and not comfortable to wear.
- But it’s fine, because you have a few moments before it totally dries, so if one layer doesn’t go on opaque you can kind of “dab” more on to make sure it’s opaque.
- Wait a few seconds. When it’s a little tacky, bump your lips together a couple times, like saying “pa pa pa”. This, for me, made it more even and matte.
- Then open up your mouth and DO NOT CLOSE YOUR LIPS UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DRY. If you close your lips before it is totally dry, it will wear off where your lips touch and get all yucky. What I did was (yes, I know I’m a dork) point my blow-dryer on a low, cool setting at my mouth until it was totally dry.
- Later on, if you need to retouch the inside of your lips (if you eat an oily meal it’s going to wear a little there), just dab it onto the places where there is no product. Don’t let your new application overlap with what is already there or else it will get yucky and gloopy. Then, again, open up your mouth and LET IT DRY COMPLETELY.
The liquid mattes have a not-quite-flat-matte finish, kind of between matte and satin, which I liked. I don’t like my lips to look like a piece of paper, I want a little dimension. They are reasonably comfortable to wear but you definitely notice something’s on your lips so if that bothers you, these might not be for you. The metallic mattes are pretty much the same–I did notice that the Dream Cake had a little rougher “mouth feel” likely because of the shimmer content, but that one was my second favorite as far as effect–it’s SO GORGEOUS.
I did a full-day test with the Coconut Mango color. When it is applied (and throughout the day), it is TOTALLY smudge- and transfer-proof. It does not budge.
After about 4 hours, having drank water but not eaten anything (but also being a little fidgety with my lips because I wasn’t used to wearing liquid lipstick, lol), my colleague said that my lips still looked perfect. However, there was wear on the inner side of my lips–not noticeable with my mouth closed but noticeable with my lips pursed or my mouth open. To be fair, I don’t know that I totally did the application right that first time. I don’t think it was 100% dry before I put my lips together. After eating lunch, there was more wear and then I touched up the inner areas; as long as you don’t put it on top of what is already there, this works just fine.
My least favorite one was the Vitamin Sea, just because it is VERY hard to get it looking perfect since it’s such a dark color. I have never worn a navy blue lipstick and I haven’t yet decided what look I would want to do with it. I’m going to experiment more with this soon.
My second favorite, Dream Cake, is just so pretty. It’s also a lot more forgiving than the other colors when it comes to wear because it’s lighter and looks more sheer. It’s not as comfortable to wear as the liquid mattes, but it’s not awful or anything.
REMOVING THE LIP WHIPS: So, your micellar water, oil cleanser, balm cleanser, or foaming cleanser will not take this stuff off. I tried using my Kose Softymo cleansing oil first and it was a bust. Beauty Bakerie sells remover wipes to take the stuff off, and I’m sure they’re great, but they were out of stock when I placed my order. However, a biphasic eye makeup remover will take these off no problem. I had both Sephora brand eye makeup remover and Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and both worked just fine.
I was surprised by the Peach Bon-Bon cream gloss! I thought that it would be more like a standard gloss, sheer. But this is a fully pigmented lip color gloss, and it is longer-wearing than most glosses I have tried. It’s not bulletproof like the others, but it wears well.
Now, on to the absolute SUPERSTAR of my order, the GELato Eyeliner. I am being totally sincere when I tell you I may never buy another brand of eyeliner again. This stuff is like a Christmas Miracle. Gel eyeliner has a little more of a learning curve than liquid, which is what I am accustomed to using. My favorite liquid liners are Jessie’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (basically a perfect dupe for KVD Tattoo Liner), Wet N Wild H20 Proof liquid eyeliner, and (the very tragically discontinued) Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
When I use liquids, I have a few problems: first of all, my eyelids are a little crinkly, and it can kind of “bleed” into the crinkles. Also, if you accidentally poke yourself in the eye with the liquid liner pen, you will have black tears streaming down your face, which is SO METAL but not the look I’m going for. I also tend to have a problem getting it to stick to the inner corners of my eye before it dries. It’s hard to get a smooth line, because liquids are runny and not blendable on the edges without smudging the eff out of it.
I used a somewhat stiff, small angled brush to try out the GELato liner. It comes in a sturdy, pretty glass pot. First of all, this stuff goes on SMOOTH AS SATIN. Because it’s not runny, it is very easy to blend the edges and get a very smooth and sharp edge on your wings. It doesn’t clump or get patchy when you add more layers. Once you’ve got it perfect, it will be totally set in a minute or two. As long as you don’t rub your eyes, it will stay perfect all day long. The other gel eyeliner that I tried in the past kind of migrated a little where I’d have these smudges in the outer corners of my eye below the wing. This one is totally flawless until you take it off. Darlings, I am truly, madly in love with this stuff. It’s life changing.
Here’s my favorite look so far using the GELato liner (and with the Dream Cake Metallic Liquid Lip):
So, them’s my thoughts on Beauty Bakerie stuff. I will definitely buy the GELato Eyeliner again, and if they ever discontinue it, I will be despondent and inconsolable. As far as the Lip Whips, I love the colors, and they are definitely the longest-wearing and most transfer-proof liquid lipsticks I have found. I want to work with them more, though, to see if I can get better with application, and more used to liquid lipsticks in general. If you already wear and like liquid matte lipsticks, these ones are one of the best on the market. I would recommend them.
Have a beautiful day, my darlings!