I’ve never tried any of Physicians Formula’s lip products, so when I spotted a special display for their new liquid lipsticks I knew I had to give them a try. Physicians Formula rarely disappoints me and they really knocked it out of the park this time! I love the Velvet Liquid Lipsticks!
They come in 13 shades but I only purchased 3 colors: Coral Minerals, Bare With Me and Tu-Lip Treatment. They’re normally $8.19 apiece at CVS but I got them for significantly less by stacking coupons on top of a sale.
I have a lot of lip lines naturally and I normally gravitate towards sheerer glosses and balmier lipsticks because they’re a lot more forgiving. In my experience, the more opaque/pigmented a lip product and the more matte it is, the more it accentuates and settles in lip lines. So although I have a lot of confidence in Physicians Formula delivering great products as a brand, I still had my doubts about the liquid lipsticks because they claim to be highly pigmented. No worries though, they are amazing!
The Velvet Liquid Lipsticks have a whipped, mousse-like texture and are fragrance-free. Other drugstore brands make liquid lipsticks — for example, L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks — but I’ve never been able to stomach their strong scents. For people like me who are sensitive to fragrance in makeup, the Physicians Formula Velvet Liquid Lipsticks are perfect. No funky smell or taste.
I especially love the applicator which makes it a cinch to line and fill in the lips and holds enough product so I never have to re-dip the wand back into the tube.
The formula is extremely lightweight, fully opaque in one pass and super comfortable. It literally feels like I have nothing on my lips. My lips never feel tight, shriveled up or dried out when I have them on. Best of all, they don’t settle in my lip lines. Even the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks, which I liked but didn’t necessarily love, settled in my lip lines and the only way I could wear them was dotted on lightly and blotted as a lip stain. The Physicians Formula liquid lipsticks, though, I can just swipe on and I don’t need to fuss with them at all.
The only real downside is the lipsticks aren’t transfer-proof. They’ll definitely transfer onto a coffee mug but they wear off evenly and leave a pretty stain behind. At the end of the day, I use the CVS dupe of the Garnier waterproof micellar water to take off my makeup and it removes the lipsticks from my lips easily.
Coral Minerals: This looks more like a pink on me.
Bare With Me: A dark peachy nude.
Tu-Lip Treatment: Now this is more like what I think of when I hear coral. It’s bright without being neon and is a beautiful mix of pink, orange and red. This is about as red as I’ll ever go. I’m not brave enough to go full on red.
I have my eyes on a few more colors, namely Berry Healthy, Red-storative Effects (I’m not brave enough to wear red in public but I still want to try it), Vitamin Beet and Dose of Rose.
ETA: One interesting thing I noticed is that “Flavor/Aroma” is listed in the ingredients yet on the Physicians Formula website they claim the liquid lipsticks are fragrance-free. One YouTube reviewer I watched mentioned some (not all) of hers had a sour, vinegar scent while others say the lipsticks are unscented. I’m thinking it might be a quality control issue, so it’s going to be the luck of the draw whether the ones you buy smell funky or not. You know me and how sensitive I am to fragrance and none of the liquid lipsticks I bought have any fragrance. Just a heads up.
INGREDIENTS: ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, KAOLIN, BEESWAX/CIRE D’ABEILLE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL BEHENATE/EICOSADIOATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, FLAVOR/AROMA, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, OCTOCRYLENE, DIPALMITOYL HYDROXYPROLINE, ISOPENTYLDIOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PALMITIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, WATER/EAU, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLUCOMANNAN, TOCOPHEROL. MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), MICA, RED 7, RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).