Let’s face it. Ever since the Kardashians have sported out the liquid lippie trend, everybody wanted to step up their lipstick game too. Eventually, Kylie Jenner created her own makeup line with tons of amazing liquid lipsticks to splurge on (popularly known as Kylie lipkits). But let’s not hide the fact that these costs thousands of bucks and can make our wallets go bankrupt. So, I am out to find great alternatives from the drugstore. One collection caught my eye- the Ever Bilena Advanve LTD liquid lipstick!
For a price of 180 php (about 3$), it claims to be a velvety soft liquid lipstick that delivers buildable, and long-lasting lip color with a matte finish. It is formulated with emolients that help keep your lips supple and smooth. This exclusive range comes in high impact shades that range from soft mauvey nudes to deep vampy reds.
I got two shades- soft cinnamon and jet setter. According to their saleslady, jet setter is their bestseller! The line has 12 shades in total. Almost all of the shades are flattering for Filipina skintones.
To start with, the packaging is very sleek and by no means does it look cheap. I think it can pass off as a high-end product. It comes as a rectangular-shaped plastic tube which makes it easy to see the actual lip color. Its cap is also color coordinated so you can see right away which colors are offered. The lipstick has a doe-foot applicator which makes it so easy to apply on the lips ( NO NEED FOR LIPLINERS!).
Next, we have the formula. True to its claim, it feels velvety and soft on the lips unlike other drugstore liquid lipsticks I have tried which can crack and dry the lips more. Well this is an exception, this feels like nothing but powder on the lips. It is so comfortable that I almost forget that I have lipsticks on. The consistency is creamy and it dries down to a matte finish. However, you need to give it a few minutes before it dries and sets down on the lips. But right off the bat, you get 100% pigmentation with just one swipe. I dont need to add multiple layers to get the desired color pay-off. This comes as a surprise for me because I didn’t expect it to be really pigmented.
Longevity-wise, I will give this product two thumbs up! I have worn both shades for casual hangouts and dates with my friends and it lasted for 12 hours! I didn’t have to reapply even after I ate lunch and dinner. When it comes off, it leaves a stain which I think is cool. It is transferproof so you dont see lip smears on your glass when you drink water. You need a good makeup remover to get this off your lips. I use Johnsons baby oil to wipe it off.
Below are some pictures from my hangouts (around 9pm so Jet Setter and Soft Cinnamon lasted for 12 hours, I applied my makeup at 9 am). Bear in mind that these pictures were taken on separate days.
Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price tag. For 180 pesos, you get everything that the product claims (even more). Also, the expiry dates are indicated on the packaging (24 months). These products exceeded my expectations! It has always been my mantra never to look down on affordable makeup products from the drugstore and I was right. Sometimes, we need to test the product out tonsee if it works for us. Indeed, the EB Advance LTD Liquid lipsticks have workedout so well for me! Personally, I thought that Ever Bilena was not really good in delivering good quality makeup before. But I think they are starting to reinvent their products to suit the public’s taste. I have not regretted my decision to purchase these. It is so satisfying to find products comparable to luxury ones. I will definitely try to purchase the other shades (or at least the ones that can compliment my skin tone) and other Ever Bilena products. Watch out high-end brands, I think the drugstore finds are stepping up their make-up game too!
The verdict for these lippies: ABSOLUTELY TAKE IT! It has it all- budget-friendly, creamy, matte lippies, long-lasting, and just beautiful on the lips. Go try it out now. You can find it on watsons and SM beauty department stores.
Let me know if you want me to try other drugstore products too, leave a comment below.
Always remember, breaking the bank is not worth it if you can find an amazing dupe at your own drugstore. Feel free to try something new, you might be in for a good surprise.
This is your drugstore makeup girl signing off (for now)! I will be out to hunt for more drugstore makeup goodies. Hope this helps!