Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème vs. Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet

I’ve always loved the idea of liquid lipsticks (long-lasting colour that doesn’t transfer? yes please!), and I purchased several Kat Von D and Stila liquid lipsticks a few years ago when they were the major players on the market. I wanted to love them, but I couldn’t. Sure, it’s nice not having to worry your lipstick wearing off when you eat and drink throughout the day – but is that worth feeling like all moisture has been drained out of your soul and having lips that look remarkably similar to an asshole raisins? No. Not at all.

(Yes, I know that if you prepare your lips and keep the moisturized, your lips won’t feel or look that bad. However, I am prone to dry lips and have an embarrassingly low pain tolerance.)


Over the past few years, more and more brands have hopped onto the hype train, and I avoided most of them. (I will admit that I liked Jeffree Star’s formula, but I refuse to support him for a myriad of reasons.) A few brands have been releasing non-matte, non-drying liquid lipsticks in the past year, and those have piqued my interest. After asking a ton of Instagram users for their personal feelings on various lipsticks featured on their page, I finally decided on two liquid lipsticks to try: Marc Jacobs’ Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème in Truth or Bare and Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet in Dark Rosewood. I’ve been experimenting with the two colours over the past couple of weeks, and I’ve written a little comparison for you below.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Dark Rosewood; Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème in Truth or Bare

Overall, the two lipsticks are quite similar and I’m really happy with both formulas. Neither dry down completely (I’m totally okay with that), they’re easy to layer and reapply, they’re comfortable to wear and prevent my lips from drying out, and they last almost a full workday. I really like the packaging for both lipsticks, the wands are shaped perfectly for application and hold enough product so you don’t have to double dip, and they smell nice (MJ is a bit sweeter). Here are the key differences:

  • The Marc Jacobs formula is glossier and has a satin finish, while the Burberry one dries down to a semi-matte finish.
  • The Lip Crème feels more emollient, while the Lip Velvet feels a bit powdery.
Wands: Marc Jacobs is on the left, Burberry is on the right.

I really enjoy both formulas, and I am glad that I purchased these lipsticks. How do you feel about liquid lipsticks? Have you tried either of these?

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