Bold Matte Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Review

Perhaps this post should be called "Instagram made me do it".

I've wanted to try the liquid lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills for awhile, and seeing them in person at my local Macy's (ABH exclusive retail partner for most of her new launches) was enough to pull the trigger.

I picked up the shade Carina, a bright hot pink that reads neutral, allowing it to work with both warm and cool looks (swoooooon).

While I'm still unconvinced I could pull off a super moody dark matte brown, brights and I are BFFs!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Carina Liquid Lipstick
I couldn't decide on a photo.

What I love:
  • Gorgeous color - super rich and saturated with pigment
  • Relatively comfortable and not overly-drying
  • Formula lasts 5-6 hours perfectly, even after eating and drinking (will fade around hour 7)
  • Easy to get crisp, clean lines
  • Teeth don't look yellow 

What I loathe:
  • Messy applicator (tube and wand begin to gunk after a few weeks)
  • Color darkens after multiple applications
  • Doesn't fully dry down over a balm 

Overall I'd give this an 8/10. I really enjoy the formula for how matte it is, and as long as you apply on bare lips (wipe any lip balm/treatment off before you apply) you get budge-proof color. 

The Look:

I love pairing a bright lip with understated, glowing skin and a hefty dose of bronzer. In this look I used: 

  • Face
    • Benefit POREfessional
    • L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation - 102 
    • BareMinerals Stroke of Light Concealer - Luminous 1 
    • Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer - Light
    • Benefit Agent Zero Shine Pore Vanishing Powder (I "bake" with this and its amazing)
    • Laura Mercier Baked Bronzer - Ritual 
    • Hourglass Ambient Blush - Luminous Flush
    • Becca x Jacyln Hill Highlighter - Champagne Pop 
  • Eyes
    • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
    • Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette (two mid tone colors in the crease for definition)
    • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick - Cocoa (used as eyeliner)
    • YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Shocking 
    • NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Taupe
    • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 
  • Lips
    • Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner - 15C (just around the edges)  
    • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Carina 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Carina Liquid Lipstick

Gratuitous highlight on fleek shot. I haven't put that damn highlighter down since I bought it. 

Have you tried any of ABH liquid lipsticks? Any must haves? 


  1. Love!! Glad I found you and can't wait to see more! :-)

  2. This post seems really helpful. I have seen very good review about this lipsticks. I recently did a Spring make-up lessons so I need to practice a lot to improve my skill. I am thinking to purchase few shades from this range, which shades are must have for NC40, can you please suggest me dear?