The newest variant to the Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick line is here, and it comes with a liquid lipstick counterpart in the same shade name, Rouge Berry!
You can practically envision the color of the shade just from its name. A blackcurrant, deep berry base with a hint of red, rouge hue.
As seen on the arm swatch above, the liquid format is evidently darker in color, and also stronger in opacity. The bullet type on the other hand, simply has a redder hue to it.
I swatched both formulas on the lips as well. And as expected with the EB Matte bullet type lipstick, it is creamy matte, and nondrying. It applies smoothly on the lips, just like the other shades in the line.
But like any dark lipstick, swiping on Rouge Berry requires caution. It leaves a literal tint on the lips even after taking it off. I find that pure EB Naturals Sunflower Oil has been the most effective makeup remover for lipsticks with this kind of staying power.
The most palpable difference in terms of results between the two formulas is that the Matte Liquid Lipstick tends to be easier to put on due to its doe foot wand when aiming for more concise application. This is significantly more important with lipsticks this dark, as one swipe on the lips already elicits a more intense pigmentation.
The product sets fast too, and immediately becomes waterproof and smudgeproof once dried.
The color once set – and very quickly, in a matter of 30 seconds tops – is not as deep as its appearance upon initial application. I am very acidic though, so the shade eventually looked almost black on me hours later. This was not the case with the bullet type Rouge Berry though, which kind of achieved the liquid lipstick color when my acidity took effect.
I would wear the two products on a regular day, simply because I’m pretty versatile with my lip colors and don’t mind sporting dark lipstick with no special occasion whatsoever.
The main discrepancy between the two is that the bullet type is maybe a shade lighter with a slightly redder hue; the liquid format is transferproof, waterproof and has longer longevity. Both have paraben-free ingredients, stain the lips after product wears off, and are such beautiful colors!
If you’re not a big fan of dark lipsticks, this fall or Halloween season might be the ideal time for you to experiment with bolder colors. The EB Matte Liquid Lipstick retails for Php 195.00, while the EB Matte Lipstick (bullet) at Php 165.00 in selected outlets nationwide!