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HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife Review

I have had a lot of experience when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks. I have lost count as to how many I own although I haven't bought any new ones in the recent months. I have tried an awful lot of matte liquid lipsticks ranging from the cheap and cheerful from NYX and Colourpop, right up to the incredibly expensive Kylie Lip Kits. Wow, what an expensive lesson they were. Don't get me wrong, they are probably my favourite out of all of the various brands I have tried but the cost of them is extortionate when you take all of the extra fees into consideration. I would hate to think how much money I have given to Kylie and I am sure if I added everything up then I would probably feel a bit sick so what I don't know can't hurt me, I guess! Anyway, when I was in Dubai in September I couldn't resist a little trip to Sephora and I ended up walking away with a new matte liquid lipstick..or four. Two of which were from a brand I was unfamilar with, Huda Beauty.

The ladies in Dubai were literally crowded around the Huda Beauty stand, swatching like crazy and shoving people out of the way to get their most coveted shade. I had never seen anything like it. It was what I imagine a wedding dress sample sale to be like, or Black Friday in Dixons with everyone pushing and shoving over 20 quid off a telly. After a little while of watching in amusement I thought "hey, they must be good if they are reacting this way" so I joined the crowd and grabbed two lip products. Today I want to show you the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife.

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there’s nothing about Huda Beauty’s Liquid Mattes we’re not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments – cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won’t smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there’s a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend ‘90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) – but be warned! These won’t stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it. "

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. No, just no. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Trophy Wife is a pretty deep rosy pink, although I do think the photo on the front of the packaging makes it appear a little more purple than it actually is. Trophy Wife is a very wearable lipstick which, when applied, is actually a lot more muted than I thought it would be as I expected it to be a lot deeper with more purple tones than it actually has. It is still a really lovely shade and actually it is more wearable than I thought it was going to be. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but the lipstick still looks good regardless, and that's the main thing after all.

Once applied, Trophy Wife appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I always seem to have dry lips, regardless of how many times I 'seductively' lick my lips throughout the day but surprisingly I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas at all. I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. The first time I went to apply Trophy Wife I was so shocked at the smell, it was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. I will still continue to wear Trophy Wife, of course I will, it is too good to waste away in a drawer but if I look a little bit green in the face then it is because I am trying not to be ill over inhaling the smell but hey, at least my lips will look gooood!



  1. I have seen so many people say about the smell! I think that would put me off wearing it.

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  2. I have heard so much about this shade in particular, I might have to check it out!

    Danielle xx

  3. I do hear really great things about the Huda Beauty formula... This is definitely one for the wishlist!