Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit Review

Well, what do we have here? I’ve got a new favourite drugstore liquid lipstick, keep reading to find out why i think this is a potential Kylie cosmetics dupe. 

I’m both a liquid lipstick and bargain person but the two never really go hand in hand that often, although the drugstore is starting to catch up in the lipstick stakes i was pretty pleased and surprised to see the launch of a lip kit by Barry M. So of course i headed to Oxford street superdrug to pick up a kit for myself. 

There’s three limited edition lip kits available, i went for ‘runway’ which is a deep berry pink but there’s also ‘pose’ a much paler pink and ‘go to’ an aptly named nude tone. Each lip kit comes with a liquid lip paint (they’ve also released single lip paints in other shades) and a matching liner, all for £6.99.

Oh yeah £6.99, you heard me right.. So lets get to the important stuff, are these actually any good? 

Lets kick off with the liner because, well thats what you apply first.. I had already heard good things about Barry M liners so i was expecting it to be good and i wasn’t disappointed. Immediately i noticed how easily the liner glided on, usually i’m not a fan of pencil liners because i find that they drag but i had no problems with this; the liner was also incredibly soft without being crumbly – i felt like i could be as heavy or light handed as i wanted without being at risk of the liner breaking. 

I’m definitely going to be getting some single Barry M liners after this, especially when my more expensive liners have broken after a few uses .. 

Lets get onto the liquid lipstick because thats what everyone wants to hear about right? The first thing i noticed was the consistency, the lip paint is thin, a true liquid lipstick formula rather than a thick cream like other drugstore liquid lipsticks. I love how thin this is, it means that it dries down completely matte in seconds so you’re not left with sticky thick lipstick for ten minutes after application. 

You might think a thin formula means it lacks pigment or could be streaky but that isn’t the case, this is full on opaque colour and because it is so thin it means it’s matte but comfortable to wear. 

When it comes to longevity the whole lip kit is all around good, obviously for £6.99 you’re not getting bullet proof staying power but i reckon you would only have to top this up once after your first application which i think is reasonable, I haven’t got any lipsticks that i don’t have to top up at least once and a lot of them are much pricer than this. I ate lunch with this on and it put up a good fight, the majority of the lipstick remained but i did get fading in the centre; also because this isn’t a thick cream formula when it does wear away it doesn’t form any unsightly weird patches, it just slightly fades away which i much prefer.

You may notice above there are two swatches (if you don’t notice that well there’s no hope for you) and that is because i feel like this lipstick is a potential dupe for Posie K by kylie cosmetics. There is a difference in the undertones in the lipsticks but i do feel like they’re pretty close and for a fraction of the price i really couldn’t care less if they’re not 100% the same! Sorry for my messy swatching, i promise my actual lipstick application is better than this but you get the gist. My kylie lip kit is my longest lasting lipstick and this Barry M one doesn’t over take that, but when you bring cost to the table i have my winner. 

There we have it, a Kylie cosmetics dupe for £6.99, i have to say this is the best drugstore liquid lipstick i’ve ever tried and at £3.49 each probably the cheapest!

– Maria x

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  1. February 13, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Ahh I need one of these! I love Kylie's Candy K which I'm running out of but I saw one of the Barry M lip kits might be a good dupe! Great post lovely x

    Alina |

    • February 13, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      They're so good! Yess i think "pose" might be similar x

  2. February 13, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I really need to try these! I've never tried Kylie's but I'm sure Barry M is just as good! Really love the colour 🙂

    Kayleigh |

    • February 17, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      It really is just as good, it doesn't have exactly the same lasting power but really i can live with that at £6.99! x

  3. February 13, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I always thought of getting some lipliners from Barry M and now when I'm visiting the UK again I definitely will get myself a lip kit and some new lipliners! The colour looks amazing and is totally up my street.
    Lea, xx

    • February 17, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      They are really lovely, so creamy! I'd definitely recommend the lip products as a whole x

  4. February 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I knew drugstore brands were going to jump on the lip kit bandwagon – this is pretty cool though, might have to pick one up!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • February 17, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      I love seeing them catching up, its nice to be able to have an on trend product at an affordable price! x

  5. February 15, 2017 / 5:34 am

    I haven't tried any of Kylie's cosmetics range, but I've heard tons of mixed reviews. For me, I think you've found a close enough dupe, plus it's super cheap! You can't beat that, cause now you can get more for the price of one Lip Kit.

    The Crimson Cardigan

    • February 17, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Definitely, for me a kylie lip kit was a one time luxury but now i can buy these at a faction of the price! x

    • February 22, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      They're amazing for the price! Thank you so much for reading x

  6. February 23, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Your posie k is so red, I wonder why that is!
    Great post 🙂

    • February 23, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you! I know its so dark, i think it could be because i'm so pale but also i think Kylie cosmetics have some formula variations so i wouldn't be surprised if i got a dodgy batch! If i hadn't ordered it directly from them i would've thought it was fake, also it can look different in different lights, i find in daylight and on my lips its more like a deep pink tone x

    • February 26, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Yeah there's so much variation in her formulas – some of mine are totally different formula wise x

  7. June 21, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Heeey ! 😀
    I got just one of these liquid matte lipsticks last month when I went to London (there's no Barry M over here for us, just the Internet and sometimes it lies x)) and I wasn't sure at first when I swatched it so I went about my day but then, seeing as it didn't fade or budge whatsoever… I had to go back and get it. When I went to the Superdrug store I didn't see any of the lip kits, which is too bad because I really want Runway now, but the one I've got, Pop Up, is amazing. A mix a red and pink which is just puuuuurrfect ! I honestly can't wait to go back to London to get more of these astounding lippies ! Some of my best ones so far ! 😀

    Have a good night !
    Tissam 😀

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