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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review

After testing the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks, I’m finally ready to share my review. I shared a sneak peek with you earlier this week. I also did a comparison post, per reader request. These lipsticks are cruelty free and vegan, paraben free and gluten free.

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review

$18 individually
$63 in the bundle

Dose of Colors

Isododecane Synthetic Beeswax VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Cyclopentasiloxane C18-36 Acid Triglyceride Disteardimonium Hectorite Phenoxyethanol Alcohol denatured Ethylhexylglycerin MAY CONTAIN: ± D&C Red No.28 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410) FD&C Red No.40 Aluminum Lake (CI 16035) Titanium dioxide (CI 77891) FD&C Yellow No 5 Lake (CI 19140) Aluminum Oxide Red 6 Lake (CI 15850) D&C Red 27 Lake (CI 45410) FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1) Iron Oxides (CI 77499) FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090)


You can see my swatch comparison video above.

Dose of Colors Berry Me Lip Swatch

Dose of Colors Berry Me Lip Swatch

Berry Me
This shade just does not look like it does on the website. It’s definitely not a magenta berry shade. It’s more like a red plum shade with brown tones to me. In some areas it clung more to my lips as the texture felt more dry than Kiss of Fire or Merlot.

6 hours of wear
Kiss of Fire after 6 hours of wear. I had dinner, wiped (not dabbed) my mouth a ton, and drank a lot of tea. If you’re more dainty than I am, you would have less wear.

Dose of Colors Kiss of Fire Lip Swatch

Dose of Colors Kiss of Fire Lip Swatch

Kiss of Fire
Kiss of Fire is an amazing bright red that makes it fun for me to wear red again. I love it! It’s stunning! I almost feel like it nears neon brightness. It was the easiest shade to apply and the most comfortable to wear. This is my favorite of all the shades.

Dose of Colors Purple Rain vs Pretty Zombie 3 Witches
L to R Purple Rain, Pretty Zombie 3 Witches
Dose of Colors Purple Rain vs Pretty Zombie 3 Witches
L to R Purple Rain, Pretty Zombie 3 Witches

Dose of Colors Purple Rain Lip Swatch


Dose of Colors Purple Rain Lip Swatch

Purple Rain
For me, Purple Rain was the hardest of the 4 shades to apply. It had the driest formula. It was the most uncomfortable of the 4 to wear. It’s a light violet purple shade that darkens slightly when dry. I honestly feel like the formula of Pretty Zombie 3 Witches is easier to wear, and puts less emphasis on lip lines. That said, I think Purple Rain looks good on me and I love the color.

Dose of Colors Merlot Lip Swatch

Dose of Colors Merlot Lip Swatch

To me, Merlot was the 2nd easiest shade to wear. Merlot and Kiss of Fire both had a thinner consistency than Berry Me and Purple Rain. Merlot is a less brighter red than Kiss of Fire. For my taste, they’re too close together. However, if you are a red fan I am sure you can appreciate both.

Dose of Colors Vegan Matte Liquid Lipsticks Comparison


Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks Swatches Purple Rain, Berry Me, Merlot, Kiss of Fire

Overall, I think if you like liquid lipsticks you will like the Dose of Colors matte liquid lipsticks. I think Kiss of Fire and Merlot have the best formula between the 4. I felt like Berry Me and Purple Rain weren’t quite as good formula wise. My favorite colors were Kiss of Fire and Purple Rain. Merlot didn’t excite me and Berry Me was a let down. However, I can see all 4 shades having appeal.

Dose of Colors Purple Rain and Berry Me
Dose of Colors Purple Rain and Berry Me (image credit: Dose of Colors)

My personal gripe is that I feel like Berry Me isn’t accurately represented on the Dose of Colors website, but I get that monitors may vary. I don’t feel like Purple Rain is an exact match either, but it’s closer. I feel like Berry Me is a completely different color.

I like Purple Rain a lot. I’m glad it’s not an exact match for 3 Witches, even if I don’t think the formula of Purple Rain is as nice as Kiss of Fire.

I LOVE Kiss of Fire! Holy wow that’s a gorgeous color and it applies beautifully. I love that it has nearly neon tones.

Merlot didn’t do much for me. I feel like it’s just a toned down Kiss of Fire.

If you’re looking to expand your liquid lipstick collection, you like liquid lipsticks and you like these colors, I recommend you buy the bundle since it breaks down to $15.75 per lipstick. However, I’m still unsure of how much product is in each lipstick.

If you’re only looking for individual shades I would recommend Pretty Zombie Liquid Lipsticks. I prefer that liquid lipstick formula to this one.

If you’re wanting more Dose of Colors, I do recommend their glosses and lipsticks. Both have a great, comfortable formula and are super pigmented. However, both are long wearing and require minimal touch ups during the day. They also do not come off on my teeth, which I appreciate.

I guess I have mixed feelings about this set because I really will only use 2 of the products in it – Kiss of Fire and Purple Rain. I can’t see Berry Me or Merlot getting much use from me. If I had it to do over I would purchase Purple Rain and Kiss of Fire, and I’d also throw in Dark Secrets from their regular lipstick line. I would not have purchased the set of 4 liquid lipsticks.

What do you think of the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks? Which color would you choose?


  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten free
  • Paraben free
  • Vegan
  • Long wearing formula


  • Formula is variable – some are dryer than others, and can be uncomfortable to wear
  • Limited color range

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  • Wow. I’m shocked. Did you order directly from the dose of colors website?? Berry Me does not look ANYWHERE near the color that has been advertised. I could understand a slight variation BUT this is a different color completely. I wonder if their was a mislabeling issue or if you just got a bad batch that didn’t have the right pigment…? I just ordered Stone, Merlot, and Berry Me. Now I really wonder how Berry Me is going to turn out. If it ends up being the dark red shade that you’ve shown here I will most likely send it or all of my shades back. I’ve been very happy with the Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipstick by the balm but decided to give dose of colors a try (as per the glowing review of stephanie nicole) now I think I might go back to Meet matte hughes by the balm have you ever tried those lipsticks?

    • I ordered directly from the Dose of Colors Website in Sept. 2014. I think I was in one of the first batches. While I like a lot of other Dose of Colors products, like their traditional lipsticks or glosses, I am not a fan of their liquid lipsticks.

  • The color I ordered was Coral Crush in Liquid-Matt lipstick. After wearing the color for about an
    hour it started bleeding out of my lip line it looked smeared on the edges. .
    I’m thinking that I should have used a lip liner, so went back on the website
    and seen that you didn’t sell a matching lip liner. I followed the instructions
    and exfoliated my lips sometime before applying the color. So I decided to exchange it for a lip gloss… Again I was extremely disappointed. When received the lip gloss that I exchanged. The box it came
    in was bent and looked like it had been opened or tampered with. Upon removing
    the product I could see that it looked to be used it had smudged finger print
    marks on the outside of the bottle. When I removed the lid it was obvious that
    I was not the first person to remove or open the lid. I will not be using the
    product, it will go in the garbage. For the price of this product I would
    expect to receive a brand new lip color that has not been used. This is very

    • That’s terrible! I ended up giving away my liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors to a friend because I hated them. The formula, to me, was the most drying of any liquid lipstick that I’ve ever tried. Their normal lipsticks were fine though.

  • I like when you tell us what you like/love or find problematic about products. I’m always on the look out for THE lipstick since I think I’ve found THE (million and three) eyeshadows. I’m on a blush hiatus as I tend to buy the exact same shade over and over again and then wonder why it isn’t magically amazing. :/

  • In your video review, I liked Berry Me best, but I’m not loving how dry and patchy it looks on the lips. Also, WOW, what a big difference from the color on their webpage. No wonder you were disappointed. That’s not even cool. Kiss of Fire looks good on you, but it doesn’t do anything for me.

  • You can definitely tell from the photos that Purple Rain was the driest. I dunno, I’m not sure if something this matte is for me. But I appreciate your thought and review of the collection as always, Phyrra. Especially as you feature so many brands that are new to me, it helps me to discover things. 🙂

  • I really like Merlot. I think it’s gorgeous. I can definitely see what you are say with regard to the Berry me and Purple Rain colors. The tones are quite different in the website’s pictures (I feel like you can see that more in Berry Me, but it’s in both) and they are more flat in person that on the website (You can see that more in Purple Rain)

    • Aww thanks! It’s my least favorite. Usually anything with what I consider brown tones, I don’t like on my lips. Plus, I’m still irritated that it doesn’t look anything like the picture on the website.

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