Friday, August 14th, 2009


Jupitesse Liquid Patent Lip

Kevyn Aucoin: The Liquid Patent Lip

Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Patent Lip ($27.00) is a liquid lip color designed to give you lips that look like glossy, patent leather. It comes in a twist-up container with a white bristled brush applicator. I’ve never been a huge fan of this gloss/color delivery system, just because so much product gets stuck in the brush, and if you don’t wash the brush (which I get concerned over any water/soap getting back into the product), it can get pretty gross. I usually take a makeup remover wipe and then I brush this back and forth to remove the majority of the product without contaminating the product itself. From my HauteLook order, I purchased three shades:

  • Jupitesse is a dark purple-black with fine multicolored shimmer running through it. This one is particularly difficult to apply evenly and opaquely on lips. I had the most trouble with this shade, and I would not recommend it.
  • Infernelle is a semi-opaque deep red that went on much better than Jupitesse. It was smooth, left a lovely glossy finish, and gave my lips plenty of color without being completely opaque. A bonus was Infernelle turned out to be a very wearable red, because it wasn’t bright or overly bold.
  • Nyalia is a pretty pink with just a little bit of coral to it and nearly no shimmer. I felt this one had the best application–look and feel–compared to the other two I tried. It was smooth, opaque, and just glossy enough (though I wouldn’t say it had a patent lip look). This shade was very wearable and perfect for summer.

I think Kevyn Aucoin may have discontinued the Liquid Patent Lip colors, though they’re still available via the brand’s website. I don’t love these, just because I’m not a fan of this type of gloss applicator. Of the three I tried, Nyalia had the best overall application and look, but I feel these may be a bit too hit or miss, since Jupitesse left much to be desired, and Infernelle needed to be smoothed out with my lips since the applicator left streaks.

  • Product: 6/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 6/10
  • Packaging: 5/10

Recommendation: If you like ultra glossy lip color that goes on semi-opaque, Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Patent Lip might be for you. If you like brush-type glosses like these, you may find this more to your liking than I did. Personally, I don’t recommend these products unless you’ve gotten a chance to play with them in-store.

Availability: KevynAucoinDirect.com

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Kevyn Aucoin packaging


Liquid Patent Lip: Jupitesse, Infernelle, Nyalia; Poppia lipstick, Talula lipstick; Aquarouge Liquid Lipstick


Liquid Patent Lip: Jupitesse, Infernelle, Nyalia;


Jupitesse Liquid Patent Lip


Infernelle Liquid Patent Lip


Nyalia Liquid Patent Lip

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12 thoughts on “Kevyn Aucoin: The Liquid Patent Lip Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. I like the Nyalia Liquid Patent Lip, but would be interesting to see somebody wearing Jupitesse Liquid Patent Lip.

  2. Michelle

    These are ok, but don’t look at all like liquid patent to me… they look WAY to patchy to be worth it… OCC Lip Tars give that look without all the patchyness…

  3. ThunderBird

    I couldn’t imagine wearing some dark-purple-black colours on lips, but Jupitesse looks amazing! Don’t think I will ever wear that, I’m not so brave, but I would adore it on someone else. :)

  4. Macaddict

    Jupitesse looks AWESOME!!! I love sparkles, dark purply-black colors!
    I might give it a try.

  5. hmph

    Jupitesse is so pretty and unique, wish people would actually wear colors like that so I can wear it and not look like a total weirdo.

  6. Helena

    I don’t care about application issues…Jupitesse is gorgeous! @_@

  7. Miss Mercurial

    If you don’t want Jupitesse, can I buy it from you, lol?