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We were game enough to try out metallic lipsticks a whole day, but we’re upping the stakes – how about wearing holographic lip toppers for an entire day?

Following the rather unexpectedly enjoyable experience of rocking metallic lipsticks for an entire day, the DV team decided to try breaking another makeup barrier.

Will it yield as surprisingly good results as metallic lipsticks did, or will holographic lip toppers turn out to be something we’re all going to avoid?

Read on to find out!

We wore holographic lips for a whole day


Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Juliet 1

We all know that Juliet is no stranger to funky lip colours, so it wasn’t surprising that she didn’t hesitate to pick up this beautiful holographic lip topper from M.A.C. “To be honest, at the point of that impulsive buy, I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull off the look, but since I’m a huge lipstick junkie, I went for it anyway.”

The lip topper turned out to be surprisingly saturated for Juliet. “I typically would layer it on top of another lip colour, but its pigment is actually saturated enough to wear on its own. It took quite some time to get used to the look, but I eventually grew to like it.”

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Juliet Lips

M.A.C. Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour in Lunar Module

The holographic pigment in the lip topper may look like a regular lip gloss on camera, but trust us when we say that you can definitely see the iridescence in real life.

Not everyone around Juliet liked the cool-toned look on her though. “My husband said that it looked strange, almost having an ‘extraterrestrial’ vibe to it, while colleagues don’t seem to take much notice of it.”

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Juliet 2

So would Juliet wear holographic lip toppers again? “Probably, but I don’t think it’ll be part of my everyday look. I would definitely wear it when I’m out with girlfriends who appreciate funky looks and perhaps to stylish events.”


Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Zoe 2

Zoe was excited to try out the holographic lipstick, but was quickly disappointed by the formula. “It’s not my favourite, because the top coat becomes slightly patchy depending on what base lip colour you use.”

It’s not all lost! Zoe loved the eye-catching sheen of the lip topper she used, Urban Decay Special Effects Lip Topcoat in Fever. “The top coat really takes the lip look to a whole new level, it’s more eye-catching that metallic lips I would say.

“Also, it’s important to choose the right holographic shade because those with green or blue shifting tones may look really weird on warm undertones.”

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Zoe Lips

Urban Decay Special Effects Lip Top Coat in Fever

Zoe, unfortunately, doesn’t see herself wearing it again. “The colour simply doesn’t fit my skin tone very well. It made me look slightly poisoned,” she laughed.

“Overall, it was a fun experience trying it out, but I would much rather have holographic colours on my eyes as an eye shadow than as a lip colour.”


Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Mandy 1

After our surprisingly pleasant experiences with the metallic lipsticks, I was all in to check out holographic lips. After all, I have a particular weak spot for holographic anything. I’ve always been super tempted to try out holographic lips, but had never drummed up the courage to.

I used Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Lover as my base colour, since it’s a pretty neutral mauve colour that wouldn’t take away anything from the holographic lip colour I’d be using on top. Next, I really packed on a layer of the new Etude House Mini Two Match Lip Topper in BL601 Mermaid Lady.

Oh boy, was the name of the lip topper accurate.

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Mandy Lips

Etude House Mini Two Match Lip Topper in BL601 Mermaid Lady

I expected something more akin to holographic glitter on my lips, but was surprised by just how opaque the lip topper went on. Blue and purple are my favourite shades to see in holographic effect, so I was really happy with the colour, although a bit intimidated by how it’d look on my lips. I tend to be a bit conservative in my lip colours and have never worn anything outside of pinks and reds before.

I found that even though this colour was certainly more eye-catching than the one I had worn for the metallic lips feature, I got less comments from my colleagues and the people around me – and I’m not sure whether to take that as a good or bad sign.

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Mandy 2

Because the colour was so shiny, it always veered towards a frosty light blue instead, which wasn’t a great match with my skin tone or undertones.

Overall, I had a lot of fun wearing this lipstick and I certainly did feel like a mermaid whenever I looked into the mirror, but I probably wouldn’t wear it again unless I was attending a party or an event that called for a futuristic theme.

4 holographic lip toppers to consider

1. Urban Decay Special Effects Lip Top Coat

Urban Decay Special Effects Lip Top Coat retails for SGD32 each at Sephora and Urban Decay stores.

2. M.A.C. Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Mac Swatch 1

M.A.C. Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour in Let’s Rock; Source: The Girl From Vegas

M.A.C. Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour retails for SGD39 each at Sephora and M.A.C. stores.

3. Etude House Mini Two Match Lip Topper

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Etude House Swatch

Etude House Mini Two Match Lip Topper retails at SGD9.90 each at all Etude House stores.

4. Lime Crime Diamond Crushers

Holographic Lipsticks Singapore Lime Crime Swatch

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Trip, Acid Fairy

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers retail for USD20 at Lime Crime (shipping fees apply), and between SGD16.92 to SGD28.50 on ASOS (shipping fees apply).