Ciate Glitter Flip Transforming Liquid Lipstick: Review

A few months ago, when Ciate launched their Glitter Flip lipstick, I was definitely one of the ones who took notice. Watching a Kathleen Lights video on the subject, I was super impressed by the formula and the apparent transformation of the product on the lips.

If you haven’t heard about Ciate’s transforming liquid lipstick, Glitter Flip promises to be a metallic liquid lip that transforms to a glittery finish once you press your lips together.


Based on the previously mentioned Kathleen Lights video, I decided my best colour match would be the berry shade ‘Infamous’. I wanted to pick it up when I was in Florida, but the shade was out of stock, so I waited until I got home and saw that the Ciate website had restocked – so I went for it.

As you can see from the photo above, the shade is a pretty raspberry, but on lips it pulls a little darker than that on me – naturally, since I’m so pale!

I wanted to give it a good try, and see whether the product was as good as the YouTubers said it was.

The Test:

I applied the liquid lipstick onto clean lips. The doe-foot applicator has a little well in it, to hold a little more product. The instructions say to apply one even coat and leave 1 minute before pressing your lips together for the glitter effect.

The product didn’t have a scent that I noticed. It applied smoothly and evenly. I waited a full minute and then pressed my lips together.


Here’s how the product looked in shaded natural light. As you can see it’s an even colour, with some tiny sparkles, but nothing ground breaking.


In direct sunlight you can see more of the sparkles.

I also gave it a test to see whether it would transfer:


Any product that was on the inside of my lips came away, and anything on the line of my lips too – but the product didn’t transfer from the centre of my lips. I also took a drink from a can and the product came off on the can.

First impressions of this product were, that I loved the colour, wasn’t overwhelmed by the sparkles (but they were really pretty) and found the product transferred.

It felt really comfortable on my lips, and wasn’t too matte. This was great for me, because, as you can see, I have a lot of lines on my lips. I actually forgot I was wearing lipstick the longer I wore it.


I went and ate lunch after this, and when I’d finished the lipstick had come off on the inside of my lips, but touching up the colour was seamless. I was able to press my lips together to regain the glitter effect on the areas I’d touched up, with no problem. You honestly couldn’t tell I’d retouched it, which is great for a liquid lipstick.

The Verdict:

Overall I was impressed with this formula. It was really comfortable, the staying power was pretty good, and it was easy to touch up when I needed to. Did it give me the WOW factor that YouTubers implied it would: No. But I did find that in the right lighting, this liquid lipstick is really effective and I’m looking forward to wearing it during the festive season!

I filmed the whole test, so if you’d like to see how I got on, watch the video below!



December 5th


When I think about Christmas I think about the food, weather, spices, family, presents and lights. I also think about glitter. A lot. I usually think about glitter in my day to day life, but at Christmas my glitter appreciation triples and everything is more welcomed with sparkles on top.

What better way to illustrate my love of all things iridescent than by sticking a huge amount on my nails? Yes, it’s a total pain to take off, but I think I can sacrifice my time a little for the love of Christmas frosting.


Search Pinterest for a second and you’ll find tons of lovely ideas for your nails at Christmas, but above are a few of my own personal collection. As you can see, glitter features a lot! My favourite is the candy cane stripes. I love the base colour (Aspen, Nails Inc) and I only use that shade at this time of year, but adding the stripes adds such a pop to the metallic red. I also like to do gradient glitter on the nails, though I have run out of micro glitter top coat this year, so I need to restock before I can try that again. The bottom right is using Nails Inc’s Nail Jewellery top coat. I forget the exact name of the shade but you’ll recognise it when you see it (I want to say Princes Arcade) For the red and green manicure I used a matte top coat (Essie’s Matte About You) over the whole nail and then used Seche Vite just on the tips. It’s very subtle but I couldn’t stop rubbing my fingers over the top once they were done, and it looked very effective.

I’ve got some Fimo slices this year with festive icons on them so I think I’ll give those a go at some point, and I’ve been eyeing up some water transfer decals on amazon too……. but I’ll never give up on my glitter!

What is your favourite festive manicure?
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