I could go on and on about mauve lipstick all day. Actually sometimes, on TBC, I do. And although my collection is turning more into a one shade wonder, there have been a couple of shades that have been standing out in the crowd lately. As you can tell from my latest handbag clearouts. There’s something about those slightly mauve-y, slightly pink-y shades that just work with whatever makeup I’m wearing. And funnily enough, I’ve got a bit of a type when it comes to formula too – moisturising, comfortable and a little bit sheeny.
I spotted the new Crushed Lip Colours on Instagram ages ago and the screenshot has been sitting on my phone since. Reminding me again and again that I needed these lip colours. So when they launched in Mecca stores, I came, I swatched (pretty much all of them) and purchased Lilac. The formula is right up my alley – it’s somehow sheer while packing a punch. Of the shades I’ve tried from the range, however, Lilac does seem to be a little richer. It doesn’t take much more than a swipe or two for a gorgeous amount of colour. The formula really smoothes out the lips, making them look healthy no matter what kind of state they’re in. I’ve been reaching for this so much since it came home with me. The range has a bunch of gorgeous bright shades but of course, I went straight to the nudes.
In the past, I’ve had a bit of a hit and miss relationship with Colourpop lip products – a lot of their liquids really missed the mark for me. But the Lippie Stix still remain a fave in my lipstick collection. Lately, my go-to from the lineup has been Contempo. They’re easy to apply, with the smaller rounded nib, and the shade is perfection – my lips but a little deeper. It’s considered a matte formula and although it doesn’t quite have the same sheen that most of the others do, it’s still incredibly comfortable on the lips and it never clings to dry patches or imperfections.
If you haven’t realised from the amount of MAC products appearing on my Instagram over the last couple of months, I’ve been having a real moment with a couple of their lip products. But Syrup has been seeing the most use. In fact, it’s pretty much constantly in my handbag nowadays. I’m a huge fan of MAC’s Lustre formula – my other favourite, Patisserie, is from the same group. Again, it’s a little sheer but easily buildable and leaves my lips looking healthier and happier. It’s a little pinkier than a couple of the others so it’s incredibly flattering. It’s quickly become one of my most-worn lipsticks.
Doesn’t a lip gelato just sound awesome? I was super interested in this lip launch from Elizabeth Arden. Again, it would seem that every brand is about the comfortable, easy to apply, balm-like formulas. Which makes sense, they’re pretty much foolproof. Plum Perfect is such a flattering shade. It’s definitely one of those my-lips-but-better shades. Although the formula is nice and creamy, it’s a little more satin-y than the others. And I personally find the rounded applicator great for creating a clean line. I do find that these have a bit of a tingling, plumping sensation when applied to the lips, nothing too intense and it goes away quickly, but it’s still something to note because I know it can be a sort of love-hate thing.
I mentioned this one in my latest wishlist and when I finally spotted it in store, I snapped it up in no time. As you can see from the swatches, it’s a little browner than the other favourites and it wasn’t quite what I’d expected. And at first, I wasn’t sure it was going to work for me but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Moving away from the pinkier shades has been good, too. The formula isn’t quite as up to scratch as the higher end options, sometimes feeling a little more present on the lips, but with a bit of a blot and reapplication, it still looks gorgeous.
I’m a huge fan of the Butter Gloss formula. Lately, when I’ve felt like I needed something a little more, this is what I’ve been reaching for. Of course, it’s the perfect complement to all of these other shades. I normally add it over the top of another lip colour but when I’m really in a rush, I can reach for this by itself and instantly look put together. It adds a bit more pink to some of my favourite shades, as well as a healthy dose of shine. Unlike the lipsticks, for a budget lip gloss, this formula is just as good as some of the more expensive ones in my collection. They wear beautifully, never feeling sticky or gluggy. And the shade range has just about anything you’d need, if you’re not a mauve addict like me.
Another liquid formula that I’ve been absolutely loving. I’ve been a long-time fan of Bound, another from the NARS Velvet Lip Glide line-up but this shade stood out to me when I opened up the gorgeous Mecca 20 Mini Velvet Lip Glide set. The formula feels lightweight and really comfortable on the lips – almost a little mousse-y when first applied – and they stay glossy on the lips for ages. If you’re happy to spend a bit of money to get an awesome, highly pigmented glossy lip, look no further. And these mini sizes are just perfect for throwing into the handbag. I also think this shade might need to find it’s way into my travel makeup bag next month…
Bobbi Brown Lilac, Colourpop Contempo, MAC Syrup, Elizabeth Arden Plum Perfect, NYX Flutterkiss, NYX Angel Food Cake, NARS Californication.
What have been your go-to lip shades lately?
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