Despite my extensive collection of face, eyes and lip products, I typically rotate through a maximum of 6-7 products for my daily use. I’m like the Stepmom you know? The one with the favourite kid and cruelly have ignored the rest of my collection. Despite the extensive corals / pinks / dusty rose lip colours in my collection, there are only few that have reached HG status, so much so that I haven’t been able to put them down.
Among the variety of different beauty products I have, the lipstick is probably the one thing that I actually finish quickly. As a beauty blogger I feel like I’m obliged to have every colour of lipstick/gloss under the rainbow, but the truth is that I don’t enjoy sporting bold, in-your-face lip colour as much as others! You’ll find that a lot of the colours I own are relatively basic and subdued. However, it’s the formula that makes these a winner.
+ NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick ($30, available here)
This is one of the most popular shades from NARS’ original lipstick line, and it was for a good reason too! When I first saw the colour, I was a little disappointed thinking that the dusty rose shade would age me. I wasn’t impressed by the sheer formula either. I tried it on, skeptically thinking that this was going to go on the blog sale pile, so imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror and got so taken aback by how flattering it looked on my NC25 skintone. On top of that, the lipstick felt very comfortably, and hydrating on the lips. A winner despite the price.
+ MAC Shy Girl ($19, available here)
I’ve heard only great things about Shy Girl, but always felt it was not going to be my colour. One rare time that I wondered into a MAC Store resulted in me trying this on, and falling in love with it so much that I immediately B2M-ed for another one as a backup. It is the most flattering nude lipstick shade on my skintone.
+ Dior Rouge Baume ($37, available here)
Despite the high price tag, the Dior Rouge Baume is lipcare and makeup in one and lives up to its name. Non-sticky, hydrating with intense colour payoff and an impressive variety of selection, this lipstick/lipbalm hybrids has become a purse staple. The formula is non-sticky or tacky, and not drying. It’s one of those that won’t stain your coffee cup or feather out throughout the day. As the colour starts to fade, the Dior Rouge Baume leaves a light stain behind, so as to give you some time to reapply the product later on during the day.
+ Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick in Naked ($9.95)
These lip crayons have an intense pigmentation so one swipe and they look very natural and amazing on the lips. Additionally, I am loving the fact that these lip pencils, even with the intense pigmentation doesn’t leave the lips feeling waxy or in need of hydration after using it; they stayed on nicely even with snacking and drinking throughout the day.
+ Make Up For Ever Rouge Lipstick N4 ($23, available here)
The shade is a step up of my natural lip colour though it can come off a little too brown-ish when layered. I usually apply a lip balm underneath so that the colour comes a little more sheer. The lipstick has a natural shiny finish. For a slightly more nude-y with glossy finish, I top it off with the Lab Shine D14. I find that the gloss tones down the “copper-y” shade of the lip colour to a more natural, less copper-brown nude lip shade.
+ Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette ($, available here)
The Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette is a great bargain for those who are curious about Stila’s oft-raved about Stila Convertible Colour which doesn’t come cheap at $33 a pop. Though it was a limited edition item, it is one that I hope Stila would bring back at some point in the future. Great quality, texture, and incredible pigmentation makes this a great bargain and pick-up for any beauty addict out there!