All about lipstick (pt. 2)

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great week! I know I am :) I love this time of year- everyone’s in a good mood, the weather’s not usually too crazy here in MI before we get snowed in in January, the holidays are right around the corner… it’s great. Fall is still my favorite time of year but this is fun too :)

I had to have a tooth pulled the other day and it seriously hurt worse than my 2 partial root canals I’ve also had this year! Crazy! So I’ve been looking for things to distract myself and thought I’d clean through my lipstick collection, look through what I want in my kit and what I can throw out, and I decided to finish my lipstick post from the other day, do some swatches, and definitely some recommendations.

I didn’t actually start getting seriously into lipsticks until last year, honestly. I know, I know, it’s weird for a makeup addict and someone who freelances and does makeup on others, but it was always such a tricky thing for me. I love eye shadows, mascara, primers, anything eye and eyebrow related (lol I have a weird thing about checking out people’s eyebrows when I first meet them), I’m a huge fan of a good blush and highlight combo, obviously love contouring, but lipstick? Nah… I have really pigmented lips which change lipstick colors on me all the time, so I pretty much stuck to nudes and MLBB (My Lips But Better) shades. For some reason, the past 18 months or so I’ve found some really amazing lipstick colors and decided to branch out. I even managed to find a red that works on me (which I seriously NEVER thought would happen!) and I’m loving color now.

So without getting any more verbose than I already am, here is my favorite lipstick in each category and a lip swatch if I could (my lips get sore and flaky after swatching a few colors in a row, so we’ll see…)

First an arm swatch of them all together (I’m a NC15-20 in MAC for reference); click the pic to enlarge it and show all of the colors:

In natural light- from left to right Hint of Spice, Raquel, Roman Holiday, Fever, Sounds Like Noise, Vegas Volt, Kinky, Albatross gloss, Chilled Brandy

Best MLBB shade: Hint of Spice by Maybelline
It’s a matte, dark pinkish-brown, MLBB shade and I love it. I get about 3 hours wear time out of it but even as it fades, it leaves a stain, so my lips still look darker for a good 5 hours. think it was $5.49 at Target and totally worth it.

Best Nude:

Raquel from NARS

It’s from NARS’ recently released Audacious line of lipsticks and retails for $32 at Sephora. It’s expensive, but it’s a nude that’s pink-based and GORGEOUS on. It looks more pink or brown depending on the lighting and I use it almost every day. It’s usually my go to lipstick if I don’t know what other color to wear or if I just want to keep it simple. Extremely creamy and feels SO good on- it doesn’t dry my lips out, which’s pretty rare for lipstick. Wear time is about 3 hours and then I have to reapply but I don’t mind because it’s THAT pretty.







Best Pink:

Roman Holiday by NARS

I wore it in my Nicki Minaj tutorial and it’s a light baby pink that actually shows up on me, despite having heavily pigmented lips and the lipstick being a sheer formula. One swipe gives a really pretty medium pink and then another swipe gives it that Barbie lipstick color. It retails for $26 at Sephora and the wear time isn’t that great (about 2 hrs, maybe) but I have a hard time with baby pinks like this because of my lips, so I’ve been wearing it almost non-stop since I got it and I’m still not tired of it.


Roman Holiday

Best Bright color:
Fever by Hourglass

This is the pink I always wanted to wear. It’s actually my favorite color (Fuchsia) but I never thought I could wear something that bright, because 1) I’m so pale I’m almost translucent, and 2) I’m warm toned and anything blue based can look really weird on me. I did a review on this color already but I’m in love. The price is steep ($30 at Sephora) but it feels good on, you don’t need a lipliner, and if I’m using a straw, I can get a good 4 hours of wear time from it before it starts to fade, and around the 6 hour mark it needs a touch up. That’s not bad.

Best Orange:

Sounds Like Noise by MAC or Morange by MAC

Both colors are pretty much near dupes of each other but Sounds Like Noise was a limited edition color from the Hayley Williams collection with MAC and Morange is easier to find, so thought I’d throw them both in there. Sounds Like Noise is surprisingly creamy for a matte, only $16, and  I get a good 5 hours of wear time out of it before it starts to fade. It’s pretty bright and in your face, but still wearable.

Same with my Best Coral pick: Vegas Volt by MAC

In the tube it looks straight orange, but on me, it pulls a pretty coral that is a mix of orange and pink. It’s not limited edition through MAC and wears even longer for me than Sounds Like Noise. I get at least 6 hours of wear, which is crazy, and it fades to a really pretty pinkish stain. $16 and worth every penny in the summer and spring.

Best Red: Kinky by MAC

I did a recent review on this also, but this is the red that changed the way I think about reds. I can actually wear it, for one thing! It’s $16 and a Limited Edition from MAC, a matte formula that isn’t too dry, and looks amazing on. It’s a neutral/slight blue-based red, so just about anyone could wear it (short of olive skin tones; you’d need a brick or brown based red then like Viva Glam 1). It can be a bit slippery and tend to bleed outside lip lines if you don’t use a liner, but most reds do.



 So that’s it and make sure to check back on the blog starting tomorrow, 12/14! I’ll be doing my new holiday lipstick series, The 12 Days of Lips-mas. Every day from 12/14 until Christmas, I’ll have a new lipstick/color/look/tip of the day, so make sure to tune in then!

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