Last year I didn’t own any lipstick at all. For me lipstick was something my hands didn’t have the ability to master. I couldn’t get an even line or even just apply it to my lips without staining my face in the process. I didn’t trust myself not to end up smearing it across my face. The thought alone of needing to reapply it without any wipes as backup was daunting. When I started blogging it was my choice to change & start caring more about myself. Makeup for me adds a boost of confidence that allows my inner madness to be shown without words. Here are my most loved lipsticks.
It takes time & more patience than even I have, days just siting there & practicing. Apply it, wipe away then start again. Not expecting perfection in myself but learning the product can take a lot of the work out of it. Makeup artists train to do this & all you can do is try. It took months but I finally found what worked best for me & my personal preferences.
What I Look For In A Lipstick
I still now go back to trusted brands & specific formulas. For me it’s a lipstick texture that’s matte but not instantly drying. If I can avoid reapplying I will, it’s too much faff (trouble) for me. I tend to like bold but not bright shades so they have to be opaque. As you will see below many are high-end but are very similar formulas or shades from the same collections. For swatches worn click through links at the end of each mini review.
The Loved Lipsticks
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils – £18
This was the first expensive matte I bought & now I have two shades. There easy to apply as pencils usually are but the colour lasts most of the day. It takes a good four or five hours to feel dry on my lips but that’s quite good for a matte. Sex Machine is my only nude because I haven’t felt yet like I need another. In the bullet you can see small bits of glitter so maybe not for everyone but this doesn’t translate when worn just adds dimension. Then there’s Damned a dark berry shade ready for the autumn months. These have a lovely soft focus feel to them where you can still see your lips. Sex Machine & Damned Review.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Mattes
Lip Color (Bullet) – £19.50 This is a non tradition flat end bullet which is odd at first to get used to. I now find these personally easier than regular lipsticks to apply. This is the best of the tube lipsticks, a comfortable matte without any initial dry feeling at all. You get great opaque colour payoff & I know I already want more o these. The Razzberry shade I have is quite bold red berry but I’ve worn this on & off all year round. Razzberry Review & Fotd.
Art Stick – £19 A recent addition & an exclusive to Selfridges, hopefully not forever. These are chunkier than other lip pencils, they carry the same creamy matte formula as the bullet above. Between the 50p price difference other than the bullet being sleeker & the art stick feels like a thinner consistency they are identical in quality. They come with a sharpener unlike Nars but I believe it’s because you’d be hard pushed to find a sharpener that size. The Dusty Pink is surprisingly brighter than you expect it to be it took a few wears to get used to it. I find the art stick easier to top up during a long day but sits nicely as a day to night shade without looking out-of-place. Dusty Pink Review.
Mac & Revlon
Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme – £18 Another flat bullet but I’m still deciding on how much I I love it. Application is as simple but initially leaves you with a slightly tacky texture. The colour is opaque with a satin finish then falls to a matte after an hour or two. By the end of the day it a still there all over but your left with more of a solid stain that still looks good. It’s just the tacky sensation that leaves me a bit annoyed. Positively Dashing is another berry but a blue red mid-tone shade that I really do like. Positively Dashing Review.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm – £7.99 – Easily the best drugstore matte that exists at least for me anyway. It’s a balm texture that dries down to a matte similar to Bobbi Brown. It does dry out faster but you could get away with reapplying I just don’t have to inkling to do so. I like that it’s a twist up stick so no sharpen required. As you can see above I’ve not worn it much, it’s more the shade not the formula that’s the problem. I think the pink has a brown undertone that I feel unsure of. I wish there were more toned down shades but they are called colorburst so it’s expected. For Autumn / Winter could I suggest make the suggestion of ColorCalm, wearable every day shades? Sultry Review.
Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss
£5.49 – These were one of the first long wear formulas that I bought it was around the time that there was lots of hype. They are very matte and have an even finish to the shades but more translucent but not patchy. The 111 shade was an accidental purchase as I mixed it up with the other shade I own. It’s a very bright retro red with a an orange under tone to it. I think as I’m moving into more retro styles this will get more wear out of it. The shade wanted was 107 and a pretty berry shade perfect for autumn months.These are more budget friendly than the Revlon matte balms but I think the Revlon ones are still easier to use. I would need a lip liner or to try it out with the Clinique All About Lips to see if that would help. 107 & 111 Review.
Top Shop & Mac – Lip Liners
Mac – £12.50 – I very intense purple shade that I mainly wear as an all over lip colour. I can easily where this violet purple shade either in a soft focus way where I apply then spread the colour out like a stain or completly filled in for a deep shade. This sticks around but can be a little drying on it’s own but less so than the Mac matte lipstick I own. Vino Review.
Top Shop £5 – This formula is much creamier and is a more burgundy creamier texture but isn’t as even as the Mac one. You have apply it a little more carefully as creamier can spread accidentally. I use this as a stain rather than sold colour. This is a much more affordable version if your more comfortable using liner that lipstick for precision application. Deception Review.
I’d love to hear about what are your favourite lipstick formulas are
or which are your most loved lipsticks?