Lip products are my weakness- I *always* seem to find a purpose or a story with whatever I pick up a new one, like I have to justify myself. Since there so many shades, formulas, brands, it’s really easy to get carried away. Honestly, some of these I do have buyer’s remorse, that I rode the wave of hype and I ended up not liking it once I actually tried them. Of course, I feel weird returning the items I don’t like, but maybe I’ll give them to family if they don’t feel weird accepting barely used products (yes, I’ll make sure they’re sanitized).
I’m going to separate the products by lipstick, balm, and stain. I’m going to start with lipsticks, and the first product I’m going to talk about are the ones by M.A.C. Pictured here are all of the colors I own (in no order): Sail la Vie (LE), Viva Glam Nicki (LE), Brave, Peachstock, Chatterbox, Overtime, Please Me, Vegas Volt, Pink Nouveau, and Impassioned.
I’m warm-toned but I’m pretty light, so I gravitate towards nudes, pinks, and corals. I have worn all of these at least once, and luckily they’re all flattering. I’m not a huge fan of the slightly creamy formula, which makes them hard to last a while unless you line your lips. I have learned that patting the lipstick onto the lips make them last longer, and makes the more bright colors more wearable. This way, I have gotten the M.A.C. lipsticks last for a few hours before needing a touch up, which is nice.
Overall, I really do like the lipsticks, and I always carry a few with me in my purse.
This is YSL’s Rouge Volupte lipstick in 7 Lingerie Pink. This bad boy is heavy, as I think the casing is real metal. While I complained that M.A.C. lipsticks are creamy, this formula is insanely worse, and lasts about half the time as M.A.C.’s. The patting method works on this as well, and it becomes a nice tolerable lipstick. Regardless, this isn’t something I’d repurchase, but it is a gorgeous little thing.
NARS’ Dolce Vita is a gorgeous lip pencil. I saw Emmy Rossum wear this on the cover of InStyle Hair, and while it’s darker on me than it was on her, it’s still a wonderful color to wear everyday. It also lasts longer than most of my lip products, so there’s less need to touch up. I’m wonderfully impressed by this, and it is something I’d be interested in picking up more colors.
The overly hyped Revlon’s Lip Butters- I own the shades Peach Parfait, Sweet Tart, Pink Truffle, Tutti Frutti, Strawberry Shortcake, and Raspberry Pie. Honestly, these are not deserving of the acclaim they’re getting (remember the wave I rode? I was referring to this). Most of the colors I actually do like, especially Raspberry Pie, a nice berry tint that I actually don’t own in other forms. While it’s nice that they cater to both warm and cool toned skin types, I just find that they’re just.. there. They’re not moisturizing, long lasting, or anything revolutionary. Maybe I’m just missing the point of them.
L’Oreal’s Color Riche balms are sort of like the love child between the Lip Butters and Maybelline’s Baby Lips. The colors I own, Nourishing Nude and Caring Coral, are nice and flattering to everyday use. I honestly like these more than Lip Butters- their range of shades pale in comparison, but they smell much better and have a SPF of 15. I’d say their lasting power is about the same, but I wish they had more shades because I think these are a better buy.
Another much hyped drugstore balm, Maybelline’s Baby Lips (shades Peach Kiss, Cherry Me, and Pink Punch shown) are actually really good. Their shade selection is worse than Color Riche balms (four tints, four clear) but these are incredibly nice for the price. Baby Lips have SPF 15, but they’re also are about $4 a tube, and usually are a part of b1G1 50% off sale at drugstores. I honestly don’t like Cherry Me all that much, but Pink Punch and Peach Kiss are really great. If you’re looking for a nice balm and aren’t picky about the shades, pick these up.
Fresh’s lipbalms are really nice (and require a bit of money, unless you sign up on Sephora, where you can get two samples of this balm for your birthday). I received Rose (sample size) from Sephora, and the full size, Plum, was from a value set with the lip scrub (which I really like). Rose is actually a really nice flattering color, but wish I could say the same about Plum. Plum is much too dark for me, which is a shame, because they are moisturizing and have a nice smell to them. I honestly don’t think they’re worth the price, as they are many products out there much cheaper and just as useful.
Another much hyped balm, M.A.C.’s Tendertones, and a limited edition item that is released yearly-ish. The shades shown are Tread Gently and Hush, Hush (which I purchased on a wholesale site after they were discontinued earlier this year), and oh gosh, I love these. I don’t like balms that you have to use for fingers to apply because it’s not the most sanitary, but these are amazing for moisturizing your lips with a nice kiwi scent. There is a lot of shimmer in it, but you don’t really see it on your lips, which is great for a natural look.
This is YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture lipstain in 17 Encre Rose. When I purchased this with the lipstick at Sephora, I thought I was going to love the lipstick more, but I was dead wrong. This stain is fabulous- it’s not at all drying like most stains. This adds a bit of a gloss to your looks, and the shade lasts for a good while. I also love the scent, which is weird because I typically don’t like rosy scents. I have heard the light colors don’t stain as well as the darker or brighter colors, so definitely swatch on your lips before committing. While I said I wouldn’t pick up another YSL lipstick, I definitely will pick up another YSL stain next time I’m at Sephora.
This is a sample size of theBalm’s Stainiac, which I received from June’s Birchbox (I believe the shade is Beauty Queen, according to the website), and honestly I had little to no expectations of this. I don’t know why, I guess because everyone has been crazy about the brand and I have no clue why, but I’m pleasantly surprised. This is like a jelly version of Benefit’s Benetint, which I loved until I accidently busted my bottle… sad times. It’s quite soothing on my lips, haven’t tried it as a cheek stain yet, and I also like that you have to build it up (again, reminds me of Benetint). Don’t bother trying to taste it though, it’s slightly medicinal like cough syrup. Regardless, I might consider purchasing the full time once this is used up, as I do always need more berry shades.
This post was a labor of love, and I hope you guys are okay with a more casual arrangement of photography. Maybe someday I’ll progress to a better level, but right now I’m comfortable at my position of a casual blogger, haha. I also apologize if my comments about the products sound the same, I wrote this at different periods throughout the day 😛