This post is unbelievably belated. I was tagged by the lovely Erin of Beauty Loon way back in May but got so wrapped up with school and other life stuff that I never got around to it. The Lip Product Addict tag was created by Estee at Essie Button. If you haven’t already seen their blogs, I recommend checking them out 🙂 This sounded like a really fun idea so here is my list:
Favorite Balm or Treatment
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is my first love and I have yet to find a balm that is as healing as this one but it is pricey and runs out fairly quickly. I like that it has SPF 15 and while it’s not minty at all, it still has a way of making irritated, dry lips feel so comforted. I also enjoy Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Natural Mint as a cheaper alternative. It has a soothing minty tingle and lasts a long time. This one is really great in the summer because it has SPF 25 and the packaging makes melting a non-issue.
Best Eye-Catching Red
I have to say that I don’t wear red very often. I like reds but I prefer for my eyes to take center stage over my lips. On the occasion that I feel like rocking a red lip I turn to Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart which I think is now discontinued. Candy Apple from the same line is similar but is warmer and has no sparkles in it. Another great one is Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur. I like that all of these are moisturizing, shiny, and somewhat sheer. They are bold but at the same time they are easier to pull off than an opaque red.
Best Luxury and Best Drugstore
For luxury I loooove the formula of YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks – the shade I wear most is #8. It slides on so effortlessly and gives just the right amount of shine and color without the thick look of a gloss. If I could only keep one lipstick, this would be the one. For drugstore I choose NYX Butter Lipsticks. They have a huge range of shades that suit many different skin tones and they are comfortable to wear.
Best MAC lipstick
Well here is my dirty little secret: I haven’t tried any of MAC’s permanent range lipsticks. Yep, it’s true. I have only one limited edition lipstick and I can’t say I’d use the word “best” to describe it. That said, I can understand why so many people love their lipsticks. There are so many shades and finishes to choose from. Perhaps this is why I haven’t bought any – analysis paralysis LOL.
The Most Disappointing
There are several disappointments in my stash, mostly because I’m very picky about lip products. This isn’t the case for other products like eyeshadows or blushes. YSL rouge Volupte Shine in #15 is one such example. In the tube and swatched, it seems like something I could easily wear, not too nude. But when I wear it, it sort of washes me out. I still love the quality of the product but I wish I had chosen a different shade. Another one is L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains. I have one that I realllllly love the color and finish of (Pink Resistance) but it takes a huge toll on my lips. It dries them out to the point where I can only wear lip balm after wearing this product.
Liner – Yes or No?
On the rare occasion that I want a super crisp line, then I’ll use a liner in a similar shade to whatever lip color I’m using. Or I might “reverse line” my lips by using a nude pencil around the edges of my lips and blend it outward with my foundation.
I love the texture of Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses. They feel really thin and light weight and have zero stickiness. There is a nice mix of colors in their permanent line and they come out with limited edition shade throughout the year. The color payoff is sheer but noticeable which suits my taste well.
I’ve recently gotten some sample lippies, most of which were samples that came with my holiday purchases. Of these, I have really enjoyed Too Faced Glamour Gloss. It’s not something I have ever paid attention to and had it not been included as a sample, I may have never tried it. It’s supposed to be a “volumizing lip gloss with lip injection comfort plump”. I’ve used maybe one or two plumping glosses in the past and wasn’t all that thrilled about them. This one is very nice as glosses go but I don’t think it’s really very plumping, just a bit tingly. The formula feels almost like a gloss/balm hybrid in that it doesn’t look thickly layered on the lip or have a super glassy shine. I have the color Sex Pot and it’s a nice mauve pink color that looks natural on my complexion.
This has been an interesting tag. It forced me to take a deeper look at my lip product collection. It also reminded me that I probably should declutter this part of my stash 😐 but that’s a post for another day. I tag: