Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Lipstick Collection

A few days ago I decided that it would be a good idea to have a sift through my lipstick collection to see what products I actually have, as well as to see which brands and colours actually suit my skin tone. To be honest, up to this point I had no idea about how many different shades of the same few colours I actually owned. I've touched on some beauty products before on my blog but on the whole it's always been more of a lifestyle based blog. However I do love beauty and make up so it makes sense to go more into beauty as I do own a lot of make up and it is something that I am interested in. I'm forever watching beauty gurus on YouTube so I have a definite case of 'social media made me buy it', oops. I don't have the largest collection in the world, but I definitely have more lipsticks than I'd realised!


I honestly never realised how many variations of pink and red lipsticks I own... I have 3 lipsticks by Bourjois, which is one of my favourite ever brands for make up. I've never bought a product from them that I've disliked. The first is a liquid lipstick, Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade Frambourjoise. Priced at £8.99, it's definitely a product to invest in only when you're certain but I personally love it. It applies really smoothly and doesn't feel drying on the lips, it's a strong red with a hint of blue tones. I'm a fan of the matte finish as I feel like that's why it lasts longer, it dries quickly and holds well on the lips. The other 2 are regular Rouge Edition lipsticks in the shades 13 Jet Set and 35 Entry VIP. Number 13 is much more of a dark red, it has a hint of a berry shade and looks lovely for more autumn based looks, whereas number 35 is literally my make up bag staple shade. It's more of a pinky raspberry red and I've had so many complements on this colour that I always feel really confident when I wear it. The lipsticks cost £7.99 which is reasonable as they're supposed to last 12 hours and I do think they last really well; I wear 35 for all occasions and have rarely reapplied it.


I also own 2 Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks in the shades 111 Kiss of Life and Lasting Finish 01. I had extremely high hopes for the Kate with Rimmel range and thus far I haven't been disappointed; both of these shades are incredibly pigmented for the bargainous price of £5.49 each. I feel like 01 suits my pale skin really well, it's a classic cherry red and has a slight shimmer which I'm not usually a fan of, but in this lipstick I'm definitely converted as it's super flattering. I don't know if it's supposed to have a slight blue tinge but on my skin it definitely does. 111 is much more of a warmer toned red and is equally as flattering on my skin. It's a matte shade which I do prefer and it does provide quite an intense colour especially for the price. I would say it's more of an orangey red, so it would suit more of a range of skin tones. Neither of these lipsticks last particuarly well, you do have to reapply quite consistently but that being said for the price you can afford to do so without complaint.


I've recently started using 2 lipsticks from Maybelline from the matte range. I do prefer a matte lip, I think because you can work the colour into the lips without it drying out. The shades I own are 882 Fiery Fuchsia and 965 Siren in Scarlet. Both lipsticks are £6.99 and feel fairly creamy on the lips; they dry completely Matte but feel creamy and apply well. 965 looks lovely against my skin as the creamy texture hides any dry lip patches. The best way to describe it is that's it's a classic Hollywood red; definitely a warmer toned red but unfortunately I've not found it to last well on the lips. It does leave a little stain, but it's not strong enough without reapplication but as the application is so buttery that's not a massive issue for me. 882 was a bit of a surprise buy for me, I swatched it in a Superdrug and instantly fell in love. I'm not usually a fan of pink on my skin tone as it's quite pinky anyway, but this one is definitely a vibrant pink, but somehow on my skin it has more of a red tone which I like. The buttery texture is nice and it feels like it glides on the lips. It doesn't have the longest staying power but it's not difficult to reapply the lipstick so I can live with that. 


Lastly, I have the perfect fiery red shade from MAC in Ruby Woo. I feel like everyone has a favourite classic MAC lipstick and this one is definitely mine. I've already mentioned that I love a matte lip and this is probably the most well known and hyped lipstick shade, ever. It's incredibly long lasting but I have to say I've found it quite drying on my lips which is a little disappointing. It's super pigmented, you literally only need to apply it once throughout the whole day and it seems to last forever. It's quite a cool, blue toned red; the kind that makes your teeth look seriously white, which is an added bonus. It's not a cheap option, priced at £16.50, but I would say it's worth it as it makes my face look put together with minimal effort. Another favourite of mine is Pure Red Blake by L'Oreal from the Paris Colour Riche Collection. I persuaded myself to buy this as Blake Lively has a similarly porcelain skin tone to mine and so I thought would be a great red. It's very bright and stands out really nicely against my skin with its matte finish. I'd describe it as a raspberry shade as it's slightly purple toned and it lasts amazingly considering it's bargain price of £6.99. It stains the lips well and it doesn't feel drying on the lips, this is probably my favourite of all of the lipsticks that I own but I do have to carry it around for reapplications whenever I wear it. I wasn't aware of how many red toned lipsticks I owned until I did this post... I love them all, but these last two are definitely my favourites, alongside the Bourjois Entry VIP. I don't know what it is about a red lip, I always feel so put together and classy whenever I want to feel confident. Do you have a favourite red lipstick?


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