My lip product collection is getting somewhat out of control. Despite the fact that I have no more storage room whatsoever, I just can’t stop myself from buying more. In fact it’s reached the point where almost every trip to Boots results in a new lip product addition… Sad but true.
So when I saw the Lip Product Addict Tag pop up on YouTube, I thought I’d sneak in on the action and share with you guys some of my favourite lip bits and bobs that I’ve amassed recently. Kicking off with:
The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm (£9.50) has long been my favourite nourishing lip balm and it’s works serious wonders on my lips, particularly when used at night. It’s an odd texture – almost a bit gritty – but the effect is pretty satisfying and helps to work a bit of exfoliation magic on my lips.
Best eye-catching red:
I plumped for two options here – one drugstore and one more high-end. I know that’s technically breaking the rules but… First up is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Hot Pepper (£8.99), an amazing matte lip colour which hangs around on lips all day without drying them out. It applies like a dream too. Then there’s the MAC Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red (£15.50), a beautiful bold red which was a limited edition release annoyingly. But MAC have a helluva lot of other bright bold reds in their line-up which are well worth a peek if you’re on the look-out for a new red shade.
Best luxury product:
Without a doubt the most luxurious lipsticks in my collection are the Tom Ford Lip Colours (£37). Sadly they have a price tag that’s almost as luxurious as the product itself which limits too-frequent purchases from taking place…
Best drugstore product:
This was a really tricky one to answer because there are so many amazing options out there. But after much deliberation, I went for the Maybelline New York Colour Sensational Elixir Lip Colour ($8.99). I don’t think I’ve ever found an aspect of this product that I don’t like. From the long-lasting formula to the bright and bold colour range, I can’t get enough of these bad boys. Honourable mention must go to the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains (£7.99) which I also love a whole heap.
Best MAC lipstick:
Of all the lip product brands that I own, MAC is without a doubt my most-loved. They have such an immense range of shades and finishes, there’s something on offer to suit every taste. Of all of the MAC lipsticks that I own however, it’s MAC Plumful (£15.50) that I turn to day in day out. The plummy purply pink shade suits so many different complexions, the Lustre formula can be dabbed on for a sheer stain or built up for a bold colour and the finish is just beautiful. It’s an all-time favourite.
Most disappointing product:
It kills me to say it, but I’ve never really clicked with the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned (£18). I love the shade and I love the idea of this product, but it just doesn’t work on me at all. Despite my best efforts, my lips are always left looking cracked and chapped whenever I apply this and it just feels awful on my lips. I’m determined to try some other shades however as I’ve heard such great things about this range – perhaps this one is just a ‘damned’ fluke?
Lip liner – yes or no?
Sorry to be annoying – as per – but I’m actually a bit of a ‘maybe’ when it comes to this question. Lip liner is definitely not something that I reach for on a regular basis but I’m starting to get to grips with using it more and more. And when I do, it’s the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss n Tell (£16) that I turn to for a bright red lip and the Studio 10 Age Reverse Perfecting Lip Liner (£22) for something a bit more nude.
Again I’ve been crap and have opted for two choices, both chosen for their brilliant shade ranges, stick-free formulas and amazing application and feel. At the expensive end of the spectrum, it’s the Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté (£21) while my top drugstore pick is the Maybelline Colour Sensational Gloss (£6.99).
While this didn’t really fit into any of the other categories, I wanted to give a shout out to a new lip product brand that I have been loving recently. Say hello to the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22). Now this particular sample is much brighter than I would usually opt for in a lip colour, but I have to admit I’ve grown pretty fond of it – and it’s been the perfect sample-sized introduction to a new brilliant brand. The formula is everything I look for in a gloss – and more. It feels nourishing, it’s not sticky and there’s an amazing colour pay-off. Now to lay my hands on a few more…
Now I tag all of you – let me know what your favourite lip products are!