2014 seemed to be the year of the lip crayon and with good reason. If like me, you’re rubbish with lip liner and lipstick but still want to look like you’ve at least made a bit of an effort, lip crayons and pencils are your friend.
When Maybelline released the Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, I was so excited to see a drugstore matte pencil that I bought five of them completely blind. We’ve got In with Coral (a neon coral pink), Red Essential (a blue toned, deep red), Fab Orange (an orange-red), Nude Perfection (a brown toned nude) and Berry Much (a deep reddish purple). I think there are 10 shades in the collection so you are guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy.
These pencils are easy to apply and extremely pigmented. I’d say that In with Coral is almost too pigmented – to the point that it’s a bit too intense and creamy. It covers absolutely every trace of your natural lip line so you’ll need a steady hand otherwise you’ll end up with clown-face. I get a few hours of wear with these but I would recommend you moisturise well before putting these on otherwise they do drag a bit and look a little dry. But with a little lip balm on underneath, these pencils are creamy, comfortable and a joy to wear. The finish isn’t completely matte – there’s a little bit of sheen which stops your lips feeling like the Sahara but it’s by no means glossy.
A lot of people moan about these needing sharpening rather than being twist-up but personally I like that as it means you always have a sharp end – and with such intense pigmentation, you need it. Yes, you do end up wasting a bit of product but at less than a fiver each can we really grumble?My most worn shade is, unsurprisingly Nude Perfection. It makes me look ‘done’ but isn’t over the top. If you’re after a nude that isn’t pink – try this one. My favourite one however is Berry Much which I whip out on the weekends – it’s striking and sexy but I don’t feel too self-conscious wearing it. As for the other three, I tried them for the first time taking these photographs and I was flabbergasted at the loveliness of Red Essential. To me, it’s basically a much easier to wear version of Ruby Woo. A darker, blue toned red that will look good on literally anyone. The only one I don’t like is In with Coral – I’m sure it would look absolutely hot on other people but for me it just looks wrong. It’s far too bright on my skintone and the texture like I mentioned above is far too intense. Weirdly, I quite like it in the photo but in real life it’s a no from me.
I’d recommend these in a heartbeat, especially if matte lips are your thing. It’s nice to see the high street taking matte lips more seriously – well done Maybelline.
Has anyone tried any of the other colours? I’d love to see what they look like on.
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are available from Boots and Superdrug at £4.99.
Having finally gotten off my fat ass and uploaded my June favourites last night after a three-week hiatus, I can safely say I’ve been bitten by metaphorical blogging ‘bug’. To mark this huzzah-worthy occasion I’m bringing you a review which I’ve been agonising over for weeks.
Stila is one of those brands I was never really bothered about (probably because the font reminds me of a pet shop) but my rampant desire to find a nude matte liquid lipstick could not be quenched in Boots. I was passing the big Marks & Spencer on Oxford Street and remembered that trusty M&S is no longer just for the aged middle classes and big pants – they stock some surprising brands in their ‘beauty hall’ including Philip Kingsley, Nuxe and of course Stila. I picked up the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina, which is a brown-toned nude-pink – a perfect match for my natural lip colour. First off, the smell is incredible. I’m not usually one for such twee-ness but these lipsticks have a vanilla cupcake scent which makes you want to devour the whole tube. The formula is not at all sticky, and is extremely smooth and velvety. So smooth in fact that my hand slips and slides all over the shop, making it impossible to get a neat finish with the applicator, so this is definitely a job for a lip brush. The formula is very liquidy but dries down to the mattest finish I’ve ever seen and really adheres to the lips. Because the formula is so opaque, any wonky lines will be extremely obvious. This is absolutely not one for moving vehicle application. As it is so opaque, it’s perfect for over-drawing your lip line and covers up the real one brilliantly, giving you Leslie Ash lips if your heart so desires. To be fair, when I put this on in the morning, it does hang around for a good few hours. However, any prolonged liquid consumption causes it to flake horribly and it leaves a bit of a line. Because Patina is nude, it’s not as obvious as it could be but I dread to think how one of the bold shades would look.
As I said, the finish is very, very matte which causes some dryness issues. The first time around, Stila Patina looked absolutely awful – my lips literally resembled an elephant’s backside. They looked super cracked and dry, it was probably the worst finish I’ve ever seen. Although it feels smooth to the touch, it’s the only lip product I’ve tried that feels genuinely uncomfortable on. I didn’t include photos of it at its worse as it would simply be too graphic. Trying again after exfoliating with a sugar scrub and moisturising with Nuxe Reve de Miel overnight improved the situation a little bit but it still didn’t look great.I’ve found the only way to make this wearable is to intensely exfoliate and moisturise beforehand, then patting on a tiny amount, using it as more of a lip stain.
These are described on the Stila website as being ‘enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil’ which I feel might be a bit of an exaggeration. Unless you have lips made of butter and the patience of a saint, I really don’t recommend this. Other reviewers seems to like Stila liquid lipsticks in other colours so maybe some of them fare a bit better than Patina. If anyone has had any experience with these lipsticks do let me know, I want to find away to love them!
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina is available here for £15 but honestly, you’re better off not bothering.
Aside from wiping out global hunger, my goal in life is to find the perfect pinky-nude for my skin. As most ‘women of colour’ will know, most nudes are geared towards fair skin and what might look like the ideal lipstick to start a lusty love affair with, usually looks completely wrong once on. I feel like I’m still searching for The One but I do have a few in my cosmetics cornucopia that I feel work with my skintone. The ones I’ve picked would probably work with most skintones but if you’re around the same as me (NC42) these would work as good nude-pinks.
MAC Matte Lipstick Mehr
I wear this one the most because I can put it on with my eyes closed and it still looks acceptable. It’s purple-based so balances my yellow tones well and has just the right amount of pink. Opaque and creamy and a joy to wear.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Elusive
Another matte but a bit more pink than Mehr and not as easy to pull off but I like it all the same. Unlike Mehr, I don’t like to pile this on otherwise it just looks wrong with my colour. This one is definitely one for dabbing on or mixing with other colours. Nice formula but prone to patchiness.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Pink in the Afternoon
If you want a particular lipstick colour or texture, Revlon is the brazen harlot of the drugstore and will almost always have something to tickle your fancy. This one is the only non-matte of the bunch and definitely more peachy than the others. Pretty non-offensive and universal, so would look good on everyone.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Patina
(Review here) A brown-toned nude pink that is most true to my lip colour. It’s the most matte and opaque of the bunch, meaning you can over-draw your lip line realistically if your heart so desires the lip-job look. So smooth it’s very messy to use and needs a lip brush and intense exfoliation beforehand but once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere till kingdom come.
If anyone has any other suggestions do let me know, I have a feeling I won’t stop buying nude lipsticks until Kim Kardashian decides to stop injecting her butt with silicone-based filler.
It’s Giveaway time! Although I’m a tiny plankton in a very big sea of beauties, I’m so grateful to each of my sexy readers. As a little thank you and because I’m feeling a little loose, I’m hosting a giveaway – one of you sensual ladies will win an iconic YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick of your choice. All you need to do is either follow me on Twitter or Bloglovin’ to be in with a chance. I’ll be buying the prize and sending it personally so the giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway closes on June 19th 2014 so get your skates on, and good luck!
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Hello chummies! You might remember my date night FOTD from a few months ago, which is my usual failsafe look. I can’t say the other half and I have been on many dates since although the good news is I wore Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink Pout for the first time that night and have worn it relentlessly since – although I do have mixed feelings about it.Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink Pout is a very purple-based pink in their much loved matte formula which at first glance you’d assume it would only suit lighter skin tones. BUT after trying MAC Mehr and falling in love with purple-based pinks I decided to plunge further into pink oblivion.
This lipstick applies quite smoothly but not as smoothly as a MAC matte lipstick if you know what I mean? Pre-moisturised lips are a MUST if you’re going to dabble with this little guy. I’d say the texture is quite velvety, although it does feel a little drying. My comfort threshold is quite low so this doesn’t bother me too much.
Wear time is average, I think I usually get 3 or 4 hours before I need to reapply, but you do get cracks showing if you look closely enough. Again, I’m not exactly a perfectionist so that isn’t going to keep me up at night. It doesn’t fade awkwardly which is probably the main thing?I really love the colour of Pink Pout, although the name is super naff. I’m absolutely willing to overlook the slight dryness for the way it brightens up my face. This colour would be adorable and dolly-like on pale skins but if you’ve got darker skin, it looks unexpectedly sexy in my humble opinion – well worth a try.
One last thing, the packaging seems to have changed slightly, I’m not sure if mine is the new or old version but the Boots and Superdrug websites show this lipstick with a brushed silver colour barrel. If you engage your eyeballs you’ll see mine is shiny gold which I prefer, but it’s the same product either way – I hope that’s cleared up any confusion!
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Pout is available at Boots for £7.49.
BARE LIPS | WITH HIGH HEELS
In my never-ending quest to find the perfect pink that doesn’t look wrong on my face, I thought I’d try out this Ultimate Suede ColorStay lipstick from Revlon, in the shade High Heels. I’m going to cut to the chase – this is NOT the one.
I profusely apologise for starting on a downer but when your lips look this bad it’s difficult to stay positive. The colour is fine, maybe a little light for my skin tone but still wearable. That’s where the good news begins and ends I’m afraid. I learned my lesson the hard way.
Before applying this ungodly lipstick, I prepped my lips with a lip scrub and a balm to give my poor lips a fighting chance. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede went on quite smoothly and felt light on the lips, almost like a balm which was quite promising. So I foolishly left the flat and proceeded with my day gallivanting around town. It wasn’t until I was in Primark desperately rummaging through a mountain of smalls, searching for anything that wasn’t bright pink and a size 18 when I caught sight of my face in the mirror. I tell you, it was hideous. The lipstick had turned dry and patchy like there was no tomorrow. I was genuinely shocked and disgusted.
So that’s the end of that story. I’ve tried it again since but I suffered the trauma once again. I suppose it’s my own fault for choosing a lipstick named “Ultimate Suede” – they weren’t lying – this will make your lips look like actual suede. I’ve no idea whether or not the other colours misbehave in this hideous way and I’m not sure if I want to find out. This would definitely be one for the bin if I wasn’t such a hoarder of useless things. Perhaps I’ll find another use for it – patchy blusher perhaps?
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick is available from Boots and Superdrug for £8.99 (or, almost nine pairs of Primark neon thongs which would probably have been more useful).
You know me, I’m a nude lip girl at heart. So much so that most of the time I don’t bother with any lipstick at all. You don’t get much nuder than that. But recently I’ve been trying to smarten up my act and give my lips some attention.
I knew I wasn’t ready for this season’s dark berry lips (I’ve tried – goth gone wrong) so I thought red would be easier to handle. I do own some red lipsticks but never wear them. They always look fine swatched on my hand but when they’re on my face, they just look awful. I can’t really explain, they just wash me out and make me feel like a drag queen who hasn’t had much sleep recently. Then I realised what I was doing wrong. I was buying the wrong tone. I’m still trying to get to grips with the whole tone thing (blue-toned red? I don’t see any damn blue!) but after some digging, I had an epiphany. Because of my yellow/golden skin tone, I’m apparently advised to choose an orange-based red. So, armed with this new-found knowledge I scurried to Superdrug and picked up Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Neon Red. I don’t know if it’s just me but I find orange-based reds much easier to identify than blue-based reds so I was thrilled to find this little guy with relative ease.
It looks significantly more orange on the lips than it does in the barrel but not so orange that it’s not red any more, but an orangey red. Apologies, I’ll give you a moment for your brain to process that.
Now. I’m the worst lipstick user in the world. I always go outside the lines (I’m much worse at colouring in now than when I was four years old) and end up looking like a sorry clown. Plus, I’m wary of colours that aren’t nude and will draw attention to my tiny mouth (my lips aren’t particularly thin, but the mouth itself is tiny, either it’s not wide enough or my chin/jaw area is far too spacious). But I found this lipstick surprisingly easy to apply. Creamy, pigmented and pretty much opaque. It looks nice and neat without the need for lip liner and I love the juicy, shiny but not overly glossy finish.
Sadly, at the moment, I can’t comment too much about longevity. I’ve not been brave enough to leave the house with this lipstick on, let alone let Mr TBL see it, he’ll think I’m having a quarter (third?) life crisis. Anyway, I’ve heard it lasts most of the work day and leaves quite a nice stain when it comes off (I can confirm this).
I took all these photos a couple of weeks ago and had forgotten I’d taken them, but after finding them on my laptop I was pleasantly reminded of how much I like the colour – it really goes with my skin tone without causing too much offence. Personally, I can’t wait to acclimatise to these exciting colours and wear them on a regular basis and stop being a negative (nude) nelly. All in all, a really good buy which I have promised myself to start wearing more often.
I believe the Vivids range comes in five colours (Shocking Coral looks amazing too) although in the States I think there are ten.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Neon Red costs £7.19 at Superdrug and Boots.