I started wearing lipstick daily about two years ago. Now, the thought of a full face of makeup without it makes me cringe. It has easily become my favorite beauty product… and it hasn’t taken long for my collection to grow. In fact, I have to stop myself from adding to my collection pretty much every time I leave the house. So, while I’m not sure if I can consider myself an expert, I’ve learned that there truly is a lipstick for every occasion.
Running Errands: ColourPop Cosmetic’s Lippie Stix in Kiddo
Colourpop describes Kiddo as “a warm taupe in a sheer finish,” which is… exactly how I’d describe it. Creative, huh? It’s the perfect formula and color to swipe on and forget about when heading to the gym or grocery shopping. I struggle with some lip products building up in a line along my bottom lip. This is something I never worry about with the Lippie Stix.
I’ve really fallen in love with Colourpop because of how affordable their products are. I like them just as much (and maybe more) as any of the more expensive cosmetic lines. They are always coming out with new products and colors, making them a company to follow when considering new trends.
A Long Day at Work: Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B
It’s 7:30pm and you’re not sure when the workday will finally be over. You’ve been slaving at your desk all day trying to meet deadlines so that you can meet up with friends. The Too Faced Melted Matte formula is velvety smooth and lasts all day long – meaning you can rush out of the office and to the party without worrying about what your lips look like.
Queen B is a subtle, neutral mauve that is perfect for work. If it starts to get dry, I put a little lip gloss or chapstick in the very center of my lips and dab it out with my fingers. I also like that the product fades evenly if I decide I do not want to reapply it and go with a simple gloss instead (which is–let’s face it–not likely).
Dinner With the Girls: ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey
Are you sensing a trend here? I love mauves. The color is lovely, but the formula is what I really want to discuss.Colourpop’s Ultra Satin formula took some getting used to at first (I was used to the brand’s Ultra Matte). The Ultra Satin lipsticks apply just like a matte liquid lipstick, but they don’t dry down completely. This is nice because (1) it is not as drying and (2) it isn’t as big of a commitment as a matte. The formula feels like a light mousse. I use the same trick with this as I do with the Too Faced lipstick I mentioned above: add a little gloss to the center if it starts to “gunk” up in that area.
This formula is very smooth and, while it doesn’t dry down completely, it is not sticky either. It is incredibly comfortable to wear. So comfortable that you might just forget it’s on your lips! The color is unique enough to make a statement and fades nicely so that you can enjoy those nachos without worrying about it ending up on your chin. You do you, girl.
A Night Out: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Madison
This color is LOUD. Not the loudest in my collection, but it is a pink that packs a punch. The Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks have become a cult favorite–for good reason–but they do STAY PUT. If you’re swiping Madison on your lips, you’re in for a full 8 hours of too many drinks and bad-decision making before even having to check your reflection, if that’s what you’re after (no judging).
I will say that all of the ABH liquid lipsticks do not seem to behave the same on my lips. I recently purchased the color Kathryn, which is gorgeous, but it does transfer throughout the day. In fact, I looked in the mirror on my lunch break the other day and had it on my nose. Not cool. I also own Madison, Craft (the lipstick I wore on my wedding day), Catnip, Sepia and Pure Hollywood–which I have not had any issues with.
#ThrowbackThursday: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 1993.
I think it is safe to say that 2016 was the year of the liquid lipstick. So much so that I almost forgot how good it felt to pick up a traditional lipstick bullet. Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in 1993 is described as a “comfort matte.” The formula is creamy, packed with color and leaves my lips feeling smooth and conditioned.
I love how easy and quickly this lipstick applies, and while it doesn’t last as long as a liquid lipstick, it fades nicely and is easy to reapply without any buildup. Bonus: it has a matching lip pencil.
Feeling Bossy: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Miss Conduct.
Miss Conduct is described as a deep plum but definitely presents itself as more of a deep, brick red on my lips. The frock is triangular, making it easy to achieve that perfect cupid’s bow. Smashbox’s matte liquid lipstick formula is a little pricey at $24 each, but the color payoff is intense and does last all day if you want it to. It does not get flaky without a primer like other formulas, but I do like to apply a cheap chapstick underneath to make it a little more comfortable to wear.
I love rich, dark liquid lipsticks because they make me feel bold and ready to take on the day. Trust me, this color provides an instant boost of confidence!