The main thing I learnt from doing this post, is that I do not have nearly as many lipsticks as I thought I do. I think I’m going to need to sort this out immediately. I have a £5 off voucher for Feel Unique – justified already, right? My lipstick collection is a pretty decent one though – I have a wide enough range of colours to be suitable for pretty much any occasion, and while some people might think that’s enough, they are obviously wrong. You don’t have too many lipsticks until you accidently buy one, forgetting that you already have that colour.
Here are my top 5 lipsticks.
In order of preference too – that took even longer than selecting the top 5. From L-R we have YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Opera (there might be an accent or two in there, but I couldn’t tell you where); Mac Rebel; Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar; Collection Cream Puff in Fairy Cake and 17 Supreme Shine in If You Please. Now for a nice little breakdown.
Number 5 – 17 Supreme Shine in If You Please
I really don’t know why my skin looks so weird in these photos. My camera was messing with them and everything was coming up far too blue (fiddling with the white balance didn’t help) so I had to recolour everything in Photoshop. And now my skin looks odd. Sorry.
This is a really nice bright pink. It’s not really that shiny, let alone Supreme Shine – sorry, 17. But it is a pretty colour and it’s really easy to wear. It’s very moisturising and requires minimal prep, and you can apply just one coat for a more subtle look – I really piled it on here. It lasts a surprising amount of time too, for such a lightweight, moisturising lipstick. Plus it’s a bargain – only £4.99!
Number 4 – Collection Cream Puff in Fairy Cake
These are seriously dribbled over in the blogging world, and I can see why. They’re so good for how inexpensive they are (£2.99). They go on really creamy, but after ten minutes or so they dry and go nice and matte, but are surprisingly still quite comfortable to wear, and not particularly. They don’t stain the lips so they do need reapplication, but they last pretty well. This colour is my favourite by far – it’s a nice subtle coral pink and I feel I’m going to wear it a whole lot if we ever get our Spring.
Number 3 – Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar
Wouldn’t really be a top lipsticks post without a mention of the new Apocalips collection, would it? They’re just SO GOOD. 5 quid for this much gloss, pigment and lasting power? I am all over that. This is my favourite – it goes perfectly with a cardigan I have – and it’s a bright pink-red-orange shade (yeah I didn’t think that was possible either, but apparently it is). It’s moisturising and has a really nice texture – it feels like a non-sticky lipgloss for the first hour or so, then fades to feeling more like a matte lipstick when the gloss wears off and it’s more like a stain. My one gripe with this is the fact that it’s so transferable, I’m constantly finding it on my teeth.
Number 2 – Mac Rebel
Ahhh, my first and (so far) only Mac lipstick. And it’s a good’un, guys. Rebel is a deep, bright pinky purple, part of the Satin finish collection. This means it’s neither matte nor glossy, but is pretty comfortable to wear. It lasts for everrrrr, which it should do for £14. It’s nice and pigmented – during the day I like to apply it with a lip brush so it’s a little bit more subtle, it seems to look more like a raspberry pink than a deep plum then. I know it looks scary in the bullet but you should really buy it, trust me on this.
Aaaaand in the Number one spot – YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Opera.
Right, I know this looks pretty similar to the 17. But it’s really not. I can’t even begin to describe how good this lipstick is – I used to think lipsticks weren’t worth spending a lot of money on and then I got this little beauty for Christmas and I’m a convert. It isn’t cheap – around £24 depending on where you get it – but my god is it worth it. It’s smooth, silky, pigmented, applies like an absolute dream, lasts for hours and hours and it even smells nice. This colour is a really pretty neutral toned pink – it’s bright enough to perk up my pale skin but subtle enough to wear for pretty much any occasion, It’s earned pride of place in my handbag, as my staple lipstick.
And as an added bonus – Lush Mint Julips Lip scrub
I know this isn’t a lipstick, but I figured I couldn’t write an extensive post on lipstick without including my lipstick prep staple (have I said lipstick too many times? Lipsticklipsticklipstick). It’s way overpriced for what it is really – £5.25 for a bit of sugar, oil and natural flavouring – but I don’t even care, it’s so good. It gets rid of any flakiness on my lips better than anything else I’ve ever tried, and the oils in it moisturise too. This particular one has vanilla and peppermint in it, so it makes your lips tingle. And it’s edible – it tastes gooood.