It should come as no surprise to you at this point that I’m a lipstick junkie. I’ve been on a full fledged lipstick adventure for a while now, and finding the right color and consistency is my mission. With all the great advancements in makeup of late, it’s hard to navigate beauty counters these days. Mattes and glosses, and stains, oh my!
Before you know it, you’ve got drawers full of product you’ve only used once. I’m all about makeup, but waste money I will not. This wise gal saves where she can to splurge on travel! And, that’s one expense I look forward to.
Clinique Chubby Stick
Color: Curviest Caramel, $22
These little chubby sticks pack a punch! Coverage is great and they have a multitude of colors in reds, pinks, and nudes. They don’t dry and they go on easily because of the size of the tip. I would definitely buy more of these babies.
Buxom Full On Lipstick
Color: Brooklyn, $20
This is my first experience with Buxom. The crayon is smaller and thinner than Clinque’s chubby stick. I like the color, but I’m not entirely sold on staying power. Although, in fairness, you’re not going to get a whole lot of that unless you’re working with a matte or long-wear.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Color: Bahama, $26
Nars really knows what they’re doing here! This pencil, while more expensive in it’s category, is wonderful. Color and coverage can’t be beat. I like that they offer a lot of colors in the neutral family, so you have a bunch of options. Will definitely be going back for more!
Let’s Talk About Nudes… Or Neutrals Rather…
All this talk about color options deserves a good defining of terms. I only recently realized that “nude” is used interchangeably with the definition of “neutral”. Nudes are really shades that blend with your skin color in a more neutral way. So, if you’re like me and have olive skin, a “nude” or “neutral” would be more of a soft brown or light taupe color. If you have porcelain skin, then a nude for you would be pale beiges and super light pinks. For those of us with darker skin tones, using a true “nude” like MAC’s Myth is unflattering and washes us out. If you’re doing a smoky eye, you want to neutralize your lips, so knowing your “nude” is important. I’ll continue to research nudes in the coming weeks. But, for now, here are a few colors that work with dark skin tones.
This lovely lady may have left a serious dent in the acting arena, but her beauty and wisdom live on. While frivolous, and admittedly over generalizing, my lipstick obsession has forged a world in which playful experimenting has turned into a creative passion. I love researching and reviewing products and sharing them with my friends and all of you. If there’s a product you’re interested in, shoot me an email and tell me about it! Until then, happy hunting and good luck finding the color you love.