if you don’t wear make up or have any interest in make up you will probably want to move along.
this post will take me awhile. i have nearly 20 lipsticks and most of them are different brands rather than just different colors of the same. my big thing about lipstick is color and staying power. i am always in search of the best reds and the best black. i have tried a couple of the funky pastels but so far haven’t found one that looks good.
i think the very best and pricier lipsticks i have is a liquid lipstick from Jeffree Star called “Unicorn Blood”. it is a very deep red. like a rusty brick red. a friends daughter posted a link to this on FB and i had never heard of Jeffree Star and i was sure that, like many awesome things i see ads for on FB this would be one of those things i wouldn’t be able to actually find. i was wrong and it was wonderful! i had never spent so much on lipstick before but this was so good i started investing in other well known but pricey brands. i love it and therefore i only wear it very rarely. last time i wore it it went on beautifully but didn’t quite stand up to hot tea, greasy tempura shrimp and far too much sushi. it didn’t rub off the same way as others do though. i still had some good even coverage it just wasn’t as dark as when i applied it so still pretty impressive. i can safely say that i would try other shades by Jeffree star if i see one i really want.
my second favorite, one that i wear more than the Jeffree Star is Lime Crime. these are also pricey. like i said, Jeffree Star taught me that you do get what you pay for. the first one i got was a traditional stick lipstick in the shade “Glamour”. I’m not finding it on their site so it must be discontinued. the “Glamour” is one of my everyday go to’s. i came upon this while hunting for the same lipstick that Max on ‘2 Broke Girls’ wears. he lipstick game is killer! as it turns out my intel was faulty or i’m not applying it right cuz its just not what i was hoping for. but it goes on quick and easy. definitely not nearly the staying power of a liquid. it is a great shade though. a nice deep red but very red. the better quality Lime Crime is the velvetine line. I have “Red Velvet” and “Black Velvet”. the “Red Velvet” is a very true red. one of the best reds i have found so far. the “Black Velvet” is also the best black i have found, so far. it goes on smooth and easy and is a nice matte liquid which is what i like. the only draw back that i have noticed is that the velvetines dry out after a few hours. they crack so badly that you get self conscious that everyone can see how horrible it feels. you can’t, but that is how dry it gets. i think maybe using chapstick would fix this but i don’t know if that would just wear it off. these also have a sweet taste right when you start to put it on. its weird but pleasant. the velvetine line has a few other shades i like that i hope to get at some point and i’m very curious about their metallics and diamond crushers lines.
one of my first more expensive black attempts was from the NYX liquid suede collection. i purchased what i thought was black but was in fact grey. it is called “Stone Fox” and i like it more than i would have thought if i’d known it was grey not black. one of my next purchases will be the black i thought i was getting which is called “Alien”. this stuff goes on nicely and evenly and has decent staying power. doesn’t hold up great against food but that kind of last is hard to find in general. i’ve tried 2 other NYX items for lips. one was the “macaron lippies”. these were my first NYX purchase and i got them quite awhile ago. this line offers some more uncommon colors, well at the time these colors were just making their way into the mainstream. i tried out 3 because i got a deal on them. the 3 shades i got were “Earl Grey” which is a powder blue, “Black Sesame” which is a light grey and “Coconut White” which is, yep you guessed it, white. i haven’t really mastered the application of these, partly due to the colors. they don’t go on as smoothly as i would like. i gave the blue to a friend because after one try i knew i would never be able to pull it off. the sesame is closer to brown than grey so i’ll never use that again either. i keep the white around and sometimes use it to lighten a red to a pinker shade and it usually works OK for that. the last and most recent NYX lipcolor i tried is their Intense Butter Gloss. this was on clearance and my husband spotted a purple shade he thought i’d like and got it for me. (i love that he pays attention to that sort of thing, he’ll occasionally take me to Ulta and spoil me a bit). this gloss, “Black Cherry Tart” is a nice glossy purple ish shade. it reminded me that i’m not a huge fan of glossy lip colors. i like having it on hand when i need something in a purple but it has hardly any longevity and like i said, i’m just not a fan of gloss. aside from definitely getting the “Alien” (black) from the Liquid Suede line i may also get other shades. the liquid does go on nicely. i’m definitely a fan.
my current new fave is my Stila in “True Red”. the color is almost perfect and it goes on like a dream and lasts a good while. i wear this when i want something nicer but quick and easy to apply. i’ve seen a girl at Sephora and at Ulta wearing this in a shade called “Rico” and i just love it. when i see something on someone that i like i just ask them where they got it. its the best way to purchase with confidence. i do this with clothes, boots, bags, whatever. if i like it i wanna know where to get it cuz i’m a big fat copying copy cat. the “Ricco” is a lovely deep brick red. it looked a lot like the jeffree star “Unicorn Blood” but i touch redder. i will be getting this today or tomorrow when i go to Ulta to return something the husband got me the other day. EDIT: i got the “Ricco” shade and tried it out yesterday. i love it. it is very similar to the “Unicorn Blood”. this also has a sort of flavor to it. again, weird but pleasant. the Stila is a bit pricey at $24 a pop. i highly recommend it though because it is well worth it in my opinion.
my first real favorite lipstick is a Max Factor 2 step liquid. Max Factor left the US for awhile or at least left our stores. it was very sad. this lipstick i got many years ago now doesn’t even have a name on it aside from the Max Factor logo. there is also no name for the shade on it but i remember the name because it doesn’t match the actual color but describes the gloss that goes over it, “Chartreuse”. the actual color is a lovely deep burgundy and the gloss top coat is a shimmery green. i know it sounds like a very strange combination but i really love it. i have actually purchased this a couple times from the store and then through eBay, yes eBay, because Max Factor literally disappeared from stores and i just had to have it. the first time i bought it on eBay i was able to snag it for just a few bucks so i got 2. yes, i like this stuff that much. the last time i got it i was only able to get one because it was far more expensive. this was before i even knew about places like Lime Crime and jeffree star let alone could afford them. the very most wonderful and impressive things about this lipstick is its staying power. this stuff does not budge. i haven’t met a food yet that will touch it. i literally have to scrub this stuff, especially if i don’t have make up remover. some people don’t like that kind of staying power but i love it. this lipstick is my holy grail of lipsticks and only very rarely wear it. if you can find it, it is most definitely worth the money. i assume all the shades from this line would be just as impressive.
one of my daily lipsticks for when i’m in more of a hurry is another 2 step. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last in “Red”. its a very true red with a nice mild gloss top coat. the staying power is better than most and it goes on fairly quick and easy. this is one of my go to every day lipsticks.
my other day to day 2 step is Cover Girl Outlast All- Day lipcolor in a shade called “Eternal Flame”. it wants to be red, it really does but it has a tiny bit of a coral hue to it. it goes on easily enough and has decent staying power but i don’t wear it often because of the color. if i wasn’t so obsessed with the hunt for the perfect red i might like this brand in a different shade, maybe a burgundy. it does look like the shade “Ever Red-dy” might be closer to my preference. not bad quality for the price.
Absolute New York
recently i purchased some make up from a site recommended by a YouTube review. one of the things i got was the Velvet Lippie by Absolute New York. i got 2 shades; “Razzle” and “Fatale”. the “Razzle is a rose color and was pretty well pigmented and went on smoothly. the “Fatale” though was not true to color and didn’t go one very evenly. i had to apply a few layers to get close to the red that it should be. it is possible that it is maybe old and expired product but i don’t know how to be sure of that. i don’t really recommend this brand but i will still use the “Razzle” because it goes well with one of my favorite eyeshadows.
the pink that i have on hand until i see something better to invest in is Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Suede. the shade is called “Muse”. this works fine in a pinch but doesn’t last as long as i would like and isn’t as well pigmented. it is a light pink. so if you are looking for a quick easy to use light pink then this will do the job.
i have a couple of Sephora lipstick products that i’ve been trying out. a friend is on some magical mailing list somewhere that causes her to recieve tons of make up samples from various companies. one of these is a cream lip stain, the shade is just a number “01” but the site says that number is “Always Red”, it is a very nice true red. it goes on easily and evenly. i will definately be purchasing the full size version of this at some point. its not high priority but a definite must have. the other Sephora product i’m trying out is a gel gloss. it is very shiny and very moist. as i’ve said, i’m not a fan of gloss but i may try adding this to the Revlon pink that i have as this is nice pink color called “Pin Up Pink”. i’m not overly hopeful that this will be a winner for me in any way.
my most used every day lipstick is Rimmel Kate lipstick in a shade with just a number, 01. it is a nice red. not too bright and not too dark. this is one of my main go to’s because i can throw it on quickly and easily and for going out to run errands it stays put well enough. its not smudge proof but does hold on OK with a little powder to set it. a little trick i learned from i have no idea. you blot with a tissue then pat with powder over the tissue. maybe everyone already does this. i don’t know.
i’ve only tried one Urban Decay lipstick. my friend who gets ‘all of the samples’ gave it to me. its a dark purple-ish black called “Matte Blackmail”. it is part of the Matte Revolution line. i have only tried it a couple times, i keep wanting it to be a quick dark color for when i’m in a rush but it just doesn’t glide on the way it should. it is creamy but thick. i definitely suggest using lip liner with this but black hasn’t worked well despite how dark this color is.
this is a failed black. creamy but thick and cakey. just no. maybe this is why it isn’t available on their website.
Wet n Wild
another deep deep purple called “Vamp It Up”. basically a cheaper version of the Urban Decay. it goes on a tiny bit easier to the shape of it but otherwise they same thick cakey creamy nope nope nope.
last of all, what appears to be just a very basic lipstick. the shade i have is a nice mauve/wine color and i like this for a quick everyday look when i don’t want to wear red. it smooth and goes on nicely and is moisturizing but not glossy. a nice lipstick for the price.
so that is my collection. i’m still on the hunt for a decent every day black and i’d like to have a nice pink on hand because i have developed a love of all things pink. ok, not ALL things but definitely more than i used to.
have you tried any of these? are you wondering anything about any of these that i didn’t touch on? what are your favorites?