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September,05 2014 | Beauty Bits, Bright Lips, Kevyn Aucoin, Lip Liners, Lipstick, Lipstick Queen, NARS, Red Lips
So many lipsticks, only one pair of lips. Amiright???? Either way, I can’t turn down a chance to try a new lip color, even if it may take me 178 years to finally finish all of them. I’ve tried a slew of colors in the past few weeks and narrowed it down to my 7 top favorites. Some are neutral and some are bold, so clearly I am turning over a new leaf permanently because my nude to bold ratio is almost even at this point. Who am I, right? But bold lips are often the easiest to throw on in the morning when I don’t want to fuss with eye makeup.
The NARS Velvet lip liners are the newest of the colors shown and I picked a vibrant orange in Playa Dorado and a bold pale peach in Anse Soleil.The texture gives a strong matte finish but I actually like wearing them as full lip colors rather than just a liner. The Playa Dorado is one that I have been pairing with my Clinique Baby Tints (read my review here) in Coming Up Rosy and Poppin Poppy. Because the NARS liner is so pigmented and the Baby Tints are so sheer, it’s like a match made in heaven. They are a bit more matte in my opinion than the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, so a balm or gloss over top is a must for me. But the color pay off is IN-TEN-SE. And that’s what I love about it.
I’m new to the Lipstick Queen brand but one of my favorite nude lips is Saint Pinky Nude (seriously it’s perfect), so I was anxious to try more.The Velvet Rope lipsticks in Brat Pack and Private Party are truly decadent. They are quite a splurge at $50, but you seriously get what you pay for with these. These are one of the smoothest textures I’ve tried and they have the softness of a nourishing lip balm with the color pay-off of an intense matte texture. You can see even in my swatches how the color looks so even and creamy. And Brat Pack is such a gorgeous elegant red that I feel like a sassy pants (I mean, more than normal) whenever I wear it. The lipstick in Saint Rose is part of the their Sinner/Saint collection, and the Saint lipsticks are always more sheer and hydrating. The color is definitely unique in that it looks quite different swatched on the arm versus on the lips. On the lips, it looks like a red/rose, whereas on the arm is reads more plum. It’s different than anything I currently have in my collection (I know, I can’t believe it either) and that’s why I like it.
After going on and on about the Kevyn Aucoin loose shimmer shadows in Monday’s post, the love continues with two lip shades from the line. I posted a pic on Instagram when I first received the Expert Lip Color in Jorjia because I couldn’t believe how stunning this fuchsia looked on. And considering I wasn’t wearing any makeup in that picture, yet the color still looked amazing says everything. The Matte Lip Color in “For Keeps” is a bit more muted but I actually sheered it out a bit in the picture. If applied with a heavy hand, this color is an intense vibrant coral. I prefer the way I show it in the picture because it looks like a gorgeous nude lip. Usually I throw on a clear balm or sheer gold gloss and it makes a great complement to a bronzy smokey eye.
What new lip colors are you loving? Any recent purchases that you think I should know about? Let me know if the comments below!
Beauty Bits, Body Lotion, Eve Lom, Eye patches, First Aid Beauty, Guerlain, IT Cosmetics, Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, Lipsticks, Monthly Beauty Favorites, Rodial, Shiseido, SK-II, Skincare, Video | September 02, 2014
This month was a big one for favorites – only two skincare items and a TON of beauty stuff. I listed all the swatches below of the