I am extremely (sometimes irrationally) picky about lip products. I am constantly applying lip balm, so I have to really love a lip product to be willing to give up the Burt’s Bees for an hour or two (seriously, it’s a problem). Luckily for you all, this means that I have found la crème de la crème of lip products over the years and today I will be sharing those products with you! It may seem like there are a lot, but it’s nothing compared to how many I’ve tried and disliked!
Leading off, we have the MAC x Ellie Goulding collab. I fell in love with it before I even saw it in person. For starters, I love Ellie Goulding (her voice is electric and her personality magnetic), but more importantly we have similar skin coloring so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about color matching too much. The colors are all colors people actually wear in real life, which is what really sealed the deal for me. I’m not a fan of purple lipstick or green eyeliner or some of the crazy celeb collaborations MAC has produced in the past (looking at you, Ariana Grande), so makeup that works for every day use is a home run in my book. The attention to detail that was paid in this collection (down to the logo embossed lipstick) is something I can greatly appreciate. I picked up these three pink shades at Nordstrom, but I also loved the golden shimmer of the Explosion lipgloss that I tried (the store was out, so I had to order it online. Yep, tester was THAT GOOD). Timeout: I desperately wanted to try the Halcyon Days/Halcyon Nights palettes, but I had just loaded up on eyeshadow before the holiday season and, ya know, money. So if anyone wants to bring back a full report on those that would be swell!
On deck, we have my reliable every day lip glosses: NARS’ Turkish Delight and Bobbi Brown’s Petal. You can find one of these in my purse (or car) at any given time. Any lipgloss that’s in contention for daily use with me has to be light pink, not sticky, and have just the right amount of shine. I love these two formulas, and the colors are perfect for every day use.
In the hole, Spice Spice Baby. This Too Faced lipstick comes recommended by my friend Kelsey (she’s an aesthetician and I treat her recommendations like gold), and it came recommended to her by one of our friends who works at Ulta. So yeah- it’s kind of a big deal. The creamy and rich formula cannot be beat. It’s so hydrating that I don’t even miss my lip balm when I wear it! A lot of the colors are too rich for my personal every day taste, but there are quite a few pinky and nude ones I have not yet tried, and Spice Spice Baby is universally flattering. Or so I’ve been told, I haven’t accosted random pedestrians on the street to test that theory. Yet. Stay tuned.
(I have officially run out of baseball expressions).
After spending a bit too much money at the MET Bar, my friend Amanda and I spent a rainy day at the mall googling MAC dupes for Jenner-worthy lips. Our favorite result was NYX Ever lipliner and NYX Tiramisu butter gloss. It’s possibly the darkest I’ve ever had my lips while still liking the results! You can sort of see how they look in this post. My sister also loves the NYX butter gloss in Crème Brûlée! It’s a really soothing and creamy formula that’s perfect for every day, and you can’t beat the price.
The last batter in today’s lineup is this little Buxom rockstar. Also highly recommended to me by a friend, it acts like a balm, liner, and lipstick all in one. All my friend needed to do was tell me it was owned by bareMinerals (though sold exclusively at Sephora) to get me on board instantly (bareMinerals addiction last expressed here and here). This stick is crazy hydrating, and I love how it looks like a lipstick but has the precision of a liner- especially useful with someone with inferior makeup application skills like myself! I’m dying to try Amsterdam and Bombay next!
Lipstick: Buxom Dolly
Do any of you use these products? Are there any that I need to add into the cycle? Sound off in the comment section!
Thanks so much for reading!