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My current favorite daily makeup look is so simple it hurts me to not do more. Seriously. I can’t be bothered to use more than 4 or 5 products, and the focus ends on eyebrows and lip color. I can’t even explain how strange it is to realize I can do my makeup quickly in the morning. It’s liberating and disturbing!
That being said I have been playing with a few different drugstore lip products because I have certain expectations of my lip wear. The top things I look at are: Price, Longevity, Pigmentation, Moisture. Price because I’m cheap, longevity because I can’t be reapplying my lip color all day just so I don’t look like an idiot! Pigmentation, which is the saturation of color, because I prefer something that will deliver a strong, bold hue. Moisture because my lips get really dry and I look like a monster. So, here are the products I’ve reviewed over the past few weeks.
1. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick, 12 – $5.49
I picked this product because I have read some really good things about the collaboration that Kate Moss did with Rimmel, especially when it comes to the lipstick. Kate loves a classic red lip, so it makes sense that she would want to make a long lasting but smooth product. I picked a color that is a little more orange than red, because, color. The way that this lipstick goes on is so true to the color, and the finish is slightly matte. I’m not fancy about applying lip color, I put this on straight from the tube and guess what? It sort of tastes like sweet tarts. I’m not a huge lipstick fan because of how dry my lips get and how the lipstick looks after a few hours, but this one stayed on with only moderate fading during a long shift at work. I think I touched it up once, patting on a little more color with my finger. The one drawback was that when I would touch my mouth the color would come off on whatever I was touching; finger, straw, tissue. It does wipe off easily at the end of the day. For the price I would say that Kate and Rimmel are winning at brand/celeb collaborations.
2. Covergirl Wetslicks Lipgloss, 345 Peaches ‘n Gleam – $5.99
I found this particular lip gloss shade in high school and it has always been my go to for a nude lip. Yes, it’s not a bright lip shade, but I still believe everyone in the world should know about it! It’s a perfect shimmery pink that sheers out to let your own lip color show through. Since it’s just a gloss it does need to be reapplied more often, but I’m telling you it’s perfect on every person. It’s seriously so pretty.
3. L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color, 201 Rose Symphony – $9.99
I read about this product in a column that Mandy Moore did for Byrdie and I had to try it. Mandy Moore is my favorite, forever. I considered buying the colors she had named as her favorite, but ultimately I went with one I thought would be bright and look good on me. The color is really nicely pigmented without being opaque to the point of weird. The texture is glossy, but it feels almost more like a balm. And as for staying power, it lasted through a walk on the beach, through shifts at work, and while doesn’t always look glossy the color does have surprisingly good staying power.
4. Revlon Lip Butter, Lollipop, Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie – $8.99
Good Lord I love this product! I’ve been using it for a few years, after I saw Emma Stone in an add in a magazine because I love copying people I admire. I have three colors because I’m an avid collector, and I seriously wouldn’t buy another product for a while. Let’s begin by saying that the colors all have a little shimmer/glitter in them. Also, they feel like a dang chap stick. Seriously, it feels like you’re just putting on your chap stick and then you realize that your mouth is a different color. Speaking of color, it’s super pigmented. It’s possible to sheer it out, but I don’t bother. I swipe it on and feel like a bajillion bucks. It does tend to come off a little on things, like tissues, but it has a solid mid-range staying power. Plus, it moisturizes your lips! It’s so nice! I love this product so much that I used to buy it as graduation presents during beauty school.
5. Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color, Petal Pusher and Hibiscus Haven – $8.99 each
I was disappointing in the lighter pink color of these because it is so pretty at first but then it looks like I have clear lip gloss on. It’s like, hello I wanted color! So I decided to give a different color a chance and was happy to find that though it does still tend to sheer out the color is a lot better. It feels like a gloss, but not a gloppy sticky one, a smooth and clean one. I prefer to layer this product over others, because it gives them a bit more shine and a little more of a pop of color.
6. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain, New York Scene and Cannes Crush – $9.99
Currently this is the product I use almost every day. I got the red one a while ago, like during gloomy May weather, and was hoping it would be darker and bolder so I put it in my drawer until a few weeks ago. I whipped it back out after buying the same product in this glorious melon shade and realizing that it’s Ah Mah Zing. It goes on super smooth, it sheers out but can be layered to deliver more color. Because it feels like a gloss but stains I apply some to my lip then use my finger to pat/smooth it on and it stays. All. Day. For real, this stuff doesn’t go anywhere until you want it to. Oh, and did I mention it’s moisturizing? Because it is! It’s well worth the 10 bucks.