I have so many lipsticks but there are a few that I always come back to no matter what the season. Here’s the list of my top 5 favourite all year round lipsticks:
MAC – Velvet Teddy (Matte), £17.50
The colour is perfect for day or night and adds the finishing touch to an otherwise plain makeup look. Dark or warm coloured clothing such as burguny and plum can bring out the warm tones which create a nice wintery warm look. At the same time it can give a bold yet subtle finish to any evening outfit. If I am looking for a lighter more natural look this isn’t the lipstick I reach for as it definately does stand out but it isn’t so bold that it clashes with dark or heavy eye makeup. The warm rose hued nude adds a lovely splash of colour to fair skin without overpowering the face and making it look too make up heavy. It is heavily pigmented so doesn’t require much to be applied and also lasts well for several hours. I find this lipstick has a lovely sweet smell and usually comes along with me on weekends away as an essential. The small bullet like packaging makes it easy to transport but occassionally eaily to lose in an overfilled handbag!
It can be slightly drying as matte lipsticks tend to be, however, I find that if I apply a layer of lipbalm first this usually solves the problem. Usually I try to avoid matte lipsticks due to their drying effect but this is very minor. Although I try not to apply too frequently in one day or night. As I apply this lipstick it does have a rather thick consistency to it which gives it that slightly drying factor however I think this may be why it lasts so long.
Estée Lauder – Blasé Buff (Matte), £17
The gold packaging is beautifully elegant and stood up with the lip on has similarities to a small perfume bottle. Its peachy tones make this much more of a daytime lipstick, perfect all year round and with every outfit. The formula is smooth and feels a little lighter than MAC yet the staying power is around the same. Again this lipstick seems to have a gentle sweet smell which gives the product a lovely feminine feel. Although this lipstick is perfect all year round it would probably excel in summertime due to the peach and pink hues but, I was bought this lipstick in November and have been wearing it all winter.
If I apply this a lot throughout a day I do find my lips feeling a little dry however this is the same with any lipstick and causes nothing that a little lip balm can’t solve.
Clarins – Tender Nude, £15.45
The palest of the three so far has a lovely gentle pink tone that isn’t overpowering, the main nude colour makes this lipstick a classic, perfect for every day. The natural colour is complimented by the slightly glossy finish which glides on much finer than the previous two. Tiny pigments of barely noticeable glitter give this lipstick a beautiful shimmer without being obvious, like glitter when held at different angles it provides a subtle colour changing sparkle. Its feminine touch would be the perfect addition to a simple make up look and is best for daytime wear. My lips feel moisturised while wearing this lipstick and never feel dry afterwards. The gold packaging is simple and pretty with Clarins signature red lining the inside of the lid.
Although this lipstick keeps my lips moisturised throughout the duration of its wear it doesn’t seem to last much more than a couple of hours which can be a little disappointing for a fairly expensive lipstick (usually £22).
No7 – Honey Bloom, £10
This lipstick has a touch of hazel colouring but is prodominantly a nude lipstick, one of the darker of the five. Similar to Clarins this one has a much lighter glossy look and application than MAC and Estée Lauder however, this one possesses a little stronger staying power. The ‘barely there’ feel of this lipstick means that it does not dry your lips, during or after wearing this lipstick I have also never felt the need to apply lipbalm. I usually wear this one throught the day when I’m looking for a slightly less natural look, similar to when I use MACs Velvet Teddy, mainly becase I have a similar but darker shade of this lipstick called ‘Spiced Latte’ from the same range. On an evening I will sometimes wear this for an evening meal as it provides a deep nude addition to my make up but I wouldn’t wear it for a heavier look. This is why it’s perfect for everyday and also suits more natural or slightly heavier make up such as eyeliner or subtle smokey eyes.
If I’m being picky the packaging isn’t quite as pretty or feminine as the others however, if they were all very similar I might not be sure which one I am picking out of my handbag whereas this one clearly has No7’s signature design.
MaxFactor – Simply Nude, £5.55
This gentle pink hued nude lipstick is moisturising and the most budget friendly option of the five. I find that this lipstick lasts several hours before the need to reapply, and has a slightly glossy finish which keeps the lipstick looking natural and prevents lips from drying out. It is definately a daytime lipstick and is lovely for spring and summer with other peachy make up or clothing tones to give a bright and fresh look but also creates a natural freshfaced winter look. This shade is perfect for people who are not confident wearing lipstick or do not frequently wear it due to the light formula and gentle shade. I have this range of lipsticks in nearly all of the available shades so do find them very easy to wear but have found that each shade has a slightly different consistency.
The packaging feels the most flimsy out of the five but has always protected the lipstick while inside my bag coming out with nothing more than a few scratches on the outer gold surface.
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Which is your go-to lipstick for everyday? x