March 20, 2014

Inside My Makeup Case: Lipstick Love

I have lipstick in my purse, my bathroom drawer, the guest bathroom, my work bag, and in coat pockets. Last night, I went through all my lipsticks and tossed the really old ones and the ones that just weren't the right color, leaving me with 7 remaining. Of these 7, I regularly wear two, the No7 and the Max Factor.

I have a habit of buying dusty rose shades, so they're all fairly similar. Some I like more than others. Some are discontinued, some look best when used along with another shade or gloss, and some are just perfect as is.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Mine is #610 Goldpearl Plum. I admit that I don't wear this one too much. It's not bad, but I find that it doesn't wear evenly and leaves my lips feeling kind of dry after a day of wearing it. The wearing issue is odd since one of the Revlon marketing points for Super Lustrous Lipstick is that it wears evenly and has "mega-moisturizers." Maybe it's just me, but I probably could trash this one as infrequently as I wear it. I leave it as a backup in my purse.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick 
Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick
I believe this one is a discontinued shade or product line. Mine, #040 Soft Rose, is well worn and honestly has been in my drawer so long, I should toss it. But I like it, so for now, it stays. It's a color I use mostly for evening or when I'm dressed a bit nicer at work. The color is fairly bold for a "soft rose," but that makes sense since Revlon considers it "highly pigmented."

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick

Max Factor Lasting Colour Collections Lipstick
I've talked about this one before. Aside from the taste (you probably know what I'm talking about), I absolutely love this lipstick. The color is rich and thick, but smooth and creamy. It really does last a long time and fades fairly evenly. This is the color I wear most.

Max Factor Colour Collections Lipstick
Aveda Uruku Color Gloss
I wanted something that was relatively sheer and rosy and happened to be at the Aveda salon. I picked this color gloss in #751 Morena. I'm just not a huge fan but it was so pricey that I don't have the heart to ditch it. I dislike the tube and the flat top of the stick, which is okay for using a lip brush but terrible for direct application. I'm not one to bring a lip brush with me on the go, so this is a bit of a fail for me. It's also oddly messy, maybe because it's not as stiff a stick as other lipsticks. The plastic tube is covered in lip color. I have it but I rarely wear it. It's mainly for when I can't find my chapstick.

Aveda Uruku Color Gloss
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor
I can't recall when I bought this Maybelline lipstick in #820 Mauvelous Shine. There's nothing wrong with it really. It is a lovely daytime color, very neutral and not too bold for work. For some reason, I don't like it enough to wear it often. I'm not a fan of the tube it comes in, which is topped by a squared off cover, so it's like a long cube rather than a cylinder. That is probably not a good reason to not like something, but it just bugs me. I might try wearing it daily for a week to see if I really like the product enough to buy more from Maybelline.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor
No7 Poppy King Lipstick
I still love Number Two Power from No7's Poppy King line. The color is just lovely, lasts a long time, and wears evenly. It's a fairly neutral reddish color that isn't so bold that I look silly (which I would in a fire engine red). It's not so red that my teeth look yellow (which can happen depending on the shade of red). I also like the small size of the tube. I don't really need a full-size tube and this is perfect for popping in my pocket or in my purse.

Boots No7 Poppy King
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick
I was minding my own business, reading the paper at Buffalo Wild Wings, when I saw an ad for the latest free gift from Estee Lauder. I can't say that I've ever personally bought anything from Estee Lauder, though my mom would give me their free gifts when I was in high school. I admit I think of my grandmother a bit when I think of their lipsticks. My grandmother had a bright red in the shiny gold tube. I actually got sucked in by a newspaper ad, which I can't say has ever happened before. Since my next stop was the mall, I went to the Estee Lauder counter and asked for some makeup I wanted so I could get the free gift.

Honestly, I was totally disappointed that the makeup I wanted was only available in level 3 and I needed a level 1. It was unavailable indefinitely, so I decided to get a powder foundation instead. It's killer to spend $40 on a foundation, but I do like it and will share this experience another time.

In the free gift, I received a full-size Pure Color Lipstick. The free gift was Lily Pulitzer themed, so it didn't come in the usual Estee Lauder tube. It's a more discrete white tube. I selected the "bold" color palette, which really isn't so bold. The eyeshadows were buildable, but subtle and this lipstick color is a pale and frosty pink: #61 Pink Parfait.

I found it funny that there's a smell and taste like a Lip Smackers product, but was impressed that there's a good deal of shimmer without the crazy shiny gloss that most people over 30 don't need to be wearing. I prefer a slightly more saturated color in a deeper shade, but I don't mind the lipstick at all. It's not terribly expensive when purchased alone, so I may try another shade for summer.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick

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