If I want to look fresh, modern and healthy I always go for pink lips. I’m not sure psychologically what it is about pink, but it does the trick. Amirite? It’s probably something horribly creepy like it makes us look more like 3 year olds. I especially love a pink lip with very clean skin and an undone eye. Tres chic, non? I’m cool enough to drop a little French here and there right? Ah yes, a resounding no in response. I digress. I went through my stash and I had a hard time choosing, but I narrowed it down to 7 lipsticks that I wanted to show you beautiful people.
1. MAC Flat Out Fabulous
I’ve talked about how bomb this lipstick is a few times over the years and I haven’t changed my mind! It’s an ultra matte formula (MAC’s Retro Mattes) that has such intense pigmentation that it almost looks like your lips have been glued on… in a good way. It’s one of the most statement lipsticks I own. Wham, bam, thank you Pam.
2. Dior Lip Glow
I wanted this ever since I saw Chloe Morello wear it in her Gorgeous Natural Glow video, but I was definitely not willing to shell out $40 for it. And then my friend gave me hers. Suddenly all my morals were out the window. I’m sure you guys know the idea behind the lip glows, but I’ll run you through super quick. Essentially they come out clear and slightly change colour when they come in contact with your skin. Simple. I’ll say this much, while I didn’t actually think it looked that amazing on me, I’ve seen it look really beautiful and delicate on other people’s lips. If you’re feeling spendy, it might be worth a try.
3. Kiko Kiss Balm in Cherry
This does for me what I was hoping the Lip Glow would do. It gives a sheer tint, like the Lip Glow, but it also gives me more of a light, cool toned look to my lips (whereas the Dior went a little deeper and warmer on me). It’s such an easy, wearable, fresh looking lip to pop on. Fresh, fresh, fresh. I can’t stop with that word.
4. YSL Kiss and Blush in 8
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this colour. It’s a warmed pink than what I’d usually go for, but I was instantly enamoured when I tried it on. It has this lovely soft, velvety look to it. It’s almost romantic and sweet looking all at once. The formula is quite powdery, which lends to that velvety look, but it’s still quite comfortable to wear. It can also be used on the cheeks for a subtle wash of colour.
5. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu
This is like a more lightweight, comfortable version of Flat Out Fabulous. The colour is slightly different, but equally as punchy. The satin formula glides on the lips like butta and looks quite nice patted down as more of a stain. If you’re a fan of The Anna Edit, I’m sure you’ll have seen this worn a fair few times. It looks f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s on her. Diva snap.
6. Nudestix Gel Colour in Rebel
Nudestix has a lot of nice lip formulas and their Gel Colours and no exception. They feel great on the lips and they give that full, shiny, pouty look that’s ever flattering. I enjoy the fact that, like the NARS Satin Lips, they come in an easy to use pencil form. It doesn’t make much of a difference with this kind of a colour, but when it comes to bold colours, I’m rubbish at applying them from a traditional lipstick tube.
7. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 49
I never thought the Volupte Shines could be as good as they were talked up to be. Sigh. Alas, they are. It’s not just that they smell deliciously of mango, or that the texture feels sensational on the lips, or that the packaging is so fancy (albeit a little gaudy), or that the shades are so beautiful. It’s all of those things combined that make them immensely satisfying to use. The shade I have here, 49, is really beautiful because it’s rich enough of a colour that it does give you a bit of a statement lip, but it’s nowhere near as intense as NARS Yu or MAC Flat Out Fabulous. ‘Tis a statement lip for us gentle-hearted folk.