I was never, ever a lip person until this year. I always thought if I was going to wear lipstick, I'd wear red or something bright. Go big or go home. I never, ever liked glosses. But when you get to try a lot of different stuff, I decided to buy more and more. And the more blogs I visit, the more things I see that I think I want.
I'm going to start with something I absolutely loathe. It looks awful on me, I hate the formula.. it just sucks. Revlon's Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude. I paid $8 for this. It's really my fault because I never read any reviews or looked for swatches first. I really wanted the Colorburst Soft Nude Lipstick, but they didn't have it in stock when I went to the store, so I grabbed the first nude lipstick I saw otherwise. I knew it was matte. I knew exactly what it looked like. I just wanted to buy something.
You can ignore my cute blonde mustache. :3
It looks nice swatched and it's not as though the colour is really all that bad. These pictures don't show it, but half of the inside parts of my lip aren't even coloured and the lipstick doesn't take to it at all, so if I talk or even open my mouth slightly, the colour difference is so blatant. Maybe I don't wear enough lipstick, but that never bothers me with other colours.
I'm still upset with myself for buying that matte one.. Anyways.
This one is Avon's Moisture Seduction Lipstick in Tangerine. I only had a sample, so I applied it from a little package with my finger and a lip brush. If I were really going to wear this one out, I'd definitely fill it in a little better. Just let me say that I love this colour. It's the perfect orange-red to me. It has decent lasting power and doesn't leave my lips dry at all. I wouldn't say it's as moisturizing as the advertisements say it is (500% moisture boost?), but it's good enough. I have a full size of Perfect Pink that I actually bought before I even saw this one and got the sample, and I don't like it anywhere near as much. Perfect Pink has a lot of sparkle and way less pigment.
This one got me thinking about the orange lip trend (obviously really late). I have seen swatches of MAC Morange around for a long time, and there was a time when I considered buying it, but I figured I'd never wear it. Like I said, before I didn't care about lip products. But I think I really want to try it now. I'm not saying these two are the same or even really that comparable, but the realm of orange and red has been entered and I'm not afraid anymore. I enjoy it here!
The next one I've enjoyed this week has been another Avon product (I have connections) - Smooth Minerals Lipstick in Pinkberry.
I actually found this one super hard to photograph. It's a medium, cool pink; semi-sheer with lots of gold glitter. It's a little bit gritty, but mostly smooth and moisturizing. I included a photo at the end taken with Photobooth because I think it shows the COLOUR best.
Out of them all, I'm the biggest fan of Tangerine. It makes me want to try a lot more reds and corals and oranges. I have an Avon Mega Impact Lipstick that I think is similar except with sparkle and shitty staying power, but I'll have to try it again and see. I've definitely had a fun week trying different lipsticks and I'm going to try some more brighter and bolder shades in the future. I'm slowly working out of my comfort zone and becoming more attached to playing with lip colours. I think one of the biggest deterrents is having a boyfriend who doesn't see the point and makes comments about "the junk on [my] lips." Oh, well.
If anyone's reading, recommend me something.