I’ve been patiently waiting on spring to arrive…real spring. Not the “78 degrees on Monday and 45 degrees by Friday” fake spring my town has been getting. In the past few weeks, we’ve had flurries, cold and flood inducing rain, sprinkled with warm days. Even though it’s been quite chilly, I’ve been faking spring by wearing lighter lip colors versus the deep berries, reds and plums that I gravitate to in colder weather. Here are a few of my favorites.
Pinky-reds are great at any time, especially if you’re not the biggest fan of deep, rich reds. I especially like pinky-reds during warmer months as the opaque reds in my collection seem too heavy for the season.
1. Mac – Fire Sign (not pictured) has been my go to pinky red for a long while. It’s a lustre finish, which means it’s more glossy than opaque. I’m a fan of Mac lustre’s, but some find them drying. It is a warm red that goes nicely with my skin tone.
2. Clairins Rouge Eclat – Passion Red has a satin finish and is fairly opaque. I don’t wear it full-on; I tend to use it more as a stain. What may turn some off is the strong, fruity scent and lightly sweetened taste. Thankfully, the scent and taste fades.
Purple, especially fuchsia-laced purples, are great statement shades. You can put on a nice purple lip color with practically nothing else and look fabulous.
3. Stila – Gemma is a bright fuchsia purple with pink flecks. The creamy formula makes Stila one of the most nourishing lipsticks I’ve tried. Stila lipsticks have a sweet, creamy mint scent. It reminds me of the Junior Mint chocolate candy. The mint makes my lips tingle a bit, in a good way. The bullet is very over-sized in my opinion. Even on my full lips, I have to be careful during application. Those with thinner lips will want to use a lip brush. A very close dupe is Mac’s Violetta (a Mac Pro shade). Violetta leans more purple where Gemma is pinker, but the difference is slight.
4. Clairins Rouge Eclat – True Aubergine looks brighter purple in the tube, but is more muted on my brown skin. This shade is glossier than Passion Red.
Pink lips are classic shades for warmer months. I like bright pinks, but I primarily own bright pink glosses that aren’t fully opaque. For opaque lipsticks, I like darker or raspberry pinks. Continue reading