As much as I love liquid lipsticks in flamboyant shades, they’re not exactly ideal when it comes to regular wear. I tend to do that thing where you “save” your favourite, most expensive and outlandish lipsticks for special occasions (which, in my case, are few and far between) and never really wearing them. So, in an effort to integrate more lip products into my makeup looks, I’ve been trying out a few that are a little more suitable for everyday wear.
I wear a full face of makeup most work days, and if I’m going to be sitting in the office all day, I’ll need a lipstick which is low maintenance and long lasting. My main criteria when it comes to lip products for everyday wear are that they can be applied and reapplied very easily (i.e. without the need for excessive prepping or lip lining), fade nicely and don’t get in the way of a fair amount of eating and snacking! So how do these 4 lipsticks fare?
Botanical Brands were kind enough to send me a little something from Canadian brand Lippy Girl recently – their newly released Vegocentric lipstick in shade “Goddess.” Goddess is a plum purple shade which carries a very subtle shimmer. This is a really creamy lipstick on account of its ingredients (it boasts shea butter and jojoba oil among others) but what I love about it most is how easy it is to apply on the go. Aside from a routine lip scrub if necessary and a bit of balm, I can just put this lipstick straight onto my lips – no need for lining or prepping.
I’ve been dabbing it on to create a slightly dishevelled look, a far cry from the precision of liquid lipstick and just perfect for daily wear. Its packaging adds to its portability and ease of use – the sturdy aluminium tube leaves me free of the worry that it’ll pop open in my bag.
This is an oldie but a goodie, and another testament to the loveliness of natural, vegan-friendly lipstick. Tropic Skin Care’s Colour Click Lipstick in the shade In Bloom is a gorgeous rose pink which is close enough to my natural lip colour that I can swipe on a little bit practically as I’m walking out of the door without going too far wrong. Just like Lippy Girl’s formula, In Bloom is creamy and comfortable, making it ideal for everyday wear.
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Tropic’s lovely PR team asked if I wanted to try out their award-winning Lip Glaze gloss. Although I’m not a big wearer of lip gloss, I couldn’t resist the temptation to try something new, so I opted for the shade Pink Champagne. I suppose I was hoping for something with a little more pigment, whereas this particular shade of Lip Glaze offers a very sheer pop of gloss. Although the glossy look is not something I tend towards very often at all, I have been enjoying wearing this over In Bloom, adding a little dimension by placing a spot of product in the centre of my lips.
My mum picked this out for me as a Christmas present, and it’s my very first product from Pixi! Tinted balms and crayon-style lipsticks appeal to me because they seem ideal for everyday use – they’re easy to apply and reapply, and it’s not a big deal if they fade. Sadly, the colour of this particular product is not quite to my taste, but I’d be interested to try other shades in the range.
Is lipstick part of your everyday makeup look, or something you reserve for special occasions? Let me know if you have any go-to lippies!
*I was sent this product to review, and have given nothing but my honest opinion!