Hello, my name’s Lily and I’m not a beauty blogger. Howeverrrrr, I do like my lipstick and feel ever so slightly naked if I leave the house without it. Other than if I’m going to the gym, nipping to Spar for bread (when someone I know ALWAYS seems to drive past), or just running way too late. But yeah, I’ve amassed a collection that some might consider pretty modest (beauty bloggers I’m looking at you) but isn’t exactly minimal, shall we say. I also do still manage to get bright lipstick on my chin every time I eat, without fail. ‘Have I got lipstick on my chin?’ has become my lunchtime catchphrase and it’s slightly embarrassing, so if you have any tips on that front, give me a shout. So now I’ve established I’m no beauty aficionado, here are my current favourites, some of which have earned their place over a while, some of which are more recent discoveries. And I’m already remembering ones I should have included but completely forgot. Oh well. Onwards!
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick in Crushed Plum – definitely mentioned this one far too many times here already but it remains a fave, so sorry if I sound like a broken record! This purchase was definitely worth it. Just feels so nice and comfortable and ahhhh. If I feel like my outfit and face are looking a little ‘blah’, this one’s my go-to to add some colour (can’t quite bring myself to be a full ‘pop of colour’ blogger cliche lol). I’m not sure what to say other than it makes me happy to wear. Makes me paranoid that I’ve got lipstick across my chin and on my eyebrows too (not joking – it’s happened before) but I can live with that because it’s so rich.
Ciate Liquid Velvet lipstick shade ‘Pin Up’– I feel like it’s a teensy tiny bit Kylie Jenner eqsue, but not quite. I actually own 3 mini ones of these from a set my mum put in my Christmas stocking, and this dark-ish nude is my fave of the 3. The formula’s feels like mousse but dries really matte, and is lightweight to the point that I usually forget I’m wearing it. Until I feel the need for lipbalm because it’s so matte and dry. Nice colours and finish though!
Rimmel The Only 1 shade ‘Best of The Best’ – So shiny. So bright. So smiley. My expression represents my feelings for this one. I have a few reds and sometimes steal my mum’s fave Chanel one too, but I’ve found this one to be my perfect daytime red because it’s not too deep and matte. It’s fresh and bright, which I love, and the formula’s surprisingly long-lasting for one so shiny.
Rimmel Kate Moss shade 05 – Pink lipstick and I have a strange relationship in that usually, we do not mix well, and I end up looking like I’m auditioning to play Barbie. So when I do find one I get along with, well, I just hope I don’t lose it, basically. Shade 05 is my goldilocks pink lipstick – not too sickly, too pale (can’t stand lipstick too pale) and not too crazy saturated. Therefore a favourite.
Primark Matte Long Last Lipstick – Not gonna lie, I was slightly sceptical of Primark’s beauty collection at first but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with loads of their products! The lipsticks and nail varnishes in particular are great. Somehow this one’s come up shiny-ish on camera which is weird because it’s actually quite matte and chalky, but whatever. The colour lasts all day, no joke. You won’t forget you’re wearing it as it’s pretty heavy, but not smudgy so swings and roundabouts. Just wear it with lip balm underneath though or you’ll have those fun sandpaper lips by the end of the day. I kinda had to include two dark lipsticks in my faves because my love for them is having a revival atm – this Primark one looks similar to the Bobbi Brown crushed plum but isn’t quite as deep and dark, and is generally better at staying in place. Oh and about 10% of the price.
Rimmel Kate Moss nude shade 45 – Another Rimmel one, shocker. I like their formula lots (not too keen on all their lip products but this one’s perfff) and they’re inexpensive so win-win. This one’s a ‘my lips but better kind of shade’ that really doesn’t do a great deal colour wise, but is just nice if you’re going for no-makeup vibes or have cranked up the smoky eyes so want something low key.
And now I’ve kinda dipped my toe into the beauty blogging water again. What next? Tell me which lipsticks I need to try!
lily kate x