The Lipstick Tag

I have always thought of lipstick as 'proper' grown-up make-up; there's something about it that just makes you look very 'done' in a way that other products, apart from maybe very bright eyeshadow, don't. Consequently it was always something that scared me a bit until I started getting into make-up a few years ago, and then I was all over it like a tramp on chips. I did stop wearing it for a bit when I went backpacking (which coincided with epic chin breakouts) but now my skin's cleared up I can wear it again and I love it, especially for work with my glasses.

As today is National Lipstick Day, I thought I would mix it up a bit and do the Lipstick Tag. This is a mash-up of two lipstick tags - I can't remember where I saw the first one but the main one is from Peacock Beauty. I'm not going to tag anyone specific but let me know if you do this tag or have done it already, I'd love to read your answer!

1. How many lipsticks do you own?
Depends what we're counting as lipsticks, but if we include glosses, balms etc then it's 30 *blushes* That seems like a worrying amount!

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?
I think it was Rimmel Lasting Finish in Heartbreaker - a kind of bright pinky-red. I don't have it any more but this post is making me think about repurchasing it as I loved that colour!

3. What is your favourite luxury and drugstore lipstick brand?
MAC is probably my favourite luxury brand - really well pigmented, beautiful sleek packaging, great mix of colours and quirky names. But I really like Rimmel, Revlon and Topshop for high-street brands as well.

4. Best MAC lipstick?
I have so many I like, but would probably say my favourite is Ruby Woo. It can be a little drying and I do have to make sure my lips are in good condition when I wear it, but it was the first high-end lipstick and the first 'proper' red lipstick I ever bought, so will always be special to me.

5. What is your most worn lipstick?
MAC See Sheer - it's my work lipstick because it's got that very 'my lips but better' vibe and goes with everything. If I've got an impromptu meeting or dinner invite I'll whack this on and instantly feel a bit more 'done'.

6. What is your favourite red lip colour?
Estee Lauder Pure Envy Sculpting Lip Colour in Vengeful Red. I bought this a few weeks ago and absolutely love it - it's now my go-to 'posh' red and may even end up being my wedding lipstick!

7. What is your favourite finish?
I don't really have one! It kind of depends on my mood and the weather and what outfit I'm wearing, plus I tend to go more on colour than finish.

8. Best matte lipstick?
MAC Ruby Woo - see my comment above. Also I think it is one of, if not the only true matte lipstick I own so there weren't really a lot of contenders for this category...

9. Best liquid lipstick?
I really like the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks - they last all day, are really comfortable and easy to wear and come in really lovely colours. I have Hot Pepper and it's a great red with a lovely matte finish but isn't too drying. Rimmel Apocalips are good too.

10. Best gloss?
I'm not much of a gloss person, but I do like Liz Earle Sheer Lip Gloss in Mallow. It's a lovely nude shade and just the thing when you want a more toned-down lip, say with a smoky eye, but also doesn't feel tacky on my lips which a lot of glosses can.

11. Favourite balm/treatment?
It's got to be Carmex. I love the slightly minty smell and the tingling sensation you get when you apply it.

12. Most disappointing lipstick?
It's not a lipstick so I'm not quite sure why it disappointed me, but Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin' Watermelon - there is approximately zero colour in it and my lips virtually inhale it. It's OK as a lip balm but I'm quite glad I got it as a magazine freebie rather than forking out for a full size.

13. Favourite 'crazy' choices?
I don't actually own that many crazy colours! I'm quite boring and tend to stick to reds and pinks, but I suppose my closest is the Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube in Menatour, which looks really purple in the bullet but isn't too bad when it's applied.

14. Liner - yes or no?
If I remember, yes. I use the Body Shop Lip Line Fixer which has the advantange of being clear so whilst it still creates a barrier you don't have to find a liner that matches every shade you own.

15. What was the last lipstick you bought?
I got a Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick in Rouge Groseille in my June Birchbox that I've been wearing a lot recently as it's sheer so not too much on hot days, but the last lipstick I handed money over for was Topshop Rio Rio.

16. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
In my work bag currently are MAC See Sheer and a Burt's Bees lip balm, and in my day bag it's a superhero-themed Carmex lip balm pot - so three across two bags.

17. How do you store your lipsticks?

I have a couple of plastic lipstick holders from Tiger (you can see one of them in the picture at the top) where my lipsticks live if I'm not wearing them that day - I got these as I was sick of rootling around in my make-up bag for lipstick and they make it so much easier to find the colour you're looking for! Some of them live in my Muji drawers as well, and when my lipsticks are in my bag they go in a small striped make-up bag that I got free with Company magazine last year.
18. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
It's probably easier to ask which ones I'm not lusting after! I'm really into Bobbi Brown lipsticks at the moment, particularly Nude, Heart and Old Hollywood, and have had my eye on Nars Jungle Red and Schiap for what feels like forever. But if I had to pick one then it would be Guerlain Rouge G in Gracy, which comes in the most beautiful sleek silver bullet and is a perfect summer coral-pink.

What's your favourite lipstick?

1 comment:

  1. Chubby sticks really dissappointed me, they got a lot of hype and for what! xxx