Friday, June 22, 2012

Lipsticks I Can't Live Without!

(L-R) Tracta Hydrating Argan Lipstick in 01, L'oreal Color Riche Serum in Radiant Rose, Topshop Infrared, Mac Amplified in Vegas Volt, Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, Clinique Ciderberry

I have been going a little bit mad for lipsticks and other lip-related products over the past six months, especially nice bright, zingy shades, and don't seem to be able to stop buying them! There are so many gorgeous options out there, and I'd happily buy up the whole selection in Topshop or Mac without a second thought, if my bank balance was that way inclined (and that full of pennies!)
But despite my recent panic-buying of gorgeous shades and formulas, as always, there are definitely some lip products that I just keep going back to again and again, and I don't seem to be able to find anything to beat them. So I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, my six absolute favourite lipsticks in the world, ever. Ok, so maybe that's a little bit extreme, but I do love them, so I thought I'd share.
I'm not going to do full reviews of all of them in this post, purely because the post would end up being a million miles long and I doubt you'd ever make it to the bottom! But do keep your eyes peeled, as I will be posting separate reviews for some of these very shortly.

Topshop Infrared

First up is Topshop's Infrared, a gorgeous bright orange with a hint of red. This is definitely not one for shrinking violets, and may not be very flattering to the absolute palest of skintones, but aside from this it is actually a very wearable colour, and as an added bonus, makes your teeth look whiter. Win!
I love Topshop lipsticks and find them to be excellent value for money. The formula is fairly moisturising, although with this colour, I do recommend a good exfoliation and a slather of lip balm before you apply, as it will show up any flakey or dry bits you may have. In terms of wear, I'd say it's not that great, and I have to reapply it several times throughout the day. But it's a deliciously bright and juicy colour and looks great with a tan!

Mac Amplified in Vegas Volt

My favourite of the lot. This is a gorgeous bright coral, and any regular readers will know that I absolutely adore a nice bright coral lip. Being an Amplified lipstick, this is really creamy and glides on like a dream. It doesn't cling to any dry bits and is reasonably long-wearing (I've mentioned before though, that no lipsticks I've ever tried seem to have lasted more than about two minutes on me!) It's highly pigmented, but buildable, so you can go for a statement lip by layering it up, or rub one coat in with your fingers for more of a stain effect. This one will take some beating.

Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart

This one is brand new, but has already made it onto my favourites list, which I'm sure many of you Lip Butter lovers will find unsurprising. I'm not going to say too much about this one, as I shall be doing a full review of it over the weekend, but as you can see, it's a lovely shade of cherry red and is so, so wearable. I am completely loving this as a pretty day-time red for summer. I do know it's not, strictly speaking, a lipstick, but that's fine by me - it just had to be included because I can't stop wearing it!

Tracta Hydrating Argan Lipstick in 01 

I picked this little beauty up in Brazil, and surprise surprise, it's another coral. This is actually very similar to Vegas Volt, but is slightly more orange-toned. Again, it's creamy and moisturising, thanks to the Argan oil it contains, and last reasonably well. I also wanted to point out that the packaging of this one makes it feel like quite a luxurious purchase, as it looks quite expensive, but actually, it only cost me about £6.

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SP15 in Ciderberry

This is a product I have had for an absolute age, but haven't used in a really long time. In fact, I had completely forgotten about it until I moved house recently, and found it while I was packing things away. Clinique lipsticks are actually pretty pricey, at £16, and I don't usually pay that much for lip products. I don't even remember it costing that much really, but a quick browse on Clinique's site has revealed that to be the case!
Ciderberry is a lovely rich deep red. It's a nice alternative to really bright, pillar-box reds and I would imagine it to be more of a wearable shade for all skin-tones. I feel like I am repeating myself here, but I assume you will want to know that yes, again, it is moisturising, and yes, it is also long-lasting - in fact, I'd say that this is the best of the bunch in that respect.

L'oreal Color Riche Serum in Radiant Rose

A stunning medium fuchsia
I have not long reviewed this beauty, so if you would like to know a bit more about it then you can do so by reading this post. I don't want to bore those of you who've already read it by repeating myself again, but I will say that it is just the perfect shade of pink, and looks particularly pretty with really dark hair! When I first bought this, I had just dyed mine a gorgeous deep chocolate colour, which has sadly now faded (but I'm planning on doing it again over the weekend!)

L-R: Clinique Ciderberry, Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, L'oreal CRS in Radiant Rose, Mac Amplified in Vegas Volt, Tracta 01 and Topshop Infrared

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I hope you enjoyed reading, and that perhaps I've given you an idea or two if you're on the hunt for a new summer shade, or if you're finding yourself stuck in a bit of a lipstick rut!

What are your favourite lip products this summer? Is there one shade in particular your lips are just too embarrassed to be seen without? I'd love to know, as I am always looking to build up my collection, and sometimes I find I have been missing out on some absolute gems when I see them on you lovelies and read about them in your posts!

Hope everyone is really well and has a fantastic weekend planned! If you don't have anything planned at all, then worry not, as I find that those often tend to end up being the best ones! And who doesn't like a bit of relaxation!?



  1. I need to wear lipstick! I don't really, but all these colors are beautiful. I think the Argan Coral would be something I would wear. Going from wearing no lipstick to wearing something REALLY bright or dark might be to much. They are all beautiful shades though.

    1. If you're not really a lipstick wearer but you want some colour then I'd definitely recommend the Revlon Lip Butters, they are a really good middle ground. Low maintenance, and really wearable colours :) xx

  2. phwoar! these are really gorgeous colors!
    sadly, i don't really wear lipstick -- unless it's the occasional red :( i feel like i'm the only blogger who doesn't, ha ha! but i've really been digging the orange lip trend lately, and i've been thinking about getting this really neato-burrito matte orange by MAC. ahhh if only i had some spare cash! it's pretty stinkin' hard to budget out all of your monies :( ahh well. so glad to see you have vegas volt, as well! that's been on my i'll-eventually-buy-this-color list for a really long time now :)


    1. Are you talking about Morange by Mac? I really want that one too.
      Ifyou're not really one for lipsticks then try the butters, they are much lower maintenance :) xx

  3. I really need to try the Topshop lipsticks! and the Revlon Lip Butters, been hearing so many good things about them :) x

    1. Ooh, you have to, Claire! I can't do without Topshop lipsticks at all, and now that I have finally tried a lip Butter I am hooked. I feel like getting all the shades! I feel like they are a lot more practical and easy than lipsticks, but still give you a lovely colour :)xx

  4. Lovely picks and swatches! I've been wearing Cherry Tart today :) x

    1. Thanks lovely. I was actually thinking that not many bloggers seem to have mentioned or reviewed Cherry Tart in particular, but it's a really gorgeous colour. xx

  5. This post could be pretty dangerous for me...I want them all!! What gorgeous colours! I've been panic buying on all makeup recently, and lipsticks have been one of the items I've been snapping up, despite the fact that I only really wear it for a night out (which I hardly ever seem to have haha). I really want to get into wearing lipsticks on a more regular basis though because they really cheer me up and I think they can totally change a look!
    I would say that's a pretty good top 6!
    I hope you're well.



    1. Hey Alice, I used to be the same with lipsticks, but I had started building up quite a collection, so I decided it was time to put them to good use during the day! I tend to stick to the corals and a couple of nudes for work, and then I dig out my fuchsias and reds in the evenings! But that said, any shade of lip butter works for daytime as they are not as bold.
      Mel x


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