A few weeks ago my local drugstore was doing a buy one get one half off deal on all Essence and Catrice makeup and I thought: wouldn’t it be fun if I’d show you the full collection? I already reviewed three of the shades, but there are 10 in total. So I decided to make a video featuring all 10 lipsticks including arm and lip swatches. These lipsticks normally retail for €3.99 each and they range from nudes to bold reds.Read more
Over on my Youtube channel I requested some video ideas as I was curious to know what people wanted to see. And one idea that came up was to do a top 5 of my favorite everyday lipsticks. I decided to give it a shot, even though wearable lipstick is not really my thing. I scoured my collection and came away with not only a top 5 but a top 8 of 4 drugstore and 4 high end picks.
Top 8 wearable lipsticks
Winter usually means dark lipsticks and lots and lots of red. But lately I have found that I am loving a bit of brightness. I’ve been loving magentas, fuchsias and orchid like pinks and I have been wearing them loads these past few months. That is why I decided to do a video on my 6 favorite picks for wearing bright colored lipsticks in the winter time.
Bright lipsticks for the winter time
It’s mid-way February which means Catrice has some new products out! Wait what?! If you missed the memo, I posted a video last Saturday where I show you all the bits I picked up from the Catrice Spring/ Summer 2016 range. I thought I’d start reviewing some items pronto and I figured: what better way to start than by reviewing some new lipsticks? So here it is! There are 3 new shades from two existing lines and one from a completely new one.
Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick 430 Hot N Spicy & 450 Legend’Berry
Catrice Supreme Fusion lipstick 020 EveryBARE and Nowhere
Catrice Ultimate Stay lipstick 060 Don’t Worry Be Berry
One of the products I wanted to get my hands on when I was in the US, were the Maybelline Color Sensational matte lipsticks. I heard some raves about these from US beauty gurus on Youtube and I liked the Color Sensational lipsticks I had tried in the past. So when I saw these matte lipsticks that haven’t launched anywhere else yet, especially not in the astonishing array of colors available in the US, I decided to pick up a few.
Maybelline Color Sensational Mesmerizing Magenta, Vibrant Violet, All Fired Up, Burgundy Blush
Last week I spotted the renewed Catrice line and part of that renewal are the Luminous Lips lipsticks. I posted a first impression last Saturday, but I hadn’t tried them properly just yet. I picked up three different shades of this new lipstick range which replaces the Ultimate Shine line.
Catrice Luminous Lips lipsticks
080 Don’t Mind the Pink, 100 Me, My Macaron & I, 130 Brigitte Loves Bordeaux
These lipsticks are brand new and claim to be soft and smooth. The finish should be semi-sheer and they cost €3.99 a piece. In total the Luminous Lips line includes 14 different shades, half of which are nudes. I am not a big fan of nudes and only about half the line was at my store when I picked these up so I had limited choice. However, upon doing some online research I figured these three would be the shades I would have liked most even if I would have had the entire range at my disposal. I went with a bright coral pink, a purple fuchsia and a berry red shade.
The packaging is absolutely stunning. The bullets are made of a matte silver plastic and feel pretty heavy. Fairly luxurious for a drugstore brand! Other than that, these lipsticks look and feel the same as any other Catrice lipstick, packaging wise. The name and color can be seen on the bottom of the lipstick and the name is printed on the side of the packaging. The lipsticks close with and easy snap. The only ‘problem’ is that the lid doesn’t seem to perfectly line up with the bottom. As you can see in the picture above, especially the left lipstick is a bit crooked. I say problem, but of course this is just a matter of aesthetics.
When you open up the lipsticks the colors look pretty full on in stick form. Rest assured, these aren’t this bright! A nice touch that makes these lipsticks seem extra luxurious is the brand name embossed onto the lipstick itself. Here’s what Catrice says about these lipsticks:
The pampering texture with hyaluronic acid visibly plumps your lips and feels wonderfully pleasant. The finish is smooth, offers intensive shine and has a medium colour-dispersion. Soft nudes, feminine rose shades, intensive pink and classic reds complement any style.
When I first saw these in stores I was skeptical. I read somewhere that these should give off a sheer to semi-sheer finish and those shades never really work for me. So at first, I almost skipped these. But then I found some testers and tried some on my hand. I was surprised by the color pay off (semi-sheer indeed) and the incredibly creamy smooth texture.
Catrice Luminous Lips lipstick in 080 Don’t Mind the Pink
This seemingly bright coral pink seems to be bordering on neon, but in fact, this isn’t as bright on the lips as it looks in its packaging. So important to bear in mind when you see these is that the color you see in the stick is not as intense or scary as it may seem at first sight. Number 080 has a completely creamy finish and is void of shimmer.
Catrice Luminous Lips lipstick in 100 Me, My Macaron & I
This color shows off how shiny these lipsticks are. In the store I didn’t pick up on the subtle blue shimmer in this lipstick, but especially in this picture you can see it is most definitely there. I guess it depends on how the light hits it. The shimmer is very subtle though and so this lipstick goes on as the pretty purple toned fuchsia pink it appears to be at first sight.
Catrice Luminous Lips lipstick in 130 Brigitte Loves Bordeaux
The only red in the collection is this darker berry shade. Because of the shimmer and shine to this color, it looks fresh and spring appropriate. When you wear this it looks more like you’ve made your way through a fresh basket of berries and that is actually a very pretty look! However, this is a shade that depending on how you wear it, can look dated fairly quickly.
Don’t Mind the Pink, Me My Macaron & I, Brigitte Loves Bordeaux
Swatches! This shows nicely how shiny these lipsticks are. And as you can see: great color pay off as well. This is the first sheerer type of finish that actually works on my lips. The texture is super creamy which makes chapped or dry lips disappear. These lipsticks feel more like a lip balm than a lipstick. But in a way also a bit like a gloss as they feel a little bit tacky, but not sticky. Downside to that is that lasting power isn’t too great. These last for about 2 hours, but if you eat or drink a lot with these on they will disappear. In other words, these lipsticks will survive a snack but not a full meal.
Don’t Mind the Pink
Me My Macaron & I
Brigitte Loves Bordeaux
Don’t Mind the Pink, Me My Macaron & I, Brigitte Loves Bordeaux
A lipstick review is of course incomplete without some lip and full face swatches. As you can see the two darker shades emphasize the fine lines in your lips, but that isn’t noticeable from a distance. That is mainly due to the shine, which makes your lips look full and juicy. I think all three shades look flattering on me, but I think the two pink shades may be my favorites. Don’t Mind the Pink is a great lip color for spring and Me, My Macaron & I is actually a my lips but better type of shade for me. That was what I was hoping for, but the blue you see in the stick is completely cancelled out or complemented by my natural lip color.
All in all, these lipsticks were a pleasant surprise to me in Catrice’s spring/ summer 2015 line renewal. I can highly recommend checking these out. I also spotted a pretty apricot color that I think I will pick up when the buzz around these products has died a bit. These are simply some great lip colors for spring and summer: they are shiny, the colors are super spring like and the creamy texture makes them comfortable to wear.
What do you think of the Catrice Luminous Lips lipsticks?
My favorite high end make up item to shop? Lipstick. Luxurious packaging, stunning colors and usually much better staying power: high end lipsticks allow you to buy that piece of the unreachable without breaking the bank. Especially when you go to Ici Paris XL when they do their infamous 40% off deals. With high end lipsticks I tend to veer towards brighter lipsticks and reds, but over the years I’ve also gathered a couple of nudes, neutrals and a bit more recently also darker berry shades. And you can find all them below including swatches. Enjoy!
Illamasqua Lipstick Shard (matte)
Let’s kick things off with a bang shall we? One of my favorite fall colors is this matte berry color that I picked up from Selfridge’s on my last trip to London. It is one of my first Illamasqua products and dare I say it has made me want more. This lipstick has a gorgeous color, great lasting power and it is matte. If you care to see what it looks like on, here is a post where I’m wearing it.
MAC Velvet Teddy (matte)
This next lipstick is probably not one you would pick up on first sight. I wouldn’t anyway. But the make up artist recommended this when I went to MAC for the first time. To familiarize myself with their products I decided to book an appointment where they do your make up and you can put the money you pay for the appointment towards your purchases. It is handy when you don’t know where to get started and I bought a few of the things the MUA used on me that day. This lipstick was one of those items. And believe it or not: brown lipstick makes for a great neutral with my complexion. Need proof?
MAC Ravishing (cremesheen)
One of my first purchases at MAC that I did by myself. And still a failproof shade in my collection. Don’t know what to wear? Whack on some of this peachy coral color and you can’t go wrong.
MAC Pink Plaid (matte)
This is one of, if not, my favorite shade in MAC lipstick. First up, it’s matte (big plus right there!). Second, it’s the prettiest pink shade with a purple undertone. Third, it has a cute name. Of course the latter doesn’t exactly make or break a decision for buying something, but it certainly helps. It’s a great neutral shade and I like wearing this when I go for darker eye looks.
MAC Creme D’Nude (cremesheen)
The ‘what-the-beep-what-I-thinking’ shade. A few years ago, I was dead set on getting a concealer type nude color. I’m not sure why, but I just wanted to give it a try. After a long search I went with Creme D’Nude. I’ve only worn it 5 times till this day and by now I can tell you: a true nude look is not a good one for me. This lipstick makes me look as dead as a doornail and is too sheer to cover up my natural lipcolor. The result: a muddy look that is more suitable for Halloween than teaching English classes.
MAC Lovelorn (lustre)
Yes, this shade is almost identical to Pink Plaid. I know. The reason I got this? Because it’s got a different texture. Where Pink Plaid is a full on matte, this is more sheer and has a bit of shine to it. For those days when a matte lip is just not what I want to go with.
Benefit Candy Store
On to one of my oldest lipsticks. Candy Store by Benefit has long been discontinued and I don’t wear it very often anymore either. I bought this on a trip to New York with my best friend and I guess that’s the only reason why I still have this. It reminds me of my visit to the Big Apple and standing in Sephora trying to decide what to buy. It is a very sheer shiny color that is great is you just want your lips to appear a tad fuller.
Benefit Rocket Pop
For the longest time this was my ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade. Unfortunately the creamy texture means it doesn’t last very long and when I bought other lipsticks this one ended up in the forgotten pile of my lipstick stash. However, I bought this at the same time as I bought Candy Store featured above, so I have the same memory attached to it and so I just can’t part with it just yet.
NARS Shrinagar (sheer)
One of my very first NARS products was this lipstick. In the tube this color looks like a blackened purple shade. Ooh scary. But in fact it’s a very sheer lipstick. I tend to wear this after I apply some Lip Erase and then it gives off a great purple-ish hue to my lips. Great to pair with dark green and dark blue looks or a heavy smokey eye.
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine no. 18 Prune in Fire
We started with a bang, we end with a bang. Lipstick no. 10 is this bright plum shade by YSL. It was love at first swatch when I found this. It’s a tad more rad than the Illamasqua one, and it has a very creamy texture. It’s also my first YSL lipstick in this gorgeous, gorgeous packaging. Unfortunately this wears kind of ugly on my lips: after a few hours I’m left with color just on the outside rim of my lips. Not so sexy, but hey for a product this gorgeous I’ll happily take the time to reapply properly.
What is your favorite high end nude?
This post was the 6th one in a series I embarked on in January to show you my lipstick collection. If you care to (re)read, here are the other blogs: