Sunday, 19 January 2014

Pink Lipsticks Part Two

To get me through my no-buy I'm going through my stash, discovering things I don't use very often.  It's also a great chance for me to show you some of my lipsticks that aren't new!  You can find part one here.

Benefit - My Treat
This is probably the oldest lipstick in my collection, and I think they've probably re-formulated their lipstick since then, but I think they still do this shade.  It's a medium coverage cool toned pink, with a very subtle hint of coral.  This lipstick is nicely moisturising and has quite a lot of slip, so staying power isn't amazing.  Normally around the two hour mark for me.

Illamasqua - Resist
Another older lipstick, this shade has unfortunately been discontinued, which sucks because it's such a great colour.  It's a medium-deep pink raspberry shade with a matte finish.  Illamasqua lipsticks aren't my favourite formula as most of them are matte and pretty unforgiving on the lips.  This is one of only a couple of shades I'll make an exception for.

MAC - Candy Yum Yum
This was so popular when the Quite Cute collection came out that it soon made a comeback in By Request.  It's the brightest pink I own, an almost neon blue-based pink, so it's not for the faint of heart!  It's a matte finish, but isn't as drying or clingy as some of their older mattes.  You'll still want to prep your lips before hand though.

MAC - Gladiola 
Another oldie, this was released with the Dame Edna collection back in 2008.  I don't wear it any more, but I don't have the heart to get rid of it.  It's a muted purpley pink with a matte finish.  This is one of those lipsticks that I'm trying to find a dupe for.  Although the packaging is so awesome that I'm not even sure I'd throw it away once I have a replacement!

MAC - Of Royalty
Once again, this is one of those lipsticks that I keep meaning to replace.  It's a cool toned light pink colour, and it's a cream sheen finish, which is one of my favourite types of MAC lipsticks.  They're creamy, pigmented and mildly hydrating.  I like this shade as it's not often I find a light lipstick that doesn't really wash me out.  

MAC - Show Orchid
This is one of my all time favourite MAC lipsticks, and the only one that I've re-bought!  Up until Candy Yum Yum, Show Orchid was the brightest pink in the permanent range.  This is a little deeper, more fuchsia than Candy Yum Yum, so is a bright yet wearable shade. 


MAC -  Sweet Thing
This is one of those lipsticks (like most of my MAC lipsticks) that I held on to in order to find a replacement.  It's merdium fuchsia pink with pink shimmer.  It's a glaze finish, which means that it's pretty sheer (although it does layer to medium opacity).  Glazes really dry out my lips, but I love the colour.  This one will be going in the bin soon, as over Christmas I found one that's very close in colour....

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Illusion
The latest addition to my lipstick collection, this was part of the Crazy Paris collection, and one that I bought in the hopes that it would be a match for my old Sweet Thing lipstick.  It's a medium fuchsia with pink sparkle.  It's pretty opaque, and more pigmented than Sweet Thing (it's not hard to sheer down a lipstick should I want sheerer colour).  Despite it being so pigmented, it still feels and looks light on.  The sparkle is quite subtle and grown up, rather than glittery or overly frosted.  Rouge Automatiques don't feel quite as luxurious as the Rouge Gs, but it's still a really nice lipstick.

If anybody knows of any good replacements for Gladiola, My Treat and Of Royalty, let me know!  They're great colours and I'd love to be able to wear them again!


  1. Any tips on nude lipsticks? I just bought my first (Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede) because it was somewhat affordable and apparently long-lasting, but I hate it! It might be because my lips are so dry in the cold weather, but even chapstick before application doesn't work!

    1. I've got a nude lipstick section coming up, but I'm afraid it's a little small! But nudes are like every other lipstick in that comfort and wear time come down to the formula. Generally speaking the longer lasting lipsticks are less forgiving on lips. Moisturising = slippery formula = shorter wear time. It's not set in stone, but it's a good place to start, so most of the time it's about compromise. You should check out Maybelline's Colour Sensational Range. And, if you're willing to spend a little more, Too Faced do some beautiful nudes in a great formula. Exfoliate your lips regularly with something like Lush's lip scrub (I use a damp wash cloth, but that's a little rough for most!), and make sure that when you're not wearing a lipstick, you're wearing lip balm. At the moment I use Burt's Bees. I also use No.7's lip treatment over night. Having a good base to put your lipsticks on makes all the difference!