The battle of the lip products: which are my must-haves?

My dressing room is full to the brim with all sorts of lip products. It is by far my favourite type of make-up product to play around with. I am usually likely to be wearing a more natural eye and a bold lip than the other way around!

But there are definitely some products that still stand out for me more than others & I wanted to share them with you today!

I also want to make clear that the main reasons I these products made it into my favourites is because of their consistency/finish/longevity…not necessarily the colour. All of the lipsticks shown come in an array of colours and I am sure they won’t disappoint whatever shade you go for!

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Lipsticks

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From Left to Right:

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (colour shown here ‘245 Audacious’

Although I absolutely love this colour (it is amazing to use with a darker red lip liner for an ‘ombre effect’), as I mentioned above it is more the consistency of this product that has impressed me. They retail for about £7.99 in Boots, which considering the amount of product you get, is not bad at all. It comes in about 14 shades. I have tried a few more from the range and I think the actual consistency of them is just as good throughout. It does exactly what it says on the tin; it allows a matte finish but also includes Shea, Mango and Coconut Butter to moisturise the lips. Because of this they are not drying at all, as long as your lips aren’t dry to start with..otherwise the matte colour will stick to dry parts! The colour pay off is so impressive. The only downfall of these is because of their velvety finish, their longetivity is not brilliant and you will need to top it up throughout the day or night.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (colour shown in picture is 477 Black Cherry)

Again, retailing at about £7.99, these lipsticks are great value for the quality of product you are getting. I have tried a few from this range and have loved every one. There are about 37 different shades available in Boots, so at least one shade to suit everybody! I just think Revlon Lip sticks are up there with some of the best lipstick formulas of all time, even against high end brands. These lipsticks in particular also include both Vitamin E and Avocado Oil within its formula to provide moisture for the lips. The colour pay off is very true to what you see in the tube, and glides easily over the lips. If you are looking for a lipstick with great staying power, then this is probably the one for you. The packaging itself is also impressive. Sleek and black…you wouldn’t be able to tell this apart in a bundle of higher end products. I will definitely be going back time and time again to repurchase colours from this range. They are just great lipsticks for the price. The only word of warning I would give is that if you are purchasing off the Boots website, the colour shades shown are not exact to actual lip shade, so it may be worth popping to your nearest Boots and seeing them in real life before purchasing (see below).

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The shade on the top line third from the right is meant to be Black Cherry (shown in the photo above). They are a little off!

MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks (the one shown is Pure Zen)

OK so before I started writing this, I didn’t realise the theme emerging… but it seems like I really enjoy moisture in my lipsticks! Like the ones above, Cremesheen lipsticks from MAC also boast to have conditioning elements and provide a ‘creamy’ finish. At around £15.50, these are considerably more expensive than the other two shown, but I absolutely love them and have bought several from the range. In case you are unaware, MAC have different ranges within their lipsticks which are broken down by ‘finishes’. So, for example the ones that I love and shown here are the Cremesheen lipsticks which provide the moisture. They also have finishes such as amplified (extremely pigmented but still with some moisturising benefits), frost (with a ‘shimmery’ finish), Glaze (extremely sheer) and a few more. The cremesheen finish is my favourite mainly because it has enough pigment to be worn as a lipstick, but doesn’t dry out my lips. Unlike the glaze finish lipsticks, it still has enough to colour to provide an adequate finish to the lips. But again, like the ones I spoke about above, moisture does come at a price and I do have to keep topping it up throughout the day.

Lip Liners

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 From top to botttom:

MAC Lip Pencils (one shown here is in ‘Soar’) – £12.50

MAC have two ranges of lip pencils. They have the Pro Long wear Lip pencils, and then they have the original lip pencils. The one shown here is an original lip pencil, and they are the ones I prefer. The Pro Longwear liners have great pay off, but they have such a creamy consistency, that I find them hard to work with if I want a ‘crisp’ edge when lining my lips. They still deserve a shout out due to their pigmentation, but since purchasing colours from both ranges, I would definitely stick to the original lip pencil unless there was a colour I really wanted from the Pro Long wear range. The lip pencils however, are creamy enough to not drag across your lips when defining them, but dry enough to stay in place. In summary, they are the perfect consistency for a lip pencil. 

W7 Lip Twister (colour shown here is Nude)

If you are a follower of my blog, you would have heard me talk about this time and time again. I picked the original one of these up at a local market by me and I fell in love with it. Since then I have spotted it in a discount store, and literally grabbed about 5 of them! I think you can pick them up online on Amazon etc. but I have never seen them being sold in any well known store. I am lucky as a large discount centre by me has a discounted W7 shop, so I know where I can go to get my fix! The twist applicator is so handy as it means I don’t have to look for a sharpener ever (and for someone who constantly loses a sharpener, this is good news!) The shade itself is a little lighter than MAC’s Soar (above) and the consistency is slightly creamier, but still easy to work with.

Other lip products

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From left to right:

Clarins Instant Light Balm Lip Perfector (shade shown here is 06 rosewood)

Again, I have spoken about this before in my blog. It is not cheap, retailing at about £18.00, but in my eyes it is worth it! I had a tester of this in my Clarins advent calendar, and I just fell in love with it. I use it as a lip balm, so I tend to use it straight away in the morning before applying lip colour or just before I go to bed. There are 6 different shades though, and each one has a sheer colour pay off, so you can use them on their own if you would like a more natural lip. As the full size I bought is a nude sheer, I have done that before and I have been complimented on it! The balm itself is extremely moisturising and has an amazing sweet scent, which makes it a pleasure to wear. I think I will absolutely love using this in the summer especially when travelling and abroad. I took the minature size I have on the plane with me to Madrid and it was a miracle to have on the plane!

LipCote Lip Stick Sealer – £3.69 (Boots)

Again I have spoken about this previously on my blog, but it is an amazing product if you want to seal a bold colour onto your lips. You have to be careful and use it right (i.e. let it dry before applying a second coat) otherwise it can ‘break’ up the colour on your lips and doesn’t look good. I used this for my wedding and I loved it.

So that’s it!

I hope this was helpful!

LE

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