The Lip Product Addict Tag

22 December, 2014 The Lip Product Addict Tag

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a true lip product addict. Every week on my blog I seem to be raving about a new lipstick purchase, and I’m always swatching stains, glosses and balms on my Instagram and Twitter accounts. It’s taken me a while to get round to writing this tag because of the sheer volume and choice of products in my collection, but I think I’ve now narrowed it down to a sizeable amount that really are the cream of the crop when it comes to beautiful and wearable lipsticks. Please feel free to leave comments below if you want a more in-depth post on either a category or an individual product, but bear in mind that I have a fairly extensive blogroll and if you want to know more about a brand or name, you will probably find the post you’re looking for using the ‘search’ feature at the top of the page. Happy hunting!

1. Favorite balm or treatment?

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This question was the easiest for me to answer. NUXE’s Reve de Miel is the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. It’s thick, matte and tastes like honey, and if I’m every suffering from dry, flaky lips, I know this will sort me out. This works best applied overnight as an intensive treatment, but it also doubles up as a brilliant lipstick base – just apply before your base makeup, and when you’re ready for lips, tissue off the excess. Buy here for £9.50.

2. Favorite eye catching red?

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At the moment, the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte (£24 here) is my go-to red for these cold winter months. It’s a deep oxblood red that has the creamiest consistency and lasts for ages. It also works well as a stain if you dab it on and then blend with fingers. An all-season red that I’ve loved for years is MAC’s Ruby Woo – a 50’s blue-toned red that’s an absolute classic, and adored by probably 90% of the beauty blogger community. Read my Top Six Red Lip Products post here for some additional info and swatches of my ultimate red lip shades for every skin tone.

3. Best luxury and drugstore lip product?

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I’m a sucker for luxury lipsticks. The packaging, the branding, the weight of the bullet – it gets me every time. Three shades (I couldn’t pick one) that are far too expensive to justify but I love nonetheless, are Dior’s Addict Lipstick in Incognito (first picture, £24 here) which is a sheer brown-toned nude that’s great for mid-day touch ups, Bellapierre’s Mineral Lipstick in Envy (second picture, £20 here) which is the perfect Kylie Jenner shade with a beautiful creamy texture, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl (third picture, £23 here), a deep plummy nude that’s perfect for both a vampy evening look, or a more chilled-out daytime face.

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I love drugstore lipsticks equally, although I probably neglect them from time to time in favour of my more high-end loves. L’Oreal’s Cheryl’s Nude (first picture, £6.99 here) is an every day greige-pink that will suit all skin tones and feels seriously nourishing and comfortable on the lips, and Makeup Revolution’s Lip Hug in Saviour Will Come (second picture, £2.50 here), is a wonderful berry colour that’s moisturising, sheeny and light.

4. Best MAC lipstick?

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I couldn’t choose one, so I picked my top three: Mehr (Matte), Rebel (Satin) and Creme Cup (Cremesheen) – all £15.50 here. Mehr (first picture) is another mauve-pink, cool-toned nude with a Kylie Jenner-esque vibe (can you sense a theme here), Rebel (second picture) is the ultimate evening-appropriate shade with a beautiful purple-burgundy hue, and Creme Cup (third picture) is a light, creamy beige-pink that’s gorgeous paired with lots of mascara and thick winged liner.

5. Most disappointing lip product?

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I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but what on earth were Illamasqua thinking when they chose this lip colour. I received this in a Latest In Beauty box earlier in the year, and was gutted that I’d obviously drawn the short straw in terms of colour choice. The shade comes from Illamasqua’s Glamore range, and is called Buff (although poo springs to mind more than anything else). It’s fairly bland and lacking in dimension, and has a strange texture that feels watery and heavy at the same time. I could imagine this working OK on darker skin tones mixed with a different colour on top or a light gloss, but for me this is just bleugh. It’s way too creamy, smells bad, doesn’t work well with liner and generally sucks. If you’re still interested, you can buy it here for £18.50, although the price is slightly more offensive than the colour!

6. Lip Liner: Yay or Nay?

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Yes, always! The shades I use at the moment are The Body Shop’s Beech Lipliner (£8 here) a neutral brown similar to MAC’s Spice, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (£16 here) a creamy pink-peach, and MAC’s Burgundy, Cherry and Whirl Lipliners – the perfect wine, bright red and mauve shades (£12.50 here).If I had to be picky, I’d say MAC’s Whirl is the shade that could work with just about any lipstick as it’s so versatile, blendable and flattering.

7. Favourite gloss?

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8. Something else?

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Seeing as everyone is going crazy for matte lips at the moment, I thought I’d talk about two matte lipsticks  that are bright, bold and three-dimensional, and most importantly incredibly wearable and fuss-free. First is the e.l.f. Matte Crayon in Tea Rose (£3.95 here) – a deep lavender that’s a unique take on a nude lip, whilst staying neutral enough not to look too wacky or out there. It’s so easy to apply and delivers intense pigmentation. Kevyn Aucoin’s Matte Lip Colour in Relentless (£26 here) is a great long-lasting coral-pink shade that feels amazing on, doesn’t budge once applied, and smells incredible – like grapefruit and peach. Yum!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and have found a couple of products you like the look of – it’s always such a great feeling when someone loves something you’ve recommended, so please let me know if you do pick up any of these gorgeous shades (except Illamasqua’s Buff obvs).

As this tag has been done to death I won’t tag anyone else, but if you’ve written or vlogged your version, I’d love to read/see it!

Hope y’all have an excellent week and as always, feel free to comment below with your thoughts, questions and recommendations!

Jess, X

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  • Magpie Jasmine (@jasmineacs)
    Posted at 22:10h, 23 December Reply

    Lip liners are such a must- I’m only now appreciating them! I don’t think that Illamasqua lipstick would suit anyone, not sure what they were thinking either. All the other shades in this post are lovely and I think your red is especially gorgeous! xx

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    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:48h, 24 December Reply

      Thanks Jasmine! That colour is just shockingly bad – one for the books! X

  • lush4blush
    Posted at 03:54h, 23 December Reply

    Youve made me realize i need to invest in so many beautiful shades. Starting charlotte tilbury and MACs Mehr. Omg the beauty…

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:49h, 24 December Reply

      Mehr is probably my HG shade for any time, any day, any event. You need it in your life! X

  • Nina Madeline
    Posted at 02:34h, 23 December Reply

    I really want to get the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte but it is always sold out! It’s such a beautiful colour and looks really nice on you 🙂 xx

    http://nina-madeline.blogspot.com.au

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:50h, 24 December Reply

      Go for it! They’re all beautiful – thank you so much! X

  • jasmincharlotte
    Posted at 11:51h, 22 December Reply

    I love the elf tea rose shade as well, it is such a unique colour and their matte lip pencils in general are just fab! I am also a nuxe lip balm addict, I don’t think my lips could be without it now!! x

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    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:49h, 24 December Reply

      It’s so so so good! Glad we are both Nuxe lovers! X

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