25 January, 2016 Fifty Shades Of Mauve: My Suit-All Lipstick Picks
Whilst testing skincare will always be my favourite part of being a beauty blogger, a close second is collecting lipsticks. In the last two years I’ve developed quite a stash, with a particular focus on multiple shades of mauve. The colour mauve offers the perfect balance between wearability and drama, and it has ability to transform and adapt on any skin tone. Below are 10 of my favourite mauve-leaning shades, including options from luxe, high-end brands, and more affordable drugstore ones too. I’m always adding more to my collection, so I’m sure I’ll be adding to this post very soon.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita ($20) – this liquid-to-matte lipstick is described as a ‘chestnut rose’. I love how this leans on the cooler side, and the rich brown-mauve shade is perfect for deeper skin tones. That being said, on pale skin it would also look seriously striking.
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in A Touch of Spice ($7.99) – Maybelline doesn’t offer this shade in the UK limited run of Creamy Mattes, so I picked it up on my recent trip to Miami. The U.S. drugstore is insane! This deep mauve is beautifully pigmented, with a comfortable matte texture that feels a lot more expensive than you would expect from its price-tag.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl (£23) – it’s common knowledge that I adore Charlotte Tilbury (just check out these blog posts), and Bond Girl is one of her best lipsticks released so far. Bond Girl is a more purple-based mauve with hints of brown and red, and it’s a great shade for a night out. I pair it with a bronze smoky eye for maximum glam.
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in 1995 (£9.50) – I’m obsessed with U.S. Youtube beauty gurus, and one I currently can’t stop watching is Jaclyn Hill. She collaborated with Gerard Cosmetics on 1995, a satin deep greige-brown-mauve, that really fits in with the 90s grunge aesthetic. It can be a little too brown on fair skin-tones, but on medium-dark complexions, it’s absolutely beautiful.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr (£15.50) – I’ve had this shade for ages, and always whip it out when I want my lips to look enhanced but subtle at the same time. It’s a pretty standard pink-mauve, with just enough purple tones to keep things interesting.
Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Colour in In The Flesh ($2.75) – cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality, and although these Wet N Wild lippies are seriously affordable, they also pack a pigmentation punch. The textures of all these lipsticks are creamy and malleable, and the formulas long-lasting. In The Flesh is a lovely rosy nude, that I love to wear with a tan. For a full review of my collection of Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Colours, click here.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in £13 Marvellous Mauve ($14) – this is probably the brightest mauve in my stash, with a velvety texture and delicious scent that just makes me want to keep this on all day. It’s the perfect shade to wear when you need to spice up a barely-there base, and I always keep it in my handbag for mid-day top-up.
NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar (£5.03) – Whipped Caviar is the lipstick version of Marvellous Mauve, with just a touch more lilac. I hate to mention Kylie Jenner as that girl has clearly lost the plot, but this is supposedly the shade that most closely resembles the colour she used to always wear.
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere ($5) – another Youtuber I love watching is Kathleen Lights, and her lipstick collaboration with ColourPop is one of my all-time favourite shades. Lumiere is a really interesting deep mauve-peach, with elements of purple and brown. It’s basically a mix of all your favourite colours, in a cute pencil-crayon format.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita (£24) – my last mauve pick is from the NARS Audacious line, and it’s a gorgeous neutral-pink with a pretty purple twist. It’s quite warm-toned, and I often describe this as a more wearable version of their famous Anna lipstick. Another great shade to keep in your handbag!
I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my top 10 shades of mauve lipstick – I could have got to 50, but realistically, you’d all be super bored!
Share your favourite mauve lipsticks below, and don’t forget to let me know which shades you love from my list!