Corals and peaches and pinks, oh my! And let’s add some violets and berries in there, too, while we’re at it, shall we? It’s more than time to trade the deep hues of winter for something bright and springlike. (Sorry about this much-delayed Lipstick Monday, but better late than never.)
Although I’m a red lipstick lovin’ girl through and through, I’m grooving on some of the pinkish-lavender-violet beauties around this season, but there are lots of other cheery choices, too, for those of you who like the orange/brown/neutral end of the spectrum.
Right now I am torn between Nars lipstick in Funny Face and their Audacious lipstick in Janet. Confession time: I already caved and splurged on Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque (photo at right), a great matte violet-pink shade. I was actually scoping it out for a Posse pal who wanted to try it, and then wound up falling for it myself. It doesn’t look quite as deep on me as it does on the model in the ad, but pulls slightly lighter and more pink on my lips.
On one of my visits to Nordstrom as part of my Lipstick Monday homework, I tried on and wanted to love Nars Angela (a snappy violet hot pink), but it was just too much, too bright for me, like I had neon lips — although two SAs raved about it on me. But if you don’t feel comfortable in a color, what’s the point in spending $$ on it, right?
While at Nordies, I had a peek at the Clinique Pop lip color (pretty intense color payoff and sleek new packaging); also their Chubby Sticks Intense. Plushest Punch and Heftiest Hibiscus caught my eye, as did Mightiest Maraschino as the standout brights in the Intense line. I have the original Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry and I wear it by itself and as a base sometimes, but I really do like having a bit more color on my kisser and these new Chubby Sticks deliver but still keep the moist feel.
As I passed another makeup counter I saw an SA happily applying something that looked so oversize and fun that I nearly did a double-take. So I scooted over to investigate. Soon enough I found that playing with Bobbi Brown’s Art Sticks brought out my inner child; it was all I could do not to grab two or three of the big, chunky crayon-like sticks and start coloring away on any paper within reach. BTW, for you ladies who like some citrus-bright pop in your lip shades, I thought Sunset Orange and Hot Orange looked pretty sharp.
On a swing through Walgreen’s later in the week, I spied an easier-on-the-budget crayon-pencil experience: Revlon Colorburst pencils offer not one but three formulas: balm stain, matte balm and lacquer balm. Out ofsheer curiosity, I was tempted to buy several untried just to get an idea of what a lacquer balm and a matte balm might feel like. No testers, alas, but some fun hues on the shelf from what I saw (see left).
And several of the CoverGirl Colorlicious lipstick shades I passed looked promising as well.
So pucker up and share on this Lipstick Monday: What are your go-to shades for spring? Or what goodies are you eyeing for your lips? Remember, next Sunday is Mother’s Day here in the U.S., so why not treat yourself? You deserve it!!