Even though the calendar is reading October, I’m still enjoying (and am loathe to give up) my hot pinks, fuchsias and purplish red hues, and have found some budget babies that I’ve been loving for months now: First off, NYX’s Fuchsia lip pencil. Sinfully cheap but the perfect shade for wearing all over and for lining under my pricier tube of Chanel La Romanesque, as well as a lovely Hard Candy lipstick in Wanted, sent from a sweet Posse pal.
Also, matte lipsticks from Jordana in It Girl and Plum Gorgeous and NYX’s lip liner in Bloom. All three are very close, if not identical, to MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous. I’m seriously considering taking back my unused MAC lipstick as these other shades are working so well for me, and all three together cost less than the MAC.
In fact, in looking around for a good matte red lippie, I’m considering Jordana’s matte In Style. At less than $4 a pop, it’s hard to go wrong. And if I hate it, I can always use it for Halloween doings or to write myself reminders on my bathroom mirror, ha!Alas, I’m one of those folks who likes a color and then ends up with several different lipstick brands in pretty much the same shade, with perhaps only the tiniest of differences between them. Does that ever happen to you? You love a certain color, and somehow over time you end up having six different brands of basically the same red/plum/pink/coral/beige that you adore. Just reach into your makeup bag or drawer and you’ll pull out your favorite, no decision needed, right?
Anyhoo, I need to start rounding up my fall/winter stable of lippies. I do know when I’m needing a dramatic, drop-dead red, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Majella (above right) is it. Just about perfect for this time of year and onward, looking as great on Thanksgiving as it will on New Year’s Eve and on through Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps Chanel’s La Fascinante, one of their mattes, although I need to test-drive this one a bit more.
An old fave, Nars matte lip pencil in Forbidden Red is a great brick red for me, and about as orange red as I can do, but I do hate that the shade is discontinued. And of course, at some point I’ll be dipping into my dwindling tube of Estee Lauder Perfect Silent Red, my Holy Grail of red lipsticks. I would give my eye-teeth to get a backup of either of these, although the Estee Lauder would probably be going off something fierce by now. 🙁
What lipsticks are you reaching for these days? Do you have a shade or two that you save for special occasions (i.e. the upcoming holidays)? What new lippies are you itching to try?