Let’s FINISH THIS.
Ok so here we are with the conclusion of the Lip Product Manifesto. This is going to take a different shape to the others, because there’s lots of individual products. So I’m going to divide them by type rather than brand / product. I’m also doing away with the pros and cons this time as I don’t want to waste time and space, I’ll just talk about those things within the product descriptions.
There’s a fair few things to talk about so I’ll get on with it.
Balms & Creams
Would you believe, dear readers, that there are actually some missing that I just couldn’t be bothered rounding up? Anyway, as you can see I do love a good lip balm. These ones are all non-tinted and quite nourishing.
Chapstick is a classic, I don’t feel a great need to go on about it apart from the fact that Candy Cane is definitely my favourite! The reason is that it has a pepperminty thing happening which feels quite plumping and refreshing. A classic nourishing balm that is a great primer for lipstick. I normally swipe a bit on before I do anything else on my face, then before lipstick I wipe off any excess so it doesn’t slide around. Lisa Eldridge is also a huge fan of using some Chapstick and a cotton bud (q-tip) to exfoliate lips. Great stuff and will run you about $5 as far as I can remember. I got the Candy Cane and Red Velvet flavours in an amazing gift tin from Steph in a Secret Santa! Love it. Important note: the first ingredient on these is petrolatum and that’s not everyone’s jam. Personally I don’t really care, not gonna lie.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is another that needs no introduction. Similar to the Chapstick, as is the Blistex. They’re both still quite nourishing but a bit harder in consistency, more of a wax than a balm perhaps. They contain zero petrolatum, the BB one leaning much further towards natural ingredients. Both cheap too, under $10.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is a definite favourite for me. I bought this when I was in the USA because I was there in February and it was cold. My lightweight Australian skin and lip products just weren’t cutting it and I was drying out like a prune. Terrible! I think this stuff rocks, it’s very nourishing and comes in tonnes of different flavours. Mint is my favourite, but Mango is also nice! Mine lists petrolatum as a high level ingredient but on the website it’s no longer listed, that could be a formulation change? Anyway they’re $12 in Australia so a little pricier but well worth it, you’d have to be using it pretty heavily to ever get through a tube.
My least favourite of this lot is the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream. I just don’t like it. I don’t think it does anything really, and it smells weird, like rubbing herbs on your lips. It sinks in immediately, leaving your lips the exact way they were before. This one won’t be coming with me to the USA, and won’t ever be repurchased. Not recommended.
Which leaves my favourite! The clear winner is the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm. I. LOVE this stuff. It’s naturally derived which is nice, but be warned, it does contain lanolin which can be comedogenic. I do find that if I don’t apply it carefully in the places I need it (ie, if I don’t stay inside the line of my lips) I get the odd small pimple on the outer edge of my lips. Rarely, but it happens, so just to be thorough with my review I thought I’d include that little factoid. I also have this in the “Apples” tint, which is a very faint red tinge but I can’t find it at the moment! Which is a bit of a worry as it’s lovely. It was in my handbag so perhaps it made its way into the lining via the little hole I found in my lip product pocket. I’ll have to check later. But anyway I use this before I apply lipstick and just when my lips are dry. It’s great stuff. I’m a huge fan. You can grab it on Adore Beauty for $17.95 for the 101 plus a heap of other types and tints, most of which are cheaper than that. The LemonAid is brilliant as well, I keep it at work and it’s a lifesaver.
Preps and Primers
So totes monochrome
Lip primer was a thing I really wanted to get into this year and I held out for a long time to buy the MAC Prep + Primer Lip when MAC did my wedding makeup. Alas they didn’t have it so I held out a little longer, til they had a free shipping sale. And here’s the thing, I don’t love it. It’s okay I guess. I see no difference between this and a very cheap lip balm. It’s a basic siliconey primer that claims to smooth and prep the lips but does it? I don’t know. I have quite creasy lips and I don’t think it makes any difference to either that or to longevity of the lipstick. I don’t get it. Am I doing it wrong? Find it on the MAC website if you’re interested.
I feel similarly about the Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner. The description says “Keep lips looking fabulous and pucker perfect all day long with this silicone based, mechanical wind up lip liner. Apply around lips for a defined edge and to stop them from bleeding, perfecting life’s little imperfections.”. I just don’t agree at all. I think it does crap all. Part of my problem with it is that as soon as you use it, the lovely sharp liner tip is dulled so it becomes just this weird flat topped thing … I dunno. I don’t think it makes any difference at all. Lily Pebbles lied to me, wah. If you want to give it a go, you can find it on the Mecca website.
So yeah the prep/primers are a pass for me at this stage. I would absolutely love to hear your recommendations though! Gimme!
I’ll be the first to admit that lip gloss isn’t really my jam. I have a couple of old favourites but previously it’s never really been a thing that interested me that much. The sticky, overly glossed look isn’t really my jam. I’m a matte girl! However I think it absolutely has its place and I’m getting behind it a little more in my old age (weirdly). Usually when I get lip glosses it has been as gift-with-purchase and I give them away immediately. So just a couple for me, oldies and newies.
Okay so yes, I have two of the MAC Lipglass in “Clear” which is weird for someone who doesn’t like lipgloss BUT it’s just really good. It’s long-wearing without being sticky and I just really enjoy it. I put a dab of it in the middle of my lips when I’m wearing a bold lipstick sometimes just to make the centre look more full and pouty! Or I wear it by itself for a sheeny juicy look. It’s great stuff.
Soap and Glory is a really fun brand of which I have quite a few items. I like these “Sexy Mother Pucker” lip glosses. The silver tube is a clear gloss, just a very plumping formulation with a long-wearing, glossy finish. It’s fantastic stuff. I’m always looking for nice plumping products what with the whole creasy lips thing I have going on.
I also have this gloss in a tinted, doe-foot applicator style. The shade is called “Half-Naked“. It’s great. A nice browny nudey neutral. Similar formulation in that it is quite plumping, and again nice and long-wearing.
I do also have a MAC Lipglass in “Russian Red” on the way just to see how I like a full tint gloss. It’s a colour I’ve worn before in lipstick form and liked, so I think it should suit me, shade wise.
Tinted / Stain Balms
Love a bit of this action. My top two are these little stunners:
I got the Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment in a sample box from Sephora and it’s bloody brilliant. Incredibly buttery and soft. The tint is faint, but there. This is a lovely nourishing product. Enough said really.
Now for the star of the show.. this might be my second favourite product, by a HAIR, of this entire post. It’s the Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment. It does remind me of that olde timey stained lip look that you see in things like Game of Thrones that probably came from the blood of a virgin nightingale or something like that. It’s beautiful! The tint itself is quite prominent which is nice for my overly-pigmented lips, and the Vitamin-E heavy formulation is so creamy and hydrating. I just love this product. Let me try to dig out a picture of it on the lips, brb.
There we go. Nice!
Again not something I’m suuuuper good at, but still, I’ll say a few words.
Good excuse to sharpen my MAC liner..
Too-Faced Perfect Lips is a really nice one, it’s a wind-up mechanical liner which is always pro for me, since it means I don’t have to screw around with sharpeners. It’s also a great nude colour, not too brown or too pink. Perfect, some might say!
MAC “Cherry” lip pencil is also beautiful, I have had this for many years now (probably 5 years) and it’s still going strong. It’s not too pink, not too blue and not too brown so it goes under a huge variety of red lipstick shades perfectly. It’s super pigmented and soft enough to go on easily without being messy. Swatcherinos:
I’ve also enjoyed the Bourjois liners, though they are quite soft. I bought one in a really lovely pink colour but it was just that smidge too bright for what I wanted so I gave it away, but formulation-wise it’s great and I would definitely buy again. Good old Bourjois!
NARS Lip Pencils
“AaaaAAaaaaAaaaaaaaaa” okay so it’s really hard to spell out the noise of angels singing from on high. Anyway that’s what’s happening here because these products ROOOOOOCKKKKKKKK SOOOO HARRDDDDD OH GOD I really love them so very much.
So these magnificent creations come in three different finishes: Velvet Matte, Velvet Gloss and Satin. I don’t have any Velvet Gloss ones because glosses just aren’t really my jam as mentioned before. I have had three of the Velvet Matte ones and have recently acquired a Satin as well. One of the VMs, in the shade “Cruella”, I gave away because it was just a smidge on the dark side for me. That left me with “Dragon Girl”, a bright red/orange shade with fabulous pigmentation and “Dolce Vita” which is a brownytanpink MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade. These pencils are highly pigmented and leave a perfectly matte but not overly drying finish to the lips. Like all matte products, they are SOMEWHAT drying, but that also makes them quite longlasting. I don’t think they are as longlasting as say, the liquid lipsticks of the previous post but they’re pretty good for what they are. They’re also very easy to apply easily, and not messy. Great for the handbag and travel!
The Satin I have is “Yu”, a beautiful shocking bright pink that I think is quite flattering to all skin tones. This has more of a satin finish obviously, so it’s not as drying on the lips, but retains the high pigmentation and easy application of the VM versions. I really want more of this finish but I’m not sure which ones to choose so I might wait til I can swatch them. Speaking of which!
I don’t know why DV came out strangely here! Weird iPhone camera issue I assume.
One thing I’d strongly recommend with these, is getting the NARS pencil sharpener. I know it’s a pain to have to buy one especially for these, but it’s absolutely fabulous and really sharp, does a great job on these and I haven’t been able to find one that even fits these babies let alone does as good a job. The smaller hole is perfect for any normal sized liner pencil as well, I used it to sharpen my MAC pencil today and it did a fantastic, quick and easy job.
So, for now, that’s the end of the 2015 Lipstick Manifesto. I hope you enjoyed it. I know a lot you would have really liked to have seen all these products on my lips and that is absolutely feedback I have taken on board for future posts. Thanks so much.
My next post is going to be non-beauty related. I’ll be talking about my move to America and associated feels. Keep the feedback coming as always!