My Current 5 Favourite Lipsticks

Current 5 Favourite Lipsticks

National Lipstick Day comes round every year on the 29th July, which I’m thankful for (seeing as I didn’t manage to post this in time this year, but I’ll be early for the next)!  Plus, it’s the lipstick posts that often hook me into browsing which shades I want to add to my Pinterest’s Make Up Wishlist board.

So although the occasion has been and gone, I’d still like to share my current 5 favourite lipsticks of the moment.  I did manage to post the video in time, next year I’ll aim to do the same with the blog post too…

Mac Vegas Volt

Current Favourite Lipsticks Mac Vegas Volt

Jumping straight in with a perfect coral splash, it hasn’t taken me long to fall in love with Mac’s Vegas Volt.  Having been saved in that previously mentioned Pinterest board for well over a year (if not longer), I wish I’d have bought it sooner.

If you don’t know already Mac’s Amplified Creme collection promises luscious colour with a long lasting finish.  Mmm hmmm, don’t we all know Mac do not fail their promises in that!

Vegas Volt is also quite versatile; I’ve worn it around Christmas for a pop of festive red and I’ve worn it in summer too accompanied with casual floral dresses (as shown above).

Kiko 106

Current Favourite Lipsticks Kiko

I love eighties glamour.  So when I was hunting for a lip colour a la Jerry Hall in this pin I picked up Kiko’s Creamy Lip Gloss in 106.  I’ll admit it was a bit of a spontaneous buy and although it doesn’t pack as much sheen as a gloss can, it still has a perfect punch of ‘glammed-up’ red.

I found application tricky at first, despite being a pencil it can be quite slippery.  However, practice has made perfect and I now outline my lips before filling them in, creating and accentuating my lips natural outline.

Lipstick Queen Saint Pink

Current Favourite Lipsticks Lipstick Queen

I’m not a gal that wears red lipstick every day, so usually on my 9 to 5 I reach for a natural nude/pink.  For quite a while this was Lipstick Queen’s Saint Pink lipstick.  I felt it was the perfect natural shade that has the right tint of pink to pull my look together Monday to Friday.  (Believe me, I need something quick and easy in the mornings.)

The consistency is a dream too, like a lip butter but in a lipstick.  Sadly, I’m talking about this lipstick in the past tense if you haven’t noticed, as I’m scraping the barrel of it, quite literally.

Tom Ford Pussycat

Current Favourite Lipsticks Clinique

There are certain brands that conjure up such luxury that even if you only but own a small product of theirs like a lipstick you hold onto it dearly, to not use wastefully or treat it carelessly.  My one and only Tom Ford lipstick (Pussycat) is just that for me.

Pussycat is a dark pink matte that transitions into every season seamlessly.  The only thing that makes me sad about it is that I can no longer see the engraved TF in the lipstick stick itself.  Those times are sadly gone each time I wear it…  😔

Clinique Sweet Heart Pop

Current Favourite Lipsticks Clinique

The only lipstick to have made it it in my current 5 favourite lipsticks with a built-in primer.  Clinique’s Sweet Heart Pop Liquid is reminds me off the sticky sweet shades you might see being created in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Although this matte liquid lipstick smooths rather than sticks like candy and other liquid shades.  The colour pay off is so vibrant too, with this pink being just so rock n’ roll.

What’s your current 5 favourite lipsticks?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’m always ready to pin some suggestions…

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Clinique Airbrush Concealer Review

Clinique Airbrush Concealer review

Just before flying to Edinburgh, Standsted’s World Duty Free had me exactly where they wanted me!  Their store was straight after security and there was no other way but to walk through it.  Inevitably then, I picked up a few things, including this Clinique Airbrush Concealer!

I was running low on my current concealer (the Clarins Instant Concealer for those who are curious) and was drawn to Clinique.  But why?

First of all, I had previously tried their Line Smoothing Concealer from a friend and really liked it.  I very nearly bought it too, despite that I had only tried it once.  Alas, the reason I didn’t was down to the simple fact that I was drawn into clever naming; it had the word ‘airbrush’ in it.

But anyway, on with what I actually thought about the product:

Clinique Airbrush Concealer Swatch

Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair Swatch

Unbeknownst to me, the Clinique Airbrush Concealer actually comes in a wide range of colours, especially for a concealer!

As soon as I saw the word ‘Fair’ I just nabbed it and headed for the till.  But this ‘fair’ is not the only ‘fair’ available.  There is in fact a ‘Neutral Fair’, ‘Cream Fair’, ‘Fair Cream’ and a ‘Light Honey’ much to my surprise.

Swatched on my wrist (above) it doesn’t look like a bad match per say, but around my eyes I noticed it probably wasn’t the best ‘fair’.  Despite brightening well, I feels it’s perhaps a shade pinker than me.  I should have probably bought the neutral fair…

Formula

Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair Swatch

Anyway as I’ve mentioned, I’m used to the Clarins Instant Concealer, which is a nice thick, creamy formula that isn’t particularly drying.  The formula of Clinique Airbrush Concealer is thinner than that and most other concealers I’ve tried, yet can be almost drying.  Almost.

I feel hesitant to say that it certainly is.  I definitely feel I have to apply more to get a better coverage and that it isn’t particularly hydrating.  Although this could be down to the fact the product dispenses through a brush, which I’m not used to, or that I should top-up on eye cream before applying.

I’m not sure, but as you might see in my above pictures, it does have a certain ‘airbrush’ finish I didn’t at first notice.

Photographed shamelessly, there are slight shadows under my eyes, near the bridge of my nose (before).  Whereas after applying Clinique Airbrush Concealer (after) they’ve almost vanished!

Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair Swatch

Application wise, I feel it takes a little longer to blend in with my skin than what I’m used to, although with my Beauty Blender it’s slightly easier.

Whilst surprisingly good at counteracting shadows below my eyes, I’m not so sure if it works as brilliantly for blemishes. (Please ignore the Carrie Bradshaw-esque hair, I was waiting for it to calm down and wave out!)

Conclusion

My undecided opinion probably comes through a lot in this review.  Whilst I don’t regret buying it, I do regret not properly checking which shades were available first!  My bad of course, I think I could have given a more conclusive report if it was a better match.

Nevertheless I’ll continue to use it and the brush is surprisingly useful too for a precise application. I do think the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer is still the winner though.  And at least I know a better idea of which shade to get…

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