I’ve done random lipstick posts before, but I thought it would be nice to have one big collection post instead, so they’re not all spread out all over the place. If I get a bunch more for some reason, in the future, I guess I’ll do a part two?
This is my current lipstick collection! I have exactly 30 lipsticks. It probably won’t expand very much for a while because my boyfriend thinks lipsticks are “a waste of money”. Umm … yeah I can see his point. But then, all cosmetics can be seen as a waste of money because you don’t need any of it, really … Anyway, moving on … heh.
Notes: From what I can tell, the lipstick colours are pretty accurate in the images. I made sure I took the pictures in a room with good, natural lighting. Also, all prices are Canadian prices. And lastly, yes, I tend to drift towards certain shades … there are no super crazy colours in my collection, if that’s your thing .
Back row: Pink Gold (NYC), 409B (NYC), 502A (Wet n’ Wild), 547B (Wet n’ Wild). Front row: Fire Alarm (Hard Candy), Flirt (Hard Candy).
I’ll start with my cheapo lipsticks, all of which I got from drugstores or Wal-Mart or something similar. One thing that annoys me about the cheaper lipsticks is that they don’t have the name of the lipstick colour, just number code :( Makes it hard to remember a colour name. Anyway, I don’t use these very much … I’ve learned that with lipsticks, you get what you pay for. And I paid roughly $2-4 for each of these. Not a lot of colour actually shows up on your lips :( They even feel cheap when you twist the lipstick up. I bought these when I was just starting out with lipsticks, so I was a newbie.
The exception are the Hard Candy lipsticks — those are awesome despite the fact they can’t stand up due to the lame little ribbon. I especially love Fire Alarm which is ironically a nude colour (I would have expected a red, with a name like that).
L to R: Almost Nude (Revlon), Pink In The Afternoon (Revlon), Silver City Pink (Revlon), Soft Nude (Revlon Color Burst)
These are some of my Revlon lipsticks, also bought from drugstores. I love Revlon, I think they are a great non-expensive brand, and their lipsticks are great too! They are about $7 each, except the Color Burst which was about $10. These lipsticks are great, they show up properly, they don’t slide around your lips too much and have great staying power. I especially love my Soft Nude at the end of the line up there. Silver City Pink is probably my least favourite of the four up there because it’s a little glittery/sparkly, and I didn’t realize that when I bought it.
L to R: Sensuous Spice (Revlon Color Stay), Tender Pink (Revlon Color Stay), Baby Peach (Revlon Color Stay).
More Revlon lipsticks. I bought these very cheap (3 for $10) at a warehouse sale, I believe they may be discontinued. True to its name, these have great staying power, but the colours are a bit brighter than when I swiped them on my hand, so I do not wear them too often. They are also quite shimmery. The first one, Sensuous Spice, is my least favourite because it’s quite dark, actually. Baby Peach is great though.
L to R: Myth (MAC), Creme Cup (MAC), Shy Girl (MAC), Ravishing (MAC), Angel (MAC).
My MAC lipsticks, which I bought from my local MAC store at their usual retail price ($17 each I believe). I love all of them! MAC is one of my favourite lipstick brands as well. I’ve used Myth till its flat, haha. Myth is a satin lipstick, and even though I love the colour, I do admit it is very drying on the lips and difficult to reapply once it has dried. The three in the middle are cremesheens, which I love. I find Shy Girl to not show up very well though on my lips, but the other two are great. The last one is a frost lipstick although it doesn’t seem frosty at all — Angel is probably my favourite of the ones I own.
L to R: Tea Rose (NYX), Pumpkin Pie (NYX), Harmonica (NYX), Thalia (NYX), Circe (NYX).
My NYX lipsticks are all purchased from online. I had heard many great things about them, and how even though they are so inexpensive ($2 each), they are very comparable to high-end brands. And it’s true! They’re great quality, very moisturizing, if a bit slippery and slidey on the lips. Since I bought them online, I had to rely on other people’s comments and YouTube videos as to which colours to choose. In the end, I ended up liking 2 … and a half of the lipstick colours I bought. Tea Rose and Pumpkin Pie are fantastic and suit me and my skin colour well. Harmonica is the half, haha. It’s a fantastic colour, but it looks VERY pale on me and very shimmery, so I don’t know what occasion I have to ever wear it. Thalia and Circe don’t suit me at all: Thalia is too dark and Circe looks too yellow on me. However, lots of other people love Thalia and Circe, so it’s probably just that my Asian skin colour doesn’t match it very well.
Back row: Nude Beige (YSL Rouge Volupte), Honolulu Honey (NARS), Darling (Gosh), Lilac/308 (Lancome French Touch Absolu).
Front row: 38 (Make Up For Ever), 30 (Make Up For Ever), Belle (Quo)
My mixed bag of higher end lipsticks. For the most part, I love all of these ones, since I got to try them on my actual lips at the department stores (they disinfect them for you — I never try on lipsticks from Sephora though).
The YSL (~$40) is one of my favourites, a very nice pale pink on the lips (but not too light!) It’s really the perfect pink shade for me, and it smells great too. The one downside is that it is not too long lasting, but reapplying once every couple of hours isn’t too bad.
The NARS (~$30) one is great, it is moisturizing and has Vitamin D as well. Great staying power!
The Gosh (~#20) one is a bit of a disappointment. It’s hard to apply because it doesn’t apply evenly, so you have to be patient. It is also a very pale peach, so I have to be careful with the way I do my makeup otherwise I will look like a ghost, haha.
The Lancome (~$40) one is fabulous. It is a limited edition though. I don’t remember the exact name of the shade, only that it has the word Lilac in it. The bottom of the tube has the number 308 if that helps. This lipstick is beautiful and stays long on my lips.
The two Make Up For Evers(~$20ea.) are AMAZING. They apply very well, have incredible staying power and it is just all around incredible. Definitely one of my favourite lipstick brands. The downside is that their choice of colours are all in the vibrant range, so they don’t have very many pale/natural colours.
The Quo lipstick (~$18) is … I hate this one. It looked great when I swatched it on my hand in the store, but when I went home and actually tried it on, it’s way too light, shimmery and is actually a bit of a bizarre brown-pink colour.
I hope this lipstick post has been informative in some way! If you have any questions, comment and let me know!!