Check out Miss C’s favourite bright lipsticks and skincare this month.
The last couple of months, I have tried a number of products, some not so great but others pretty darn good. While the crappy products are sitting in my ‘products to ditch box’, the good ones are sitting pretty in my makeup stash.
Let’s start with the high achievers…
The high achievers – I love colour
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Lovesick (berry pink) and Sweetheart (bright fuchsia)
Love these drugstore dupes to Clinique’s famed Chubby Sticks.
These balm stains have a mint scent that thankfully isn’t too overwhelming and the balm texture makes it a very smooth product to apply. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains live up to the hype and are much better than Revlon’s Lip Butters range.
Now don’t buy these expecting a good moisturiser for your lips, as these little beauties are all about the stain and pigmentation. While they’re easy to apply, I still use a good lip balm beforehand to smooth and moisturise my lips before I apply the stain.
What I love:
- The crayon shaped tip makes it so easy to apply
- The colour range is gorgeous. While I have 6 of the shades, Lovesick and Sweetheart are the only two that I’ve properly road tested
- The price tag (USD$8.99; on sale USD$4.45)
- The twist top (keeping it easy)
- The packaging. I love that the tubes are coloured in the same shade as the balm stain which makes it easy to grab when I’m in a rush and trying to get out the door. The colours seem true to the shade on the packaging, a major win when you’re buying on aesthetics and don’t have an opportunity to swatch the product first.
NARS semi-matte lipsticks in Schiap and Funny Face
I must confess, the formula of the NARS lipsticks have won me over.
I like them more than M.A.C! Why? Because they fade evenly without leaving those unsightly lipstick remnants around your mouth (you know what I’m talking about) and aren’t drying on my lips.
Schiap is my favourite with its bright matte pink (very much like M.A.C’s Quick Sizzle) and intense pigmentation. Funny Face is a deep fuchsia colour.
Lipstick Queen’s Fifteen Minutes of FAME Pop Art Gloss in 10 minutes (fuchsia), 7 minutes (orangey pink) and 13 minutes (raspberry)
Pigmented [tick], scent-free [tick] and not sticky [tick tick tick!].
So the glosses are click pens which I wasn’t a massive fan of until I got the hang of it. I still prefer doe foot applicators when it comes to lip glosses but the click pen isn’t a deal breaker. Once applied you are left with a nice semi-opaque gloss with no shimmer.
Out of the three colours, 10 minutes wins hands down. It’s a great pink lip gloss, the kind that makes you want to buy backups just in case you’re faced with the “D” word [discontinued].
Now the bad news….Kit Cosmetics no longer stock these gorgeous glosses FAIL! I bought these at a Kit Cosmetics sale in Myer where there were sold for AUD$12 each. So upset that you can’t buy these in Australia anymore, I mean seriously, they’re made by an Australian!?!
The high achievers – skincare
Bioderma Crealine H2O
Best toner ever. So good, I’ve finished half a litre already (refer to my photo of the empty). I now understand why MUAs love this stuff. I use this everyday to remove my makeup.
In the past, I always struggled removing my mascara completely, but with this stuff, it’s G-O-N-E. It’s gentle on my skin, feels refreshing and leaves my skin nice and clean.
And another bonus, Bioderma is now distributed in Australia. Yay :)
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate
My new fave face moisturiser and the best value for money primer around.
I didn’t want to buy into the hype with this stuff but after wasting money on overpriced creams that made my skin breakout and pricey primers that were total duds when applied, I was ready for a change. This is the first Embryolisse product I’ve tried and it’s a keeper.
Embryolisse isn’t distributed in Oz yet but is readily available online.
The high achievers – buffing brush love
The Real Techniques Buffing Brush = spectacular. I use this everyday and it makes applying foundation foolproof. Loving the Real Techniques brushes.
Notable mentions go to…
Revlon’s Lip Butters in Lollipop and Tutti Frutti
EOS lip balm
Maybe it’s the cute dome shaped balm (gotta love clever packaging) but I’ve also been enjoying the EOS lip balm. It’s not as moisturising as the ever reliable Lucas papaw ointment but it’s perfect for prepping your lips before applying a matte lipstick.