When it comes to lipstick, the bolder it is, the more attracted I am to it. I have no idea why. When most people will steer away and not find a way to make them work, I thought I would share some of the unwearable lipsticks I have and why I love them.
I guess this was my first foray into anything bold which was not burgundy or red. Heroine is a true purple with slight purple undertones to it. It is matte but not retro matte which means it is more easier to apply than Ruby Woo and leaves your lips feeling more hydrated than dry.
MAC Antique Velvet
Is probably the last lipstick I purchased from MAC and it is a deep chocolate brown. When I say deep brown, it is the most brown I have gone before. The trick to wearing this is to apply it with minimal eye make up and no blusher. Be warned, it can make your teeth look a little yellow if you are not careful. like Heroine it is matte which is my favourite formula from MAC.
MAC Relentlessly Red
I will be honest, I am not sure why I chose this, this is one shade which just does not suit me. I think I just caught up in wanting to pick up a new lipstick and the reviews this shade had when it first launched. Relentlessly Red is orange neon with red undertones to it. It is retro matte which means it is a little more harder to apply compared to the first two shades I mentioned earlier but still wearable. I will say if you have pigmented lip, you will need to apply couple of layers for even coverage.
MAC Viva Glam Ariana
Once I delved in to the world of purple I went in hard and you can really not go much deeper and richer than MAC Viva Glam Ariana. It is incredibly pigmented deep vampy shade. I do apply a lip liner underneath for precision and clean up around the lips for maximum effect. Again, the way I wear this is with minimal makeup on the rest of the skin. Just base, basic eye, brows and highlight, you are good to go. I do a look using it here if you fancy seeing it in action.
Smashbox Matte Lipstick in Punk’d
I was a bit weary about trying a grey lipstick. Unlike brown and purple which can be unwearable but more accepted it was completely out of my comfort zone. I make sure I warm up my complexion as much as possible when I wear Punk’d so I do not look dead. I do like it and need to bring it more on the weekend.
Topshop All About Me
Much like Relentlessly Red, this is wearable lipstick for those with a lighter skin tone to me but All about me is not a shade I lean towards and I am not sure what made me think it was something that would work for me. If I wear it now it would be on top of a deep red lip liner to give the illusion of a more full lip.
Urban Decay Matte Lipstick in Anarchy
See the above on how I wear this but I will say I enjoy the pigmentation and application of Anarchy than I do of All About Me. It is a satin matte which means it is not the longest wearing lipstick but it does last a good few hours unless you eat or drink. It doesn’t go everywhere on the lips which means touching it up is easy.
NYX Liquid Sude lipstick in Stone Fox
Another grey toned lipstick but as it is a liquid lipstick it is much more long lasting. Stone Fox is a little bit more deeper which means you do not have to worry too much about it washing you out. If you like the formula of the other liquid suedes you will like this.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Cosmo
I actually really like Cosmo on me, but I will let you be the judge of that. This is a pastel purple shade which should make me feel like puking but I thoroughly enjoy it. It is a matte liquid lipstick so it is very long lasting and will look great in the spring and summer months.
Overall, you can definitely see I made a couple of errors when it comes to choosing unwearable lipsticks to test out but I also found some great gems which I adore and wear very regularly. If you have ever fancied wearing a shade of lipstick but was too scared to give it a go, remember it is make up, it is there to help you be creative and experiment with. It is not permanent and your wearable lipsticks are still there when you need them.