I don't think I'll ever spend more than $10 on a lipstick (unless I'm like, in Paris and that Chanel Rouge would make me feel super French) You can find fantastic formulas at the drugstore, and you should build a lipstick collection, just like you would you clothing wardrobe, a little something for every occasion.
You should have a great everyday nude, perfect for pairing with that slightly overboard smokey eye. I recently found the L'Oreal Collection Privée in Doutzen's Nude… It's a super sheer, blue toned pink that makes me look like Doutzen Kroes… not. But it smells like a doll I had as a kid, and I can't figure out what it is! If anyone else has noticed that same thing about this collection, please let me know because it's driving me crazy.
Then there's the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection, which has a great range of can't-go-wrong colors, including this perfect rose pink, 104 Rosetto. It gives just something to the lips, semi-matte, and a sophisticated color, good for job interviews.
Plum Velour from the Revlon Super Lustrous collection, it's like a step up from a lip balm- sheer, very moisturizing, with a gorgeous build able color than can be made quite dramatic.
The Holy Grail of bright pinks- Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia. I thought I lost this for the last 3 months, recently found it in a clutch and rejoiced! I have had this for more than a year, and it is the smoothest, most highly pigmented, most flattering bright pink EVER. It brightens up my face instantly and can feel very festive, and the quilted packaging is so chic.
Jumping on spring's orange lip trend, this cheap and cheerful NYX matte Indie Flick caught my eye. The color is on-point, BRIGHT orange, but enough red to not be scary. And as color theory teaches us, if you have blueish eyes, wearing orange tones will make them pop, also great with a tan.
It took me many years to build up the courage to pull off a bold red lip. The thing is, you have to commit. It has to look intentional. You can't chicken out with a red stain. I had tried tons of reds, thinking blue reds would be best for me, and they never looked right- you know it's wrong if you feel like a clown. Then I picked up this brilliant orange-red from Covergirl called Hot, and the accompanying lipliner in Fire. And the angels sang. I found my red, and we shall live happily ever after, and I will never stray. It's like they say, when you know, you know.
What are your favorite drugstore lipsticks? Now excuse me as I choose one for brunch today… I'm feeling Indie Flick..