There is no doubt that the lipstick is the most popular makeup item, as most women just can’t do without it. A lot of females will forgo applying other products to the face, such as foundation and blush; however, the lipstick is a must. Of course it is important to note, that it makes us look gorgeous, but there are way more benefits that can be attributed to wearing lipsticks. It enhances the eyes, it brightens the smile, it can be used as a protectant for the lips and most importantly it defines the lips. Lipsticks also has some psychological benefits in my opionion; it boosts self-confidence and it is definitely a pick-me-up, when I’m having a bad day. I apply some red to my lips and voila, I feel as though I can take on the world; not bad for morale.
Additionally, I find my happy moment when I impulse-purchase a tube of expensive lipstick, even when I’m financially limited. The aptly-titled “Lipstick Effect” (L.E) can be traced all the way back to the Great Depression. Essentially, during times of economic hardship, sales of cosmetics increase. I always fall into this trap. I spend exorbitant amounts on lippies, then I would experience ‘buyer’s remorse’ later.
For one, it seems that I am smitten with L.E, so please bare with me, as I review some of my favorite lippies.
Favourite MAC Lipsticks
A mixture of different textures and tones by MAC are some of my faves. Foiled Rose and Ionized Iris, are trending for this Summer’s metallic look. I usually wear them over another color to create the perfect combination. The texture of Mangrove is a bit too creamy for me, but I love how it glides with relative ease on the lip as well as its vibrant color. Ionized iris is also a metallic shade that can be worn on its own or paired with another color.
The Mattes featured here are Ruby Woo, All Fired Up, Candy Yum-Yum and Fashion Legacy which is actually a liquid but dries into a matte. I really love Mac Matte Lippies but I honestly think the quality has declined. I remember back in the day, I would put on a MAC lippie and eat, drink, talk; yet my lipstick would not budge. Now; I figure if I talk too much, it rubs off. The staying power is just not the same. Nevertheless, I’m in love with their liquid lipsticks and think that they’re a must have. They dry super matte and stays a lot longer than the satin (Cyber) and frosts (Fresh Moroccan) textures.
In contrast, I have an affection for a few drugstore brand lipsticks. I absolutely adore these lippies featured. They are affordable, have maximum staying power and just awesome. Essentially, maximum staying power is a bonus for me when it comes to lipsticks.
Favorite Drugstore Brands
My $3 ELF Lippie is my go-to color. It is what I use as a “slay” booster for work.
NYX and Maybelline brands are equally superb. I love the Vs…Vivid Violet (Liquid) and Vancouver (Soft Matte), they both apply easily and has maximum staying power. Additionally, my Absolute NY and LA Girl colors are popping at only $2.99 each. I was totally surprised at the quality I got. There is a saying that good things doesn’t come cheap. That is an absolute myth! These lipsticks have not failed me. In fact, they support my claim and my belief, that good things do come in cheap packages. So Ladies, go forth and let your LIPPIES “SLAY” before all.