Archives for category: Lipstick


Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, beeswax, ozokerite, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, [+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica,  yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 22 lake (ci 45380), red 30 lake (ci 73360), carmine (ci 75470), red 6 (ci 15850), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), red 33 lake (ci 17200), red 28 lake (ci 45410), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), yellow 6 lake (ci 15985)]

Product Description: “Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is a lip treatment with sheer colour that relieves dry, cracked lips and provides immediate moisturisation. The unique pencil-style applicator provides easy to apply sheer soft lip colour and rolls up for ease of use.”

Shades (from left to right): Chunky Cherry, Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey, Graped-up, Fuller Fig, Richer Raisin

My Experience:
I got all these shades for Christmas from my lovely husband – doesn’t he know me well? I’d been dying to try these and I was giddy when I tore away the wrapping paper and all these luscious shades tumbled out of the box. So, do they live up to the hype? Yes. Clinique’s product description is right on. They’re balmy enough to moisturize parched lips, easy to apply because of the thick pencil-style packaging and a little twist extracts more product when you need it. Have I ever mentioned how much I love makeup that twists out? I hate sharpening pencils because it’s a mess and I always feel like I’m wasting product by obsessing over the sharpness of the point. Anyway, I digress. I also love the colors. They are sheer and will give you a subtle sheen if you prefer, but you can also build them into glossy pops of color. This is a very versatile product. Clinique has been very clever with selecting shades that will suit most skin types. And you can layer these over lipstick for balmy shine, or you can use the two most neutral shades (Woppin’ Watermelon and Whole Lotta Honey) over dabs of your favorite bright lipstick to make your very own, custom-made shade that’s über flattering and butter soft. Now, I had the luxury of trying out all eight of these shades. They look very similar side by side, and I do have my favorites. Chunky Cherry and Super Strawberry are my top picks of the pinks, one being more candy red and the other being a fresh bolt of pink. Of the browns, my favorite hands down is Fuller Fig. It’s also the shade I’ve received the most compliments on. It’s not as dark as it looks from the tube and there’s just something about it that’s very unusual but also incredibly flattering for my skin tone. I’m NC20, by the way. Woppin’ Watermelon looks bright but on my pigmented lips is non-existent. Whole Lotta Honey is a nice, neutral shade. I love how these feel – light as air and silky smooth. You have to apply them more frequently than lipstick but they feel so good on the lips I don’t even care. Dare I say I prefer these to Revlon Lip Butters? These are not quite as thick, and the range of shades is much more appealing to me. My birthday is coming up – I think I might ask for some of the spring shades as well!

The Skinny: These sticks are just what they’re supposed to be, moisturizing and sheer, but the shades can be built up into bright pops of color. They feel light and silky on the lips, the packaging is great and the shades are very flattering and versatile. Go get one!


USA: $16 from Sephora

UK: £16 from Clinique

Rating: 5/5


Ingredients: Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylic Acid/Isobutyl Acrylate/Isobornyl Acrylate Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Parfum/Fragrance, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol; [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: CI 15850/Red 6, CI 15850/Red 7, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake, CI 15985/Yellow 6 Lake, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, CI 45380/Red 22 Lake, CI 45410/Red 28 Lake, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica].

Color: 170N Sequins D’amour (Sequence of Love)

Product Description: “Love your lips, with Lancôme’s Rouge in Love, featuring up to 6 hour perfect wear combined with an addictive featherlight texture”.

My Experience: This lipstick first caught my eye when the lovely Lisa Eldridge used it on Kate Winslet for the Titanic 3D premiere. And then she used it in a tutorial recreating Winslet’s look, and I was hooked. There’s no doubt about it, this is a rich, beautiful shade and the formula is very good indeed. It’s slick and smooth and ultra pigmented. It lives up to Lancome’s featherlight texture claims. It’s light as a balm and very comfortable on the lips. Lasting power is very good. If you apply and blot three times, it will probably last the full six hours. It lasted a good few hours when I wore it without blotting and layering. It never dried out or budged. Actually, I had to rub really hard to get the swatch off my hand and even after doing the dishes, a smear of red remained. There’s a nice juicy shine to this lipstick that makes lips look delicious. And the packaging is super cute, very petite and dainty. I love the pretty script on the tube, the ribbon-like dotting up the side and the detail of Lancome etched along the bottom. Interestingly, I found this shade looked much more bright and red on me than on Winslet or in Lisa Eldridge’s tutorial; it seemed more similar to Emma Watson’s ad. I’m NC20 for reference. Anyway, this is a great new line of lipsticks from Lancome and I can’t wait to try out some more shades.

The Skinny: Long-lasting, ultra pigmented, moisturizing and glamorously shiny. A great lipstick.


UK: £21 from Lancome

USA: $25 from Sephora

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil

Product Description: Lipstick with an ultra-creamy texture, an incredibly smooth application and just the right balance of luminosity through specially treated color pigments blended to deliver pure color.

My Experience: When I bought this lipstick, I loved it. I still really like it, but I’m not in love with it anymore. I was desperate to try a Tom Ford lipstick last fall. I marched up to the counter in Selfridges and told the sales assistant that I wanted a lipstick that was on trend and versatile. He promptly selected the shade flamingo, a bright pink with a hint of purple. I was a little apprehensive about the brightness, but he won me over by explaining that it could be dabbed on for a softer look or layered for a dramatic effect. And it really is a beautiful color and versatile color. You can create a fresh pink stain for day by using your finger, or layer it for a deeper, brighter effect. It’s very pigmented so a little goes a long way. On its own it has a light sheen; if I wear a balm under it, it’s patent leather shiny. It feels smooth and comfortable on the lips and has great lasting power. I’ve worn this out and been asked what lipstick I’m wearing, so it’s definitely an eye catcher. The packaging, as with all Tom Ford products, is immaculately chic. The tube has weight to it,  and the design is understated elegance. It shouts: ‘I know I’m good without having to show off’. So why don’t I love this anymore? First of all, I bought it last season and trends have moved on a bit. Second, since I bought the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in Extreme Coral, the Tom Ford formula has lost some of its lustre. It’s just not as butter soft and creamy. That sounds harsh, because this is a great lipstick, but it just feels ever so slightly waxy compared to my YSL lipstick. And as much as I’m a Tom Ford fan, this lipstick cost me £36, whereas the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick cost me £23.50.

The Skinny: A beautiful, versatile and long wearing lipstick. The only downside is the price and slightly waxy texture compared to the stellar YSL Rouge Volupte range.


UK: £36 from Selfridges

USA: $48 from Nordstrom

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: Mango, shea and coconut butter

Product Description: Provides baby soft, healthy glowing lips and beautiful shiny color

My Experience: Yet another awesome lip butter from Revlon. As with the rest of the line, the formula is buttery smooth and keeps lips feeling soft and hydrated even after it’s been removed. And this color is beautifully versatile. If you dab it on, it leaves a sun-kissed stain that glows against bronzed skin. Layering it creates a slick, juicy red apple pout that’s punchy without being in your face. This and Peach Parfait have been my go-to summer lipsticks because they’re pigmented yet forgiving, glide on, feel wonderfully light and smooth and look great day or night. Packaging is cute, sleek and bright. These are quality products that don’t break the bank.

The Skinny: A bright yet versatile lipstick that’s reasonably priced, creamy and hydrating. Love it.


UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: $7.49 from Ulta

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Mango, shea and coconut butter

Product Description: Provides baby soft, healthy glowing lips and beautiful shiny color

My Experience: This is a stellar product from Revlon. These lip butters come in an array of colors from neutrals to brights and the consistency is wonderfully creamy. Application is butter smooth; lips feel soft and hydrated and stay that way. In fact, my lips stay hydrated even after I remove the lip butter. This particular shade is perfect for summer. It’s a soft pink flecked with gold and while it’s subtle, when the light catches the gold it’s really rather beautiful. And the more you layer this, the better it looks. It goes well with bronzed skin or smokey eyes, and it’s also great when paired with just a slick of mascara for a simple, fresh look. Also, if you apply this and then blot with tissue, the color is removed but all the gold flecks remain on your lips like fairy dusting. Apply a clear gloss over top and you’ve got a shimmery golden lip that’s magical against bronzed skin. I like the packaging of this product too – sleek, bright and slightly translucent. Be careful carrying this around in the sun, though. The formula is so soft it may get a bit messy in the heat.

The Skinny: A versatile lip product that combines the texture of a balm with the pigment of lipstick. Great colors, great formula, great price.


UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: I think this color is called Pink Parfait in the USA. $7.49 from Ulta

Rating: 5/5

Formulated without: Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan

Product Description: Combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain.

My Experience: YSL is quickly becoming my new best friend. I’d been searching for a stain for some time. I like wearing red lipstick, but it’s so unforgiving; I hate the vigilant maintenance required to keep it looking fresh and perfect throughout the day. So, I researched some stains, which are meant to provide better lasting power than normal lipsticks and glosses. Most of them seem to be afflicted with the terrible curse of dryness, though, and flakiness does not a lovely red lip make. And then along came YSL with their Glossy Stain formula, hitting the ball straight out of the park. The texture is thin and glossy. Application is smooth and simple. Some have bemoaned the slanted doe-foot type applicator, but I find it works well and I love that the pointed tip can be used for a more precise line. The stain feels very lightweight and comfortable and stays that way because it sets quickly. This photo shows one layer. A second layer darkens the color and amps up the shine for a more dramatic lip. Lasting power is great. I wore this to an all-day food festival where I knew I’d be eating and drinking throughout the day and it held up excellently. I only had to reapply once or twice, and even then only slight touch ups were needed. I desperately wanted one of the bright red colors, but those were completely sold out at the Sephora I visited. I don’t regret buying this color though. It’s deep and rosy and probably more versatile. I want to get more of these though. Hell, I’d buy the whole collection right now if they weren’t so pricey.

What do you think? Have you tried any of the neutral or bright shades? Comment below – I’d love to know what you think!

The Skinny: The best of both worlds – a long-lasting, pigmented stain with the texture and shine of a gloss. The best lip stain out there right now.


UK: £22.50 from House of Fraser

USA: $32 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

This is a statement lipstick. Worn alone it’s vibrant and daring – but with a gloss, it really comes to life and makes lips look devilishly juicy. The first photo is the lipstick without gloss, the second with. Application is butter-smooth and the formula is lightweight, creamy and comfortable on the lips, not waxy or dry. If you want super staying power, apply, blot with a tissue, and repeat (three times). You could easily tone down the pigment if you dabbed it on gently with a finger.

This is my first YSL lipstick and I don’t know why – well, I do, because it’s extortionately priced! – but I haven’t seen another coral as bold and bang-on for summer as this. And the formula wears so beautifully. And the packaging is old Hollywood glamorous. For reference, I have NC20 skin. I wore Givenchy’s Gelee D’Interdit Gloss Balm in no.9 Neon Orange over this lipstick, but any gloss loaded with gold sparkle would made it pop. Go get this. Now.

I hereby proclaim this lipstick a HERO

The Skinny: A must-have bright and bold lipstick for summer. Creamy texture, long wear and glamorous packaging. Hefty price tag – but worth it for such a unique shade.


UK: £23 from Boots

USA: $34 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)