Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Shiny, Sheer & Hydrating Lipsticks

Following on from my last post, I noticed a definite lipstick trend in 2011 that shows no sign of stopping....shiny, sheer and hydrating lipsticks. Looking back, the first time I noticed this trend was with the release of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks last spring. Next came the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters and Maybelline baby lips (which are really a balm, not a lipstick but more on that below) and most recently, L'Oreal Colour Riche Balms.

Each of these formulations live up to this post's title with varying degrees of success, but to give you an idea about the opacity and pigmentation of each, here are some swatches.

L to R: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart,
Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, Lip Butter in Berrie Smoothie
Chanel Boy (farthest to the left) is the least pigmented of the three and doesn't have great staying power, but is super moisturizing on the lips. It's a sophisticated, subtle pink shade that I find goes with everything. Raspberry Pie is the most pigmented of the three here (although all of the Lip Butters are surprisingly pigmented!)  As shown in a previous post here Cherry Tart is a close dupe for MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick, which was limited edition. It is a bit cooler in tone and has a shinier finish, but all in all, I think it's a pretty good fit! Berrie Smoothie is a pinky berry color...not the most exciting, but a good every day color.

L to R: Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, L'Oreal ColourRiche Balm in Nourishing Nude,
Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me, Baby Lips in Grape Vine
Nourishing Nude is one of L'Oreal's new ColourRiche Balm line. This is the only shade I have from the line, but I absolutely love it! It is considerably more sheer than any of the Lip Butters, but I find it really hydrating on my lips. I usually have a really hard time with nude lipsticks, but this is definitely a pink nude which looks very natural, yet polished on my lips. They don't seem to be everyone's cup of tea, but I really like the one I have and am anxious to try out more shades from L'Oreal's line! Lastly, Maybelline's Baby Lips are the most traditional tinted balms of the bunch. I didn't find that either of them had very good staying power and they didn't seem to moisturize my lips. I think I'll stick with my trusty Carmex on this one!

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