💄 Lippies, lippies & lippies 💋 A quick look at my stash & swatch!

Has anyone ever complained about having too many lippies? With the overwhelming offerings out there, one can't possibly be satisfied with owning just a pink and a red lipstick. But how do you choose? In my opinion, an excellent lip product is not only functional and lasting, but  is also thoughtful with respect to its user-experience. To me, lipsticks are also accessories that speak about one's personal style as well. While it is tempting to 'collect-them-all", it's definitely worthwhile to do your research and swatch on your lips in-store before dishing out $$$ for products that you won't end up reaching for.

Today, I've gathered my beloved lippies collection and swatched them to share. Read on. 😝 

A satisfying group photo! #lippiesunite

My stash is composed of a mix of western brands and two Korean lip products. In terms of colour, I always aim for maximum wearability and go for conservative colours suitable for work and vacation. They range from pretty soft pinks, corals, reds to berry-toned magenta. In terms of texture, they range from velvety matte, to dewy-wet, to high-shine glossy. Having a fair variety of products gives me many possibilities to build and create lip looks depending on the day and the outfit.

lippie stash review

1. Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer #302 Allow Me ($35 CAD, 0.16 oz./ 5mL) is a high-shine gloss that wears comfortably with beautiful pigmentation. The colour #302 Allow Me adds a hint of light berry pink to my lips with tiny gold specks. This is the perfect middle hue between nude pink and berry, thus I can see myself reaching for it from spring to late fall. The gloss can be worn alone for a natural pigmentation or on top of another pink lipstick for a plumped look. It is slightly sticky but don't worry, it won't have your hair stuck all over your lips. 

2. Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet #505 Second Skin ($45 CAD, 0.13 oz/ 3.9 mL). I've succumbed to the liquid lip craze this year with Giorgio Armani lip products. When trying on in-store, I fell in love immediately with the consistency of the formula and bold pigmentation. One swipe with the pointy applicator gave my lips a rosy vibrance that looked both natural and elegant. At first buttery and wet, it dries down to a smooth matte look that is sophisticated. And oh the packaging is so on-point!

3. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #500 ($43 CAD, 0.22 oz./6.6 mL). Before the Lip Magnet became in-stock, I got my hands on this velvety lip tint in a nude shade. It spreads like whipped cream and is opaque even in this light colour. While it is soft and comfortable to wear, I find that it moves easily, which means more clean-up needed. It also does not perform a 'tint's job in staining the lips. Perhaps a darker colour would do better, but I like the #500 for a everyday nude that will go with many looks.

4. IOPE Water Fit Lipstick #44 Forever Pink ($30.49 USD from W2Beauty). I've had this lipstick for more than a year now, ever since the K-Drama craze over My Love from Another Star. This lipstick is seriously more than a hype as it is an incredibly comfortable lipstick to wear and can build from a natural flush of pink to magenta with a few layers without looking dry and caky. It looks more like a balm than a regular lipstick, with its dewy body of rich colours containing tiny specks. The Water Fit lipstick makes the lip looks naturally moist and healthy with excellent pigmentation. I also love its slender golden packaging. The shade #44 is a cooler-toned pink which would look gorgeous on fairer skins.  

5. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire #066 Berry Beret ($38 CAD, 0.09 oz./2.8g). Part of Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire series complete with perfume, lip products and nail lacquer, the lipstick is dressed in a quality plastic casing with a cute heart attachment at the base. The scent of the La petite Robe Noire perfume is evident upon pulling out the lipstick from its casing. It is rather strong and lingers on the lips for a little while. The colour Berry Beret is a berry magenta suitable for fall and winter. The lipstick is not drying and delivers buildable, vivid colours that has a neutral undertone. 

6. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick #17 Rose Dahlia ($42 CAD,  0.13 oz./3.8 g).The perfect coral-red for beach vacation and summer days, I purchased this buddy during the Sephora VIB sale last November. YSL's lipsticks are acclaimed for their smooth buttery texture and beautiful pigmentation, so I don't think I need to speak more there. The colour is warm-toned and easily buildable. The packaging is heavier than a typical lipstick.

7. innisfree Glow Tint Lip Balm #3 Garden Balsam ($12.42 CAD, 3.5g from innisfree.com) I've been a regular customer of innisfree, a Korean cosmetic brand under Amore-Pacific corporation that believes in naturally-derived ingredients for beauty. I love their Green Tea Seed Serum as well as their facial masks. Living in mostly dry conditions, I wanted a lip product that would do more than just soothing. This tint balm comes in five colours, and I purchased No.1 Azalea (a light pink) and No.3 Garden Balsam (coral orange), which is pictured here. They both provide adequate moisture and evident tint to the lips. To me, the No.1 Azalea is a dupe of Dior's Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm as it honestly does the same thing, but at 1/3 of the price. If you are into the 'my-lips-but-better' look, I would highly recommend these as they are naturally-looking and hydrating.

Two swipes, indoor with flush of sunlight.
Oh Hello there Mimi!
Below are photos taken wearing a couple of lippies featured above. Please, ignore my horrendous dark circles. 😂
#no filter! Lip swatch of GA Lip Maestro & IOPE Water Fit Lipstick under sunlight. 

Which is my favourite out of my stash? After battling it out, I believe that the GA Lip Magnet takes the cake. I love the experience of using it as it delivers with accuracy and vibrancy consistently due to the pointed applicator and the formula. The end-result is a matte, rosy lip that looks healthy, and the lips remains somewhat stained even after eating and drinking. 

For a lighter flush that wears like 'second skin', simply dot some product along the lip and blend using your fingers; for a darker hue gravitating towards berry, build on two layers or more; for 'just-bitten' ombre lips, dot it only in the inner part of the lips and blend outwards using a lighter coloured lip stick or tint.

What are your all-time favourite lippies? Care to share ? 😉

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