My other major makeup vice as of late has been lipstick. I've included my lip glosses and lip tints, as well, since there aren't that many of them and I don't really wear them a different way - a lip colour is a lip colour! If you've been reading here long enough, you know I used to be all about the tinted balms, but have since graduated to lipstick. I've noticed that I accepted lipstick into my heart and on my lips on a full time basis once I wasn't allowed to wear jeans to work. These things are probably not directly related, but you never know.
I'm also making use of this exercise to point out the obvious dupes, so that I can focus my energies on either destashing the less favourable formulas, or work on panning one of the dupes this upcoming year. And of course, the most obvious use is to have reference photos for when I'm lusting after whatever colour of the month so I can firmly tell myself that I have a similar colour, and the one I have has flattering enough undertones so I really don't need another one.
As I'm writing this beginning part, I'm not actually sure how many lip colours I have. I know it's TOO MANY. (My guess is around 50, so let's see if I'm right. Yes, I could go to my vanity and count. That defeats the fun.) Some are colours that I keep because they make me happy to swatch or wear around my apartment like the giant chicken I am (but really, where do you wear navy blue lipstick in rural New Brunswick? I'd consider wearing it in Halifax, but up here it's a hard no), but there are definitely colours that are similar enough that I don't need both, or formulas that I'm less excited about than others. I do make an effort to wear a different lipstick every day, but there are definitely colours that I neglect more than others.
I've broken them down into colour families (and then a catch-all for the strange and unusual colours). Some colours could have been in multiple categories, but I stuck them in my first instinct. At the end of each category, I'm going to give some thoughts on the colours and identify which ones might be going and which ones I might work on over the next year. I'd like to set a lofty goal of finishing X number of lipsticks, but since I don't think that will actually happen, I plan to play it by ear and pick a few to put a dent in.
I tried to take these all in daylight, but that's been hard to find lately, even on the weekend. So apologies for varying lighting - I have adjusted the colour on some to reflect the true colours more accurately. Every list accompanying a picture is from top to bottom. Links to reviews where applicable, and I plan to review those that have no full review.
- Shiro & Co. Hand Blended Butterbeer lip gloss
- Darling Girl Cosmetics Balm Gloss in Leelu
- Shiro lip gloss in Snow Bunny
- Revlon Matte Balm in Fierce
- Revlon Lacquer Balm in Coy
- Bite Beauty Multistick in Brioche
- MAC Viva Glam VI
I never thought I was a brown lip person until sometime the last year. My first brown lipstick was Viva Glam VI, and it's a really great plummy brown that I should wear more often. Looking at the swatches here, Brioche is a lot closer to Fierce than I thought, though I think Brioche is more pink-toned. I probably don't need both, but I'll keep them for now.
Destash: none (but I'll probably revisit the Fierce/Brioche thing later)
Pan: MAC Viva Glam VI. I've had this for about a year and a half and always overlook it.
- Colourpop Lippie Stix in Peacocky (Sheer)
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Gazpacho
- Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer in Love-Ache
- Kiko Milano Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick in 205 Wine
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Sour Cherry
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything (Creme)
- Limnit Lipstick in What Lies Beaneath
- Bite Beauty Maple Matte Cream Lipstick in Braised Maple
Pan: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Peacocky. This is such a pretty sheer blue-red, but oxidizes to an insanely bright pink on me. Ehhhh. Colourpop doesn't put a lot of product in their...well, anything, so I feel pretty confident about using this one up by this time next year.
- MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Fashion Force
- Bésame Classic Colour Lipstick in 1930 Tango Red
- Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Blood Orange
- Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Last Kiss
I already covered in my review of Bite Blood Orange that it, Tango Red, and Fashion Force are basically the same colour. The problem is that I like the formula of all three. I think I'm going to focus on panning Blood Orange this summer (be real, it's a summer colour) since it's a measly 1.56g to Tango Red's 3.4g. Fashion Force has a completely different texture and finish, but the other two are too similar to justify both.
Pan: Bite Blood Orange
- Haus of Gloi lip tint in Rose Gold
- Haus of Gloi lip tint in Rosy Lipped (version 2)
- Lush lip tint in Strawberry Bombshell
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Verbena
- MAC Alluring Aquatic lipstick in Mystical
The obvious pan here is Rose Gold. I really like this one and even prefer it over both versions of Rosy Lipped that have existed, but as I have shifted to wear tinted balms mainly on the weekend, I'm going to finish it up and say good-bye. I don't need more than a couple (or one, if I'm being perfectly honest). I'm also considering destashing Rosy Lipped, because I liked the original version best, when it was just a sheer wash of pink. Now it's more pigmented, redder and with a hint of gold in it. It has moved from not needing a mirror to apply to needing one, and that's kind of bummer. I'll stick it in my purgatory bin for a while before making a final decision, but right now I'm leaning toward getting rid of it, since I've barely used it this last year. It's probably about half-used in total. I'm going to stick Kiss Kiss Bang Bang on the pan list too, since it's small, easy to go through, and I have no strong feelings on it either way.
MAC Mystical is my favourite of these. It was LE, but a friend who didn't like hers passed on her bullet, which I have lying in wait.
Destash: Haus of Gloi Rosy Lipped
Pan: Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Haus of Gloi Rose Gold
- Lush lip tint in Sunkissed
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Truffle
- Lancôme Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick in Twisted Beige
- Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Léché
- Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C211 Rose Wood
- Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Cava
- Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 202 Sweet Pink
There's a surprisingly great variety in this category. I was surprised. I prefer a pink-leaning nude if I'm going to wear one, with the exception of Cava, which is just unusual. I just got the MUFE Plexi-Gloss as a sample, and while it's a nude gloss on my lips, it looks straight up orange here, which is interesting. I'd like to work on panning Twisted Beige - I like the colour and the formula, but it's the exact same shade as my lips, and I want a little more interest in my MLBBs. My Lips But Slightly More Tinted.
Pan: Lancôme Twisted Beige
- Lush lip tint in Sugar Plum Fairy
- Shiro lip gloss in Amortentia
- Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick in Shame
- Kiko Milano Kiss Balm in 06 Blackberry
- Limnit Lipstick in Olly Olly Oxen Free
- NARS Audacious lipstick in Audrey
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Jam
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot
- Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Kir Royale
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice
Right off the bat, Kir Royale and Beetroot are basically the same colour. Kir Royale has a tendency to wear off the inside of my lips faster and is a slicker formula than the Amuse Bouche, so I'm going to get rid of Kir Royale.
They look noticeably different in the picture, but don't read all that different from each other on my face: Olly Olly Oxen Free and Audrey. I'm going to get rid of Olly Olly Oxen Free and keep Audrey - I like the redder tone of Audrey and the packaging is much, much better. Liquorice is also pretty close to those two, but since it's a mini, I'll just attempt to put a dent in it. My other pan from this set is going to be the Kiko balm. I mentioned in my review about how fast I've been going through it, so it won't be much of an effort.
Destash: Limnit Olly Olly Oxen Free, Bite Kir Royale
Pan: Bite Liquorice, Kiko Blackberry
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Mauvember 2016
- Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Mauvember
I picked up the ABH lip gloss as a point perk and HATE it. Let this be my review, because I'm not keeping it. The formula is decent, but the colour is patchy as fuck and wears off weirdly. Nope. It's going. I should probably not keep both Mauvembers, but they do look quite different on me. I think I'll try to pan the 2015 version.
Destash: ABH Potion
Pan: Bite Mauvember
Unusual Colours (6)
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Squid Ink
- Urban Decay Vintage Vice lipstick in Oil Slick
- MAC Matte lipstick in Stone
- Limnit Lipstick in Goodness Graycious
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Gold
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Opal
Opal is impossible to see, but let me assure you that it's the prettiest iridescent blue. Let me also assure you that I have no intention of destashing any of these and nor do I think that I'll pan any of them (maybe Opal). I'd like to make some visible dents in at least a few of these. And I'm definitely not buying ANY unusual colours in 2017 since I don't wear them all that often and I bought all of these, with the exception of of Goodness Graycious, in 2016.
Destash: noneBonus: I have two clear liners, the Bite Prep and Prime and one from the now-defunct Kae Q. They're clear liners. There's nothing to write home about here. They extend longevity and keep things sticking to my lips a little better. The end.
Totals (without liners)
Total lip colours (before): 51
Total destashes: 4 (so this was not the most fruitful exercise ever)
Total pans: 10 for 2017
Total lip colours (after): 47
I am missing one lip colour. I ordered a gloss from Dreamworld Cosmetics on Black Friday and it should be here this week, so I'll add it later. It's not counted here, but for full accountability purposes, I have 48. Which is kind of a lot. I am pleased with the variety I have - not as many obvious dupes as I thought there might be - and I'm not going to wantonly weed to reach a magical number. I'd like to reduce this by using things up organically. I probably won't pan all 10 of the ones I've picked out, but I think having some goals like this will help direct me, and hopefully keep me from creating a dragon-style hoard of lipstick.