JUST LOOK AT IT.
I've long admired the Audacious line of lipsticks: the formula, the range, the packaging. Last summer, I decided I might be in the market for some more wearable colours from the line. I already had Audrey, which is a beautiful muted red plum, but not really the wear-with-everything colour I was looking for. I swatched a few and settled on two to eventually buy: Apoline and Anna (which I did end up buying and talked about here). I bought Apoline first, because it felt like I would get a lot of use out of it, and it was more neutral than Anna. It is, after all, a medium rose pink, somewhat muted. Perfect.
Picture of the bullet would indicate that I was right. I wear Apoline at least once in a two week period, which is a lot for someone who has as many lipsticks as I do.
One easy swipe.
It's rare to find a lipstick that feels so right. I have loads of lip colours that I like, but Apoline is probably my favourite lipstick (and I only say that about a few lipsticks at a time). It's got a nice slightly glossy finish, it's lightly hydrating, it lasts decently, it has no smell or taste, and it fades evenly. It also blends well with my natural lip colour so it never looks patchy or weird when fading or wearing off because I forgot to wipe it off before eating a slice of very greasy pizza. When I wear it to a meeting or a teaching day, I'm never worried about it. It's a good colour for wearing to Very Serious Occasions and also just because.
Oh hey, new hair. And Apoline.
Basically, I love this lipstick. It's one of those lipsticks that feel so well-matched that they were made specifically for me.
And of course, that impressive Audacious packaging. The magnetic closure, the brushed metal case...it you're going to buy a (gulp) $40 lipstick, it damn well better feel like and look like one. In this case, it most definitely is on the nicer end of lipstick, though is any lipstick really worth $40? I mean, I paid it for this one, so on some level I believe it. But that's another question for another time.
Some comparison swatches. Bizarrely, I don't have many true pinks in my collection. L-R: Lancôme Beige Floral, Revlon Pink Truffle, NARS Apoline, Bite Verbena, Colourpop Drip
Apoline is my go-to lipstick. I've been waffling on whether I like my new haircut or not, for example, and as a result, I've been wearing Apoline a few days in a row. It's a reliable colour for me.
Do you have any products that always work?