Painting The Town Red (or Mauve) πŸ’‹

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From left to right (natural light): Smashbox, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury

Hey guys!

One of my favourite make-up products has to be lipsticks. Like come on, who doesn’t love a good lipstick? These three lipsticks just so happen to be my favourite mauve-nude-red(ish) kinda lipsticks right now. I use these on a daily basis. Regardless of what I’m doing I WILL wear metallic lipstick… even if it’s just to go food shopping.

1. Smashbox –Β Metallic Matte, Rust Fund

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I’ve only more recently picked this lipstick up, but it has instantly become one of my favourites. When I have used matte liquid lipsticks in the past they seriously dry my lips out, but this formula seems to be a little less drying. I can comfortably wear this for a few hours and not notice that I had anything on my lips.

Before I purchased this product I had never worn metallic lipstick before and was surprised to find that, although very shiny, I couldn’t feel any glitter in the product. Also, probably one of the most important aspects when it comes to liquid, is that this product is 100% transfer proof! Much to my boyfriend’s delight, he can kiss me without looking like a clown (lol).

I only have two small issues with this product, the first being that it only reached full pigmentation after 2 layers. My other issue that I have with this product is that when I want to add another layer it can become a little patchy, as you can see lightly on the top lip in the second photo. It’s not that noticeable normally but just something to consider.

2. Nars – Velvet Lip Glide, Bound

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It has been advertised as a ‘velvet’ lipstick, and when I think velvet I assume it’s going to be something not far off being matte. But this is not this case with this lipstick. Β I found that it takes ages for it to dry down properly and even then it is still more of a gloss/satin lipstick finish. I’m fine with this, but if you’re looking for an actual velvet finish you’ll probably be a little disappointed.Β However, it is still a pretty lipstick regardless of the formula.

This lipstick definitely gives a more natural finish than the other two lipsticks, which I actually adore. This colour is definitely a more ‘my lips but better’ colour, perfect for the days you want to have a more natural make-up look but still want to apply a little lipstick. However, if you purchase this, bear in mind that this doesn’t have the longest wear throughout the day…

3. Charlotte Tilbury – Matte, Bond Girl

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This is definitely my favourite lipstick out of the three, maybe even EVER! As much as I love my MAC lipsticks (and I seriously love them to bits), I much prefer the formula to the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. When I initially used this product, I was underwhelmed by the pigmentation, but after two layers it is at its full pigmentation, as well as being able to layer without becoming flaky, which I find is quite common with matte lipsticks.

I think my favourite aspect of this lipstick is that even though it is a matte formula, it is quite creamy when you initially apply it to the lips. I also don’t find that it dries my lips out at all! Of course, the only problem with this not being 100% matte is that it isn’t transfer proof, but that’s something I can live with when the colour and formula are this GORGEOUS.

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post!Β 

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