Although I am pretty addicted to makeup and beauty in general, my weakness is definitely lipsticks. Yes, my collection is larger than I like to admit, but I still can’t help myself from swatching away at any given chance, and popping a new lipstick or two into my basket. I usually lean towards the slightly deeper, mauve or berry shades throughout the majority of the year as I find that’s what suits my complexion the best. But since Winter has officially begun here in the UK and these shades are now more ‘season appropriate’, I thought I’d show you the lipsticks that I’ll be reaching for the most in this festive period.
KIKO Velvet Satin Mat Lipstick in ‘614 – Dark Berry’ > £6.90
KIKO’s Velvet Satin Mat Lipsticks are without a doubt one of my most loved lipstick formulas to date, with my favourite lipstick ever (612 – Pink Carnation) coming from this line. I’ve fully reviewed and swatched my whole collection of these lipsticks here, so I won’t go on too much about these in this post, but to sum it up, I’m pretty much in love with these gorgeous lipsticks. Not only is the packaging definitely swoon worthy, and feels worth a lot more than it’s £6.90 price tag, the formula inside is pretty perfect too. The lipsticks are described to have a satin matte finish, which means that they’re not a full on matte, instead they have a very subtle sheen coming from underneath, which I think makes them look even more attractive on the lips than a regular matte. Dark Berry is one of my favourites from this line, and as the name suggests it’s a beautiful deep berry shade, that is perfect for this time of year. This is probably the lipstick from this round up that I’ll be using the most over the next few months, as it honestly is gorgeous and is so comfortable to wear.
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in ‘Mademoiselle’ > £26.00
The priciest lipstick in this round up, but probably the most beautiful in terms of packaging, is Chanel’s Rouge Coco Lipstick in the classic shade – Mademoiselle. I received this lipstick as a gift, so I didn’t actually chose the shade myself, meaning I was quite sceptical on whether I would like this or not, but I luckily, I am a big fan of the shade and it’s perfect for this time of year. The formula of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks are amazing, they have such a silky, buttery texture that feels incredibly comfortable on the lips, whilst giving a gorgeous non-shimmer, luminous finish. The shade Mademoiselle is a lovely dusty rose shade that I’ve found myself using quite a lot recently, as it’s slightly darker than a lot of rose shades that I own, yet it’s still very wearable. The beautiful, sleek gold and black packaging is just what you’d expect from Chanel, and the product inside definitely lives up to their highly accredited status in the beauty industry.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in ‘Pink Truffle’ > £7.99
Earlier this year, I kept seeing these Colorburst Lip Butter’s from Revlon popping up on blogs everywhere, and as they always had great reviews, I couldn’t help but pick up a few shades to try out myself. Out of those that I bought, Pink Truffle is definitely my favourite as its such a lovely, yet natural rosy brown shade that makes my lips look nourished, healthy and plump. The pigmentation of the lip butter’s aren’t intense by any means, as you can probably tell from the swatches at the bottom of this post, but that’s not what I bought them for. These are absolutely perfect to keep in your handbag, as they quickly add a gorgeous hint of colour, as well as an added shot of hydration to your lips, making them great for everyday wear.
PIXI Shea Butter Lip Balm in ‘Honey Nectar’ > £8.00
I originally received this lip balm from PIXI back in my October Birchbox last year and at first I used it all of the time, however for the past 6 months or so, I totally forgot that this even existed in my collection. That was until the cold winds hit the UK, and I was scouring my stash for tinted balms to get me through the winter, when I found this beauty stashed away at the back. This tinted balm has been created with Shea Butter, meaning that the formula is incredibly nourishing, and feels really lovely on my lips. It also has the most delicious vanilla scent that sometimes I actually find myself opening it, just to give it a sniff! Whilst a nude colour like this, may not be everyone’s idea of a winter lip shade, it’s not always a bright lip kind of day for me, and when I have minimal makeup or, or I’m going for a neutral look I’ve found this to be perfect. Again, the same as the Revlon Lip Butter, this lip balm from PIXI isn’t very pigmented, but gives just enough colour to your lips, giving a pretty and nourished nude effect.
Mac Lipstick in ‘Mehr’ > £15.50
Back in September, I bought my first ever MAC lipstick in the shade ‘Mehr’. It was love upon first application, and since then, I’ve definitely used Mehr more than any other lipstick in my collection. It’s a deep pink shade with a slight muave, plummy undertone that I find really easy to wear on a regular basis, with a range of different makeup looks. This is from MAC’s matte line, however the formula is actually really quite creamy, and not drying in the slightest so I often forget that I’m wearing a lipstick, which is rare for a matte formula. The only slight negative I have for this lipstick is that I have found that it tends to cling to any dry patches I may have. Luckily, I rarely suffer from dry lips, but when I do, I find that the problem with this lipstick is easily avoided by using a lip scrub and intense lip balm, such as Reve De Miel, before application.
NYX Matte Lipstick in ‘Natural’ > £6.50
I picked this lipstick up at Olympia Beauty (see my NYX haul) where unfortunately I wasn’t able to swatch any of the products, so I totally guessed with this shade, but I think it was such a good choice as I’ve been wearing it a lot since! The formula is said to be matte, but I would say that this another lipstick that has a semi matte finish, just like KIKO’s offering. The finish isn’t a full on matte, so again you get that slight sheen coming through, but it makes it a much more comfortable formula to wear, as it doesn’t tug upon application or accentuate any dry patches. Although NYX’s Natural and MAC’s Mehr look very similar in the bullet from the picture above, you can see by the swatches below that they do come out very differently. NYX’s Natural is a definite mauve like pink shade, whereas Mehr has the additional deeper undertones. For me, this shade is a ‘my lips but better’ shade with a bit of extra pink, so whilst I’m not usually fan of a pink lip, this shade is right up my street. I also really like the formula of these matte lipsticks from NYX, and now that they’re stocked in Boots, I’ll be sure to pick up some further shades.
What are you top lipstick picks this Winter? Do you own any of the ones I’ve mentioned, or would you like to get your hands on them? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!