Thursday, 10 May 2012

My personal take on pink lipsticks (warning: pic and pink heavy!)

Hi everybody!

This post is going to be a big whopping ball of pink. Oh how I love a pink lip, and pink lipstick. I actually think I am hooked! This is the third instalment in my lipstick opinion series and this encompasses my favourite pink lipsticks. 

Generally, I love a cool toned pink. From baby pinks, bubblegum pinks, Barbie pinks, fuchsias and hot pinks, I always find myself veering towards blue toned pinks. I think they are very flattering, and like red lipsticks with blue undertones, they really brighten your smile and make your teeth look whiter. What's not to love about that?

I'm just subdividing this into baby and light pinks, daytime pinks and hot pinks and fuchsias, just for your reference. I really hope that my hit and miss experiences will help you in your quest for the perfect pink if you are still searching for it.

Bright Pinks

Pink is my favourite colour and sometimes I like a bright pink pop. However, I find it really hard to get bright pink lipsticks shades that I love. I personally draw the line at neons- in fact, I find NYX Narcissus a little too bright at times. I have a Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting which is a very light, sheer pink, so if you are a bit nervous about pinks or would like something subtle, I would recommend that.

(L-R: Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting, MUA in Shade 4, NYX Narcissus, Catrice Frozen Rose, E.L.F.  Flirtatious, NYC Snowcone)

I have a few pink NYX Round Lipsticks that I love to wear. Power is the closest thing to purple that I own, and I wasn't too sure when I purchased it if I would like it, but because there are clear blue undertones, I do quite like it, I don't think it's very harsh or severe looking and I would recommend this as a good starting point if you are looking for a lilac lipstick. Paris is one of my favourite pinks, I love it and Tea Rose, though much celebrated as a pink nude, is slightly too dark to be considered a nude on my lips, but I still love it as a daytime pink.

(L-R: NYX Power, Paris, Strawberry Milk, Tea Rose)

Daytime Pinks

These are basically the pinks that I would personally wear at daytime. I love MAC Chatterbox for daytime looks recently- I have actually posted a FOTD featuring this look already.  I also adore the ELF essential lipsticks in Charming, Classy and Seductive as daytime pinks and I love the formula of these too- much more so that the ELF Mineral Lipsticks, even though I do wear them relatively frequently. One thing has to be noted though- I am on my second Classy and when I was swatching it for this post, it snapped and broke- I was not impressed! Also, the formula of my second one was quite a bit different to the first one, less creamy, I am not sure if this is a new development, I had no problems with my last one and used it right to the end. Think I'll have to swot up on a bit of lipstick depotting now!

(L-R: E.L.F. Runway Pink, Party Pink, Ripe Rose, NYX Fig, E.L.F. Charming, Classy and Seductive, MAC Chatterbox)

Hot Pinks/ Fuchsias

I love hot pink lips on a night out- I just think they are glamorous and fun. My general rule of thumb is, you guessed it, to look for hot pinks with blue undertones, I find these really flattering against my alabaster skin. I think finding the right hot pink is similar to finding the right red, sometimes it just takes some trial and error to get it right. 

(L-R: MUA Shade 6, NYX Rose Bud, MUA Shade 12, NYC Rose Petal and English Rose, NYX Rose and Gem)

I think my favourite hot pink of all at the moment is MAC Impassioned- I love the Amplified finishes on MAC lipsticks- and it's just a really bright, cool pink, everybody compliments this in photos or in person, but it's definitely not for the faint hearted, it really is very vibrant! I also adore the ELF lipstick in Sociable, even though it's quite hard because it is packed with glitter and I find it dries my lips out, I love the colour, the finish and the lasting power. NYX Chloe is an unbelievable fuchsia with blue undertones, this definitely stands out against pale skin, and if you like really daring pinks, give it a try.

(L-R: NYX Louisiana, NYX Chloe, Barry M 146 Dolly Pink, MAC Impassioned, Rimmel Love Me, E.L.F. Gypsy, E.L.F. Sociable)

As you can see from the swatches below, the ELF Mineral Lipstick in Fiery Fuchsia is neither fiery nor fuchsia in my opinion. NYC Blue Rose is another super pigmented pink with blue undertones, and because it's that little bit more sheer than some of the others, it might be a good one to start off with. Also, if you are looking for a really vibrant fire red meets fuchsia colour, try NYX Round Lipstick in Fire.

(L-R: E.L.F. Fiery Fuschia, NYC Blue Rose, Catrice Kiss Kiss Hibiskiss, NYC Air Kiss, NYX Fire)

So that concludes my personal take on pink lipsticks, I hope you find it helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share. 

Thanks for reading 


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