Hey, hey – it’s a tag! The Lip Product Addict Tag was started by Estee over at Essie Button, and I was tagged by the lovely Brianna of Glazed Over Beauty. If you haven’t taken a look at her blog before, do it! I absolutely love reading her thoughts, and I’m excited she thought to include me in this. This is a fun tag, so let’s take a moment to talk about some lippies.
1. Favorite balm or treatment
I’ve tried all kinds of lip balms, but in the past year I’ve found the best success with a couple of natural products. One is a lip balm made by a Washington honey producer called Sunny Honey that I found at Seattle’s Pike Place Market for $3 (see my full review). It only has 8 ingredients: beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, peppermint, and vitamin E.
The second one is the all-purpose Egyptian Magic skin cream, which is similar in that it only has 6 ingredients (full review): olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis extract. I think you can see that it shares some similarities with the Sunny Honey balm, though this one is softer and in a big pot rather than in the regular twist-up tube. This is always sitting on my bedside table, even as I travel, and though I also use it for other things like my face, hands, and elbows, it’s my favorite thing to reach for when my lips are in bad shape.
When it comes to fancier products in the drugstore or at Sephora, I have yet to find a real must-have.
2. Best eye-catching red
For a vibrant red, I really like On Fire Red from Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivids line. I don’t actually wear it very often, though, and I usually go for a richer red. I find the deeper shades to be a bit easier to wear, and I absolutely love Fyrinnae’s Lip Lustre in Winter Romance (photos here). I would describe it as a “red velvet” kind of shade, and it’s just so beautiful. I love the Lip Lustre formula, too.
3. Best luxury and best drugstore
For luxury, I’d say I have two favorites: Too Faced La Creme, which are hydrating and creamy, and Buxom Full-On, which are matte, non-drying, and come in a twist-up pencil. You can see my review of two La Creme shades here, and you can catch me wearing one of the Buxom shades here. I’d say both of these formulas are great for those with drier lips (like me!).
Best drugstore is a hard one … I’m going to say that the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (I’m partial to the original line, and don’t love the Matte and Lacquer Balms as much). I wear these a lot, I like the twist-up crayon format, and they treat my lips well. I kind of wish they had just expanded the original line instead of creating variations on a theme. You can see me wearing a handful of the shades here.
4. Best MAC lipstick
I fear I’ll sound a bit crazy here, but I don’t really tend to spring for MAC lipsticks. I have a few, but none of which I’d classify as a favorite. I expect I’ll discover some better shades in the future, and when I do I’m sure you’ll hear about it!
5. The most disappointing
There aren’t any remarkably disappointing formulas that come to mind. I have pretty pigmented and red-toned lips, and so when I think of disappointing lip products, generally I think of sheer gloss shades, which all tend to look exactly the same on me. They don’t necessarily look bad, it’s just a waste of money.
6. Liner – yes or no?
Very rarely. I usually just apply one product on my lips and I’m not big on layering liners, lipsticks and glosses. But liners are nice when I really want to go the extra mile.
7. Best gloss
I’m a big fan of Maybelline’s glosses, including both the older Color Sensational High Shine glosses and the newer Color Elixirs. The Color Elixirs feel extra cushiony on the lips, but for all intents and purposes I find that both formulas work about the same for me. They’re pigmented, comfortable, and provide some hydration. The only thing is that I wish they smelled better – a sweet dessert scent, like the Nyx Butter Glosses, would be my preference! You can see me wearing the High Shine gloss in One Shine Day here, as well as two Elixir shades here.
8. Something extra
One product that’s kind of important to me, as someone with pretty pigmented lips, is MAC’s Lip Erase. It serves as a lip primer that helps camouflage the natural color in my lips so that lipsticks show up more true. It’s a useful little product that I tend to use about a third of the time that I wear lipstick, but I’ve actually never talked about it here on the blog. I’d also love to try similar products from other brands to compare, but the MAC pot comes with what seems to be a lifetime supply of the stuff and it’s just been hard for me to justify making additional purchases thus far.
Big thanks to Brianna for tagging me! I’d like to tag Phoebe, Jasmine, and Tamara. Anyone and everyone should feel free to participate, though. I’ve enjoyed reading others’ responses, and if you join in let me know – I’d love to read about your favorite products.