So, it seems that when the anxiety gets unmanageable, I buy lipstick. If things don’t change, this could get expensive, but in the meantime Superdrug has started carrying Freedom makeup, and the big branch in town has the whole Iconic Pro line in the Makeup Revolution section. In fact, I picked up the Far Away lip collection today, but it was a gift for a friend who is a gigantic Star Wars nerd, as well as a makeup lover. And I already have it, it would be silly to buy it twice. Duh.
But I am not so organised as to be writing about today’s haul, oh no. As well as an irresistible urge to buy every lipstick I see (that I don’t already own), I’ve been sleeping really badly and getting endless tension headaches. If I can stop buying lipstick long enough, I may actually go for a professional massage. Or pop a couple more painkillers and start experimenting with purple lips. At the weekend, I went to the nearest branch of Wilko’s and bought some Essence products.
Lip-tacular. No, I don’t recommend nail polish on your lips.
I specifically wanted to pick up a couple of their lipliners, having heard good things about them on YouTube, and still wanting a nice pinky-neutral colour that dovetails nicely with the ongoing quest for the MLBB lipstick. The ones I bought are Soft Berry, Satin Mauve and In The Nude.
Next time; bigger swatches. (L-R: Satin Mauve, Soft Berry, In The Nude)
As they’re £1 each, I won’t be dreadfully upset if they’re not brilliant, but they went on the back of my hand pretty well. Satin Mauve feels the nearest to what I’m trying to find, but I’ll give it a few tests before deciding one way or the other. They should work reasonably well with the next products I purchased; liquid lipsticks.
For some reason, I only took a photo of one of them – Beauty Secret – but aside from the colour, they’re pretty much the same.
The imaginatively titled liquid lipstick.
The packaging is cute. I think I’ve seen a Maybelline (or Bourjois?) product with the same idea; clear tube with the product cavity shaped to look like a lipstick bullet. The texture is like thick lipgloss, it has an inoffensive smell of slightly fruity candy and while I’m delighted by the shape of the applicator, I’m not sure that liquid lipsticks and I are destined to live happily ever after.
More like a duck bill?
It turns out that, also when I’m anxious and stressed, I have a habit of pressing my lips together, and biting on the insides of them. When wearing liquid lipstick (and other lip products, if I’m liberal with their application) this pushes all the product to the edges of my lips. In no time at all, I’d given myself a strange ombre effect (being charitable to myself) – most of the product was in the centre of my mouth, with the rest around the edges like a thick, gloopy layer of unusually thick, gloopy lip liner. This also happens with regular lipstick, it just takes longer and is generally a little less noticeable, unless I’m wearing red or bright pink. Anyway. Your mileage may vary, nervous lip biting aside.
I suck at swatching. (L-R: Beauty Secret, Peach Party, Make A Statement)
This pressy-bitey habit of mine might not be so much of an issue with the Sheer & Shine lipsticks I picked up. Years (like, 20 or more) ago, I had this lipstick (that might have originally been my Mum’s) that was a sheer red. Mum said it looked really nice on me, so since then I’ve had a soft spot for sheer red lipsticks.
I can’t think of a good sheer pun. Send help. Or buckets of Earl Grey. (Hot.) (Top: Cute Nude, Bottom: Be Happy)
I’m a sucker for colour names, so the red being called Be Happy appealed to me in the same way a life ring appeals to someone 10 minutes away from drowning in an ocean. With hindsight, I’m not sure why I picked up Cute Nude. It doesn’t make much of a difference to how my lips look, though it does make them shiny…
L: Be Happy, R: Cute Nude
And highlights what I’m starting to think is a mutant hair on the back of my hand… Cute Nude will be good for those no-makeup-makeup days. On balance, I have more no-makeup days than no-makeup-makeup days, but don’t tell anyone.
The nail polish I bought is Serendipity from The Gel line. After finally looking it up in a dictionary, I’ve discovered that it’s what mauve actually is; a lilacy-grey. I tried it the day I bought it; it goes on nicely. It’s possibly a one-coater, if you’re very careful and don’t do anything while it’s drying, otherwise it’s an easy two coats. Unfortunately, I’m awful at painting my left hand, so made such a mess of it that I ended up taking it all off. I’m now trying a Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle colour in the hopes of growing my nails out a bit and them not breaking and peeling, but Serendipity is definitely a colour I’ll use frequently.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the lip product frenzy stopped there, but you’d be wrong.
MUA brought out two new lipstick colours, and I found one of them the other day. I have since found the other (Vintage Rouge) because I think I was looking in the wrong place. Superdrug have revamped their makeup displays in some stores, it’s all very bright and shiny and confused my poor brain that wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders anyway.
Mulberry is a rather pretty pink-leaning purple. By the stain on my hand after swatching it in store, it’s quite well pigmented, too. I haven’t had an opportunity to wear it yet, so I can’t say what it looks like on but it’s that typical autumn lip colour, if a bit more purple.
More mulberry. And the mutant hand hair.
The last thing I picked up was a Makeup Revolution Colour Block gift set in red.
None more red.
Each set contains an Iconic Pro lipstick, a matchy-matching nail polish and an also-coordinating lipgloss. The website says there’s a “VAMP” option available, but I’ve only seen the red and pink sets on the shelves. The lipstick isn’t labelled (nor are the nail polish or lipgloss; as far as I’m aware MUR discontinued their nail polishes a few months ago) but based on the available choices and it not being matte, it’s either Propaganda or Duel (£2.49). The gloss appears to be Amazing Lipgloss in Hot. I did take a swatch photo, but realised later that it was a bit out of focus, so decided not to edit it for uploading. While my swatch photos are pretty awful, I do have a threshold for what I’ll deem acceptable.
The gloss is fine for what it is, but I’ve never really been a gloss girl. When I’ve tried to wear it, it’s always been on days where the wind unfailingly comes from behind me and my hair’s loose. And if it doesn’t rub off, or wear off, I’ve found that gloss – regardless of the brand – eventually dries to a really strange residue. Gloss and I have never really gotten along, and over time I’ve found I prefer a bold, matte lip anyway. I don’t think the few lipglosses I own have taken it especially hard, either.
I’m glad I bought the set for £4; it’s labelled as being £7 normally. The last time I saw nail polish on the Revolution site it was £1 each. The boxes may well be limited edition, but I’m not sure they’re worth £2 – £2.50. But I’m an auld cynical bastard, what do I know? I may yet pick up the pink box for Ari, who adores fuschia lips. As long as it’s still £4, mind. It’s not Star Wars branded or themed, so I’m not paying seven quid for it!