So, you know how I love lipstick, right? Well, true to form, I’ve recently turned that love into an obsession. I started asking around for my friend’s recommendations of their favorite drugstore lipsticks, and I was surprised at the lack of response!
That’s when I knew it was time for a little experiment for the good of womankind. And I’d like to report back that over the past few weeks I tested and tried over 20 different drugstore lipsticks. Here’s what I was looking for:
COLOR: I wanted colors that looked good on a variety of complexions and skin tones. I also wanted one good pink, one perfect red, and one solid 90’s maroon. (The 90’s are back baby!) I’m not saying the winners will look perfect on EVERYONE, but one of the three is bound to work for you! I had lots of friends try them on. The color had to fade well too.
TEXTURE: I was looking for lush and smooth. Rich and luxerious. A lipstick that felt and looked expensive but was totally cheap. I also wanted something that you could apply in a hurry, and wouldn’t glop or goop up.
WEAR: I hate when I put a bold color on in the morning, and by lunchtime my lips look like a marbled Easter egg. The only color that remains is in the crevices. I tested the color over the period of a day. Leaving it on to eat, drink my soady-pops, and kiss my baby. I wasn’t looking for stay-put color, just a lipstick that wore well and faded beautifully.
Are you ready for the winners?
I have LOVED having these three lipsticks to throw on as I run out the door with 5th day dirty hair and the same pants from yesterday. They instantly perk me up and make me feel sassy. Here’s what I love about my choices:
FIFTH AVE. FUCHSIA by MAYBELLINE: This pink was my biggest surprise. I’ve never, ever worn a pink lipstick like this. I tried much tamer pinks before deciding on this one. But this lil’ beauty is the one I put on most for day-to-day. Everyone I’ve put it on looks good in it! It makes the cheeks rosier and your comebacks sweeter…I swear!
ALARM by RIMMEL LONDON: This particular line of Rimmel lipsticks had a lot of good choices. But this red took my breath away with it’s Marilyn Monroe quality. I think it is the perfect starlet red. It smells good and layers well. If you just put on one layer it’s not as bold. It’s more of an orange red than a blue or berry red, and it will instantly make you feel glam. Even in sweatpants. (This should pay me for this CRAP!)
ENAMOR by COVERGIRL: Like I said, I wanted a Janeane Garofalo maroon. I wasn’t quite old enough to wear it in the 90’s so I totally wasn’t going to miss my shot this time. This maroon is elegant and lush. Or at least I think so. You’ll need some blush with it most likely, or you could go for that goth look. Either way try it on, you’ll look like a sexy devil in it.
Here’s the winners in the tube:
I bought all of my lipsticks from Walgreens. They have a FABULOUS return policy. You can return opened cosmetics within 30 days with the reciept, and only one person rolled their eyes at me and was really rude. Everyone else was SUPER nice. I was very honest when asking about it, I felt kind of like a criminal trying so many lipsticks, but they assured me it was part of the policy! I returned all of the losers. And it was genius of them because now I’m a Walgreens lipstick customer for life! And perhaps you will be too.
Here are some of my ladies in 5th Ave. Fuchsia!
A huge thank you to Meta for taking all the pictures at her beautiful house. She’s working on her design blog currently, but while you’re waiting you can follow her on Instagram @metamouse. And the always lovely Elle from Elle Keeps Moving and my sister Andrea were the perfect partners in crime.
I also consulted with makeup stylist and glamazon Arleene Taylor of My Heartistry. She is SO talented and next week I will be sharing some tips from her on the best ways to wear and apply bold colors! So be sure to check back!
I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s day! I’ll be sharing some of my fam photos tomorrow! And I hope you get yourself some sassy new lipstick! Be sure to keep me posted on how the colors work for you.