One of my earliest memories relating to makeup was the Avon eyeshadow guides of the 1980s. I would excitedly look over all the different placements of garish colour clashes that were almost never blended together. So many looks! That’s still one of my most favourite things about makeup, you can choose a particular makeup look for how you want to present yourself to the world on any given day.
I get that makeup isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok. But for me it’s a little bit of self-expression, I like how wearing a bold red lipstick makes me feel and how the hues aid in brightening up my face. This also reflects that makeup is also about a bit of self-care for me. I think recently the term self-care has become slightly diluted but I’m also pleased it’s entered the everyday lexicon. Life is hard. And harder still if you have disability or chronic illnesses like I do. Finding respite in the (seemingly) little things is a rather wonderful coping method. So please don’t judge makeup wearers as simply vain, it’s often much deeper than that.
Anyway, I kind of got off track there. I just really want to talk about my new love: orange lipstick. A strange thing has been happening. Over the last few weeks, going on months, I’ve not really been wearing red lipstick that often. And I always wear red. It’s one of the most effective and simple ways of perking myself up. Somehow I’ve been preferring nudes instead especially Nyx Lip Lingerie in Exotic and Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Lip Color in Tiramisu. But it’s been incredibly sunny lately, like strangely so, so it only seems logical to be wearing orange lips. Orange is lacking in my lip colour collection so I purchased a couple of shades to match my sunny disposition (sideward look to the camera).
My first new purchase was NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco. I went straight to the big guns with this one. Morocco is a bold matte coral orange which is definitely a statement in liquid lipstick form. The bright coral-red livens up my pallor and looks amazing on much darker skin tones than mine. If this shade isn’t for you (although, you should definitely try it first) NYX Soft Mattes are definitely worth checking out and come in a range of amazing shades.
Another new purchase is Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds in Orange Danger. Maybelline isn’t my usual go-to drugstore brand but I’m really pleased I picked up this lipstick. This is a really lovely formula, a creamy matte that’s opaque and long-wearing. The shade is a strong orange-red with warm undertones which would look good on pretty much everyone, especially darker skin tones. One of my favourite orange lipsticks.
I love Revlon Matte Balms, I think they’re a brilliant lip product to have in your makeup collection. The chubby pencil and colour coded packaging make them easy to find in a messy handbag and also make for an easy application. Revlon Matte Balms never need sharpened so their low-maintenance but high pay-off is very appealing to me. I recently bought Striking, a bright red-orange. I like this shade but I’m not as in love with it as I am with Sultry and Standout. I think Striking is still very wearable but it doesn’t feel as pigmented as my other two favourites. Striking is still a nice addition to my summer lipstick wardrobe though.
And finally, I give you one of my most recent favourite finds Revolution Renaissance lipstick in the shade Rebirth. I was topping up some of my skin care online with Superdrug (their Naturally Radiant line is amazing, I’m going to blog about it soon) and I fancied trying one of these Charlotte Tilbury dupes. Getting a good photo of a swatch online is a bit of a nightmare for some reason and I thought Rebirth was a completely different shade to the burnt orange I received. I was distinctly unimpressed with how it looked but when I applied it the clouds parted and the sweet sun’s rays started shining down on my face. I’m not lying.
Rebirth is a different kind of orange to the rest. This is a burnt orange/terracotta shade that looks like it’s come from the early 90s. I love this lipstick. I love it so much I’ve already bought back-ups and at only £4 from Superdrug you should definitely give it a try too! The formula is creamy yet matte and is pretty long-wearing. I’ve tried another shade from this range but wasn’t impressed, the formula seems to vary from shade to shade, which is worth bearing in mind. Rebirth is not a shade I would have picked up if I was in-store but I am so glad I now have it. Oh and if you do have a look I really recommend the Revolution Pro eyeshadow palettes too. I’ve been meaning to do a little brand overview for a while now so hopefully that’ll be up soon. The Revolution Pro range has been one of my favourite ranges lately, there’s some wonderful products in there especially the new foundation drops, which are insanely good.
Are you a fan of an orange lip? Do you have any favourite orange lipsticks I should try out?
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