Makeup Monday–Attack of the Lip Stuff

by Ginger on May 13, 2013

in Makeup and Beauty

I thought for my next Makeup Monday, I’d share my lipsticks with you. I really should have thought about how much work this was going to be, because, as you’ll see shortly, I have a bit of a problem.



Is just the stuff I carry with me in my purse. Every day. It wasn’t until doing this exercise that I realized how ridiculous that is. There is really no reason on earth that I should be carrying 17 lipsticks/glosses/colors & 3 liners every day. I’m rolling my eyes at myself. (Also, the color on that pic is pretty terrible. Sorry about that). Now, to be fair to myself a little, a bunch of these are pre-red hair colors, and I’ve been struggling a little to find colors that work with the hair. So, you know, not all of these work all the time anymore. But still, this is a bit much.

But, I said I’d do this right, so let’s go ahead and see some swatches, eh?


This is all of those, in outdoor light.


And indoors, but by a window, so there’s natural light. I’ll save you all from the yellow photos from my bathroom. You’re welcome.

From left to right, they are:

Philosophy Red Velvet Cake Lipshine (no longer available, apparently)
Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss – Ecstasy
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso
MAC Lustre Lipstick – Hug Me
Laura Geller – Caribbean Kiss (this is a two sided lipstick, so it’s two swatches up there)
Origins Matte Stick – Berry
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain – Honey
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain – Adore
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss – Wallflower
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick – Fig
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss – Perversion
MAC ProLongwear LipColor – For Keeps
MAC ProLongwear LipColor – Boss Brown (doesn’t look like this one is available anymore. Which is depressing, because it’s an awesome color on me)
Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color – Glinda (apparently, Naked is a dupe for the Glinda color, which came in an Oz palette)
L’Oreal Colour Riche – True Red
Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – Pink Truffle
Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – Fig Jam

And the lip liners, from top to bottom:

MAC Cremestick Liner – Beurre
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil – Gash
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil – Envious


Let’s see those a little closer:


Philosophy Red Velvet Cake Lipshine (bummer that this isn’t available anymore. It has a really nice chocolatey smell and a hint of color)

Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss – Ecstasy This is a pretty deep purple color. It also has some serious staying power–I had to scrub my arm for a good 10 minutes to get all the color off.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso Now, you want to talk about staying power. This stuff is a real stain–you need to pay attention while you’re putting this on, because it stains right away and there’s very little time to fix any errors. In fact, I still, a day after taking these pics, have some remnants of that swatch. It goes on matte, and can be a little drying (but don’t put a gloss on over, because then it loses most of the staining power). But the color payoff is pretty awesome.

MAC Lustre Lipstick – Hug Me This may be my Holy Grail “my lips but better” color. Because of course it would be MAC. Anyway, it feels awesome, and is a great nude/pink color that doesn’t change to toooooooo pink, like so many nudes do on me.

Laura Geller – Caribbean Kiss (this is a two sided lipstick, so it’s two swatches up there) The pink side of this is REALLY pink on me, which doesn’t look so hot with my bright red hair. But mixed with the brownish color, it ends up being a nice neutral. I got this through Birchbox, I think–I never would have bought otherwise–but I find that the formula is really nice and creamy, and am kind of eyeing some of the other color combos.

Origins Matte Stick – Berry I have had this thing forever. Actually, I know exactly when I bought it–1 month before Jackson was born, because I was in a “I feel ugly and need something to look pretty and can’t buy clothes because I am a house” mood. I’ve clearly worn this down to the nub, and that’s because it’s a pretty great color/formula.

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain – Honey I know, I know, everyone loooovvvveees this. The formula is great, particularly when you just want to swipe something on your lips without worrying about it staining your face (ahem, Beso), and it feels nice, and all those things. And Honey seems to be the color that everyone loves. But for me, it turns just crazy pink. If you have the right skin tone/hair color, it’s probably a great color, but for me it just doesn’t really work by itself (I mix it with another product to get some use out of it).


Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain – Honey (just overlap from the previous photo)

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain – Adore This one is a better color on me, being a little less pink. It ends up just a nice hint of color, which works fine for me.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss – Wallflower I got this as a sample with a palette I got from UD, and I find I really like it. It’s a very nice my lips but better, but glossy.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick – Fig You can’t tell from this photo, but this goes more purple on me. And it’s darker than this looks too. I love the feeling, and it’s a nice bold color without being RED. And strangely, purples/berries look pretty good with my hair. Who knew?

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss – Perversion Ok, this is kind of fun. I bought it because it was on sale, and I felt like trying something random. It’s a dark dark dark purple, almost black, with some shimmer in it. If I do one swipe, it just looks like a deep purple color. If I do more than that? I can totally go into a goth girl thing. (I don’t really do that, but it’s fun to pretend). I actually end up mixing this with Honey–the dark purple mellows out the pink and vice versa, which ends up making a pretty color.

MAC ProLongwear LipColor – For Keeps
MAC ProLongwear LipColor – Boss Brown These two lipcolors are one of my favorite things, because they really are LONG WEARING. I use these a lot when I have a day full of meetings, or if I’m working a trade show where I’m not going to be able to touch up my makeup. I have, on occasion, gotten upwards of 15 hours of wear from these suckers, including eating and drinking. More commonly, I’ll get a good 6-8 hours. They’re a little drying, but so, so worth it when the color really does last.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color – Glinda This is another good “mlbb” color. It came in an Oz palette from UD, but apparently there’s a color Naked which is a dupe of this one. It’s got a great feel–creamy and smooth–and the color is pretty rich for a crayon-y thing. I’m seriously considering trying some of the other colors. (Uh, someday. Because I clearly don’t need more lipsticks right now).

L’Oreal Colour Riche – True Red I originally bought this red last year to be Joan from Mad Men for Halloween. That was the beginning of my desire for red hair, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised this has started to make an appearance again. The lipstick is very hydrating, but the red may be a tinge on the orange side for me. It’s not terrible, I don’t think, but I find myself reaching for Beso more if I have time to really PUT ON my lips, and this if I just need a quick swipe kind of thing.

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – Pink Truffle
Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – Fig Jam  I really like both of these. They’re super sheer, so you can build the color up to your liking–either really light or (as I’ve swatched here) more coverage for some darker colors. I like the formula too, so it’s a nice thing to have on hand to just swipe for some color when your lips are feeling dry without worrying that you’re gonna end up with color all over your face.

And the liners:


MAC Cremestick Liner – Beurre I wear this under Hug Me, if I want a little deeper color. But it’s a nude/pink color, so would probably work with any of my “MLBB” colors.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil – Gash (What a terrible name, IMO). I bought this to go under Beso, which works great. I really love UD’s 24/7 glide on–easy to use, creamy, just all around nice.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil – Envious This one I bought to go under the Smashbox Fig color. This is a little more indicative of the purple color that Fig becomes. Again, love the formula.

So, now you’ve seen all about the lipsticks I carry. Along with 1500 words on them (geez, apparently I have lots of words about makeup….). I really shouldn’t ask (because I clearly need more lipsticks like a hole in the head), but….do you have a lip thing you love that I should check out?

(Holy Cow. I’m terrified now what my post about eye makeup is going to look like. Because if you think I have lots of lip stuff, you’ve not seen my eyeshadows before…)

Now! Head on over to
Maria Melee and check out the other Makeup Monday posts! Also, check out #MakeupMonday on Twitter and Instagram for your full makeup fix.

Stephanie M May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

My recommendation for everybody is always The Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm. I think I have it in Petal Glow. I really like the texture, plus the color.

Melissa H. (makingitsweet) May 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of lipstick! I have such trouble finding the right kind for my skin tone. I’m pretty olive—well, let’s just say I’m quite tan—and it seems like any lipstick looks like neon or goth-like on me. All those colors look great on you (or your arm, rather)!

Maria May 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Ohhh, that hug me looks good. ALSO ALL OF THAT IN YOUR PURSE, AH! I am giggling. Damn, girl.

Now I want to buy lipstick.

Erin May 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Like, wow. I have about a dozen lipsticks/glosses, none of which really look good on me. I’m at a total loss. I need help. Actually, it would probably help if I shopped for them in person rather than ordering glosses that look like they’re probably my color online. Also: I’m paranoid about recent reports of lead in lipsticks and wanting to get something more natural if possible. I think some digging is required.

Kim May 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I’m really into these lipstick pencils at Sephora by BITE. I have Pomegranate & Corvina. They’re $24-ish. Great pigment & stays on a long time. I also just bought a Loreal Colour Riche lipstick at Target in Fiery Veil. It’s a sheer bright orange. It’s awesome.

breeb May 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Hi Ginger—Just read your make-up Monday and found it most interesting. I
realized that I have tons of make-up stuff that is old and really should be tossed out—never use old very old products! I haven’t used any of this for a very long time plus my drastic hair color change wouldn’t wear well these days. lol So happy I read your blog—thank you

So—I just received my ShopSmart magazine just arrived and this issue is devoted almost entirely to all things Make-up! I’ve read almost the whole mag
and found it all full of helpful information. I will be using this issue when I get
my fresh make-up. You probably will find this issue at a newsstand, perhaps near
Consumer Reports.
Have fun with your make-up

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