It took me years after my love affair with beauty products started to delve into the wondrous world of bold lip colors. After you find that initial confidence to rock a red lip outdoors, there's no turning back. I rounded up a selection of my top five favorite bright lipsticks and lipglosses to inspire more people to wander a bit from the my-lips-but-better path.
Lancome's Color Design Lipstick in All Done Up was a gift with purchase and I was surprised by how much I liked it. The color looks like a dark plummy shade in the bullet but once applied it lightens and turns into a very flattering bright fuschia. The formula is incredibly comfortable and non-drying but the color stains the lips and lasts about six hours before the color is completely gone.
Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Lipstick in Coral Lustre is the only orange lipstick I own and honestly, one is plenty enough. Although the lipstick seems to be loaded with shimmer particles, the formula is not drying or uncomfortable but rather moisturizing. The shimmer leaves the lips looking fuller and the orange color can be built up over a few passes.
My most recent high end lipstick purchase is the Dior Addict Lipstick in Dior Kiss and I think the price is worth every cent. Firstly, the packaging is absolutely stunning and I feel luxe just staring at the shiny, opalescent casing. The color itself is a shockingly bright pink and I was actually a bit taken aback when I first twisted up the lipstick. However, the formula is sheer and one or two swipes will leave your lips a subtle pink rather than a garish magenta pout. This smooth, moisturizing lipstick can be built up to a brighter shade and feels very nice on the lips.
What's a bright lip color post without an outstanding red? L'Oreal's Shine Caresse Lipgloss in Endless Red is the most amazing red lip color in that it fuses the pigmentation of a lipstick with the shine and comfort of a gloss. This shade is perfect whether you're having a picnic in the park or enjoying a romantic date night out.
Jouer Lipgloss in Birchbox Pink adds the prettiest pop of fuchsia to your makeup pouch and on the lips it leaves a subtle hint of pink to liven up the complexion. The formula is non-sticky and non-drying which makes it exceptionally comfortable and a joy to wear.
Funnily enough, I didn't bring any of these beloved lippies with me to Amsterdam as I rarely travel with my favorite makeup products for fear of losing or breaking anything! With spring almost upon us, I wish I had a few of these bright shades on hand but will have to wait until the summer to get my hands on them again! What are your favorite bright lip colors?