I was originally planning to title this post "why I no longer purchase lip products" but then I decided not to because it seemed a little click-baity. Over the last year or so I've probably given away or thrown out about a third of my lip products but what I have left is still way more than necessary. I very rarely wear lipstick nowadays, preferring long lasting and natural looking lip stains or tinted balms instead. That's why I haven't done a lip swatch or review post in ages....
I haven't been very tempted to purchase new lippies is because I've accumulated so many minis from recent gift with purchases. One way I do this is by saving up my Sephora Beauty Insider points for the best 100 point perks. The Hourglass Lip Stylo, Bobbi Brown lipstick, Too Faced gloss, Urban Decay lipstick and Bite lipsticks were all point perks from the past few months. The YSL lipstick and Kat Von D liquid lipstick were acquired with Sephora offer codes and the other samples are from other gift with purchases. For someone like me who never uses up full size lip products, this is a great way of seeing which formulas and colors I like (or don't like) without breaking the bank.
Around the time I started wearing makeup, baby pink nude lips were all the rage but now I can't seem to go any lighter than maybe two shades of my natural lip color. I'm currently loving a sheer semi-glossy finish for my lipsticks. The Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Peacemaker is a really wearable and comfortable lip color. I tend to associate lip products packaged like chubby lipbalms with the Clinique Chubby Sticks (which I don't like at all) but the Hourglass one is more nourishing and pigmented. The YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick range is amazing and I love the shade Le Nu. It's the perfect neutral pink shade that makes my lips look defined yet natural. Bobbi Brown's Sandwash Pink lipstick has less shine than the first two and is a lot more pink and cool toned. It's not my personal favorite but I can see it being a popular pick. The Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite matte liquid lipsticks but I'm over the dry matte lip look. I also find it much harder to pull off neutral liquid lipstick colors so Lolita II is a difficult one for me. I had high hopes for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil lip gloss in Pure Peach. The color is really girly and fun and the lip oil marketing factor was intriguing. Unfortunately this lipgloss gives me that horrid white outline where my lips touch which I hate. I also don't like the very strong artificial candy scent. It's a pretty color but this lipgloss isn't worthy of a full size purchase.
I don't wear bright lip colors as much anymore but my heart still beats a little faster when I find an amazing red lipstick. Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Arthur is a gorgeous semi-sheer orange red. This is a gorgeous summer lipstick shade and would look fabulous on tanned skin. Bite Beauty knew what they were doing when they reformulated their lipstick range. Their Amuse Bouche lipstick in Gazpacho is one of the most intense, creamy blue-based reds I have. It is divine! It applies like a dream and feels incredible on the lips as well. Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipstick in Beetroot is just as beautiful in terms of formulation and it's a great fall red lipstick because it has a hint of plum. Bobbi Brown's Art Stick liquid lip in English Rose is a really sophisticated and demure shade. Even though it looks shiny in the swatch, you can pat it into the lips for a more natural finish. I really like putting just a little of this on the inner part of the lips and feathering the color outwards with my fingers for a subtle tint. Last but not last is Urban Decay's Vice lipstick in Venom, a bold berry magenta. The formula is nice for one of the most affordable mid-end lipsticks on the market at only $17 but this particular shade is hard for me to wear on a regular basis.
Even though these minis are maybe a third of their regular sized counterparts, I know it'll be ages before I use one up. I love having different options and hope to get into wearing some brighter and bolder lip colors again soon. Do you have to remind yourself to wear lipstick and reapply throughout the day or do you naturally gravitate towards lip colors? Any tips for getting more use out of your lippie stash would be very appreciated!