My initial impression was that this was going to be a glorified lip balm, but voilà! A pigment-rich stick that offered full coverage without compromising on moisture. Think a cheaper MAC Impassioned: the pink was shocking, and it lasted for hours too. I wasn’t too much a fan of the sharp diagonal tip though.
Every budget-friendly beauty doyenne swears by Maybelline’s Red Revival lipstick – it could be a drugstore dupe for Chanel’s Dragon or MAC’s Russian Red at a fraction of the price. The classic red is in a shade that’s universally flattering: a deep, satiny Hollywood red. It’s smooth, stays reasonable well (though it’ll come off on cups and the like) and smells sweet.
This actually ended up being one of my favourites: it gave me a ton of colour along with a ton of moisture. The only problem is that it’s not exactly matte at all; at best, it’s demi-matte. On the bright side, it boasts the colour payoff of much pricier picks – just apply at least two or three layers. I did expect it to be a bolder, heavier shade of plum – it’s actually more magenta, straddling the safe zone between pink and purple.
Formula is crucial when it comes to nudes; it should be creamy with a slight sheen, and this one ticks all the right boxes. It’s a shade of dusky, pinkish beige for your no-makeup makeup days. Perhaps what I love most about this lipstick is its luxurious gold casing; it’s classy, looks a lot more expensive than it really is, and it shuts off with a click (so it won’t come off in your bag and attack your belongings).
L’Oréal Paris, RM38.05
The colour is quite sheer, but it’s buildable – so swipe more layers on until it’s the desired shade, but beware of flakiness and patches. Also, it has a slightly shimmery finish. A redeeming quality is that this pink is pinker than I expected; it has blue undertones, so it pops a bit, but is still very natural- and soft-looking. I would take one point off for its packaging though; it’s simple and straightforward, but it’s not going to jazz up your vanity.
Super Lustrous lipsticks inspire loyalty for a reason, that reason being that they’re creamy cult classics. It glides on smoothly, and the lippie’s packed with moisture. I get full colour – a bright, bold pop of pigment somewhere between orange and red – with one swipe, and it lasts ages too. Truth be told, I have this one on heavy rotation.