Product Review: Lipsticks We Love
I used to hate makeup. From time to time I’d clumsily fiddle with shadows (ehn, being honest I still do), and lipstick was a zero-times-a-year thing. Aside from mascara and some powder or foundation for my sometimes-troubled skin, I stayed away from the stuff. Alexandra, meanwhile, was a pro—whipping together a perfect, colorful, sexy face in a flash. This is what made writing the makeup chapter so daunting: she was nervous about giving up her tried and trusted kit, and I was nervous about building one.
One time, I was given a makeup lesson as a birthday present (best gift ever, by the way) and I learned a thing or two about a thing or two. Still, I reserved my smoky-eye trick for nights out, and when the sassy makeup artist tried to get me to pick a lipstick, I looked at her like she had six heads. But writing about makeup means trying makeup, and lots of it. And so I did.
I’m pale with dark blonde hair which means that makeup screams on my face. Not a bad thing—we like bold makeup—but daunting, sure. Still, better I play with naturals than lead-contaminated mainstreams, right?
Last week, we discovered Living Nature out of NZ. Holy wow what a line. Besides the truly clean ingredients and the potent natural actives, Living Nature also makes great lipsticks—one of which is among my new favorites. It’s called Summer Rain, and the nets kind of ruin the color, but trust me, it’s a nice one. It’s bright blueish-pink, and I’m wearing it right now. In the daytime!
Other lipsticks I love are W3LL People’s peony-pink and true-red lip and cheek sticks, RMS’s lip-2-cheek in any color it comes in, Lip Ink in Rose for a long-lasting nontoxic stain (again, the color on the site doesn’t = the color on my lips, just FYI), and Vapour Beauty’s Torch (technically a blush, but that’s the great thing about naturals—they multitask).
Our book lists many more we love in all categories of makeup.
Do you wear lipstick? Does it scare you? Which ones do you wear?