Lipstick and I have always had a love hate relationship. Though I've always loved wearing a bright lip, my dry skin has often prevented this from being a realistic day to day makeup look. Moreover, because my lips can be so sensitive it's often difficult to find a formula that doesn't irritate my picky pout. The five lipsticks below, no matter the color, have made the cut both because they look good and because my lips get along with the formula famously.
MAC Patisserie Lustre Lipstick (No review, but I did wear this on my wedding day.)
Try as I might, I was never able to find a truly "nude" lipstick that worked for me. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have incredibly pigmented lips set against very fair skin, but the trend didn't seem to work in my favor. After I stopped desperately hunting for a nude, I ended up accidentally discovering MAC's Patisserie, a shade I love as much for the name as I do the color. This soft rose shade is the only MAC lipstick my lips seem to respond to, and though I grow tired of the phrase it's my ideal "my lips but better" product. Need further proof that I love it? Patisserie was the lipstick I wore on my wedding day, and has also been a faithful companion on several trips to Paris.
Tarte Fierce Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick (Original Review)
Though Fierce may seem a hasty addition (I did only just write the review this past Saturday), I cannot tell you how much the formula has blown me away. My lips feel infinitely better following this lipstick then they did before I applied the product, and the shade just so happens to be my ideal red. Fierce has quickly garnered such a place in my heart that it has dethroned Guerlain's Coque d'Or as my all time favorite red lipstick.
Lancôme Miss Coquelicot Rouge In Love Lipstick (Original Review)
When tangerine was all the rage, Miss Coquelicot was the only orange hued lipstick I turned to. Though I'm unable to pull off what I would call a "true orange," Lancôme's shade is tinged enough with red that this quickly became one of my favorites. I'm eagerly awaiting warmer weather so I can slap on a layer of Miss Coquelicot and enjoy a bit of summer sun.
Giorgio Armani Plum 609 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick (Original Review)
Though I firmly asserted this in my original review, I feel the need to reaffirm that Plum 609 is quite frankly the sexiest lipstick I own. Packaged in a sleek black tube with a magnetic closure, this brown based plum is as classically sexy as an Armani tuxedo. While Plum 609 may be best suited to autumn and winter use, I may not be able to resist patting the shade on my lips in the coming warmer months for a softer effect.
Dior Addict Lip Glow
Lip Glow may not be a lipstick per se, but it's among my all time favorite lip products in bullet form. Hydrating and amazingly easy to slap on without a mirror, Dior's Addict Lip Glow gives my own lips an added punch of pink and mellows into a lovely vibrant raspberry thanks to my pout's natural pH. Many other brands are coming out with alternatives to Dior's classic, but this will always be my favorite.
As far as I'm concerned, my top five lipsticks show a breadth of color and a love for brights. The only popular lipstick shade missing is pink, a color that I often just can't get to work for me try as I might (unless it's—you guessed it—a bright flamingo shade).
(Left to right): MAC Patisserie, Tarte Fierce, Lancôme Miss Coquelicot, Giorgio Armani Plum 609, Dior Addict Lip Glow
Curious about the wear on the tops of the lipsticks? As you may have guessed I'm a bit of a neat freak, a quirk that extends to my lipsticks. Even when a product gets heavy use, I either apply with the utmost care so as not to "muss" up the bullet or paint on with a lip brush.
What are your top five lipsticks?