My Favourite Lipstick Formulas
While I’m waiting to buy more lipstick to do some swatch posts, I decided to dedicate a post to some of the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried. I should perhaps do some of the worst formulas too – so as to potentially help save people money – but I like to keep things on a positive note.
I prefer lipstick that doesn’t smear, doesn’t transfer, and stays on all day. I personally haven’t felt like a formula was too heavy for me, so that’s not one of my concerns, but I know a lot of people are in the same boat and want formulas that last the entire day. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite formulas:
Black Moon Cosmetics
Black Moon not only has badass packaging but a fantastic formula that’s transfer and smudge proof, and stays pigmented all day. I don’t have many of their lipsticks because I’m not really a nude person but a lot of people love their colours, so they’re definitely worth checking out.
What I love about Besame is their brand is 100% vintage reproduction makeup, and I love brands that have strong branding. They’re really an honorable mention because they don’t have a liquid-to-matte formula but their product still stays on and pigmented all day. It’s not transfer or smudge proof but I can eat/drink without needing to reapply and I never have to worry about the colour getting on other parts of my face. It’s incredible for a stick formula, and this brand is definitely worth trying.
I have a tonne of LA Splash’s lippies and even though they say they have different formulas, I really can’t tell the difference. I love this brand because their lippies never transfer or smudge and they stay pigmented all day. The only thing I don’t like about them is they have sooo many colours that are so similar, but that I still need to buy. I’m going to do a swatch post of them whenever I get around to buying the other colours I want.
Also their lip glosses are terrible. Just be warned!
Lime Crime also has great branding and a similar formula to LA Splash. It’s smudge and transfer proof, and the colours stay all day – which I absolutely love. They also have a more concise collection of lipstick colours, which is a bit better for a lipstick hoarder like me.
If you’re looking for some good lipstick, definitely consider trying the aforementioned brands because they are fantastic and I highly recommend them. Honorable mentions go to Coloured Raine and Anastasia Beverly Hills because their formulas are also fantastic but I don’t own enough of their product to be an expert.
This weather is getting beautiful and I bought my first pumpkin of the season today (the first of many, I’m sure). I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful month!
Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017
Post in Beauty, Product Reviews
Red Lips by Besame
Besame cosmetics are amongst my favourites. If you haven’t heard of the brand, Besame offers a range of cosmetics directly inspired by the Hollywood Golden Age. Their colours are popular with pin-up and 1900s reproduction looks but are also beautiful whenever you need a red lip. I currently own more Besame than any other makeup brand.
Pictured is the brightening violet powder, which I am not swatching but which I did use to soften my lips between swatches.
Top to Bottom: Cherry Red, Red Velvet, Victory Red, Besame Red, Red Hot Red
Please accept my apologies for the awful quality of my lipstick application! I’m still getting into the art of making what I wear advertisable.
The 1935 Cherry Red is a beautiful colour that is very appropriately named. The colour emulates that of bing cherries: red with a blue undertone that makes it appear darker. It’s actually an interesting colour to look at since it has several coloural dimensions.
The 1946 Red Velvet lipstick is one I’ve had for a long time and is one of my go-tos for dark reds. It’s a classic red that’s dark but not overwhelming. I wouldn’t say my camera inaccurately captured the colour but it looks a bit darker when next to Cherry Red.
Besame’s new 1941 Victory Red shade is a bit bluer than some of the pictures I’d seen before purchasing. It’s definitely a classic colour red, but not as rich as I’d imagined. (Which is why it’s always a good idea to look at reviews before buying!)
Besame Red has its colour based on a shade from 1920. It’s very similar to Victory Red but just a bit lighter. I only have samples of this shade so I couldn’t manage to apply it very well, but the colour should be there.
Would it be a surprise if I said the 1959 Red Hot Red Lipstick is actually one of my favourites? It’s a light, bright red but doesn’t have any hints of blue or orange – like a pure red. I love wearing this shade when I want my lips to stand out more.