The Quest for the Best Lipstick

posted by Amanda // Advice, Fashion

Dec 18, 2013

I’m not a lipstick girl. I’m not even a lip gloss girl. I’m a lip blam kind of girl, and I’m pretty obsessive about it. I always have to have a lip blam handy, and I’ve come to be pretty picky on my brands. But I’ve felt kind of left out of the lip color trends lately, and I decided to give a couple newer lip color products a try in order to find one that I could live with.

I wanted a berry shade, so I went to my local store and picked out 5 lipsticks that looked like the right color. But color is only part of the equation. My other requirements are: 1. soft and hydrated lips, 2. long lasting, 3. not shimmery or glittery, 4. not glossy or sticky. Here’s what I found.

(photo of the lovely Emma Watson in a bright berry lip)

1. Cover Girl Blast Flip Stick in color Whisper/Murmure – Rating: 1 out of 5

I thought this was a good option because I got 2 colors for one, and it was pretty cheap. Upon testing though, the darker color is shimmery! And the lighter color is more of a nude and not very berry like… The idea behind this product is to create an ombre effect, but I can’t say that it works very well. I will use the lighter color as a nude lipstick probably. The texture is quite hydrating and nice. Don’t think it lasts particularly long though.

2. Revlon Color Stay Overtime in color Unlimited Mulberry - Rating: 2 out of 5

I should have realized this was going to be a lipgloss before I even bought it. Half of it is solid color, the second half is clear gloss. You put on the color and wait until it dries, and then apply the gloss. It’s basically a lip stain, which is great because it’s long lasting (really long… like, maybe too long) but the weird part is that it gets super sticky when the gloss wears off. I found that quite annoying. Sometimes it’s nice to go for a glossy look, so I’ll be keeping it around. The color was really nice.

3. Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in color Berry Nude – Rating: 3 out of 5

This is more like a lip pencil than a lip crayon. I’ve liked the lip crayon’s I’ve purchased in the past because they’re more like tinted lip balm. This one is matte, so maybe that’s why it felt more dry. Overall, not a bad product, but not really what I was looking for. The color is nice and it stays on pretty well, except I was trying to put lip balm over it, and that would make the color come off. I probably won’t end up using this much.

4. Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Color in color Sheer Berry - Rating: 4 out of 5

This, out of the 5, is the most traditional lipstick I picked up, and for a lipstick, it’s great. It’s a bit like a tinted lip balm, so I loved that, but like a lip balm, it doesn’t last very long. The color is great because it’s still a bit sheer and you can just add a bit for a tint, or layer it on. Texture was a bit more sticky than a regular lip balm, but overall I’m liking it. I’ve been carrying it around in my purse all week.

5. Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in color Mystical - Rating: 5 out of 5

This was my favorite, and oddly the last one I tried. It’s kind of weird, but it works great and the texture is exactly like a lip balm… because it is! It’s got 2 ends, one is literally a lip stain felt tip marker. The other is a plain old translucent lip balm. It was weird coloring in my lips, but it dried instantly and once I put on the lip balm, I was set to go all night! The stain was really long lasting, and I just applied my lip balm as I needed. I think this is a newer product, so I definitely recommend picking up one and trying it for yourself. I think I’ll go back to the store and get some for stocking stuffers!

This little experiment was really fun! I hope you found it helpful. Let me know if there are any other great lip products you use. Or if you have suggestions on what other beauty products I should test out next!

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