Purse Glosses. These are the lip products that will go with any look and you can apply easily without a mirror. I am guilty of keeping up to 10 lip products in my purse at a time so I can easily change my look at the drop of a hat, but the ones I tend to reach for most are the low maintenance, neutral, hydrating options. I’ve selected 3 of my tried and true favorites that look great even if your lips are dry or the rest of your makeup has gone wonky.
Milani Baked Blushes are a thing of beauty. Their marbled look and textured shimmer make them the cheap version of the coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.
Luminoso has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it. I wasn’t sure which color to try next and then Mac’s Warm Soul had a spotlight moment on the interwebs. Berry Amore is supposedly a dupe for Warm Soul so I decided to try it out instead since it is the more affordable option.
This lip balm is very sheer. Don’t be fooled by the dark color of the bullet, it is a red at best.
You can layer it on for more pigmentation, but the best I got out of it was a bright red, not a berry.
I really do like this product for giving a natural flush to the lips. It looks like you’ve just bitten into some berries and they’ve stained your lips. But, if you’re expecting a deep plum or berry shade this is not the product for you.
I’m a fan of the formula of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, so I can’t be too hard on this product.
Bad to the Bronze is my favorite shade, and this one is no where near as high impact.
Inked in Pink is a very subtle shell pink color. I was hoping that it would apply a little darker, but it applies as a very light shimmer with just a pink tint.
For super effortless and natural makeup this can be used alone as an all over lid shade, but it you want a more noticeable eye look I would recommend using this as a base. The formula is kind of a cream to matte situation that blends easily, but then sets and doesn’t budge. If you add powder shadows over top before it sets it will act as an eye shadow base and give you long wear.
Check out the Maybelline Color Tattoos, there are tons of colors, they are versatile and worth it. There is a color for everyone.
Unexpectedly, Fig Jam has become a fall lipstick staple for me.
I typically love the red and berry hues that are ever popular in autumn, but for the office or school bright statement lips can be a little too much. Arguably red is classic and always appropriate, but if you’re scared to make such a bold statement in a conservative environment, Fig Jam may be your answer.
We all know my love for the Revlon Lip Butters and once again the formula and wearability of Fig Jam has me hooked. The lip butters deliver a sheer, but not too sheer, wash of color to the lips while keeping them hydrated. This is definitely one of the darker shades in the range, but you can still apply it confidently without a mirror and blend it in with your finger to sheer it out further if you prefer.
As an alternative to red and berry, Fig Jam is a brown shade with red undertones that make it very wearable. While it looks to be a super dark brown in the tube, it is in fact more of a red. Brown-y lipsticks are very trendy right now and while a full 90s brown lip may be a little much and definitely doesn’t flatter everyone, this Lip Butter can help you embrace the trend. It is neutral and in vogue for fall making it an effortless addition to your makeup bag.
This lipstick is scary. Just look at the dark purple packaging and deep purple bullet. I thought there would be no way that this lipstick was wearable for day or night. “Maybe just for Halloween,” I thought.
This lipstick is pink. Not purple.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I got this lipstick home and swatched it. Hunk is a bright, statement pink. Such a shade is not wearable for the daytime or the office, but for a fun night out this is just the ticket.
The formula of these lipsticks is very impressive. Since they are “Butter Lipsticks” they are very creamy and slightly shiny, but they also are very moisturizing on the lips and wear very well. When applying even this bright color I felt like I was slathering on a moisturizing balm. After just one swipe Hunk had covered my lips in the bright pink color. I was able to build it up even more dramatically with another layer, but overall the color pay-off was great.
Paying $3 for this blush, my expectations were not high.
But, I love me a hot pink blush, so I decided to test it out.
I was not disappointed. I have worn it several times and it lasts very well and is actually quite pigmented. You literally only have to dip your brush in twice to get enough product to cover the entire cheek. I am super impressed with the quality of this blush and would definitely purchase it again.