My Lip Color Collection (Part II – Lipsticks)

Lipstick Collection

Here is the second part of my lip color collection – my lipsticks, as well as a couple lip liners to boot (check out the first part – glosses – here)  I am kind of surprized by the number of lipsticks I have – as in, how few I have, when it seems like I’ve been ogling rich, pigment dense lip colors for the last long while.  I feel like I should have a lot more than I do considering the long wishlist of shades I’m dying to own – let’s hope this year I change this!  You’ll see that similarly to my glosses, I tend to stick to a few shade categories – actually, even more so here.  There is a WIDE gap in colors which I am all too happy to fill 🙂  Let’s take a look!

First up, we’ll start with the neutrals again:

Neutral Lipsticks


Neutral Lipsticks (2)

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Left to right: NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in More, MUFE Rouge Artist Intense in N10, Burberry Lip Cover in Rosewood, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Pencil in Sydney

The NARS lip color is called a gloss, but it’s far too pigmented and not really all that glossy, so in my opinion it’s more of a lipstick.  This is not true for all of the NARS gloss pencils though, as a note.  Out of all of these, I actually only really wear the Buxom lip pencil regularly (which is actually a nude shade on me rather than ‘neutral’) – I think the others are supposed to be kind of ‘my lips but better’ shades, but they just aren’t nailing it very well for me.  Thankfully, out of the four I only purchased one (the NARS), so it’s no real hardship.  But once I use up one or two of these, I’ll be investing in a really good every day shade – every girl’s gotta have one!

Next, we have another shade category of which I think every gal should own at least one color – RED:

Red Lipsticks


Red Lipsticks (2)

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Left to right: Dior Addict Glitter Collection in Show It, MAC Lipstick in Dare You, MUFE Rouge Artist Natural in N46, MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, MUFE Aqua Rouge in 08

I have a hard time not buying every single gorgeous red on the market – I LOVE me some red lips!  Though as you can see, my stash is very homogenous – where are the orange reds!?  I didn’t realize that all the shades I owned were essentially true reds or even blue-leaning until I did this swatch session.  It’s interesting actually because I think my skintone leans warm, which typically means that I should be choosing a more orange-based red to get the most flattering effect.  However, I do feel the colors I have are great and I feel very good wearing them, so I’m not going to concern myself with it too much.  But, it gives me great pleasure to realize that I have this gap, as it gives me free reign to buy a few more 😀

I would say I wear all of these reds equally as often, except for perhaps Russian Red, which I feel is a more ‘special event’ red as it’s so bold.  The Aqua Rouge is also very ‘in your face’ but because it’s so long-wearing I’ve put it in more regular rotation because it’s so low-maintenance.  The Dior Addict shade, which has since been discontinued, is the sheerest of the bunch, but with a flushed cheek it looks just perfect (though it’s a bit gritty feeling with the gold sparkle).

Yet another ‘must-have’ shade in my humble opinion, is a good vamp:

Vampy-Berry Lipsticks


Vampy-Berry Lipsticks (2)

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Left to right: MAC Mattene in Bing, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L102, Dior Rouge Dior in #976 Daisy Plum, Shu Uemura Lolishine in #789, MAC Lipstick in Funbathing

MAC’s Bing (an LE shade) was my first vampy shade, and as you can see I pretty much dove right in!  It’s VERY dark and mysterious and…insanely hard to wear.  I either blot it down to wear as a stain (as you saw here), or I mix it with other shades to tone it down a bit.  I still dream of being able to wear it full force, however, reminiscent of the looks in these pics below:

LeightonM Goth

LOVE this photo all around – fabulous makeup on Leighton, and he-LLO Ed Westwick!!

Fall - Dark lip 2

Chanel Noirs Obscurs Winter 2009 collection

I’m not too upset by the difficulties of Bing however, because I have found MY best berry lippie shade since – Ellis Faas’ L102.  I get so many compliment on this lip color, it’s crazy!!!  You’d think I’d wear it every day, but it’s almost like I’m trying to ration it or something, because I don’t.  Silly, I know.  In any case, when I do wear it, it honestly makes my day.  You always have to have one of those kinds of products in your back pocket, right? The Dior #976 is actually a similar color but doesn’t have the same impact, somehow, perhaps because of the golden shimmer.

The Shu lipstick is very sheer and not really my style, but I don’t own any Shu and I got it in a swap, so I’ll hang onto it for now (note that it is no longer available).  Funbathing was also procured via swap (and LE), and I really like it’s berry-bronzey goodness, but it feels fall-ish to me, and I haven’t really had a chance to wear it since I was away for most of the fall and was doing the whole *next to no makeup* thing.  It’ll get it’s chance next year!

And now…CORAL.  While it isn’t the typical ‘you gotta own one’ color, trust me – you gotta own one!

Coral Pink Lipstick (2)


Coral Pink Lipstick

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Left to right: MAC Lipstick in Crosswires, Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo Pink, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire, MUFE Rouge Artist Natural in N36

These kind of look pink in my swatches, but IRL they definitely have a coral leaning.  Crosswires is described as a ‘clean pinky orange’ but I don’t see any orange when I wear it at all.  Chanel’s Empire (LE) is described as a ‘pink-peach’ and MUFE’s N36 an ‘iridescent coral’, but to me they’re all in the same vein – coral-pink.  In any case, these are highly wearable shades and seem to go with almost any look I choose (well, Crosswires is a bit bright, but the rest are good to go).  I love them all and enjoy each of these shades immensely! No favorites nor duds in the bunch.

I have one straggler shade here, and sadly it’s also one that I wish would just DIE already – it’s a mauvey purple shade, and I’m not hating on the color, just this one in particular:

Revlon Berry Haute (2)

Revlon Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute

Ehhh…it’s just not my thing!  It’s got too much grey in it, which I have to steer clear of (which tends to rule out a lot of mauve tones) – it just washes me out and doesn’t do me ANY favors at all.  I try to wear it occasionally to use it up, and pair it with brighter shades and bronzer in order to keep me from looking dead and blah.  I’d love to have a great purple shade, as I’ve seen it look truly amazing, but just not this one.  Think more like this:

Purple lip

Gah.  Such an awesome look.  SO not like that lipstick I have.  Must rectify.

Lastly, we have my few lip pencils, which I keep because it seems prudent to do so, but which get absolutely NO play from me at all (oops):


Left to right: Joan Rivers Lip Pencil in Nude!, MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture, Nacara Lip Pencil in Sequoia

I think have have the gamut covered well here – a nude, a neutral, and a red.  These will work with all the lip colors I own, if I ever do get the idea to wear one lol.  Happily, none of these cost me a dime so I might as well keep them on hand and not worry about using them – it’s not like they take up a lot of space!

So – gaps.  There is a lot (in my mind!).  I’m thinking I need a true girly pink, a bright fuchsia, an actual nude, an orange-red (and – just an orange!), a coral-orange, and a fabulous purple…sound about right?  Since I went with 25 as my ‘max’ for lipglosses, I don’t see why I can’t apply the same number to lipsticks.  I’ve got 19, add these shades I’ve noted…well, that makes 26, but I’m sure I’ll finish one of these in time no problem 😀 ~schemes~

Lipliner Collection

What are your thoughts?  Any shades here you’ve tried and loved (or hated)?  What color do you normally gravitate toward?

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  1. #1 by addercatter on February 25, 2013 - 8:33 am

    You could sacrifice buying the 1 gloss so you can add the extra lipstick… You’ve got a great collection. I can’t wait to see what you add in! Kat

    • #2 by Latoya on February 25, 2013 - 6:03 pm

      Aw thanks Kat!! I’m looking forward to adding a few interesting shades to the mix. And the idea of swapping out another gloss for an additional lipstick is smart 😉

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Sarah P. on February 25, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Yay lipsticks! By far my favourite category. I have lots of pinks and reds, but I have never actually swatched them all at once. I should do that.

    I also love corals and true oranges, especially when I have a bit of a summer glow.

    • #4 by Latoya on February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

      Yep, corals and oranges scream summer to me – probably why we like ’em so much 🙂 I was so surprised to see that I had no real pinks – SO gotta get on that!

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  3. #5 by Larie on February 25, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    RED. I love red. I think it doesn’t really matter whether it leans blue or orange so long as you’re comfortable with it, so who cares. But, I do want a red-orange because I have a lot of blue-based ones, as well, and I find that the variety is nice.

    I don’t have a lot of nudes or neutrals. And vampy, love vampy, but find I don’t need too many of those. Have one lipstick and one gloss and that sort of did it for me. For a fuchsia, try Marcelle Cleopatra 😉 Budget-friendly! And that purple-violet photo you showed is insane. Trying to think of a color, but can’t come up with one just yet. I think maybe YSL makes one that shade…

    • #6 by Latoya on February 25, 2013 - 6:53 pm

      Apparently the new Stila Color Balm lipsticks have a similar shade called ‘Gemma’ that’s sold out right now, but is very close – and FABULOUS-LOOKING. I want to get my hands on it! As I do with Marcelle Cleopatra – I saw how fab that is on you!!! As for vampy shades, I seem to have more than I should, as I don’t even rock ’em out much – weird how that happened. But REDS. Yea. I could have a million and never be satisfied!!

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  4. #7 by Emi at Project Swatch on February 25, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous swatches! I hope MAC brings Bing back – I want that vamp!

    • #8 by Latoya on February 25, 2013 - 6:12 pm

      I’m surprised they haven’t actually Emi – seems everything else gets more than one shot at MAC. And since vampy was so popular this past year, I figured for sure they would! Here’s to hoping 🙂

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  5. #9 by BurbBeauty on February 25, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Gorgeous collection and swatches! I love how diverse they are, too.

    • #10 by Latoya on February 25, 2013 - 6:11 pm

      Thanks Lola – you think so? That makes me happy 🙂 Now for just an orange and a purple and a bright pink and I’m good to go hehe

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  6. #11 by Amy on February 26, 2013 - 2:17 am

    Oooh, lipsticks! I love lipsticks! I want all those corals, yeesh, so pretty. I think you have a nice spread, and you’re inspiring me to go through and do this with my own collection! I can already tell you I have disproportionately high numbers of reds, heh 🙂 I hope you’re able to find a rockin’ purple, and fuchsia! Because fuchsia is just so happy.

  7. #12 by Makeup Morsels on February 26, 2013 - 3:43 am

    YAYY seeing this just makes me so HAPPY hahahah. I gravitate toward reds, as I’m sure you know by now. I can see you do too, which brings me much joy. I agree, I think your stash would benefit from an orangey red 🙂 I’ve been eyeing Lancome’s Miss Coquelicot ever since I saw it on Jessica’s blog.

  8. #13 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on February 27, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    Love your collection! I love how level headed you are about purchases! How you really look at what you actually have and try to fill in the voids. That’s amazing to me. I wish I was like you!

  9. #14 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on February 27, 2013 - 8:11 pm

    Ooooh Toya, I would LOVE to see you recreate that Chanel Noirs Obscurs Winter 2009 promo pic makeup! I bet it would look glorious on you!! 😀

  10. #15 by Liz (@Reductionista) on February 28, 2013 - 12:27 am


    I’m on a mission to find the perfect punchy coral lipstick this year. It’s a difficult colour for me and I can’t have it being too pink or too yellowed.

    I love those shots of the vampy lips. Nearly bought Chanel Rouge Noir lipstick to match the nail polish but knew I was going to chicken out of wearing it. Bing looks awesome! Maybe we can try at the vamps full force next year. 🙂

    • #16 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 6:28 pm

      Yessss!!! Lets do it, Liz! It’s gotta happen. Oh my, with the matching polish too – yow!!

      And I hope you find ‘your’ coral Liz! Good luck 😀

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  11. #17 by My Lucite Dreams on February 28, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    I love your entire lip collection! I would wear any of these shades! Just gorgeous, your collection posts my heart beat faster 🙂

    • #18 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 6:26 pm

      Haha I am to please, Taylor – glad you like them! 🙂

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