Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Springing Spring: Pink Lipsticks

I have somehow, in the last couple months, managed to acquire three cool pink lipsticks. That's not a color family that I tend to gravitate towards, preferring warmer pinks or deeper plums, but a confluence of factors (one I won in a giveaway, one was a free gift with purchase, and one caught my eye in Rite Aid) led to this point, so...whatever. Here's my thoughts!

Tarte LipSurgence SkinTuitive Lip Tint in Energy*
This is one of those "pH matching" products, which is complete baloney, but it came free from Ulta when I ordered my mother's mascara, and even if the marketing is a bunch of hooey, that doesn't mean it's not still a pretty pink. And it is, though it's not without its issues. It applies clear, and like all Tarte LipSurgence products, it smells and tastes like mint and tingles a bit upon application. After a minute or two, it's turned into a sheer medium pink (thanks to the Red #27 in it). It's mildly moisturizing, in spite of the peppermint, but I don't get very long wear and need to reapply roughly every hour. It does lightly stain, but only the inside of my lips; for it to wear completely evenly, I need to exfoliate my lips ahead of time, and that's more than I can usually remember to do. Still, it was free, and it's pretty on, so I'll probably use up the sample! $24 for 0.1 oz, available from Sephora, among others
*free gift with purchase

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen Candy Jar**
I tried one Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen, in Queen Alice, when they were leaving Sephora and on sale, but something had gone wrong with the formula and it was bumpy and weird, so I was looking forward to trying a nice new pristine one! Candy Jar is a light cool pink with a cream finish. It looks bright in the tube, but it has a white base, so it's very baby pink applied (moreso than it looks in this picture). I don't have anything else like it, as that's not a color I tend to go for, but the formula is nice (moisturizing, 1-2 hour wear, unscented) and I'm glad to have it! $22 for 0.12 oz, available from Tarina Tarantino and Dermstore
**won in a giveaway

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Fuchsia Shock

I read good things about these lipsticks, and happened across the display in Rite Aid one week when Revlon was on sale and I wanted something bright and punchy for spring. Fuchsia Shock is a semi-sheer fuchsia with shimmer, though it's not really noticeable on the lips. The formula is somewhat sheer and balmy and feels oh so lovely to apply, though it doesn't have the greatest wear, clocking in at around an hour before needing reapplication. Out of the three lippies here, this shade is the one that works best on me, as it's bright enough to not be too...twee, I guess? It's nice and fuss-free and pretty, and I'm happy to have it for the warm weather! ~$8 for 0.13 oz, available at Ulta and drugstores

Here they are all swatched in a row next to a couple of my other pinks; you can see that these three are cooler and pinker than the MACs. (For some reason, Blogger screwed up the hues and gave them all a greenish cast, so…just ignore that.)
left to right: Revlon Fuchsia Shock, Tarina Tarantino Candy Jar, Tarte Energy, MAC Lustering, MAC Plumful
What do you think? Do you wear pink lipstick, and if so, what's your favorite shade?
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