Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read My Lips - A.K.A what pout-related products do I travel with?

When I first started packing for my vacation to India, it really wasn't that difficult - overall. I knew I wouldn't be wearing a lot of makeup, so I eliminated most base-related products, and I wouldn't have time to do elaborate eye looks, so that eliminated most eye products.

What I did have time for, however, was the lips. I needed to (a) keep it simple, and (b) cover all my bases. Not so difficult, right?

Ummm... nope. For one thing, I have what looks like a gazillion lipsticks, in varying finishes, and it became a huge deal to pick the right one (whatever that meant).

Finally, I ended up settling for one from each color family - pink, coral, red, and berry. I also decided that I would sacrifice long-lastingness for moisturization (apparently my subconscious knew I'd be struggling with chapped lips, somehow). And since I hate the whole 'I'm-wearing-lipstick-now-ooops-now-I'm-not' look, I selected shades that were on the sheerer side so that they wouldn't look too bad when they faded away to oblivion.

So, what'd I end up picking?

Representing the corals, we have the NYC CityProof Twistable Intense Lipcolor in Canal St. Coral. This is an orange-coral that is semi-opaque on the lips, but the color can be built up. It has become my one of my favorites, because it's a lovely color. I have been wearing this every time I go out because it brightens up my face without looking too over-the-top. There are some glitches in the formula, though. It's not as moisturizing as I'd like it to be, unfortunately.It also has a tendency to emphasize rough/dry areas of the lip, so I have to prep my lips before I use it - which adds extra time to a routine I want to keep fuss-free. Still, it's worth checking out because it's a nice color!

From the pinks (and pinky-mauves) it's the Clinique Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy and the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in #08. The Clinique Chubby Stick is a sheer, yellow-toned medium pink that's a wee bit light for me, but in a good way (if that makes sense?). It's very forgiving, and very moisturizing, so I reach for it more often than not when I have chapped lips, but want to add a little something something to the way I look. Subtle, sweet, and, uh... so-right? 
The Rimmel #08 is a great MLBB for me, and is fairly long lasting too. It's a medium warm-toned pinky-mauve with no brown in it. I usually apply it opaquely, then blot it down to leave a stain, for extra staying power. It isn't super moisturizing, but doesn't dry out my lips, and what's more, it does tend to be a little forgiving of dry lips, especially if you apply a lipbalm over it.

Over on the side, from la familia of reds, let me introduce you to Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in #01 and the Lipstick Queen lipstick in Medieval. First off, I'm going to let you run to the nearest store/e-store and buy all the Lipstick Queens, because dang it, this is a wonderous lipstick. It looks scary red in the tube, but it's so sheer - so sheer that when I first got it, I mocked it for being so, well, sheer. BUT THEN IT HAPPENED. I applied it on my lips, and dang it all, I was amazed. It somehow made my lips look juicy and classy and... miraculous, without looking like I had applied lipstick. It's magic, you guys. It really is. I have hella pigmented lips, and it works for me... I'm willing to bet it works for you, too. This has fast become my favorite lipstick ever, and I'm definitely going to make sure I repurchase this when I run out!
The Rimmel #01 is a bright, blue-toned classic red which applies with complete opacity. I've never had the lady-ovaries to wear it out in all its glory, so I usually wear it way toned down as a sheer stain. Like the #01, it's not terribly moisturizing, but doesn't cause my lips to flake, or leave me with ring-around-the-lips syndrome. It does require a little more prep work than the #01, however, and if you plan to wear it totally opaque, it's a good idea to use a lip liner under it.

To round up the posse, we have the lone berry shade (which, if I'm honest, isn't really a berry) - meet the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry. Ummm, can I just say I love this color and if this color were a person I would probably be BFF's with it, and let it be my rock of support on a daily basis, because you know I'm not going to be travelling anywhere without it. *nods head wisely* Sultry is a dusky rose-brown shade with berry tones to it (which explains why I can't really call it a true berry). It's a great shade, one of those 'Pick-this-if-you're-in-a-pinch' shades. It goes with most looks, can be worn opaque or blotted down, is comfortable to wear (even if it isn't moisturizing) and suits my brown skin like butter suits toast. It isn't an MLBB for me, but it does make me feel all grown-up and put-together no matter what.

In the above swatches, the NYC lipcolor, Clinique and Lipstick Queen have been
swatched multiple times, while the rest have been swatched once.

What do you think of my choices? Am I missing anything? What would you take with you on travel? Comment below and let me know!


  1. OK, now I really can't believe I've ever passed up all the Lipstick Queen trios and sets I've spotted at Ulta! My favorite Works-With-Everything travel lip product has been Fresh Sugar Rose for the last few years, but it does NOT travel well in hot weather (sigh)

    1. Me too! For some reason I never gave them much thought, but looks like I'll have to try out some of the other shades :D

      I feel you on the Fresh lip balm; so pretty, but so bad when it's hot :(

  2. The Rimmel Kate Moss 08 looks so good!
    And Lipstick Queen, been hearing tons! :D

    Loved the choices!

    1. It's actually a pretty great line - not sure why more people don't talk about it!

      You definitely have to try out Lipstick Queen! Medieval is lovely :D

  3. Heard so much about the lipstick queen lipsticks! got to try them! loved the rimmel lipstick shade..perfect for everyday wear :)

  4. AnonymousJuly 22, 2014

    Oh Gods, Lipstick Queen T_T I need to be in a country where they sell this magical product!!! (then again, my wallet is probably reieved that I'm not, LOL!)

    Yay also for the Revlon Matte Balms and Clinique Chubby Sticks!

    I pretty much travel with Chubby Sticks too - especially as I got the holiday set with the three mini ones (Whole Lotta Candy or whatever it was called). :-)

    1. The Chubby Sticks are pretty awesome, especially if you want something more moisturizing. I don't think any other chubby crayon I own comes even close to being as moisturizing...(but I'll have to investigatee further! :D )

  5. I would carry a neutral shade like L'oreal moisture matte sheer plum or MAC fast play and a bright shade like rimmel apocalips Aurora or Colorbar tangerino