Beauty Reviews #1: Lip Products (2016 Edition)

As a lover of all things makeup, I enjoy hearing others honest opinions about products, so today I am sharing some of my own. Today we will be starting with lip products, but eye, face, and body products I use are to come.

The rating system we will be using is Yay!, Nay, and Meh. Yay of course is the best, Nay is the worst and meh is indifferent

  • Maybelline Color sensational (the shade Hibiscus Pop and Midnight Plum) Yay!

These are a couple of the favorite lipsticks I own. Both are highly pigmented and the stay power is about that of your typical lipstick. This is not a matte lipstick, but it does not have a wet or sticky look. Hibiscus Pop is a bright Barbie pink shade and the Midnight Plum shade is a very dark purple. If you are looking for a dark lipstick that isn’t black, Midnight Plum is a good choice. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that Hibiscus Pop had a light, flowery scent as well (bonus!).

  • Revlon Color Stay (the shade Iconic) Nay

Unfortunately this one, although not terrible, is not a favorite of mine. The color payoff and stay power was a bit disappointing, and the smell is a bit pungent and unpleasant.

  • NYX Matte lipstick (the shade Merlot) Yay!

This lipstick is another one with great color payoff and the finish is truly matte. If you are looking for a bright, berry-red shade, Merlot is a good choice. Stay power is also quite nice.

  • L’Oréal Color Riche (the shades Ballet Shoes and Tropical Coral) Yay? Meh?

I gave this one a mixed review just because the quality of each of these shades differed dramatically in color payoff. Ballet Shoes is actually a bit faint, while the Tropical Coral shade is nicely pigmented. The stay power for both is about what you would expect. I like to use Ballet Shoes for a more natural look and I have actually used it in a couple makeup tutorials. Tropical Coral is also a nice warm red shade, which I really like. These also smell very nice…kind of like Cabbage Patch Kids! Is that just me?

  • Revlon Super Lustrous (the shades Va Va Violet and Wink for Pink) Yay!

The regular Revlon lipsticks are quite nice in pigmentation, stay power, and finish. Va Va Violet is a dark purple (though not as dark as Maybelline’s Midnight Plum) that is very unique, and Wink for Pink is a very nice pink shade. Highly recommend these for affordable lipsticks.

  • Elf lip exfoliator Yay!

Out of pure curiosity I decided to give this a shot and I really like it! The smell is a very nice sweet scent and it makes exfoliating your lips very easy. One thing I would recommend is not to use this everyday. I noticed that when I used it regularly, it made my lips actually dryer and irritated, so nowadays I usually use it once a week.

  • Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss Yay!

If you want a very shiny, glossy lip gloss, this one is great to get. I was very impressed with how nice this looked, especially the pink shade with my pink lipsticks. Just a heads up though it is a sticky gloss, so if you do not like sticky glosses you probably wouldn’t prefer this.

  • Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer lip balm Yay!

This tinted lip balm is the most pigmented and creamy one I’ve tried and would highly recommend. Like I said it is very creamy and moisturizing and the color payoff is surprisingly good for a light pink.

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