MAKE UP / Brightly Colored Pouts

bright swatches

As you guys know, I’ve finally conquered the whole I-can’t-pull-off-red-lipstick-fear (as seen here). After that, I had another little monster – bright lipsticks in shades of coral, fuchsia and pink. Over the past year, I’ve bought and hid these colors in my drawer, occasionally taking them out to play with and immediately wiping it off since I thought I looked like a scary clown.

I’ve always felt that these colors were made for girls with lighter skin tones than me and that I should just stick to shades that I’m comfortable with. Now, red is awesome but after awhile you kind of want to mix it up. I kept seeing images of girls pull off bright colors in magazines, Pinterest and other blogs and I thought I might be able to do the same if I wear something a bit more subtle. A couple of weekends ago, I went to a wedding reception and thought I’d attempt to wear pink (usually the lighting is pretty dim at these things so if it looked bad, no one would really be able to tell).

I kept my eye make-up fairly simple by doing a subtle smokey eye using Urban Decay’s NAKED palette in Sin and Hustle (with this technique I posted ), applying a light colored blush and using Sephora’s Cream Lipstain in Forever Fuchsia. Seen here on Instagram.

I actually ended up really liking the bright blue with the pink as it didn’t look too overwhelming with simple make-up. Usually with Indian clothes I like to match my eye shadow to the color of the sari but I opted not to here since I thought the pink would be “electrifying” (or “frightening”) enough.

Since I finally tried that out, I thought I’d do a quick review of the colors that I do have to see what might work for someone with my skin tone. When I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to invest in a certain lip color, I first start off with a few drug store brands. Say those are “working” for me but something is a little bit off and I still want to find the right shade, I’ll head to Sephora or MAC so I can try colors on then choose one. I had previously bought four bright shades by Revlon (my favorite drug/grocery store lipstick brand) in Hot Coral, Lilac Champagne, Persian Melon and Stormy Pink (I purchased these with HEB coupons so I ended up spending about $3 for each). Then I bought a Sephora brand color. Here are my reviews for all of these:

Revlon’s Hot Coral (reddish-orange): It took me a while but I think with the right outfit, I might like this color. I also like the fact that it’s matted and a bit bold so I didn’t need to apply too much to get the exact color to show.

Hot Coral_Combo

Revlon’s Lilac Champagne (magenta-pink): This one is less matted than the previous one, a bit shiny and it takes a few swipes to get the color. However, I like the subtle pinkness of it and the sheen that it provides. It’ll still take me some time to wear this one out in public.

Lilac Champagne_Combo

Revlon’s Persian Melon (magenta-pink): Earlier last year I heard girls rave about this color on their blogs and they looked good wearing it but it was also always sold out. I finally found it on a whim one time and decided to buy it since I’d heard such good things about it. I applied it and found the color to be similar to the Lilac Champagne color but it took A LOT more swipes to get a nice shade. In the end, my lips just felt awkward and a bit too shiny. I wasn’t a huge fan of it and I doubt I’ll wear it.

Persian Melon_Combo

Sephora’s Forever Fuchsia (magenta): Towards the end of last year, I was out and about at Sephora and thought I’d check out other colors in their Cream Lipstain collection, since I really liked the bold color and feel of their Always Red stain. I ended up finding Forever Fuchsia, tried it on and actually really liked it. The color is bright but when you put it on, it becomes slightly darker and has a subtle sheen to it as seen below. It’s not HOT pink against my skin tone (as it might be on others) but it’s bold enough to be a pink that I like.


Revlon’s Stormy Pink (light pink matte): I was expecting this one to be a bit more bright than what it turned out to be. However, I actually like the subtle pink color of it and with the NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Pinky it brings the color out more. I’ll definitely be wearing this one out when I don’t want to over-do it on the lipstick.

Stormy Pink_Combo

I’ve heard that Urban Decay’s Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Hot Pink or Big Bang are also good ones but haven’t had the chance to try them out.

I think for right now, I’m good with my Sephora-brand Forever Fuchsia one and if I really want to pop, I’ll use Revlon’s Hot Coral. (Though, I might just stick to red most of the time). Are there any bold, bright lip colors that you guys have tried and liked?

Face: Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #145. *Cover Girl Simply Pressed Powder in Buff Beige. *NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Pinky. *Blush – Cover Girl Cheekers in Plum Plush.

Eyes: Primer – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Eye shadows – Urban Decay NAKED palette. *Eye liner – Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black. *Mascara – L’Oreal Shocking Extensions in Blackest Black.

*Sold in local drug or grocery stores or online.

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