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Lipstick Week, Day 2: Most Loved Lipsticks

Lipstick Week - Most-Loved Lipsticks

In the few odd years that I’ve been buying makeup, there have been a few stand-outs. Today’s installment for Lipstick Week is going to be about my Most Loved Lipsticks. I’ve found new favorites here and there, but these are the ones that I’ve used the most.

They’re probably most-used also because they’re a bit older than some of my other purchases, but I thought I’d show you which colors I wore a lot before I drowned in the Sea of Impulse Buying.

Most-Used Lipstick - Chanel Perle - Face I’ll start with a Chanel Rouge Coco in Perlé. I talked about this in my first Lipstick Week installment, Chanel Lipsticks.

It was my first high-end lipstick purchase, and I actually bought it off my friend, Jin, who wasn’t feeling the color, so it wasn’t until much later that I swatched like a crazy woman to make a purchase. This was pretty much handed to me and it’s weird because I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but I love it a lot.

As you can see, it’s a pretty easy color to wear. It’s kind of a warm, dusty rose with warm brown undertones, and a decent amount of shimmer that draws attention to your lips. Rouge Coco is one of my favorite Chanel formulas, second only to their matte range, the Rouge Allure Velvet.

It’s supposed to be hydrating and creamy, but some people have experienced dryness with it. I’ve personally had no problems with it drying out my lips, but as you can see, it does nothing for my lip lines. I don’t personally mind that, though I though I would mention it.

Most-Used Lipstick - NARS Vendanges - Face Next up is a NARS Sheer Lipstick in Vendanges, which came out in the summer of 2012, if I’m not mistaken. I think it’s a permanent color, though. Vendanges is a sheer grape, and is a color I would never have picked out for myself.

I remember purchasing this at the time that I started reading through Temptalia and getting into the world of beauty blogging. I backread so many pages and I listed out stuff I wanted to try at a beauty counter and this was one of the things I listed down. I looked at the tube, said “Pass!” but I couldn’t let go of it, so I tried it on myself and ended up getting it.

I completely fell in love with this color when I was traveling, though. For a month, I only had this, MAC’s Jubilee, Chanel’s La Distinguée, and a lipstick I picked up halfway through from Kiko at my disposal. I wore this the most. 🙂 I wasn’t into eye makeup yet, so I totally felt like this added that pop of color to my face without too much effort.

NARS lipsticks also have my favorite scent. I tried to Google it to see what exactly it was, but LOL so many people apparently hate it! I think it’s a cross between lemony fresh and flowery. I don’t know. All I know is that I like this smell the best.

Most-Used Lipstick - MAC Jubilee - Face The third one is a MAC Lustre Lipstick in Jubilee, which was my first MAC purchase and the only one by MAC I had for a really long time.

As I mentioned before, I have a really, really hard time going to a MAC counter and picking colors. It’s really a problem of too many options and while some people like that, it practically scares me into oblivion.

Anyway, I was looking at nudes (lol) and this one looked the best on me, in my opinion. I personally don’t like the concealer lips look, but some people can pull it off. I think it’s really a matter of finding the right kind of nude that goes with your skin tone, and for me, that was Jubilee.

The problem was, it was always out of stock! Sarie’s mom, Tita Gidget, went to the States though and picked up a tube for me, so I thought that was really thoughtful and sweet. This is another effortless shade of lipstick that goes with practically anything, so I think that’s a plus, too.

Most-Used Lipstick - Revlon Lip Butter Sugar Plum - Face Last but not the least, I have here a Revlon Lip Butter, which isn’t technically a lipstick, but it very well could be because of its pigmentation. It’s one of the first two I got and it remains my favorite.

I honestly think this jump-started my love for plummy lip colors. I think it’s a really good wash of color, and is perfect for everyday use, especially since it’s fairly moisturizing and it’s easy to reapply. I find that some lipstick formulas are a pain to reapply, but not so with this! It’s really pretty much like putting on Chapstick again in the middle of the day. Very effortless.

I absolutely love Sugar Plum, and this would have been a definite repurchase if Revlon suddenly decide to go cruelty-free again. Right now, I still have the remaining product in my tube to last me a few more uses, so I’m not too torn about it.

Speaking of remaining product, I thought it would be fun to show you how much product I have left in each. I’ve twisted them all the way up, of course:

Most-Used Lipstick - Chanel Perle - Tube

Chanel Rouge Coco in Perlé

I sadly accidentally closed a cap on this one and smooshed a bit of the tip.

Most-Used Lipstick - NARS Vendanges - Tube

NARS Sheer Lipstick in Vendanges

Sigh, see how much love this one got?

Most-Used Lipstick - MAC Jubilee - Tube

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Jubilee

I honestly think more people should try Jubilee! 🙂 I don’t hear a lot about it, though I do think it would suit a lot of medium to dark skintones who are looking for a good nude.

Most-Used Lipstick - Revlon Sugar Plum - Tube

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

Obligatory swatch picture:

Most-Used Lipstick - Swatches - MAC Jubilee, Revlon Lip Butter Sugar Plum, NARS Vendanges, Chanel Perle

Swatches, L-R: MAC Jubilee, Revlon Sugar Plum, NARS Vendanges, Chanel Perlé

And that is that! What are some of your most loved/most used lipsticks? Any new favorites? 🙂

On my face, if anyone cares: Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth Boosting Face Powder (Translucent, Matte), Maybelline Color Tattoo (Bad to the Bronze), MAC eyeshadow (Satin Taupe), MAC eye kohl (Prunella), The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (02), Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Exposed)

This post contains brands that are not currently cruelty-free or do not conduct animal testing except when required by law. All items were purchased prior to my personal cruelty-free pledge.


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  2. Jin says

    I remember letting you swatch on Perle in HK! Happy to hear that you ended up loving it. 🙂

  3. When I bought the Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar plum it was my first time to buy a lipstick without testing/swatching. Just pure trust on you. Can’t remember when was that post. Anyway, the bottomline… I love it. It’s my favorite now. So thanks a lot!

    • Aw, that means a lot to me and I’m so happy it worked out so well for you. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  4. Your hand swatch makes me want to get Revlon’s Sugar Plum! (But not here coz Revlon’s crazy marked up here.)

    • Yeah, insane talaga! Though in Australia, it’s more pa. Haha like $36 for a Revlon foundation. They have sales here often, which was when I bought mine at half off 😀

  5. This was so much fun to read!! 🙂 Jubilee was my first MAC purchase and it’s still the only one. Mine is barely used though, for some reason I didn’t get along with it very well. You made me want to dust it off though!

    • I know! I love reading about people’s histories with products and brands. 🙂 Would love to read about yours!

      Maybe it will be better now? 🙂 I wonder if it works well with fairer/cooler skintones at it seems like a warm color that’s between light and midtone.

  6. Kelly says

    Love this post and love your blog! Could you do a review sometime of the Too Cool for School Dinoplatz highlighter? I have just discovered this and am thinking of trying to track it down here in the US, but there aren’t many good reviews online. 🙂

    • Thank you, Kelly. 🙂 I’ll definitely do that. I’m planning to do a highlighters post, actually!

  7. Jenine says

    These all look so pretty on you, Miss Carina! I especially love MAC Jubilee! I’m not a huge fan of nude lips since I’m pretty pale-looking and nudes tend to make me corpse-like, but Jubilee seems really pretty! And I love how the Lustre finish looks and feels on my lips, so maybe I should check this out. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jenine. 🙂 I think it’s a perfect in-between nude and MLBB shade. Is your skin tone warm? Mine’s fair-medium and seems to be warm, which is why I think nudes don’t really work on me. So Jubilee it is. 🙂 Let me know how it works out for you!

  8. I can’t let go of my Mac Twig. Once it smells off, I buy another tube. It just looks amazing on me.

    • That’s awesome that you found a perfect lippie for you. 🙂 I recently got Twig and I love it, too!

  9. I absolutely love Sugar Plum and I actually got it because you posted about how much you loved it! Haha!

  10. These all look lovely on you. I have two of them (MAC’s Jubilee and Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum) and they’re both two of my favourites (I also really love MAC’s Plumful and Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie). My absolute favourite lipsticks, like you, are Chanel. A holy grail product for me is the Rogue Allure in Silhouette. It’s such a gorgeous colour. On my lips, it’s a MLBB, but a little darker and more brown-toned. I hope it’s still on the counter because when it runs out it’s a definite repurchase. Another is the Rogue Allure in Romantic, a beautiful pink brightens up the face without being too bright. And a firm favourite (that was I think unfortunately limited edition, but I am so so glad I picked it up) is the Rogue Hydrabase in New York Red. It’s a VERY bright red, and the perfect red in my opinion. I have never worn this lipstick and not gotten a compliment. And I love my YSL Rogue Volupte in #23. A very pretty brown-toned pink, with a lot of shine.
    Wowsers, that was long.

    • LOL, it’s okay, I like long comments. 🙂

      First of all, thanks! 🙂 I haven’t tried Berry Smoothie, but I have Raspberry Pie. It is VERY bold, which probably explains why I don’t wear it often. However, I do love Plumful!

      Holy crap, what is this Rouge Hydrabase? It sounds so awesome. I don’t even know if I actually want to know since it is LE.

      How do you find the scent of YSL Rouge Voluptes? I hate the mango smell and it keeps me from wanting to buy more, even though I am completely in love with their shade range. #23 sounds so good.

      • The lip butters I have are: Berry Smoothie, Sugar Plum, Raspberry Pie, Peach Parfait and Pink Truffle. The only one I regret getting is Peach Parfait, because even though I love the colour, it is so goddamn glittery that I never wear it. Berry Smoothie and Sugar Plum are my favourites because they give a lovely wash of colour while being completely wearable. I completely agree that Raspberry Pie is quite bold — I didn’t get it originally for that reason, but I kept gravitating towards it and thinking, “well, it’s not that expensive. I can get away with having it for special occasions, right?”
        The Rouge Hydrabase is fantastic, but I’m afraid it’s been discontinued since 2010 (I think, according to Google). It was phased out when they brought the new line of Rouge Cocos in. I don’t really know why, because IMO they’re completely different. My Rouge Hydrabase in NY Red is a mostly-matte colour, but glides on and I love it to death.
        I don’t mind the scent of the YSL Rouge Voluptes. I don’t love it, that’s for sure, and I think it’s a bit too strong (I’d mind it less if it was the same scent but more mild) but I’m willing to deal with it for a gorgeous colour. Also, I like that it smells different to other lipsticks. I always know if I’m about to put on YSL, you know? You should definitely go to YSL counter and try the #23, even if you don’t get it. I have a feeling it’d look gorgeous on you — my lips are slightly less pigmented than yours, so I think it’d be a good MLBB for you/a lovely pink.
        This was long again, but I’ll assume you don’t mind :p x

  11. This is exactly what I was talking about when I tagged you! You have a lot of I’d-never-get-that-shade-but-it-turns-up-awesome lipsticks. I just can’t tell yet if they would look as pretty on me because your skin is so warm and beeyootiful!

    • Aw, awesome! I’m glad you found some shades you like here. Hope you try them out. 🙂 I would always be so diyahe to swatch in stores, but I’ve made enough mistakes to not swatch on my lips just because I got too diyahe!

      (Swatching drugstore lipsticks on my lips is another story, though, LOL.)

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  13. I stumbled across your lovely blog on my travels through the internet and I absolutely adore this series! I’m also a big fan of Vendanges and I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who likes the scent of Nars lipsticks. I can never get the description to my liking either, but you’re right that there’s something kind of lemon-blossom-y about it. (I find Rouge Bunny Rouge lipsticks have the same scent.) Happy to have found Softly Sometimes (great name by the way).

    • Aw, thank you for such kind words, Kat. 🙂 I hope you stick around for future posts! I like your blog a lot, too. 🙂 I smelled my lone RBR lipstick and didn’t find them to smell alike! Maybe it depends on the formula? In any case, I love the NARS smell, and I’m glad someone else agrees with me!

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