Clinique x Crayola Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Collaboration*
The original and best, as far as I’m concerned – I must have got through about 6 or 7 tubes of ‘Heaping Hazelnut’ over the past couple of years. Clinique’s latest collaboration with Crayola, the worldwide leader in colouring products, is designed to evoke the memories of childhood playtime and spark creativity. There are four colours available in South Africa, with varying degrees of opacity. ‘Pink Sherbert’ is very sheer, whereas ‘Red Violet’ packs quite a punch in the pigment department. They are fool proof to apply, extremely comfortable to wear, and they look fantastic. All in all, an absolute joy.
Available exclusively at Foschini (in store and online). They retail for R290.00.
Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick*
The pigment in these liquid lipsticks is off the charts! One swipe gives you completely opaque coverage, and the pointed applicator makes easy work of creating a uniform lip line. Although they are liquid lipsticks, the formula still has a bit of slip, which those with drier lips will definitely appreciate. We haven’t had the chance to give these a thorough test yet, but we will keep you posted.
CHANEL Jumbo Lip Crayon*
These new lip crayons from Chanel are gloriously pigmented, glossy (but not sticky) and extremely comfortable to wear. They glide into the lips and deposit a punch of juicy colour that wears really well. The nib is small and compact, which allows you to outline your lips with the precision that is required with bolder colours. It’s a twist-up too, so no sharpening required.
Available in 9 shades. They retail for R610 each.
Urban Decay VICE Lipstick* & Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Gloss*
If you watched my most recent tutorial, you will have seen some of the VICE lipsticks in action (if not, how rude – watch it immediately). The formulation is creamy and pigmented, and quite frankly, just bloody awesome. ‘Rapture’ is a cool, beautiful plummy pink, the kind of shade that would flatter everyone – it reminds me of MAC Syrup, actually (a firm favourite over here at All Dolled Up). One swipe will give you solid colour payoff, so if you want something more sheer, just dab/pat it onto the lips and pop some lip balm on top. Gorgeous.
The Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss range comprises of 9 shades of hydrating, creamy glosses – not words you typically expect to hear in the same sentence! I absolutely love the shade Beso, which is sheer, deep-pink mauve. It has a good amount of wear time (about 3-4 hours on me), and it adheres well to the lip without being sticky or tacky. I love the feel of it – minty and a bit tingly, but without the unpleasant plumping side effects. I have been wearing this every day for the past couple of weeks, I am a woman obsessed.
The VICE lipsticks retail for R230.00 (more affordable than MAC…) and the Ultra Nourishing Lipglosses retail for R295.00. They are available from the standalone stores in Sandton City and Eastgate, or online from Foschini.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’
Right, I’m going to just come out and say it: I’m disappointed. I don’t know how it’s possible, because the lipstick is the exact same colour as the lip liner (which I adore), but somehow it just looks quite flat and grey on my lips.
The formula is matte, but not overly so – I would say it’s actually more of a cream finish. It wears well and feels comfortable on the lips, and the angular bullet makes it easy to cheat a fuller lip line (if you don’t have the matching lip liner). I’m just so sad that the shade doesn’t compliment me as much as I thought it would.
Retails for £24.00/3.5g (roughly R395.00).
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick*
The Lips & Boys collection comprises of 50 shades all named after, you guessed it, boys! Tom Ford makes some of the best lipsticks in the business, and they’re often so beautiful (that ‘TF’ stamp gets me every time) that you don’t want to even use them. These are no exception: rich, juicy colours that wear beautifully and feel great on the lips. The colours we received are:
- Addison: a warm pink with a satin finish.
- Logan: bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with very fine violet pearl.
- Cristiano: bold, bright medium-dark orange with strong, red undertones and a mostly matte finish.
We’re not going to have the ‘value for money’ discussion, because Tom Ford is a luxury brand. However, just for cosmetics maths sake: Lips & Boys is R395/2g and the regular lipsticks are R595/3g (both work out to be roughly R197.50/g). So Lips & Boys isn’t any more or less expensive than the regular full-sized lipsticks. Just in case you were wondering.
Julia’s trick: if you don’t want to destroy the TF stamp, use the other side of the bullet. Genius!