As I’m sure many of you are well aware, I am and always have been more attracted to a very sheer, subtle lip. Tinted balms and sheer, balmy lipsticks are my go-to’s when I want to look a bit more polished and put-together. It seems that sheer lip color is also becoming more and more popular, especially now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner! So, I’ve decided that I should put together a post highlighting some of my favorites as of late for you! I think every single product would be great for a light, no-fuss pop of color during the warmer months. So here it is: a lipstick-phobe’s guide to lip color!
–Field Rose on left, Copper (adorable mini-size) on right–
You must have heard me mention this product at least once before, whether it be in a post, on twitter, commenting on someone else’s blog, etc. I absolutely adore this formula! It’s so balmy and nice, every single shade in the line is fabulous, and it stays put for a decent amount of time for such a balmy formula. I fully intend on collecting the entire shade lineup one day so watch out for that!
–Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy–
I don’t love the Rouge Coco Shine formula as much as I do the Lip Mist but it’s still a very nice option. Plus, Boy is such a beautiful, easy-to-wear color that I still happily put up with the much shorter (compared to the Lip Mist) wear time.
–left to right: Sugar Rosé, Sugar Plum, Sugar Honey–
*the above link takes you to my review for Sugar Coral, which also has swatches of Sugar Rosé and Sugar Honey. This link will take you to my review of Sugar Plum
Love these–absolutely love them. They are supremely moisturizing, have just the perfect amount of pigment and shine, and all the shades are beautiful and immensely flattering. I am almost out of my favorite–the Sugar Honey shade (the tube on its side above. The writing has worn off the tube)–so I definitely need to repurchase. For me, this is the ultimate “nude” lip. Anything lighter and the result is usually me being mistaken for a cadaver. But Sugar Honey is a light-medium neutral-pink and suits my skin tone beautifully. I will never be without this shade again!
Sugar Plum looks like it’d be more suited for fall or winter but honestly, it’s so sheer that it works year-round. Sugar Coral (not pictured) is a beautiful, vibrant shade–much more pigmented than the others. It will be beautiful come summertime! And Sugar Rosé is just a lovely, soft, feminine wash of pink. It’s really nice anytime but I am especially loving it now for spring.
–new Revlon Lip Butter shades for Spring 2013. Clockwise from top left: Juicy Papaya, Pink Lemonade, Wild Watermelon, Sorbet (at very bottom)–
5. Revlon Lip Butters
I don’t own too many of these but I definitely plan to continue expanding my collection and trying some of the other shades that I’ve heard so many good things about. I do have all the newly released Spring shades though and I absolutely love them–Juicy Papaya has been my go-to as of late. It’s not as moisturizing and balmy as Peach Parfait (one of the original shades and the only other shade I had tried previous to these new releases) but it’s still really nice. The pop of color these add is perfect–not too dark, not too light. I never have to worry about applying these without a mirror!
–left to right: Hibiscus, Pink Blossom, Tiger Lily–
4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
They’re cheap, they’re easy to apply, they’re easily accessible, and they keep my super-dry lips soft and moisturized while adding a pretty tint. They remind me of Laura Mercier’s Hydratints, which I used to use before discovering these. These are pretty much exactly the same, even down to the very similar packaging, at just a fraction of the price. You can’t beat that!
–there are 2 Tinted Lip Enhancers and 2 Pearl Lip Enhancers pictured. While I do love all of them, the Pearl version is more just a shimmery gloss. I’m talking about the 2 tinted ones in this post, which are Bellini (coral shade) and Shiraz (deep wine shade)–
New for spring 2013, these tinted balm/gloss hybrids are a real treat for the lips. Super moisturizing, just a hint of color, glossy shine…the only thing these don’t have is SPF. But I can live with that because they’re just so darn pretty! I carry Bellini with me in my purse at all times now. It goes with everything so it’s a good one to have for touch-up emergencies–especially when I need to treat dry or flaky lips but I still want a pretty pop of glossy color.
–Sunset Angora on left, Sheer Linen on right–
I reviewed these a while ago and my thoughts on them have not changed–I think this is a really great drugstore lipstick! They’re balmy, smooth, shiny, moisturizing, and come in 16 beautiful shades! Plus you gotta love that drugstore price! Sheer Linen and Sunset Angora are my favorite shades. Especially Sunset Angora–it’s so pretty and warms my face right up!
Swatches of the Revlon Lip Butters and Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms (click on the links above to see swatches for the other products):
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So that’s it! How about you? Do you depend more on opaque, full-coverage lipsticks or sheer lip products? What’s your favorite sheer lip product?