Front: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
Left to Right: Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Colour in Lust for Blush (665), Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 11, MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lustering (A25)
Top to bottom: Maybelline, Rimmel, MAC, Nars (x2)
I've had them all for a while now, so I've had time to test and compare the colours, formulas, and lasting time.
To start off the Maybelline lipstick (lust for blush) is a really pretty matte (I'll stress that, it is very matte) pink colour. It has a slight purple-mauve undertone, which makes it unique from all the other pinks I have. It stays all day, even through meals (as long as you don't deliberately wipe it off), and it isn't drying!
The Kate Moss lipstick from Rimmel is a very bright red. It has a high pigmentation, so I recommend just dabbing it on instead of doing a full sweep of colour. Like the Maybelline lipstick, it lasts all day and doesn't dry out your lips. Fun fact: it smells like cinnamon!
For years I've been wanting to try out MAC lipsticks, and my friend (who's a big fan of them) gave me a gift card for MAC for my birthday, and we went to the store to test them all out. I ended up with Lustering, which is a super pretty, mid-tone pink. It's pretty sheer, so I put on two coats for full colour. Unlike the Maybelline lipstick, which I mentioned has a purple undertone, this one has more of a bluish undertone, which is good for pale skin. This lipstick is also very moisturizing; however, since it isn't matte, it tends to fade after a long day, so be sure to bring it along wherever you go to reapply! Fun fact: it smells like vanilla!
The last two lip colours are the Sephora beauty insider birthday gift for the year (sorry to spoil the surprise for those who haven't received it yet!). The first is a matte red colour. It differs from the Rimmel lipstick because it has a more red-orange undertone whereas the Rimmel one has a deeper, more bluish undertone to it. I like this one a little better than the Rimmel one because the colour isn't so bright, making it easier to apply. The only thing is that this one is drying (found that out the first time I wore it) so be sure to apply a chapstick or neutral lip balm as a base. The other lip pencil from Nars is a nude pink (think beige undertones) with a more glossy finish. It's like your natural lip colour, but better (and with some more sheen).
Overall I am really enjoying all of my new lipsticks and glad I finally branched out from subtle balms and glosses!
What are your favourite lip colours?