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Which Lip Product Is Perfect For You?

15 November, 2021 - 05:29am by - Head Pixie | 11 Comments

by BR Tabatha

My mother's makeup stash felt like a treasure trove when I was a girl. I spent hours gazing adoringly at her products, but it was the lipstick that I most admired. It appeared the epitome of glamour, of sophistication, and on the odd occasion when she dabbed a little upon my lips I felt so grown up. My how times have changed. Back then the basic bullet lipstick seemed to be all that was on offer for our lips, and a cream formula was the rage. If you wanted to nourish your lips Vaseline was the go. Balms may have existed, but not in my household. These days though? The market is filled with lip products of all types. So what's what? And what might be best for you? Check out our lip lovers list!

The Balm

A good lip balm is a basic but must-have product. It nourishes, it hydrates, it gives a healthy look without being too in your face. It's not sticky. It can come clear or tinted, if you'd like a bit of colour. And it's easy to apply without a mirror. Just run it over your lips and go. 

The Stick

With quite literally hundreds upon hundreds of millions of lipsticks sold a year, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't recognise a little bullet of gorgeousness when they see one. Lipsticks come in a variety of formulas, such as matte, velvet, shiny and cream, and within those formats you'll find variations in pigmentation. The right lipstick for you depends on the depth of colour you'd like to achieve, how often you want to reapply, not to mention how your lips tolerate a formula. Hydrated lips can rock a matte, whereas if your lips tend on the drier side a creamier lipstick's for you.

The Liquid

There was a time not that long ago where liquid lipsticks were all the rage. While they're still popular, they're no longer the be-all and end-all, as many of us with drier lips discovered we didn't enjoy the puckered, flaky look that a liquid lip can create... or the time and precision it takes to achieve a perfect lip line. (I once stuffed up a red liquid lip so many times I looked like the Joker from Batman. No joke.) If you are keen to go the liquid route, make sure you exfoliate first, then apply balm and let it sink in (or wipe of the excess) before applying the liquid lip.

A good exfoliation and hydration is what you'll also want do to too if you're going to try...

The Tint

A lip tint creates that 'just bit into a berry' look upon one's lips. The tint itself can look like a tricky wee beastie to deal with, but in all honesty it's an easy product to play with. Just take a little on your fingertip, dab, dab, dab on your inner lip area working it out, then you're good to go with a flush of colour that lasts and lasts. (Do wash your hands quickly after the dabbing bit or you'll look like you've got cochineal all over your fingertip).

The Gloss

Want a lush lipped look in a single swipe? A gloss is your go to! Shiny, plumping, pretty; they come in an array of shades and can offer a hint of colour or a goodly dose of pigment. Easy to apply, they're also versatile and can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick.

The Topper

Glittery, glimmery, shimmery - lip toppers can be applied on top of lipsticks of the liquid or solid variety to give your lips an extra kick of glamour while giving them a plumper appearance. If you're more refrained in your appearance a lip topper might not be for you - it's kind of like a disco ball in makeup form.

The Mask

Lip masks are kind of like lip balms on steroids. You can wear one during the day, but the ideal is to apply it at night, go nigh nighs and wake up with soft lips. I fell victim to the Laneige lip mask craze and, as much as I love how it feels on my lips and the strawberry scent is delicious, I get the same result after using Aquaphor, which is a whole lot cheaper.

SO many options, so many pretties, only one pair of lips... lucky there are plenty of hours in a day!

So, my lipped-up lovelies, tell me... Which lip product is your favourite? If you could only have one what would it be and why? Get chatting below!


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12th February, 2022

I love my purple and bright pink lipsticks. Give me a youthful pop of colour! A bit tricky at the moment with mask wearing, so am opting for subtle washes of lip tints. Can't wait to get back to my signature look though!

19th November, 2021

The balm! It is hydrating, and easy to use. easy to carry and practical. Keeps my lips moisturised and healthy looking. Plus there are no smudges to worry about! And I can apply it without a mirror when I am rushing around :) I would also love to try the mask as I haven't tried that yet :)

17th November, 2021

If I had to pick one : I would probably say gloss usually however now I think you can get some lipsticks that are good for dry lips so I would say lipstick now!

17th November, 2021

It would have to be a creamy bullet of colour. Nothing like a bit of colour to brighten you up. I have recently bought a Mac matte lipstick and it's the best matte I've ever used, not as drying as others I have tried.

A lip balm is a must at night, one that's natural.

Sometimes a gloss is nice for a change.

16th November, 2021

The stick is must have followed by balm. Both used on a daily basis multiple times.

15th November, 2021

In terms of practicality a balm. I don't go a single day without putting on lip balm at least a couple times and I actually do use up lip balms. I bought a variety pack on iherb some years back and I'm working through it. In terms of color it'd be the good old bullet lipstick, plenty of color but not drying, can last depending on the formula and how you apply it, you can wear it if your lipstick are dry or moisturized and it's easy and quick to apply. With liquid lipsticks I feel it's high maintenance and then low maintenance for the rest of the day until you eat and then need to re-apply then you may have some flaking and dry lips. Glosses are gorgeous but they don't last and your hair can stick to them if you go outside. I do really like my lip eclipse from Sigma in Sigma pink which is a gorgeous glossy liquid lipstick, but I do have a pencil that matches the color making application easy and I've gotten so many compliments on the shade.

15th November, 2021

Tough choice but I would have to go with the balm as my lips do get very dry easily! I do love the liquid though because the application is super easy and the lids do not crack and break like the sticks, which is really not good the handbag contents!!

15th November, 2021

I am in love with the Essence plumping lip glosses. They are super cheap but work better than most f the expensive ones I have used. They are smooth and nice, not sticky and definitely plump my lips. They have some gorgeous colours that are just hints of colour but leave your lips so shiny and nice. They also taste and smell nice. I bought one for my teenage daughter and borrowed it one day, then went back and bought a couple for myself.

15th November, 2021

I use lip balm all the time. I'm not into makeup or lipstick, I like to look naturally beautiful and for that it's important to have nice skin - and that includes the lips!

15th November, 2021

Balm for night or a non lippy day. Other wise bullet and liquid. Not a gloss fan but really liked a Shiseido? One I I last year in the BBBE Box.

15th November, 2021

I like glosses and pencils but use liquids, tints, and balms as well.


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