A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

This week I'm diverging from the 2020 Lipstick Chronology in order to review my first new lipstick of 2021: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square! I spent much of my January no-buy scouring the web for a replacement for Topshop Matte Lipstick in Rio Rio, which I bought and reviewed back in June … Continue reading A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower

Rituel de Fille is a brand that I've been following, but not actually patronizing, since its launch in 2014. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a bench during a break from my dissertation seminar in Washington, D.C., and scrolling through the newly launched Rituel de Fille website. The brand's aesthetic seemed designed for … Continue reading Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower

Thanksgiving Red: ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Liquid Courage

Inspired by Renee's recent post on her upcoming yearlong no-buy, I've been thinking about how to reduce my own beauty consumption in 2019. I was particularly struck by Renee's observation that her "interests are varied, but the blog is relatively linear--how might that change if I created more of the kind of content I really … Continue reading Thanksgiving Red: ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Liquid Courage

Reverse Lipstick Chronology #4: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Let’s Play

Needless to say, I wasn't feeling particularly celebratory or patriotic this Independence Day, but I also wasn't going to miss the chance to wear blue highlighter and metallic red lipstick at the same time. I thought I'd use this FOTD post to write a quick review of a product I bought back in November: ColourPop … Continue reading Reverse Lipstick Chronology #4: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Let’s Play

Reverse Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Smoking Red

Drugstore makeup has become a lot more interesting over the past few years, and I can't help but envy people who are just getting into makeup now and have access to so many weird lipsticks at affordable price points. I've always been drawn to slightly eccentric makeup, but in my early twenties it was impossible … Continue reading Reverse Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Smoking Red

Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks, Part 2: Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks in Nudist Peach and Missy and Fierce

I never paid much attention to Wet n Wild until recently. They've truly stepped up their game in the past couple of years, and perhaps the best evidence for that is their new line of "Liquid Catsuit" lipsticks ($4.99 each). By the time Wet n Wild got around to creating liquid matte lipsticks, every sane … Continue reading Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks, Part 2: Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks in Nudist Peach and Missy and Fierce

Because It’s Not 2016 Yet: NARS Mini Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien

Odds are good that if you're reading this, you fall into one of two categories: either you've already collected the 2015 Sephora birthday gift, or you don't have access to Sephora and are annoyed to see the millionth review of the 2015 Sephora birthday gift pop up on your feed. In fact, I'm tempted to … Continue reading Because It’s Not 2016 Yet: NARS Mini Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien

Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #4: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

I don't wear much red lipstick. Is that a strange admission for a lipstick addict to make? Red is the iconic lip color, the color that we all think of when we hear the word "lipstick," yet it's rare that I reach for a true red: I prefer my reds sheer or burnt or plummy. … Continue reading Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #4: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69