For those of you not on board with the pink lip, you’ll be happy to hear that this is the last one you’ll be seeing for awhile. I’m notoriously fickle with my lip wardrobe, but for at least the next
season month week, I’m moving on to other colors. Dabbling with corals, playing with nudes, and going back to my long-term crush on red. Starting with Lancome Miss Coquelicot Rouge in Love. Hello there. Kindly hop into my shopping basket, will you?
The last of the pink lip products I’ve purchased lately is part of the Maybelline Color Whisper Line. This is Faint For Fuchsia, a sheer baby pink. Maybe Maybelline wants to rethink that name…
It’s yet another iteration of the gloss-balm we’ve been seeing so much lately, with the slanted flat-top that practically screams, “Hell0, I am foolproof and forgiving.” It glides on nicely, with a formula that’s much less waxy than the Revlon Lip Butters. Here’s the overall effect:
It’s more of a wearable pink than anything I currently in my stash (don’t take my word for that though, as I consistently forget what I do and do not own), and goes equally well with a clean face and dramatic night-out makeup. It’s pretty and decently moisturizing and basically everything a gloss balm should be. I like it. But I don’t love it.
See, for all my complaining way back when about how dupable the Dior Addict lipsticks are, I’m starting to realize they’re not as easily replaceable as I once thought. For one thing, the packaging is so much cooler. Stop laughing, I’m being serious. And for another, well, they’re just better all around. 1) The formula achieves a level of smoothness and moisturization I have yet to see in any of these drugstore renditions, 2) they’re such a pleasure to use, and 3) Kate Moss is in the ads, so end of story.
gratuitous lip swatch to aid you in your thinking
I’ve never thought of myself as someone who gravitates toward high-end offerings. In fact, I used to think just the opposite, that I was a bargain-hunting, drugstore aisle-stalking beauty addict. But in the past year, I’ve begun to really appreciate the value of certain luxury brands. I’ve been doing a bit of beauty writing outside of Makeup Morsels lately, and my roundups and ‘best of’ lists have been overwhelmingly stacked in the favor of more expensive makeup (especially Chanel, I swear that brand will be my the death of my bank account). In fact, when I was assigned a story on spring drugstore launches, I almost pulled a muscle trying to get words onto the screen. My friend, who has absolutely no filter and never hesitates to say it like it is, gave me some feedback.
“I could feel the pain sweating out of your pores when I read that,” she said.
She gets me.
To be clear, I remain very appreciative of the drugstore for its affordability, and won’t hesitate to haul a thing or two from there when the urge hits. But from a non-reviewer, beauty-writer standpoint, it’s hard not to be biased in favor of high-end brands. After all, they are the ones who set the trends. This is certainly not true in every case, but I’ve found that the luxury market and runways are where innovation tends to originate. From an aesthetic perspective, there’s simply no competition when it comes to packaging. And while not all expensive makeup is created equal, there are some standouts that simply cannot be recreated at a cheaper price point (I’m thinking Chanel shimmer right now, but there are many other things on the list).
So I turn it over to you now, do you prefer drugstore or high-end makeup? What are some specific beauty products worth splurging on? I’m sure you already know mine.