This time, we were charged to either dig up the lipstick that started it all, or find a good ‘starter lipstick,’ for the makeup lover that has yet to discover the marvels (and perils) of lipstick.
Initially, I was keen on sharing the origin story of my lipstick stash. But then I inspected my very first lipstick (or at least what I think was my very first lipstick), and good lord was the packaging unattractive. Shallow? Who, me?
Starter lipstick it is!
I toyed with the idea of using a glossy lipstick, such as my recently acquired Revlon Lip Butter. But I always hesitate to call those true lipsticks (although I do love them), as they’re much more a hybrid of gloss and lipsticks. For me, the word ‘lipstick’ implies much more than just the formula. Lipstick conjures up all sorts of memories: my mother and grandmother taking those slim black tubes out of their bags in softly lit restrooms, scribbles of color in fashion magazines, the two or three tubes I stole to decorate my parents’ sheets when I was little (I still shudder to think of the yelling that followed that incident). Lipstick has always carried a quiet glamour and chicness in my mind, and if you’re going to enter the world of lipstick, you may as well choose something that will make you feel sophisticated every time you carefully apply a coat to your lips.
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Rose fits the bill nicely. This is a very lipstick-y lipstick (ah, my eloquence seems to have gone straight out the window), with a pigmented creme formula, and that almost waxy glide. The color is, as the name implies, rose. It’s a little red, a little brown, a little berry pink, at once bright and muted.
It’s too colorful to be called MLBB, but a big step back from the bold reds you might find yourself reaching for later on in your lipstick adventures. I find myself wearing this most often during fall and winter, when I’m in the mood for something that looks elegant but not overdone. It’s perfect paired with clean skin, a hint of liner, and lashings of mascara.
And the packaging? I nod in shallow approval. The ‘Revlon’ logo embossed on the bullet and quilted black pattern make me smile every time I see them.
Don’t forget to take a look at my fellow bandits’ picks!
- Arianne (Glitter Geek)
- Dani (Call It Beauty)
- Danielle (Bloomin’ Beauty Blog)
- Larie (Eye Heart It)
- Makeup Morsels
- Mariella (Musing On Beauty)
- Monika (Rocaille Writes)
- Paris (My Women Stuff)
- Rae (theNotice: a beauty blog)
- Tracy (Beauty Reflections)
- Xiao (Messy Wands)
- Jenny (My Funny Valentine)
What would you recommend as a starter lipstick?