Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lipstick Roulette v.7: What I'm Keeping and What I'm Tossing

Disclaimer: I purchased these.
It's taken me a sweet minute to get v. 7 of my Lipstick Roulette series posted, but I'm finally at the point where I know what I want to keep and what I want to toss from this group of 7 items.  If you are not familiar with what a lipstick roulette is, I learned about it from Youtuber Elle S, and it's a great way to cycle through your collection of lip items with the goal of only keeping those you love and will use. So, let's see what those are for me!
First up are two sheer glosses in travel sizes: Buxom's discontinued Blanche and bareMineral's Crowd Pleaser.  Blanche is clear with silver micro shimmer and Crowd Pleaser is sheer with gold shimmer, and both work best as lip toppers over more pigmented lipsticks.  Buxom glosses are my all time favorite formula wise, but the bareMineral Marvelous Moxie glosses are pretty good as well.
Neither of these are particularly glittery or bold, and mostly provide high shine with a touch of shimmer. I'm halfway through Blanche and have 2/3 of Crowd Pleaser left, so I'm going to keep both but put them in my purse so that I will use them up quicker.
Blanche over Lancome's Scarlet Blaze lipstick
Crowd Pleaser
Next is Chantecaille's Passionfruit Luminous gloss ($36) and the nude Hydra-Creme lipstick Sahara from Le Metier de Beaute ($25).  Both are luxury brands with corresponding prices, and I believe Passionfruit may have been discontinued as I'm not seeing it in the current lineup. It's a nice gloss with a good formula, but there is no way I'd pay $36 for it (I received it as a part of a bundled set of products from Birchbox).  Sahara is about as nude as I can go with a lip color without looking dead, and I do like the formula. I'll be keeping both.
Passionfruit by Chantecaille
Sahara by Le Metier de Beaute
The next three are all bold colors that are gorgeous when swatched, but two gave me problems when wearing and I don't wear the other, so all are getting tossed. The vibrant coral pink Palm Beach by Cargo ($22) tends to settle into lip lines and just did not look good close up, and the Copenhagen soft matte lip cream by Nyx ($6.49) was on the patchy side. 

I wore Copenhagen twice and could not get it to look like I wanted without sheering it out to almost nothing, which tells me it's not for me. It was part of the soft matte lip cream vault from last year's holiday collection, and while it pains me to start paring down the complete set, it's the right thing to do.
Palm Beach by Cargo
The Lip Maestro 400 by Giorgio Armani is not really a color I am going to wear often (and I did not wear it during this testing period), so I'm tossing it as well. Below is a picture from 2015 when I first tested it out, and as I have not worn it since....
Lip Maestro 400 by Giorgio Armani
So that makes 3 items tossed and 4 kept, which pares down the collection one tiny step at a time :-) I've actually tossed 13 items since the beginning of this series, so that is progress. Now let's see what items I randomly selected for v. 8 of Lipstick Roulette.
1. Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Forbidden Kiss by L'oreal
2. Topanga Satin Lippie Stix by Colourpop
3. Sephora Ultra Vinyl lip pencil in Gorgeous Peach (discontinued)
4. Echo Park Ultra Satin Lip by Colourpop
5. Betty Buxom lip gloss (discontinued)
6. Stepping Out Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick by Smashbox
7. Fiend Revolution Lipstick by Urban Decay (discontinued)

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