Luxury lipsticks are like Pringles - once you pop, you just can't stop! It's only in the last 3 years or so that I've really gotten into lipsticks, prior to that I was primarily a lip gloss lover with the odd MAC lipstick thrown in. I think I used to associate lipsticks with dry lips and the packaging didn't excite me but things have changed a lot since then! I'm now a full time lipstick lover, particularly luxury lipsticks. I love aesthetically pleasing packaging and the lipsticks that I'm going to share with you today couldn't be any more gorgeous but more than that, the product inside the packaging is equally as beautiful!
Pat McGrath Labs: You could try to tell me that you've seen more beautiful packaging and I would believe you! I adore the signature lips packaging that runs through her lipstick and lip balm lines. The lipsticks have a black case and the lip balms have a white case. She also has some limited edition pink, red and glitter packaging on some of her lipsticks for Christmas but I don't have any of those.... yet! There is no doubt that these are pricey lipsticks at £35 so they definitely aren't something I would buy regularly but for a real treat, they are perfect. There are two finishes available in the permanent line - MatteTrance and LuxeTrance. The LuxeTrance lipsticks have a satin finish and the MatteTrance have a matte finish (obviously!). Both are pigmented, creamy and comfortable on the lips - one swipe is all it takes for complete opacity. The matte formula isn't at all drying and it doesn't highlight any lines in the lips. These lipsticks are some of the very best I have tried, which they would want to be given the price tag! I have the shades Sextrology, Donnatella (both in the LuxeTrance formula) and Christy (Mattetrance). There are 43 shades available so there is bound to be something to suit all tastes. I am giving away a mini Mattetrance trio here and there are only 7 days left to enter so don't miss your chance to win!
YSL: My first proper luxury lipstick was from YSL and it is now discontinued so I use it sparingly (I'm ignoring the expiry information that usually accompanies lipsticks because it is my perfect lip colour and it doesn't smell so I'm just going with it!). The Rouge Volupté packaging is truly stunning in gold with intricate detailing around the centre where the background colour of the band matches the shade of lipstick inside and there are mini ysl logos in gold as an overlay. I have the shade Nude Beige, which is a little misleading as it's actually a pink-nude colour. The formula is so comfortable on the lips - creamy but not so slippy that it ends up on your teeth and face, just creamy enough to make it easy to apply and comfortable to wear. I also have a shade in the Rouge Pur Couture line, which is housed in a classic gold rectangular case with black detailing. The formula is very similar to the Rouge Volupté line - creamy and comfortable, maybe slightly less pigmented but it's far from sheer. I don't know why I only have two YSL lipsticks because I really love everything about them. They're currently reduced in the Feel Unique sale so I may have to treat myself!
Charlotte Tilbury: It couldn't be a luxury lipstick post without some Charlotte Tilbury! This is the brand that I own the most lipsticks from because I love the formula of both the Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G lines. I didn't wear matte lipsticks before trying these because I always found them to be uncomfortable, drying and unflattering - the opposite of the case with Charlotte's Matte Revolution line, which are comfortable and rather than making my lips look small and flat (as is the case with some matte lipsticks), her lipsticks actually make the lips look plump. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks are slightly creamier in texture and have a satin finish. I have yet to try her Superstar Lips formula but definitely plan to. As with all Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging is stunning. The ribbed rose gold case has a classic feel.
Armani: This is a recent purchase but I had to include it because I have fallen in love with the formula and I love the red packaging with gold accents. This combines the moisturising properties of a lip balm with the shine of a gloss - meaning that it is really comfortable to wear. It may not be the most log lasting formula - talking around 2/3 hours before it needs topping up but I can forgive that for the comfort it offers.
Other luxury brands that I want to try are Dior and Guerlain - I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried them or if you have any other brand recomendations for me?
Don't forget to enter my Pat McGrath lipstick giveaway here!
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