27 Dec 2012

My favourite winter lip shades

I've been wanting to share my favourite winter lip shades with you for a while, but I actually managed to lose one of them out of my handbag (Kate Moss 107) and I had a hard time replacing it as it was sold out in every Boots and Superdrug I tried.  Finally asos came to the rescue with their brilliant free delivery, and I can now show you all of my current favourite shades.

My favourite winter lip colours

Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia lip butter | Boots | £2.25

Okay, clearly this has no 'shade' but I had to include it because I've been using it non-stop since I bought it. It was one of those accidental purchases - I was out and about and reached into my bag for some lip balm and realised I didn't have any with me, so I dived into Boots and this little tin looked the most appealing.  It's a really thick and creamy sort of balm that leaves a milky look to the lips.  I like it because it's instantly comforting and banishes that tight and dry feeling lips can get in cold weather.

Innocent lipstick | Topshop | £8

My most reached for winter lip colours are mainly reds, but it's nice to have a paler shade in a warm colour for those days when I can't be bothered to get a lip brush out or be checking for lipstick on my teeth.  The creamy warm pink shade is so easy to wear, so it's perfect for when I'm being lazy or don't want to make such a statement with my lips.  I find it hard to believe that this is my first Topshop lipstick - I was sure I had one or two already, but I think they must have just been on a wishlist and didn't make it to actual purchases.  I'm definitely going to check out some of the other shades as I really like the formula of this one.

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in Honey | Boots | £7.99

I've developed a bit of a love for these Just bitten kissable balm stains (longest name ever, so I prefer to call them Revlon Chubbies) and I think I now own 5 of the shades.  I'd probably buy the full set if I liked the rest of the colours because these are so easy to apply and wear so well.  I guess the clue is in the name - it says it's a stain - but I'm always suprised to look in the mirror and see these are still on my lips.  Honey isn't quite the mid-pink shade I expected when I originally bought this in the summer - it's darker than I expected and it's become a bit of a 'my lips but better' winter shade for me.

Revlon colorburst lip butter in raspberry pie | Boots | £7.99

It's funny how the different seasons can change your opinion on a product.  When these lip butters first came out in the Spring I was all over the pink and nude shades and didn't give the deeper hues a second look.  Once Autumn came around I just couldn't stop myself from snapping up the colours from the other end of the spectrum and raspberry pie is my firm favourite.  I own loads of lip butters now, they're just so creamy and moisturising to apply and you don't have to take quite as much care as with a proper lipstick, although the darker the shade the more relevant this becomes.  Raspberry pie is a bright but deep red that goes on quite sheer.  It's really wearable on me and it makes my teeth look a bit brighter and whiter too.

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in Crush | Boots | £7.99

Another Revlon chubby, so I won't go on again, other than to tell you what I like about the shade.  Crush is my only deep hued Revlon JBK, and it applies just as well as all the rest.  I'm no expert at applying a red lip, so using something like this gives me a bit more confidence to go for it as they're so easy to use.  My top tip for applying a dark colour is to make sure you stay inside your natural lip line.  Once I've gone over it, I'm in a mess.  I'd be useless at trying those tricks to make your lips look bigger by drawing around the outside and all that - if I go about messing with my natural lip line I end up with a very wonky looking result!

Rimmel Kate Moss lasting finish matte lipstick in 107 | Boots | £5.49

And last but not least, possibly the most blogged about lipstick of the season, it's the Kate Moss 107.  Another lovely deep shade which doesn't make my teeth look stained.  I was worried this would be super drying and would make my lips look all scaly because it's a matte lipstick, but actually with a bit of balm underneath it's fine and I forget I'm wearing a matte at all.  You can tell I must love this one as I re-bought it after losing my first tube!  I was a little bit afraid of wearing this at first as it was the darkest shade I'd owned for a long time, so I just built up to it with some of my other winter reds first.  I feel like it's not just me that had to get used to deep red lips, but people who see me too - I don't like to give anyone a shock!  Building up to a really deep lip shade gradually meant nobody at work even batted an eyelid when I wore a dark purple lipstick the other day!  More about that one in another post.

And finally a few slightly dodgy pics to show you what these look like on.  It's funny, I thought Kate Moss 107 was the darkest of this collection, but looking at the lip swatches together it's actually Crush.

Do you like any of my picks?  Which is your favourite winter lip colour?

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  1. I got crush for winter and I love it! looks lovely on you :) x

  2. I have Crush which I love, but I seriously need Raspberry pie! I'm somehow yet to try any of the Revlon lip butters which needs to be sorted soon! xo

  3. I love Crush and 107, but I'm sure they both apply darker on me, and Crush looks horrible if I have dry lips. I really want to try the Nivea lip butters xx

  4. raspberry pie looks lovely, such a nice winter shade!

  5. these colours look great on you! :)

  6. Awesome lip colors! They all look great on you.

  7. Crush and Honey are literally the only two lip products I've worn all month. Rasberry Pie looks very pretty on you. :)

  8. Those colours look amazing!


  9. Been wanting to try raspberry pie for ages!!


  10. They all look so lovely on you!! :) Can't wait for Winter 2013 for Aussie here!

  11. A lot of these are favourites of mine!


  12. Love the look of the Rimmel balm stain.. Can't wait till winter so i can wear my Kate Moss 107 everyday!


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