Bold lips are a staple for me and I really love experimenting with different colours. When I was younger, I would always go for bright pinks but now, I seems to be straying towards the dark side - with a few exceptions ...
Barr M's 160 is definitely my most worn shade. It's taken the place of my beloved 'Beguiled' by Topshop. This one is a direct match in terms of shade, but has a much better staying power and is a lot richer in colour. A lot of people don't the Barry M Lip Paints, but I actually quite like them. They are usually matte shades - which I prefer - and are really good at staying put!
Next in line for most worn is definitely Topshop's 'Hazard'. I own a hideous amount of Topshop's lipsticks and I think they're great. Hazard is pretty much my perfect red lip. One shade I have been on the hunt for for quite a while! I seem to go too orangey with my reds which doesn't really go with my skin tone. This shade is a gorgeous blue-toned red with a semi-matte finish. I feel like it's a shade that will compliment pretty much every skin tone!
A nude shade is another one that I've been hunting for for absolute ages. I have a real issue with lighter shades as I just look dead. This is MAC's Viva Glam VI and while I didn't really like the look of it at first, it's really grown on me. I don't like shimmery glossy lips and was initially put off by this, but it's actually a perfect nude for me! I will say that the staying power isn't exactly brilliant as it's a lustre finish and it also needs quite a bit of building up which leaves my lips feeling a bit glossy which is NOT my preference but I'll put up with it because I doubt I'll find another shade as good!
Manic Panic's 'Black Rose' is venturing into the realms of the bold. It is a very deep, blood red and may not be for everyone, especially those that don't usually go for a bold lip everyday. I will say that Manic Panic have a good range of shades and to definitely check them out because I was blown away by this product. It is so opaque with just one swipe, leaving a gorgeous satiny finish on the lips and it stays put. The first time I used this was without a liner and I experienced no bleeding whatsoever. Moreover, it came off at the end of the day with one swipe leaving no trace behind. Any lipstick that gives me strong colour without requiring me to use half a bottle of Bioderma to get rid of it is a winner in my book!
Finally, 'Va Va Violet' from Revlon. This looks more burgundy in pictures but I assure you, it is a beautiful vampy purple. I had been eyeing up 'Cyber' from MAC for a while but genuinely couldn't justify spending so much money on a shade that I didn't really think I'd ever wear. Then I saw this one which is a bit of a dupe and a fraction of the price. I LOVE it. It's very similar in formula to the Manic Panic shade. It goes on beautifully opaque, leaves a satin finish with a bit of a shine. I felt a little bit self-conscious wearing this at first as it is so out of my comfort zone, but I really like it! I think it'll compliment winter beautifully and is definitely one of my favourite shades at the moment!
Barry M 160
Topshop - 'Hazard'
MAC - 'Viva Glam VI'
Manic Panic - Black Rose
Revlon - 'Va Va Violet'