Project Wear All The Lipstick! Round 1

I’ve never counted how many tubes of lipstick I own, but it’s a number that truly qualifies as a collection, not just “a lot”.  As a collector of all things makeup, I think that’s pretty rad.  However, I do find that for the most part I tend to stick to the same handful of lipstick shades most of the time which leaves a whole boatload of lipstick unworn and under appreciated. Sad, sad stuff man. So this week I got a bee in my bonnet to make a point of wearing every lipstick that I own at least once (yes, there are sad lonely tubes of lipstick in my drawer that I have never worn, I have no excuse). This project will serve three main purposes:

  1. Actually wear the things I’ve purchased. Weird right?
  2. Give me an opportunity to rediscover some old loves that I haven’t worn in a while.
  3. Weed out my collection and toss things that are too old or uncomfortable or just plain bad products.

Now that I have rambled a bit, let’s take a look at what lipsticks I tried out this week!

I opted to start my project in the drugstore section of my collection.
I opted to start my project in the drugstore section of my collection.
Swatched in natural light.
Swatched in natural light.
This is one of my all time favorite lipsticks.  It is a perfect vampy color that is a true plum shade.  It even has that warmth that is reminiscent of the yellow fleshy part of the fruit. This wears beautifully and fades to a very nice rosy color.  The only down side is that it smells a bit like playdo initially but the scent doesn't linger for long after application.
This is one of my all time favorite lipsticks. It is a perfect vampy color that is a true plum shade. It even has that warmth that is reminiscent of the yellow fleshy part of the fruit. This wears beautifully and fades to a very nice rosy color. The only down side is that it smells a bit like playdo initially but the scent doesn’t linger for long after application.
Icy Violet is unfortunately, a limited edition shade. Revlon did a retro collection, called the Legacy Collection with 5 (I think) re-released shades from various years.   Icy Violet was from 1946 and I just found the concept of owning a lipstick that could have been popular in the 40's to be a romantic and nostalgic concept. In the tube, this looks like a very cool toned mauve/lavender with a heavy frost.  I didn't anticipate ever really wearing this BUT, when I pulled this out for this project I decided to give it a try and was really pleasantly surprised.  This is almost a MLBB shade but with a little bit of a twist.  It's cooler and slightly more shimmery than a normal MLBB shade but it's not so frosty or purple that it is unflattering.  I actually really love this and I can see myself reaching for this quite often in the future.
Icy Violet is unfortunately, a limited edition shade. Revlon did a retro collection, called the Legacy Collection with 5 (I think) re-released shades from various years.
Icy Violet was from 1946 and I just found the concept of owning a lipstick that could have been popular in the 40’s to be a romantic and nostalgic concept. In the tube, this looks like a very cool toned mauve/lavender with a heavy frost. I didn’t anticipate ever really wearing this BUT, when I pulled this out for this project I decided to give it a try and was really pleasantly surprised. This is almost a MLBB shade but with a little bit of a twist. It’s cooler and slightly more shimmery than a normal MLBB shade but it’s not so frosty or purple that it is unflattering. I actually really love this and I can see myself reaching for this quite often in the future.
Out of the five shades I wore this week, this one was the only bust.  The formula is fine, I always have very good luck with Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks, even the matte shades.  It isn't drying and it's relaly comfortable to wear.  For me though, this shade is just waaayyyyy too cool and wayyyyy too pale.  I can't even describe how truly unflattering this is on me.  I'll be tossing this one out as I can't see any situation that I would want to look dead and fake tanned simultaneously.
Out of the five shades I wore this week, this one was the only bust. The formula is fine, I always have very good luck with Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks, even the matte shades. It isn’t drying and it’s relaly comfortable to wear. For me though, this shade is just waaayyyyy too cool and wayyyyy too pale. I can’t even describe how truly unflattering this is on me. I’ll be tossing this one out as I can’t see any situation that I would want to look dead and fake tanned simultaneously.
Fifth Avenue Red is also part of a limited edition collection (I believe it was called the Legacy Collection?) that came out in the spring.  My local CVS still has a display for this collection but it's looking a little sparse. The actual lipstick is really nice, it's a more muted red which I find much easier to wear on a day to day basis.  On me this comes across as a neutral red most of the time but swatched it definitely looks more cool. If you happen to see this shade, I would say snatch this baby up! It's really nice.
Fifth Avenue Red is also part of a limited edition collection (I believe it was called the Legacy Collection?) that came out in the spring. My local CVS still has a display for this collection but it’s looking a little sparse.
The actual lipstick is really nice, it’s a more muted red which I find much easier to wear on a day to day basis. On me this comes across as a neutral red most of the time but swatched it definitely looks more cool. If you happen to see this shade, I would say snatch this baby up! It’s really nice.
This was a limited edition for fall last year or possibly even the year before.  If you have this in your collection and haven't worn it recently, break this baby out! It's a warm deep brown with a slight green shimmer that just adds a little bit of "something different" on the lips.  Really pretty.
This was a limited edition for fall last year or possibly even the year before. If you have this in your collection and haven’t worn it recently, break this baby out! It’s a warm deep brown with a slight green shimmer that just adds a little bit of “something different” on the lips. Really pretty.

The best part of my lipstick picks for this week, is that not a single product in the bunch was drying! I would even venture to say that some of these were slightly moisturizing (which I almost NEVER believe to be true of lipstick).  If you’re prone to really dry lips, first, I totally feel your pain, but second, check out the Revlon Super Lustrous line.  At the very least, they won’t leave your lips more dry than when you started.

I hope this was actually interesting.  I enjoyed wearing some products that I hadn’t actually worn before. Do you have lip products that you’ve never actually worn out of the house? Hopefully I’m not the only one!

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4 thoughts on “Project Wear All The Lipstick! Round 1

  1. That seems like a fun project! And maybe a bit scary… I don’t think I have any truly unwearable shades, but for example Bh cosmetics Vixen can be difficult to pull off. Plum perfect is gorgeous btw!

    1. It is fun, I highly recommend it! I do have a few shades that I’m kind of giving the side eye to though. I have a sparkly blue lip gloss that I’m really frightened of but maybe I can figure out a way to use it? O_o

      Plum Perfect IS gorgeous! And cheap!

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