Wearing a bright lip isn’t always easy for me, but if there’s ever a time to just go for it, summer is it.
I poked through my comically oversized collection of lip products and pulled out six of my favourites for summer, which range in colour from red to orange to fuchsia. I was surprised that I didn’t reach for any liquid lipsticks, since I love how long wearing they are. I think it’s because even the most comfortable liquid lipstick can’t beat out the comfort of a lipstick or lip crayon. In the heat, comfort is king.
I loathe fussy lipstick, and can be shy when it comes to colour. Here are six that I find easy to wear, ultra comfortable, and perfect for cheery, summer days.
First up is the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic. These matte balms leave a beautiful matte finish, but feel like a cream on the lips. This shade is a cool toned, vibrant pink and is very pigmented. You don’t need to use a liner with these, but it would definitely extend the wear time. I like to apply a thin layer and blot with a tissue for a super matte, long lasting finish. There are a couple of cons: these balms have a strong peppermint scent, and they can definitely accentuate chapped lips.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in In Vogue is a bold fuchsia cream lipstick. Like the Revlon balm above, I like to apply this in thin layers, blotting in between. This gives the lipstick a matte finish and makes it last all day. I’m not sure if this colour is discontinued, but for a long time this was my favourite drug store lipstick. I had been on the hunt for a true fuschia lipstick with no shimmer, and this was exactly what I was looking for. (If you can’t find this particular colour, try Fainting for Fuchsia from the Maybelline Creamy Mattes collection, which you’ll soon see has ousted the Lasting Finish lipsticks as my favourite drugstore formula).
Now that it has become easier to find matte formulas at the drugstore, my favourites are the Maybelline Creamy Mattes. I have a bunch of these, and a great orange-red for summer is Craving Coral. This formula is true matte, long wearing, and very vibrant. Pairing this with the GOSH Velvet Touch lip liner in Flirty Orange really ramps up the orange. I’m curious to know what others think of Craving Coral – the colour looks red in the tube, swatches coral on my hand, but looks super orange on the lips!
Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche line features an incredibly creamy, pigmented formula. Persimmon is a rich, reddish orange – a bit deeper than Maybelline’s Craving Coral, with more of a cream finish. This formula is so comfortable on the lips, and is extremely long wearing. Some people don’t like the scent of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks, but I love it — it’s tangy and sweet.
Next up, a couple of my favourite reds.
NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red is a semi-matte lipstick came in my Sephora Favorites Chic it Up collection, and I immediately fell in love. This is the unfussiest red, and I mean that in a good way. It’s pigmented and creamy without being in your face; the cool red tone is muted to a perfectly wearable shade. It can be built up to be in your face, if that’s what you prefer. I personally love the look of a light layer — the stain effect leaves a pop of red on your lips that feels light and comfortable.
Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayons are a great dupe for the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (perhaps you can tell by the name?). I have mine in the colour Poppy Nude, and it’s a perfect neutral red. This formula is long wearing and light weight — it’s just so comfortable to wear and doesn’t need too much touching up. With a light hand it can be worn slightly sheer. I love blurring the edges with a cotton bud for easy wear. (Sadly, Sonia Kashuk is exclusive to Target, so these are no longer available in Canada).
That wraps up my summer lips roundup! What lip colours are you rocking this summer? Let me know in the comments below.