My lip lovin’ roster reads a mixed bag at the moment and I’m being a bit of a floozy when it comes to formulas, refusing to be pinned down to a certain category. Glosses, bolds, nudes, shines and good ol’ lipsticks, here’s what I’m currently kissin’ and crushin’ on in the lip department…

When the bold lip horn calls, Topshop’s Lip Cream in Fox* comes out to play. Sitting in between the textures of Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestros and Rimmel’s Apocalips – I actually prefer it to the latter. It’s not as sticky and imparts a hit of a universally-flattering red to my pout with a slightly sheeny, not to be confused with glossy, finish. Fuss-free application and no bleeding that hangs around for three-four hours or so before fading away. I’m impressed. If I fancy a day without ‘is this lipstick on my teeth‘ paranoia then MAC Patisserie’s my go-to lip jam. A brown-toned nude with an undertone of pink that deviates just a smidge from my natural lip colour with a tiny slick of shimmer giving a glow-like finish. One of only a few MAC lipsticks still in service in my stash.

Back in the day I was all about the pinks – MAC Angel, St Germain, the Lady Gaga lipstick, heck there was even a time when YSL’s Lingerie Pink was top of my wishlist. But now I prefer my pinks a little less startling and a little more subtle. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 is the perfect compromise for this; still with a baby pastel hue but formulated in a glossed-out washed-on finish. You know I’ve got a lot of love for these. A similarly glossy option from YSL’s summer 2013 menu is YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Lévres Glossy Stain in #31 Corail Alla Prima*. Two coats and a high-shine pinky coral tint is yours – not too ’in yer face’, but not too meek either. Have I stumbled across this summer’s bold lip choice? I’ll keep you posted. Back to nudes, and if MAC’s Patisserie had a slightly slicker and less shimmery sister, Lipstick Queen’s Saint Peachy Nude* would be it; it’s in the same colour vein but one I reach for when I’m in a lipstick/gloss hybrid mood and yes this is a mood that I often experience. I’m lip product lover, what can I say?

*PR Sample

  • Pippa Jones

    Love the topshop’s colour such a pretty pinky red! Some lovely colours you got! :)


  • Gillian

    Love MAC Paterisserie. It was my first every MAC lipstick purchase!

    Gillian from x

  • Amelia

    Such a beautiful lip lineup! It’s feeling more and more like I’m reading the beauty column in a really well-published magazine every morning when I read your blog, and I. Love. It. You’re on an amazing roll, Anna! :D And after reading your blog for as long as I have, I think it’s about time I get my hands on a Clarin’s Natural Lip Perfector!

  • Lucy

    such a great collection! that mac one looks gorge, I get what you mean too, I used to love the pinks now i’m all about the nudes!xxx

  • Claudia

    the clarins one looks lovely.

  • Aurora Ammy

    I need to get my hands on MAC’s Patisserie it just seems like a perfect colour for every day ‘whack on and go’ where XO

  • Sarah Gee

    I need to join this Clarins lip craze! :P


  • beautyandtheb

    I love the clarins lip perfectors, and the glossy stains! really need to try the topshop creams

    B xx

  • Sandy

    MAC patisserie is such an amazing lipstick! My favourite nude ever! xx

  • Holly Gardiner

    Patisserie would be the perfect MAC colour for me too – love a good natural lip colour :)

  • Gina

    Lovely post! I want to try all of these products, now

  • Hollie Galvin

    MAC patisserie looks lovely when you wear it in your videos :) The YSL stain is a pretty colour for Summer too, and it was payday on Wednesday…watch out bank balance

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    Love they look of that YSL shade!
    Nic x

  • Lucy Soup

    I love your blog and value your opinion so much. The YSL Glossy Stain is next on my wishlist! Which is absolutely full to the brim of products you have written about in your blog, and I am now craving!