I spent the majority of the past week making sense of my pink colour cosmetics collection. This is an act of war in some ways, because it is exactly these shifts in tastes, phases, regressions and desire to explore, that the beauty industry capitalises on. Sometimes we want simplicity, to rely on old faithfuls, whilst there are times when we want to devour every item in every new launch, leaving bank accounts quivering and begging for mercy. As Spring begins to fully flaunt her newness in nature and stir the desire in us to shine, the pressure for reinvention heightens. So, as I explore my makeup chest, I share with you three little pink based tidbits that have been in full rotation.
From the lipstick maestro Tom Ford and his eponymous lipstick line, specifically Lips and Boys in this instance, I chose Collin. In a previous post I mentioned that the shade Liam, from the first Lips and Boys collection was my favourite, however maybe because it’s Spring, Collin has since claimed that spot. This is a gorgeous brown based rosy pink that can be swiped on without looking, especially if your lips are smooth and free from flakiness.
Collin is a deep, warm rose shade that can work on any skin tone. Prior to this incarnation, it was part of Tom Ford’s permanent collection and was named Indian Rose. The pigmentation is strong, making it a mostly opaque lip colour. Therefore, it can be worn for daytime especially if you need a low-key look. Alternatively, Collin can also work if you’re doing a strong eye.
In the photograph above, I did three swatches so you may see how it builds. The formula for this lipstick includes Brazilian murumuru butter, soja seed and chamomila flower extract, which makes for a comfortable, satin feel and finish. I pair it with a lip liner to extend wear time which clocks in at about five hours without eating. After a full meal, I can still see traces of the lipstick but re-application is indeed necessary. That never bothers me, as I always touch up after eating. This lipstick will remain in heavy rotation for me, especially through spring and summer.
Burberry Kisses Gloss in Pink Mist is another lippy that I have been reaching for lately. My collection contains significantly more lipsticks than lip glosses, but this one has been a pleasant surprise. I often pair this with Tom Ford’s Collin if I want extra punch.
Pink Mist is surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear. Thankfully, it is not sticky and gloppy, the texture is silky smooth and buildable. Despite the bit of shimmer seen in the photograph, this is a lip gloss that can be worn to the office or for a simple, low-key lip look. It also holds up nicely if I drink directly from a glass or my matcha cup. Burberry Kisses Gloss in Pink Mist is that innocuous and well formulated pink lip gloss everyone should have.
Now onto nails. Chanel has really gone all out with reformulating its nail lacquers and thus far, I am extremely pleased with the performance of the colours I have. In this instance, Turban has taken pride of place because it is the perfect punchy spring and summer shade.
Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail colour in Turban is a coral-pink that begs to be showcased on finger and on the toes. It hits the perfect note for this bright time of year and will take you through weddings, the seaside, dinners, getaways and any other mischief you get up to. This nail colour wins extra points from me because I applied it late at night and when I woke up, my nails didn’t have sheet marks on them.
Chanel has done a superb job with reformulating their nail lacquers to now boast of them being five free (free from formaldehyde, dibutyl thalate or DBP, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin). This also means that it’s low on over powering odours. For me, Chanel’s nail lacquers usually deliver five to six days of chip-free wear and colour that does not fade. Together these three items offer a perfect springboard into Springtime for lips and nails.