My Streamlined Lip Product Collection

Following the recent post on my streamlined base product collection, I thought it would be fitting to do something similar with lips. Without a doubt, I threw away and donated far more lip products than anything else during my recent clear out. I had a ton of them, the majority of which were needless considering that I opt for very similar colours every day. While I have kept a (very) small number in reserve, I’ve actually managed to get my main collection down to just 9 shades.

MAC Patisserie

MAC Lustre Finish Lipstick in ‘Patisserie’ (£15.50)

My ultimate favourite for day-to-day wear, Patisserie is just as pretty as its name would suggest. It’s slightly too pink to be billed as a true nude, but it’s the one shade that I can count on to go with just about everything – it even works on its own to bring a little togetherness to no-makeup days.

MAC Twig

MAC Satin Finish Lipstick in ‘Twig’ (£15.50)

A true Pinterest inspired purchase, Twig is the shade that first got me into MAC lipsticks a year or so ago. Until then, I’d never really been bitten by the bug. Twig is a soft, plummy nude that I can imagine would look good on just about every skin tone.

MAC Fast Play

MAC Amplified Crème Lipstick in ‘Fast Play’* (£15.50)

A more intense version of Twig, the two are very similar in colour, although the Amplied Crème finish of Fast Play makes it a little more noticeable on the lips and a little more long lasting, too.

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in ‘Pink Rose’ (£20.00)

Pink rose is the ultimate berry shade. It forms part of Bobbi Brown's collection of sheer lip colours, although it still packs in enough pigment to make a fairly bold statement. It's pretty and sophisticated, with the balmy formula making this feel comfortable all day.

Lord & Berry Sweetheart

Lord & Berry Absolute Intensity Lipstick in ‘Sweetheart’* (£14.00)

Sweetheart is probably the truest brown that I own. I’m not entirely sure that the colour suits me on the whole, but there’s something about this shade that I feel really works with my skin tone. It’s got an almost caramel hue to it and is the perfect way to finish off a bronze look.

NARS Walkyrie

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Walkyrie’ (£20.00)

I featured this in my most recent video and, true to form, it’s pretty much all I’ve been wearing ever since. It’s a slightly brick-ish red that isn’t really like anything else I own, but it works brilliantly when patted into the lips for a ‘just bitten’ effect.

Chanel Boy

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in ‘Boy’ (£20.00)

Boy is probably the shade that I’d match most closely to my perfect nude. It actually doesn’t look like much when applied, yet it effortlessly evens out the tone of the lips and adds a healthy-looking sheen alongside a slight wash of colour.

Clinique Poppin’ Poppy

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in ‘Poppin’ Poppy’ (£17.00)

Admittedly I wasn’t expecting much from Clinique’s Baby Tints, not least because I find the original Chubby Stick formula to be sheer enough in itself. Poppin’ Poppy is an exception to the rule and gives the lips a noticeable wash of coral while still feeling as light as a balm.

NARS Sex Machine

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Sex Machine’ (£20.00)

I’m still making my way through the travel size of this, which is remarkable considering how often I use it. It’s probably the most blue-toned of all the pinks I own and it’s a shade that works really well with an otherwise pared down look. 

BeautyNatalie Stubbs