39 responses

  1. agirl
    August 20, 2010

    Mmm, so true. I had some really ugly colours as a girl, and came to fear/hate lipstick as a result. I threw them all out. Then, when I was older, I tried a daring red. Found myself being called glamorous. Then, for my wedding, I found the perfect nude. Now I have a summery pink, and, at my husband's insistence, a deeply autumnal berry. My collection grows. My frequency of use varies, depending on my mood. But the lipbalm (also Burt's Bees, so friendly) is always with me.

  2. Anonymous
    August 20, 2010

    Let us no forget those lipsticks kept for sentimental reasons, like the Revlon "Love That Red" that I keep just because it is the color my mother always wore.

  3. Hannah
    August 20, 2010

    I love this. I so rarely wear any kind of make-up at all but something about lipstick makes me all happy and pretty. Not wearing it, mind you, just sort of having it. Dabbing a bit on now and then.

  4. Deja Pseu
    August 20, 2010

    I love this glimpse of you through your lipsticks! I may have to try that Medieval red….

  5. hostess of the humble bungalow
    August 20, 2010

    You do have quite a few choices, and they appear to be tools for your imagination…I like that!
    A versatile collection that covers all the bases and you see them on the counter everytime you go into your bathroom…firing your imagination….you have a keen sense of observation.

    I am with you on the sheer easy application of the lip tint…my recent acquisition of Aveda Berry is my fave.

    I have 2 other lipsticks, Chanel, Dr. Hauschka, one Chanel gloss and a Burts Bees lipbalm.

    I use them up, even resorting to using a lipstick brush to dig out the last bits!

  6. metscan
    August 20, 2010

    I have only one lipstick. The same color for a long time . Chanel, Provocative. All I need.

  7. Belle de Ville
    August 20, 2010

    I wear the cheap Max Factor or Revlon stuff from CVS that stays on all day.
    BTW, your product photography is really good.

  8. Gourmetmom
    August 20, 2010

    I'm intrigued by your medieval red – I've never found a red that doesn't make me look dead! I lean towards the sheer pinks, perhaps because I don't like to draw attention to my slowly diminishing lips. I will HIGHLY recommend Benefit's Lip Plump. It's a flesh-toned primer that goes on first – it makes my lipstick application perfect and longer lasting. It's so great that I keep one in my handbag and one in the bathroom. It also smooths out those tiny lines – you know, the ones supposedly caused by drinking from a straw.

  9. lauren
    August 20, 2010

    you inspired me to dig around in my purse and catalog my own 2010 companions; there are rather more of them than i'd expected to find.

  10. materfamilias
    August 20, 2010

    After a week clearing old papers from various household files, it's fun to see a much more colourful, pleasurable, version of the hoarding instinct.
    btw, that lightbox was a great investment — your photos look so professional.

  11. LPC
    August 20, 2010

    agirl – That's a veritable lipstick sonnet you've got.

    Madeline – That's wonderful.

    Hannah – Dabbing on a bit is all it takes, really.

    Deja – Thank you for the inspiration. You might like Medieval…

    hostess – I've used the Aveda lip balms too. I like them.

  12. LPC
    August 20, 2010

    Metscan – OK so I looked up that Chanel lipstick and I now have a whole new understanding of your fondness for grey::).

    Belle – Perhaps you could author a tutorial on how to buy drugstore lipstick? I can't do it for the life of me. And thank you. Thank my trusty little lightbox.

    Gourmetmom – Oh no! Another lip product! Perhaps I should thank you. More ways to imagine:). And seriously, if you get to Barney's ever, just give it a shot.

    lauren – Wow. That is one hell of a post-modern documentary on the female mouth. Beautiful photo.

    mater – Yes, few old files bestir the imagination. Thanks on the photo comment. I've always just adored the photos in Vogue where they cut up lipsticks and photograph the chunks like ravaged butter.

  13. Jan
    August 20, 2010

    Back in the day when I wore makeup all the time, I was the Queen of Red. I loved it, and it looked good with my fair, but clear, complexion. But, my lips are getting thinner as I age and when I try to wear red lipstick I look silly – like I have a red line between my nose and chin. *sigh*

  14. Miss Cavendish
    August 20, 2010

    I always regret buying red! And once the Lipstick Queen herself, Bobbi Brown, outfitted me with a much pinker color than I would have selected: shell pink, I believe. But I'm with you on the Burt's Bees pom lip balm, for sure!

  15. Patsy
    August 20, 2010

    I go between two MAC colors, Faux and Fabby (that would be a great girl band name!).

    I wish I could share the Burt's Bees love, but alas, they have no spf.

  16. teaorwine
    August 20, 2010

    Yes, my Mother always wore "Love that Red" also…so very Mad Men. I like Kiehls lip glosses in the tube. I keep one lipstick in my purse and one in the bathroom…seems to be sufficient. Lip liner is an amazing invention; makes the stick color last longer, or at least it seems to.

  17. DocP
    August 20, 2010

    I must try medieval! I'm still searching for a perfect red.

  18. Audi
    August 20, 2010

    This is so true! Just the other day I was contemplating my little rack of 20 or so lipsticks that linger around doing nothing while I proceed to wear the same shade of pale peach day after day. Interestingly, my best shades have all been given to me by others — the lipsticks I pick out for myself all seem to require mixing with other shades to get them right.

  19. glaciercountyhoney
    August 20, 2010

    So glad to know I am not alone with my basket of lipsticks! Though I do suspect I am the only woman in Glacier County, Montana, with a tube of Chanel Brown Sugar she'd fight for. Fun post.

  20. Pink Martini
    August 20, 2010

    Lisa, first, thank you for your nice comment on my recent trip up north. I have a couple questions for you – is all coffee made up north so strong it will curl hair and does anyone water their yards anymore? I read about the drought but I have never seen so many weeds in my life. I can't understand why they aren't whacked down. I thought you might have an answer in your all-knowing wisdom.

    Now back to your post – I literally have handfuls of lipsticks and glosses. Damage is one of them. What is worse, I cannot leave my house without about 5 in my possession. It's like a security blanket and I have no idea why I do this. It doesn't even matter what color they are since all mine are roughly in the same color family. There must be medication or a cocktail for this condition.

  21. VA Gal
    August 20, 2010

    Oh, I love Burt's Bees lip balms! After some trial and error, I discovered that rhubarb works far better on me than any of the others.

    I used to love playing with many different colors of lipstick. It was almost like trying on different identities. I've narrowed it down to what works for me, though. NARS Dolce Vita, the Burt's Bees balm and Shu Uemura BR170 are my go-to everyday colors. Laura Mercier is a perfect very sheer red, and NARS Gipsy topped with reddish gloss is my evening out shade. I may have to try Lipstick Queen, though. I keep hearing all kinds of raves about the Medieval.

  22. Paula
    August 20, 2010

    Ha! Reading the subject of your today's posting I was SURE you were going to write on this topic:

  23. Paula
    August 20, 2010

    PS: funny though: in Austria there are less lipstick personalities available, and they look slightly different:

    PPS: yay, maybe I will try lipstain this autumn. maybe …

  24. Susan Tiner
    August 20, 2010

    La Belette Rouge's make-up artist friend Donna likes Mac Ruby Woo. Here's a video of her doing the toast test with Ruby Woo:

  25. Catch the Kids
    August 20, 2010

    I am a lipstick tragic. If I could only have one makeup item, unquestionably it would be a beatiful lippie. In my cabinet, there is Chanel "Lover" (doesn't last), Clinique "Ruby Lite" ( like divine intervention on the face) and Dior "Hollywood Rose" and "Dolce Vita" (I looove Dior. It lasts weeks) lip glosses, little samples and of course, like you, lip balm. Mmm I'm in heaven.

  26. Mardel
    August 20, 2010

    What a color treat today! I tend to fall for new lipsticks, sometimes one "sticks", but most are short term infatuations

  27. LPC
    August 20, 2010

    Jan – You're still the Queen of Red in our hearts.

    Miss Cavendish – No regrets!

    Patsy – Love the names.

    teorwine – oh yes, I have some lipliners too. Just didn't want to wear out my lip product welcome.

    DocP – Run into a Barney's somewhere and try it.

  28. LPC
    August 20, 2010

    Audi – They are "lipsticks of leisure." :)

    glaciercounty – I suspect you're the only woman in Glacier County doing a bunch of stuff.

    Pink – You are so welcome. Ha! We water our yards but I guess we don't weed…. And I don't drink coffee, so I don't know. I love it that you have Damage too, even if it is a modern fuffie for you:). If there's a cure, clearly I am ignorant.

    VA Gal – Rhubarb, huh? And I will look up Nars Dolce Vita. I love just looking at the colors.

    Paula – That is an adorable quiz. I'm concave. You?

  29. Noelle
    August 20, 2010

    Wow. I am a true minimalist.

    My best color is Rose, so I only try out that color in different makeup lines. Then I search for the best Rose I can find with the best formula.

    This leads to me only wearing one and tossing all the "inferior" ones. ;)

    Currently, I'm wearing Victoria's Secret Sheer Gloss Stick in "Only You Rose". It's very balm like, but gives a finished look. I love it.

    I also use Cover Girl's "Pure Gloss" which is in lipstick form in a navy tube. It's really just a wonderful clear lip balm. I put it on under the V.S. gloss stick because it improves the texture. And I wear it to bed for moisturized lips.

    That's it!

  30. Lori
    August 20, 2010

    Also – the problem with reds is that they look best on full lips. Red makes lips look smaller and thinner. It doesn't work on me even though I technically have the coloring for it.

  31. Tabitha
    August 20, 2010

    I am a freak of nature _ I own one!

  32. RoseAG
    August 21, 2010

    I have that kind of Northern European skin that gets red, so red lipsticks don't do it for me. That's the color I want to not see in the mirror.

    My mother's father made his living in the drug store business, before it was all Walgreen's and CVS, so she got us started on drug store lipsticks.

    You go in, you have some ideal in mind, for me it's "I don't want to put a color on my face that makes me look like a clown" and you pick. A recent fashion magazine or article is often my inspiration.

    Sometimes you get a dud because you didn't try it ahead of time but they don't cost that much and you still got the thrill of picking up a new little goodie.

    And yes, I toss old ones.

  33. Jenny
    August 21, 2010

    Once, I saw Liv Tyler on the cover of a magazine, thought, "She has exactly my coloring," and bought the lipstick she was wearing. It's still my best color. (Givenchy Lip Lip Lip! Rose Romance, I think.) But I might try that Medieval. I'm looking for a real red.

  34. Genuine Lustre
    August 21, 2010

    Lipstick is, sadly, my crack. What does it say about me that I am drawn to bright lipstick?

    The two best drugstores deals ( and I've tried them all) are the Revlon Matte and the Prestige lipsticks. Both rival any high end product. With the Prestige, look for the classic line – the color # will start with a CL.

  35. Paula
    August 22, 2010

    Lisa, I would be the sharp angled tip. Argumentative :))

  36. Booklady
    August 22, 2010

    I bought the Medieval Red on your recommendation in a previous post and I *love* it. When you first put it on you think it has no color at all, and then (at least on me) you see that your lips are just a slightly redder version of themselves. It's like a very sheer lip stain, and very moisturizing. It's now my everyday lip color. So thank you!

  37. LPC
    August 23, 2010

    Noelle – I admire your focus! You must feel quite lipstick peaceful.

    Lori – That is a limitation, I agree.

    Tabitha – All the more attention span left for shoes:).

    RoseAG – Thank you for the drugstore advice. Much appreciated.

    Jenny – That's a good way to look. I wonder what Sharon Stone wears:).

  38. LPC
    August 23, 2010

    Genuine Lustre – Oh thank you for winnowing out the good drugstore brands.

    Paula – :).

    Booklady – I'm honored. And yes, that's exactly my experience. Just a redder version of my own lips. And not a trace of orange.

  39. miss sophie
    August 31, 2010

    i love the story behind that scandalous red lipstick. my new year's resolution this year was to wear more red lipstick. haven't been following through, but i found a perfect sheer red from NARS called 'manhunt' (ha!) last time i was in sephora…looking forward to wearing it lots this fall :)

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